H.S. Track: Mohawk Trail edges Greenfield in girls showdown; Mahar sweeps tri-meet

  • Mahar’s Caroline Chase competes in the shot put during a tri-meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. Chase won the event with a throw of 25 feet, 11 inches. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Delaney Parker sprints to the finish of the girls relay event during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Max Gilmore competes in the shot put during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Hailey Ring competes in the 200-meter dash during a track and field tri-meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. Ring won the event in 28.3 seconds. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Caroline Ring sprints to the finish of the girls relay event during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Sienna Moore competes in the pole vault during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Noah deRuiter competes in the long jump during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Maddox Greene competes in the long jump during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange.  FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Tony Wozny competes in the long jump during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Jordyn Palmer competes in the javelin during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Cam Johnson runs to a first place finish in the one mile during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Damien Mehigan competes in the shot put during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Eden Singh competes in the shot put during the track and field meet against Pioneer and Athol on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Official Lisa Helpa, left, presents Mahar’s Delaney Parker with the 2021 Vincent Falardeau Award on behalf of the Western Mass Track and Field Officials Association on Thursday afternoon in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports
Published: 6/10/2021 9:24:02 PM
Modified: 6/10/2021 9:24:06 PM

Thursday’s girls track meet between Mohawk Trail and Greenfield came down to the final five events. 

The Green Wave pulled ahead 35-28 after the field events but the Warriors stormed back to tie it 52-52 with five events to go. That’s when Mohawk Trail separated to pull away with a 78-67 victory. 

The win puts the Warriors in the driver’s seat for the Intercounty League title, as Mohawk Trail improved to 4-0 on the season. It was Greenfield’s (4-1) lone loss on the season.

“It was a great meet,” Warriors coach Joe Chadwick said. “Greenfield kept coming and coming and coming. It’s always a pleasure to go up against [Green Wave coach] Pete Conway.” 

Serena Bardwell earned wins in the 100 (13.6 seconds) and the 200 (28.3) for Mohawk Trail, with Ellie Pinkham taking the mile (6:21) and 800 (2:46). Ella Wilda came out on top in the 400 (71 seconds) while the Warriors took the 4x100 (55.5) and 4x400 (4:59) relays to seal the win. 

Emmy Simmons won the triple jump with a leap of 30-5½ and Taylor Loomis took first in the pole vault (6 feet) to close out the winners for Mohawk Trail. 

Victoria Marin continued her stellar season for Greenfield, winning the long jump (16-½), high jump (4-10), high hurdles (16.3) and 400 hurdles (72 seconds). Tess Rancourt took the shot put (34-9½) and discus (82-11), Kandice Lu won the 2-mile (14:39) and Sam Santos won the javelin (89-11) for the Green Wave. 

Mahar 62, Pioneer 60
Mahar 81, Athol 7
Pioneer 104, Athol 20 —
The 4x400 relay team of Caroline Chase, Kayley Murphy, Sophia Woods and Grace Rice scored the final five points to lift the Senators past Pioneer and complete a sweep Thursday’s tri-meet in Orange.

Delaney Parker won the long jump (16-1½), 100 meters (13.1) and triple jump (31-5) to anchor the Senators (3-2, 3-2). Sienna Moore took the pole vault (9-6), while Chase (shot put, 25-11), Woods (javelin, 66-9) and Rich (400, 76.2) were other individual winners for the home side.

Parker was awarded the Vincent Falardeau Award at Thursday’s meet by the Western Mass. Track and Field Officials Association. The award is given to a track athlete who demonstrates sportsmanship and fair play in athletics, and also encourages athletes to act responsibly, assist their teammates and always lead by example.

Pioneer’s Caroline Ring had a big day, taking first in the discus (79-3) while adding victories against Athol in the javelin and shot put. Sahana Heilman won the 100 hurdles (19.3) and 1-mile (6:40) in both meets for the Panthers (2-3, 2-3), while Laila Heilman bested 30-10 for the first time in the triple jump. Nina St. Claire won the high jump in both meets (4-6) while Brianna May (800, 2:58), Hailey Ring (200, 28.3) and Lucy Koester (2-mile, 17:12) were other double winners against both Mahar and Athol.

Athol’s Piper Bailey took first in the 100 hurdles (25.3) against Mahar, while runner-up finishes went to teammates Sydney Gauvin (discus), Jordyn Palmer (shot put).

Boys track

Mahar 69, Pioneer 39
Mahar 65, Athol 36
Pioneer 61, Athol 46 —
Dominic Whitman won the triple jump (36-10½), 100 meters (11.9) and 200 (25.3) in both meets, while Kaleb Lemcke took first in the pole vault (8-0) and 400 meters (60.6) as the Senators swept Thursday's tri-meet.

Antonio Wozny bested the field in the long jump (17-5) for Mahar (3-3, 3-3), while Camdyn Johnson was a double-winner in the 1-mile (5:14).

Pioneer’s Noah de Ruiter won the long jump (16-6), triple jump (33-10½) and 1-mile (5:12.3) in the victory over the Bears. Jonathan Bodenstein claimed the top spot in the high jump (4-6) and 800 (2:26.7), while Griffin de Ruiter won the pole vault (7-0) and 400 (62.8).

Athol’s Damien Mehigan took first in the javelin against Pioneer (94-10), while Mike Koutrakos took a trio of events in the discus (99-11¾), 100 (12.2) and 200 (25.5). 

Mohawk Trail 73, Greenfield 72 — The 4x400 relay team of Jaden Moore, Quinton Romer, Dennis Simmons and Cullen Brown propelled the Warriors to a tight 73-72 victory in an Intercounty League thriller Thursday in Buckland.

The quartet took first place in the final event of the day, posting a time of 3 minutes, 56.7 seconds to power Mohawk Trail (5-1, 4-1).

Brown won three individual events in a busy day for the Warriors. He was first in the javelin (143-4), 100 meters (11.5) and 400 (54.2).

Other individual winners for Mohawk Trail were Simmons (mile, 4:52.6), Michael Harrison (shot put, 30-4), Dylan Wooldridge (discus, 113-1) and Emmett Johnson (800, 2:19.3).

Greenfield (5-2, 4-2) received a whopping four victories from Theo Popusoi, who won the long jump (18-0), triple jump (37-10 1/2), pole vault (12-0) and 400 hurdles (64.8). 

Liviu Mihailicenco won two events for the Wave, besting the field in the high jump (6-0) and 110 hurdles (16.2). Mason Meadows was first in the 200 (24.5) and Iggy Passiglia won the 2-mile (12:01).


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