Athletes shoot for WMass gold

  • Pioneer’s Gavin Curtis is seeded fourth in the boys’ pole vault. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Courtney Danielsen is the top seed in the girls’ javelin. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mahar’s Ash Shaw is tied for the top seed in the boys’ high jump. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Mohawk’s London Summers is the top seed in the boys’ javelin. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Recorder Staff
Thursday, May 17, 2018

It should be an exciting night of track & field tonight at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Buckland.

The Western Massachusetts Division II Championships are set to get underway and Franklin County will be well-represented when the field events kick off at 4:30. The track events begin at 5.

Eight area individuals earned top seeds for the meet in the regular season, including Mohawk’s own Seth Hoynoski, who has a pair of first-place entries. The senior is the top seed in the shot put at 44 feet, 4 inches, while Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Adrian Wilson is the fifth seed at 40 feet. Hoynoski is also the top seed in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.1. He will be closely challenged in the event by a pair of locals as Frontier Regional School’s Brandyn Robinson is the second seed (53.6), and Frontier’s Ben Litskoski is the third seed (53.7).

Joining Hoynoski as a top seed from Mohawk is London Summers, who is the favorite in the javelin at 146-7. Franklin County Technical School’s Calin Giurgiu is the second seed at 144-1.

Pioneer’s Scott McDonough is the No. 1 seed in the long jump at 20-11, while Greenfield High School’s Crescens Iavorschi is the third seed at 20-¼. McDonough is also the third seed in the 100-meter dash in 11.2 seconds, and the fifth seed in the triple jump (40-4½). Iavorschi is the fourth seed in the 100-meter in 11.3.

Another event to keep a close eye on is the pole vault, which features area athletes assuming four of the top five seeds. Pioneer’s Jacob Kelton and Frontier’s Jack Vecellio are both seeded atop the event at 12 feet, while Pioneer’s Gavin Curtis and Greenfield’s Theodor Popusoi are both fourth and fifth at 10-6.

Mahar Regional School’s Hugo Frost is the fifth area boy to own a top seed as he leads the pack in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.6 seconds. Athol High School’s Mason Barrieau is third in the event at 59.9, and Frontier’s Phaelon Koski is fourth at 1:01. Barrieau is also the second seed in the 110-meter hurdles (16.4), while Frontier’s Aaron Hendry is fourth at 16.6. Frost is also the fourth seed in the triple jump at 40-11.

Mahar’s Ash Shaw is tied with Southwick Regional High School’s Brandon Blackburn as the top seeds in the high jump at 6-2.

There are other boys’ events with area individuals who will be in the hunt for a title. Pioneer’s Andrew Pratt is the second seed in the discus at 123-6, while Frontier’s Carsten Carey is seeded second in the mile (4:40.1), and third in the 2-mile (10:23.8). Frontier’s Alex Sharp is fourth in the mile at 4:48.3. Mohawk’s Bennett Boucias is third in the 800 (2:04.8), while Mahar’s Shaw is fourth (2:07.20) and Athol’s Dennis St. Jean is fifth (2:08).

On the girls’ side, Frontier’s Olivia Vecellio is the top seed in the discus at 100-4, the long competitor to top 100 feet in the field this season. Mohawk’s Violet Rawlings is third in the event at 95-9. Greenfield’s Courtney Danielsen leads a very crowded area field atop the discus with her top throw of 117-6. That is nearly 20 feet better than anyone else in the field. Mohawk’s Gabby Shean is second in the event at 99-3, Frontier’s Alexa Boyden is third at 98-2, and Frontier’s Reilly Isler is fourth at 97-10.

Mohawk’s Meghan Davis will be someone to keep an eye on in the distance events. She is the top seed in the 2-mile at 11:08.52, which is 44 seconds better than the second seed. Davis is also the second seed in the mile at 5:24.3, while puts her just behind former teammate and current Mt. Greylock Regional High School athlete Jackie Wells, who is the top seed at 5:17.67.

Just like the boys’ pole vault field, the girls’ field should be full of locals near the top. Hampshire Regional High School’s Jillian Scott is the top seed in the pole vault at 9-1, but Mahar’s Sienna Moore and Mohawk’s Erin Laffond are second at 8-6, and Greenfield’s Danielsen and Mahar’s Anna Wetherbee are next at 8 feet. Wetherbee is also the fifth seed in the long jump at 16-¾, and her teammate Kianna Reilly is the fourth seed in the triple jump at 33-10½.

Mohawk’s Shean is the second seed in the shot put at 33-7½, while Frontier’s Boyden is third (33-¼) and Mahar’s Maeve Powell is fourth (31-6).