Frontier Regional girls capture Division 2 track & field championship
BUCKLAND — The Frontier Regional girls track & field team may have had a 107-meet winning streak snapped this season, but on Friday night the Red Hawks showed the rest of the District F & G Division 2 field that they are still a force to be reckoned with.
The Red Hawks finished with more than twice as many points as their nearest opponent to win the championship at Mohawk Trail Regional.
On the strength of two wins from Natalie Mako and three top-two finishes by Mairead Ferry, the Red Hawks piled up 140 points to cruise to the win. Mount Greylock placed second with 64 points with Hampshire Regional third with 63 points. Holyoke Catholic was 13th with 19 points.
South Hadley beat Frontier earlier in the season to end its winning streak that started in 1997.
“I think that loss served as a really big lesson to everyone on this team,” Ferry said. “Some of the kids that may not feel as important to the team’s success at times, realized that they really count and we need them just as much as everyone else. Every person matters on this team.”
Mako cruised to wins in the mile and 2-mile, setting meet records in both events. She won the mile in 5 minutes, 18.84 seconds, and then captured the 2-mile in 11:03.69, finishing more than 1:20 in front of the next closest competitor.
“I’m so proud of all these girls,” Mako said. “Everyone is so supportive and I’ve loved running with all these people for so long.”
Ferry won the 400 intermediate hurdles in 1:08.10, and also placed second in the 100 high hurdles (16.95 seconds) and the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches), earning personal bests in all three events.
Clare Cycz and Kat Miner placed second and fourth, respectively, in the high jump for Frontier. Miner was also second in the 200.
Amanda Mozea was third in the discus and shot put for the Red Hawks.
Jaime Byrne was third in the pole vault, while Emilie Cycz was third in the 400, while Sarah Conlisk was third in the 800.
In the relays, Frontier placed second in the 4x100, third in the 4x400 and first in the 4x800.
Marissa Otis and Elleri Wisner led Hampshire in the 100 dash placing third and fourth respectively, with identical times of 13.47 seconds. Otis was also third in the triple jump.
Hampshire placed second in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Katherine Zombik, of Holyoke Catholic, was third in the 100 hurdles in 16.84 seconds. Teammate Audrey Boraski was second in the 2-mile.
Monument Mountain won the championship with 118.2 points. Mohawk and Greenfield tied for second with 53, while Hampshire was fifth with 43.4 points.
Frontier was 14th with 27, while Holyoke Catholic was 16th with 21.
Tanner Bzdel won the long jump in 19-9.25 for Hampshire, while Ryan Rogers was third in the 110 hurdles. Matt Rigali of Hampshire was second in the 400 hurdles.
The Raiders also won the 4x100 relay.
Oliver Fox of Frontier was third in the 400.
Trevor Lewicki, of Holyoke Catholic, placed third in the high jump (5-10) and long jump (19-6).
Dominic Marconi of Catholic was third in the shot put.