Variety is spice of life for Mahar’s Reilly

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

Staff Writer
Published: 5/3/2019 10:50:15 AM
Modified: 5/3/2019 10:50:02 AM

Diversity of athletic competition is important for Kamryn Reilly of the Mahar Regional track and field team. 

Mixing it up between sprinting, jumping, and some relay races makes every day out on the track competing interesting for the junior. 

“You can do a bunch of different things,” Reilly said. “It’s not just the same thing for a few hours. It’s a bunch of things together. There’s so much going on.”

Blessed with a lot of natural athletic ability, Reilly’s talents in track and field have come to the forefront for the Senators.

Postponements staggered the start of the current season for several teams but the Senators are still sitting at 3-0 and in first place in the Intercounty League. 

The slow start to the season certainly didn’t affect Reilly, who made history for the Senators in a meet this week.

On Tuesday against Mohawk, Reilly tied a school record in the 100-meter dash that dates back to 1993 by Clarissa Rose.

To equal the record (12.6) that has endured over 25 years it helped to race against a teammate who has some wheels of her own.

Delaney Parker lined up with Reilly for the race.

“I was racing against her,” Reilly said. “Last meet they didn’t have us in the same first heat.  That definitely pushes both of us.”

Parker finished in second (12.8).

Reilly has multiple first-place finishes through three meets.  She has competed mostly in the long jump, high jump, 100, and the 4X100 relay team along with Caroline Chase, Gracie Marsh and Parker. 

Reilly is currently qualified for the WMass championships in the 100 and the long jump for individual events.

“I just want to keep improving my times,” Reilly said. “Hopefully I won’t just level out.”

The postseason brings a different level of competition and Reilly welcomes that challenge.

“I feel like it pushes me,” Reilly said. 

Reilly also excelled during the outdoor season. At the PVIAC championships, Reilly placed second (16-05.25) in the long jump. 

The jump trailed only Kay Conway of Longmeadow. 

At the Division 5 state championships, Reilly finished ninth (16-02.75) out of 25 competitors in the long jump. 

Reilly would like to continue competing at the collegiate level.

“I’ve been getting letters,” Reilly said. 

Reilly is largely undecided for college but she could pursue something pertaining to English after graduation.

Using the same Nike cleats that she has used since seventh grade, Reilly and the Senators are poised for postseason success.

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