Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali sets school record in high jump as Franklin County contingent racks up titles at Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)

Frontier’s Aidan Valderrama competes in the high jump during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland

Frontier’s Aidan Valderrama competes in the high jump during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Frontier’s Aiden Dredge throws the javelin during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Frontier’s Aiden Dredge throws the javelin during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Frontier’s Leah Gump runs the 2-mile during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Frontier’s Leah Gump runs the 2-mile during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Pioneer’s Louise Flagollet runs the 200-meter dash during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Pioneer’s Louise Flagollet runs the 200-meter dash during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Mahar’s Nevaeh Scribner competes in the triple jump during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Mahar’s Nevaeh Scribner competes in the triple jump during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Pioneer’s Sahana Heilman competes in the triple jump during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Pioneer’s Sahana Heilman competes in the triple jump during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Athol’s Nicholas LeBlanc competes in the discus during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Athol’s Nicholas LeBlanc competes in the discus during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Mohawk Trail’s Emmy Sisum competes in the 400-meter hurdles during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Mohawk Trail’s Emmy Sisum competes in the 400-meter hurdles during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Franklin Tech’s Josiah Little competes in the long jump during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Franklin Tech’s Josiah Little competes in the long jump during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Pioneer’s Emmanuelle Flagollet competes in the 400-meter hurdles during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Pioneer’s Emmanuelle Flagollet competes in the 400-meter hurdles during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Mahar’s Stellina Moore competes in the pole vault en route to a victory during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Mahar’s Stellina Moore competes in the pole vault en route to a victory during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Frontier’s Phoebe Radner competes in the pole vaultduring the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Frontier’s Phoebe Radner competes in the pole vaultduring the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali competes in tduring the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.

Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali competes in tduring the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Mahar’s Mitchell Krasco competes in the 400-meter hurdles during Friday’s Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships.

Mahar’s Mitchell Krasco competes in the 400-meter hurdles during Friday’s Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Staff Writer

Published: 05-17-2024 10:21 PM

Modified: 05-17-2024 11:30 PM


BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali put on a show Friday on his home track during the Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships.

Mojallali entered the day as the top seed in the boys high jump and made sure he didn’t get upset. 

The junior hit a top mark of 6 feet, 6 inches, a personal record for him while also breaking the Mohawk Trail school record in the process to take first place in the event. 

“High jump went terrific,” Mojallali said. “All season I’ve consistently been clearing 6-4. In our meet against Athol on Tuesday, it was one of my worst meets. I was so nervous going into this. Two guys were at 6-2 going in so I knew they’d get it if I didn’t. It feels great getting the school record. Hopefully I can be a state champion someday but I have to keep progressing and working.” 

Once Mojallali cleared 6-4 on his first try, he knew he had it in him to get the school record.

“Clearing 6-4 [on the] first time was great,” Mojallali said. “Every height after that was easier. I’ve been attempting 6-6 to beat our school record of 6-5. I’ve been so close on film looking back. I just needed to get my hips higher. I was trying to refine my technique.” 

Doing it on his home track made it more special, with friends there to support. 

“It’s nice having the home track advantage,” Mojallali said. “I’m friendly with a lot of the high jumpers around here. A lot of my friends were here supporting me.” 

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Mahar’s Nevaeh Scribner had a day to remember in the 400 meters. 

Coming in as the No. 5 seed in the event, Scribner blazed through in a time of 61.32 seconds to give her a first place finish. 

“I didn’t expect that at all,” Scribner said. “I’m so happy though. I didn’t know what to expect. I don’t have a lot of competition during the season so this was good for me. It’s hard chasing the air. I was thankful I had people in front of me to chase after. The gameplan coming in was to sprint, go hard and hold pace. Whatever happened, happened.” 

Scribner’s time set a school record in the event, one that had held since 2014. 

“Once I got to the corner stretch I knew I had to keep pushing so they wouldn’t catch me,” Scribner said. “I saw the time and yelled because I thought I broke it. It’s only my second year doing track so I’m really thankful.” 

Mitchell Krasco also had a monster day for the Mahar boys. 

Competing in the triple jump, the 110-meter hurdles and 400 hurdles, Krasco won the triple jump (41-10) and the 110 hurdles (15.70) while taking second in the 400 hurdles (59.33). 

“It was a big win,” Krasco said. “Coming back from last year, I got eighth in the hurdles finals. I trained all year to get first so it felt great. I loved it today. I PR’d in the 400 hurdles, PR’d in the 110 and won the triple. Last year I was seeded first in the triple and got eighth. I grinded all summer, this winter season and performed today.” 

Pioneer’s Natalie Rios entered Friday hoping to get a PR in the javelin. 

She did that and more. Rios hit a top mark of 111 feet, 3 inches, which was good for first place overall.

“I was not expecting this,” Rios said. “I didn’t even know it was a PR. I just threw it and I was so discouraged. Now I have the biggest smile on my face. I just went out there and did my best. My goal was just to PR. I had a big smile after winning.” 

Frontier’s Adrien Pazmandy walked away with a first place medal in the boys pole vault. 

Entering the day as the favorite, Pazmandy hit a mark of 11-0, six inches higher than the second place finisher. 

“It turned out how I wanted,” Pazmandy said. “I got to 11 feet and it started getting dark. I tried skipping up to 12 but it didn’t happen. I was close. I’m happy to have done so well.” 

Pazmandy wasn’t the only local to win the pole vault. 

Mahar’s Stellina Moore hit a top mark of 9-3 in the event, beating Frontier’s Elsa Brown, who settled for second with a height of 8-0. 

