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Frontier Regional girls top West/Central Division 2 track

  • Maya Zamek of Hampshire Regional, left, Katherine Miner of Frontier Regiona, center, and Allie Smiley of Notre Dame Academy run in the 200-meter duringthe West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Maya Zamek of Hampshire Regional, left, Katherine Miner of Frontier Regiona, center, and Allie Smiley of Notre Dame Academy run in the 200-meter duringthe West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University.
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  • Mairead Ferry of Frontier Regional, center, clears the final hurdle in the 100-meter during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Mairead Ferry of Frontier Regional, center, clears the final hurdle in the 100-meter during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University.
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  • Amanda Mozea of Frontier Regional throws the discus Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amanda Mozea of Frontier Regional throws the discus Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University.
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  • Natalie Mako of Frontier Regional, right, runs in the two-mile Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Natalie Mako of Frontier Regional, right, runs in the two-mile Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University.
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  • Katherine Miner of Frontier Regional high jumps Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Katherine Miner of Frontier Regional high jumps Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University.
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  • Natalie Mako of Frontier Regional runs in the two-mile Monday duringthe West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. She won the event.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Natalie Mako of Frontier Regional runs in the two-mile Monday duringthe West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. She won the event.
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  • Mairead Ferry of Frontier Regional pole vaults during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Mairead Ferry of Frontier Regional pole vaults during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University.
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  • ADRIENNE PASCUCCI, NORTHAMPTON

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  • KANYA BROWN, AMHERST REGIONAL

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  • Maya Zamek of Hampshire Regional, left, Katherine Miner of Frontier Regiona, center, and Allie Smiley of Notre Dame Academy run in the 200-meter duringthe West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Mairead Ferry of Frontier Regional, center, clears the final hurdle in the 100-meter during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amanda Mozea of Frontier Regional throws the discus Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Natalie Mako of Frontier Regional, right, runs in the two-mile Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Katherine Miner of Frontier Regional high jumps Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Natalie Mako of Frontier Regional runs in the two-mile Monday duringthe West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. She won the event.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Mairead Ferry of Frontier Regional pole vaults during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • ADRIENNE PASCUCCI, NORTHAMPTON
  • KANYA BROWN, AMHERST REGIONAL

As long as Notre Dame Academy didn’t finish first or second in the 4x400 relay, the Red Hawks would leave Westfield State as champions.

Notre Dame finished eighth in the event to finish with 54 points and give the Frontier (61) the distinction of winning the first combined championship meet between the two regions.

“It means a lot to this team because they worked really hard,” Frontier coach Bob Smith said, just before his team surrounded him and cheered. “We no longer just show up. We were here to play.”

Before this year, Division 2 and Division 1 competed together for the Western Mass. championship.

“It was silly with both divisions in the same place,” Smith said. “This change to divisional is really good to run against schools that are our size.”

Smith pointed to a regular season loss to South Hadley, which snapped a 107 dual-meet winning streak, as a turning point for the season.

“That was the best thing to happen to us,” he said. “We knew we can’t just show up and win.”

On a sunny day at the Gerry Gravel Track, Frontier’s Natalie Mako took first in the two-mile (11.17.38). The senior won by 19 seconds, scoring the team’s first 10 points.

“Our team is amazing,” Mako said. “I’m so proud of everybody. I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”

Mako advanced to All-States on Saturday back at Westfield State. It’s her first appearance at the state level for track and field, but she’s been there since eighth grade for cross country.

“They’re a lot of really good runners there (at states),” said Mako, who also placed fifth in the mile (5:26.57), one spot out of All-State qualification. “We’ll see what the day brings for me.”

Frontier’s Mairead Ferry also qualified for All-States in the 400-hurdles (second place, 1:08.09), the 100-hurdles (third place, 16.39) and the pole vault (second, 8 feet, 6 inches).

“It was a good day for me and the whole team,” Ferry said. “Everyone on the team tried really hard and it paid off.”

Also qualifying for Frontier were Katherine Miner and Amanda Mozea.

Miner, a freshman, took second in the 200-meter (26.66) and was fourth in the high jump (5-0).

“It was one of the better runs I’ve had,” Miner said. “Everyone is running great.”

Mozea was third (37-2) in the shot-put and eighth in the discus (92-8).

Emilie Cycz scored for Frontier with an eighth-place finish (1:03.12) in the 400.

The 4x800 relay team of Savannah Emery, Caitlin Burnett, Taryn Marquis and Sarah Conlisk took sixth for Frontier in 10:35.41. Conlisk also took eighth in the javelin (100-6).

The Frontier boys placed 26th out of 35 schools with seven points. The 4x800 relay team of Justin Blake, Dylan Talbot, Collin Higgins and Oliver Fox qualified for states with a fourth-place finish in 3:34.66.

Also scoring for the Redhawks were Jamie Blinder in the pole vault (fifth, 10-6); Fox in the 400 (eighth, 52.81) and Justin Blake (seventh, 1:01.02) and Andrew Lankarge (eight, 1:01.31) in the 400-hurdles.

The Hampshire Regional boys were 20th overall with 11 points highlighted by their 4x100 relay team of Lucius Burrell, Tanner Bzdel, Ryan Rogers and Alec Leavvitt, which earned a trip to states with a third-place finish in 45.67.

Bzdel was sixth (19 feet, 7.5 inches) in the long jump, while Matt Rigali placed fifth (59.69) in the 400-hurdles for the Raiders.

The Hampshire girls placed 24th with eight points and had one state qualifier — the 4x400 relay team of Margaret Pooler, Elizabeth Woods, Lauren Aldrich and Hope MacDonald, which finished fourth in 4:20.71. Marissa Otis added a sixth-place finish in the triple jump (34-10.50) for the Raiders.

The Holyoke Catholic boys placed 21st (nine points) while the girls finished 31st (four points).

Katherine Zombik placed eighth in the 100-hurdles (17.29) while Trevor Lewicki finished seventh in the long jump (19-6). Lewicki also qualified for states with a fourth-place finish in the high jump (5-10). Dominic Marconi placed fifth for Holyoke Catholic in the shot put (43-08).

The Putnam and Auburn boys teams tied for first place with 49 points.

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