Mahar girls prep for banner season

  • Mahar’s Anna Wetherbee competes in the triple jump during the PVIAC championship meet in 2017. Wetherbee is entering her senior season for the indoor track and field team this winter. STAFF FILE PHOTO

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Published: 12/4/2018 11:23:00 PM

Anna Wetherbee and Kamryn Reilly are ready for banner seasons for the Mahar girls indoor track and field team this winter.

Wetherbee, a senior for the Senators, will run and throw in multiple events this season. Wetherbee specializes in the 600-meter run and the long jump.

“You’ll see her run the 1,000 and you’ll see her in relays,” Mahar coach Sarah Woodward said. “She will high jump, throw shot put and she will hurdle.”

The versatile Wetherbee hopes to run track and field in college, according to Woodward.

“I am hoping she can go D-2 for track,” Woodward said. “If she gets into her number one school.”

Reilly is a junior and excels in jumping events for Mahar as well as some sprinting events.

The Senators went 10-3 last season with a lot of athletes returning.

Chloe Taddeo did well in throwing events last year but missed last year’s outdoor postseason beyond the WMass meet due to illness.

“She (Taddeo) has improved,” Woodward said. “Very coachable.”

Elina Gordon-Halpern is another thrower for the Senators who has promise.

Jordyn Berry is another chance for points for Mahar in multiple events. Berry’s best event is the high jump but she can multi-event for the Senators.

Freshman Caroline Chase returns from injury for Mahar. Chase injured her ankle at the beginning of last season and missed both winter and spring track.

“She can run anywhere from the 300 to the mile,” Woodward said of Chase, whose best event is the 800.

Senior Carissa Johnson is also a top sprinter for the Senators.

For the Mahar boys track and field team, it’s going to be a rebuilding year as five top point producers graduated.

“I had five seniors that were studs,” Woodward said. “They carried our team.”

This season the Senators do not yet have proven talent to replace those points, and numbers are down.

The team consists of seven high schoolers with a lot of middle schoolers filling out the roster.

Liam O’Donnell is a talented freshman distance runner for Mahar.

“He really held his own last year,” Woodward said.

Alex Currier is a sophomore who has a chance to gain points in sprinting and jumping events.

“It will be interesting to see what he can do this year,” Woodward said.

Thomas Shortis scored points in distance running last season.

The total roster consists of 11 middle schoolers.

“The focus is more on how each of them can improve individually,” Woodward said. “We might be able to beat the smaller schools but teams with a lot of kids, there’s no way.”

Mahar indoor track and field gets underway Friday at Smith College in Northampton against Ludlow, Pope Francis and Hampshire Regional.

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