“I was hoping to get 10 feet,” Moore said. “It’s alright. I felt pretty confident going into it knowing my level and where I was. I’m looking forward to states and having a chance to get 10 feet for New Balance Nationals.” 

Greenfield’s Jackson Caron might have been nervous going into the boys mile, but he never showed it with his performance. 

The senior earned a second place finish, completing the run in a time of 4:37.44. 

“I was very nervous,” Caron said. “More than anything I was scared of getting boxed in. I got out hard but the first lap was so slow. My strategy is sitting and kicking so we fluctuated from first to third and fourth a few times. With 500 meters to go, he caught me by surprise. It was great though. This was like a home race getting to go against all the kids I went against this year.” 

Athol’s Nick LeBlanc wasn’t pleased with how he performed at Western Mass. last year, but came back with a vengeance Friday. 

LeBlanc took second in the boys discus (150-6) and third in the shot put (40-10.5), as he said it was consistency that helped him prevail. 

“It felt great to be able to throw that consistent,” LeBlanc said. “I haven’t been able to be that consistent all year. It was the pressure of this meet. Last year I came here and didn’t win a thing so this feels great.” 

In team scoring, both the Mount Greylock boys and girls took first place while both the Frontier boys and girls teams placed second. The Mahar boys placed fifth, the Pioneer girls took sixth and the Mahar girls placed seventh. 

For Frontier, Leah Gump placed fourth in the girls 2 mile (12:27.47) while Sylvie DiBartolomeo came in fifth (12:31.42) and Liv Christensen came in ninth (13:23.48). Madelyn Antes took seventh in the 400 hurdles (1:14.74), Rylan Waskiewicz placed fifth in the girls 200 (27.60) and fourth in the 100 (13.34), Luke Howard came in fourth in the boys mile (4:43.87), Hannah Davis placed fourth in the girls 100 hurdles (17.64) and sixth in the triple jump (31-7), Addison Morrey placed fifth in the girls 800 (2:32.54), Mary Burt took fifth in the girls high jump (4-10), 

Evan Hedlund (third, 2:05.26), Charles Dennis (fourth, 2:05.55) and Aidan Valderrama (fifth, 2:05.58) placed in the boys 800, Nicole Plasse earned fourth in the girls 400 (1:01.77) and fifth in the long jump (15-3.5), Josie Fosnot came in sixth in the girls 400 (1:03.79), Jack Storm took ninth in the boys long jump (19-6), Lily Novak came in sixth in the girls discus (89-6) and ninth in javelin (95-11), Alex Schreiber placed sixth in the boys discus (119-2), John Reloj took eight in the boys discus (111-2), Aiden Dredge placed third in boys javelin (147-8) and Valderrama came in eighth in the high jump (5-8) for the Redhawks. 

In the relays, the Frontier boys won the 4x800 (8:43.84) while taking fourth in the 4x100 (45.51) and third in the 4x400 (3:39.92) while the Redhawk girls took third in the 4x800 (10:39.89), third in the 4x100 (54.09) and second in the 4x400 (4:25.66). 

For Mohawk Trail, Virginia Krezmien came in second in the girls mile (5:32.46), Natalie Lanoue placed sixth in the girls 2 mile (12:46.40), Emmy Sisum took 10th in the girls 400 hurdles (1:16.04), Vincent Gauthier took sixth in the boys mile  (4:47.90), Heidi Helenek took eighth in the girls 100 hurdles (19.47), Mojallali came in fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.98), Anya Read took ninth in  the girls 800 (2:34.83) and Will Van Vleet took eighth in the boys shot put (38-4.5 ). 

Sofiya Slocik Gritzner came in 10th in the discus (83-4) and Morgan Raffa placed seventh in the girls javelin (96-7). In the relays, the Warriors girls took fourth in the 4x800 (10:54.21) and fourth in the 4x400 (4:35.08) while the Mohawk Trail boys took eighth in the 4x800 (9:22.13) and eighth in the 4x400 (3:46.66). 

Greenfield’s Mason Youmell  took 10th in the boys 400 hurdles (1:02.99) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.99) while Jacob Blanchard came in 10th in the boys triple jump (36-11.5), Jon Breor came in seventh in the boys discus (113-1) and javelin (128-10), Erik Martineau took eighth in the boys high jump (5-8) while Krish Patel took 10th (5-8). The Green Wave boys 4x100 team came in ninth (48.63) and fifth in the 4x400 (3:41.64). 

Scribner took third in the girls triple jump (33-4.25) for Mahar while Mathieu Soucy placed ninth in the boys 200 (23.94), David Phelps took sixth in the 110 hurdles (17.43), Dom Whitman came in 10th in the boys long jump (18-11.5) and Moore placed 10th in the high jump (4-8). In the relays the Senator boys came in sixth in the 4x100 (46.66). 

For Pioneer, Louise Flagollet earned second in the girls 200 (26.98) and fourth in the high jump (5-0), Sahanna Heilman placed fifth in the girls 100 hurdles (17.92) and 10th in the triple jump (30-1.25), Rios took eighth in the long jump (14-8.75), Noah Gamache placed ninth in the boys shot put (38-1.5) and Griffin de Ruiter came in 10th in the boys 400 (54.77). The Panther girls 4x400 team came in 10th (4:50.27). 

Turners Falls’ Jaade Duncan came in seventh in the girls 200 (27.97) and Jakhia Williams placed seventh in the girls 100 (13.66). Athol’s Karleigh Chase took third in the girls shot (28-11.25) while the Franklin Tech boys relay team of Sam Bodenstein, Preston Duval, Josiah Little and Cam Candelaria came in seventh in the 4x100 (46.91).