Multiple Athol, Mahar school records fall at PVIAC indoor track championships

  • Mahar's Kamryn Reilly competes in the 55-meter dash during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mohawk's Dennis Simmons, front, and Mahar's Liam O'Donnell compete in the 2-mile run during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Caroline Chase, center, competes in the 600-meter run during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Caroline Chase, center, competes in the 600-meter run during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mohawk's Dennis Simmons, front, and Mahar's Liam O'Donnell compete in the 2-mile run during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Kamryn Reilly competes in the high jump during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Athol's Mason Barrieau competes in the 600-meter run during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Carra Fitzgerald, left, competes in the 1-mile event during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Carra Fitzgerald competes in the 1-mile event during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Jordyn Berry competes in the high jump during the PVIAC indoor track championship Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 2/9/2019 1:18:43 AM

NORTHAMPTON — Several school records fell for the Mahar and Athol indoor track and field teams at the PVIAC championships, Friday at Smith College.

While competing in the 1,000-meter run, a giant indoor track facility with hundreds of spectators seemed empty for Dennis St. Jean of Athol.

“I just zoned in,” St. Jean said. “I could not hear anything. I was focused on my splits and what I was doing. I had my times memorized. It was really consistent throughout the race. ”

The focus gave St. Jean a school record in the event.

St. Jean’s time (2 minutes, 43.92 seconds) broke the previous school record set by Scott Bockus (2:44.00) in 2009.

St. Jean placed sixth at the championships.

“I was waiting to blow up,” St. Jean said. “But I finished really strong and I was happy.”

The Athol boys team tied for 12th out of 22 schools with 13 points. Northampton placed first with 89 points.

Carra Fitzgerald, of Mahar, broke her own school record (5:34.67) in the mile for a seventh-place finish.

“It was good,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t really think about the record.”

Fitzgerald placed fifth (12:13.56) in the 2-mile run, but was bothered by tight muscles during the race. The Mahar girls placed seventh with 24 points. South Hadley was first with 71 points.

Mason Barrieau placed seventh in the 55-high hurdles (8.74) and third in the 600 (1.26.51) for the Red Raiders.

“The hurdles were OK, not anything special,” Barrieau said. “I was seeded second in the 600. There was one guy that was faster than me. I wanted to stay just behind that one guy. Once I let him pass me everyone passed me and I was stuck behind making up ground.”

Mahar’s Kamryn Reilly (7.63) placed seventh and broke a school record in the 55.

“I was racing against harder girls,” Reilly said. “I was just trying to keep up with them. But I didn’t do as well as I wanted in the high jump.”

Reilly was ninth (4 feet, 7 inches) in the high jump for the Senators. She was second in the long jump at 16-5¼. Teammate Anna Wetherbee was fifth (15-8½).

Chloe Taddeo was sixth in the shot put (31-11½) for Mahar.

Mahar’s 4x800 relay team of Aileen Fitzgerald, Grace Rich, Emma Savoy and Caroline Chase was seventh (10:54.22) out of 15 schools.

Chase was 11th (1:49.11) in the 600 for the Senators.

Athol’s top relay team was the seventh-place (9:11.74) 4x800 of St. Jean, Barrieau, Anthony Marcucci and Colby Soltysik.


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