High school track & field postseason starts Friday
Mairead Ferry of Frontier Regional pole vaults during a meet against Hampshire Regional Tuesday at Frontier. She earned a first place.
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Amherst Regional sophomore Taj-Amir Torres won the 100-meter dash at the All-State Track & Field Championships at Westfield State University Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »
Adrienne Pascucci of Northampton long jumps during a meet against Ludlow Thursday in Northampton.
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The postseason for track & field is here.
Tonight, the District F & G Division 2 championship meet will be held at Mohawk Trail Regional in Buckland.
Longtime contender Frontier Regional will take aim at the girls championship. Mount Greylock and Mahar could be there as well.
Southwick, Mohawk and Monument Mountain should contend on the boys side.
“When you get into this, it’s open to anybody,” Frontier girls coach Bob Smith said.
The divisional meets precede the West/Central Division 1 and 2 championships, which will be held May 25. The postseason format was changed during the offseason to reflect the East’s postseason schedule.
The Division 1 sectional meet is Saturday at Holyoke High School. The Amherst boys as well as the Amherst and Northampton girls will look to bring home titles.
“We look good but as a coach I look at the seedings and see all the things that can go wrong,” Amherst boys coach Chris Gould said.
The Frontier girls have three No. 1 seeds. Mairead Ferry is tops in the 400 hurdles, Natalie Mako is first in the mile and 2-mile, while the 4x800 relay has the best time.
Depth should help the Red Hawks. Clare Cycz and Kat Miner are seeded 2-3, respectively, in the high jump. Amanda Mozea is third in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Ferry is also second in the 110 hurdles, while Miner is fourth in the 200. Emilie Cycz is fourth in the 400 with Sarah Conlisk is fifth in the 800.
“We’ve had a good past two weeks,” Smith said. “Even with the weather being a little bit cool (Tuesday) we’ve had some great performances” in a win over Monson.
Hampshire’s highest seeded individual is Hope MacDonald, who is third in the 400. One second separates the top three seeds.
Holyoke Catholic’s Trevor Lewicki shares the No. 1 seed in the boys high jump. His 6-foot-4 mark ties Charles Verheyen of Mahar.
Field events start at 4:30 p.m. Running events start at 5.
The Amherst boys will look to carry its success during the regular season into the postseason.
The Hurricanes have four of the top six seeds in the long jump, led by No. 2 Taj-Amir Torres. If the jumpers perform, it could go a long way toward determining the meet.
“We work fairly hard as coaches to help them forget the seeds,” Gould said. “When was the last time a race went off like the seeds? Things are going to roll out differently.”
Torres is the top seed in the two sprints. His 100 dash time of 10.79 seconds is ahead of Central’s Oushane Lewis (11.04). Torres (22.04) is also ahead of Lewis (22.64) in the 200.
Amherst’s Fahmi Farah is No. 2 in the triple jump, while Aybars Gungor is second in the javelin.
Michael Stender and Allen Vance go 3-4, respectively, in the 400. Gary Burnett is second in the 400 hurdles.
Amherst’s distance team could give the team a lift. Gabe Fishman is first in the 800, while Ryan Stender is second in the 2-mile. The Hurricanes also own the top times in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
The Amherst girls have a number of top-seeded athletes. Kanya Brown (100), Emma Biggs (200), Ariel Christie (400 hurdles), Mel Devoney (mile), Anna Kaplan (2-mile) and the 4x100 relay are all top seeds.
The Amherst 4x4 and 4x8 relays are seeded second.
The Northampton girls will be led by Adrienne Pascucci. The senior is first in the high jump and first in the 100 hurdles. She is also a member of the No. 1 4x400 relay.
Khaila Ramirez (400), Erica Dean (800) and the 4x800 are also top seeds.
The Blue Devils, though, will be counting on their depth. Leah Tompkins (third) gives Hamp another high jumper.
Alexandra Dibrindisi (third), Pascucci (ffith) could place in the long jump.
Ramirez (second), Dibrindisi (third) and Isabelle Ness (fourth) could clog the 200, while Dibrindisi (third) and Mia Toffoli (fifth) join Ramirez in the 400.
Anna Moore is 0.22 seconds behind Dean in the 800, while Sierra Loomis is less than four seconds back in sixth.
Mariel Lutz (second, mile) and Sophie Sharp (third, triple jump) will also look to contribute.
South Hadley, which won the Suburban League, will be led by Angela Thibault, who is second in the pole vault and long jump.
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