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Athol indoor track teams compete at PVIAC Championships



Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — On Friday, the Athol High School boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams sent five individual athletes and four relay teams to the PVIAC indoor track championship to compete in the last indoor track event before the State Meet that will be held on Thursday afternoon. Kris Selanis, Mason Barrieau, Chase Michaud, Gabe Roberts, Dennis St. Jean and James Laford all competed for the boys’ team. Sadey Lehtomaki, Emily England, Grace Dufour and Crista Jillson all competed on the girls’ 4x200 meter team, while Shelby Mailloux, England, Dufour and Jillson competed on the girls’ 4x400 meter team.

Selanis won the shot put event, throwing it 54 feet, 10.5 inches. It was his 13th PVIAC victory in a row, dating back to the second meet of last year’s season — Selanis’s second meet ever in his career — when Selanis was a junior.

All participants on the boys’ team finished 10th or better in their event, while the 4x200 meter relay team of James Laford, Roberts, Michaud and Barrieau finished third and the 4x400 meter relay team of St. Jean, Roberts, Laford and Michaud finished 11th.

“I can’t say enough about this group,” said Athol coach Dave St. Jean. “I brought six guys and they all came through. Each did his part and together they were about to finish ninth overall, the highest scoring Valley team on the boys side. This is really a great accomplishment. Every time out, they just do better and better.”

For the girls, the 4x200 meter relay team ran their second fastest time of 2:02.86 and finished 15th in the event. The 4x400 meter relay team shaved 10 seconds off their previous season best and finished ninth overall in the event.

“They had an amazing run,” said St. Jean about the 4x400 meter relay team. “Shelby Mailloux ran an awesome opening leg and the others finished like I knew they could. They put themselves in a great position to qualify for States on Thursday.”

In the boys’ individual events, outside of Selanis, Barrieau finished fifth in the 55 meter hurdles and seventh in the 300-meter dash. Barrieau will run the 600-meter dash in the State meet on Thursday.

“He’s finishing the year off strong,” said St. Jean. “Just an outstanding, consistent performer every week.”

Michaud finished eighth in the 600-meter dash and set a new personal record with a time of 1:29:36.

Roberts finished 10th in the long jump. Roberts went into the event as the last seed and will participate in Thursday’s state meet.

Dennis St. Jean finished eighth in the 1,000 meter and ran the fastest time on a flat track in the meet.

“I believe he is peaking at the right time and on the bank oval at Reggie Lewis on Thursday, he has a real shot at the school record,” said St. Jean.

The 4x200 meter relay team finished third in the event and set a season best with a time of 1:37.38.

“Just amazing,” said St. Jean. “I knew they could go fast, but to set a season’s best on this flat track and finish third was beyond expectations.”

The 4x400 meter relay team finished 11th in the event, but ran their fastest time of the year of 3:48.39.

“James (Laford) did an excellent job tonight,” said St. Jean about the relay teams. “He came in less than 100 percent and really came through for the team. Going into Thursday at states, I believe both these relays have an excellent shot at placing up near the top.”


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