Amherst Regional boys track and field team earns three titles at state invitational
The Amherst Regional boys track and field team earned three titles at the State Track Coaches Invitational in New Bedford on Saturday.
Taj-Amir Torres, Dylan Owens and Thomas Jeffries all took home first-place finishes.
Torres ran the 100 meters in 10.79 seconds and won in a photo finish. Torres was also ninth in the long jump (19 feet, 11 inches).
Owens, who entered the meet as the 26th seed, won the 200 with a time of 22.91 seconds in another extremely close race.
Jeffries, meanwhile, cleared 11 feet, 6 inches for first place in the pole vault.
The 4x100 relay team of Devin Clarke, Owens, Noris Cuevas-Nova and Torres took third with a time of 44.66, while Aybars Gungor was fourth in the javelin (163 feet, 6 inches).
Gary Burnett ran the 400 hurdles in 56.99 seconds, good for fifth, and was ninth in the 110 hurdles (16.16).
The 4x800 relay team of Allen Vance, Connor Evans, Ryan Stender and Gabe Fishman took fifth with a time of 8:19.63.
Fishman (4:32.11) was also sixth in the mile, while Stender was ninth (4:34.41).
Vance cleared 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump for 10th.
Girls track & field
Emma Biggs of Amherst Regional broke a school record in the 200 meters with a time of 25.82 seconds. She finished third in the event.
Mel Devoney (11:22.88) earned a third-place finish in the two-mile, while Anna Kaplan (5:25.5) was fourth in the mile.
The 4x400 relay team was fourth at 4:13.77), while the 4x100 relay took fifth (50.88).
For Northampton, Khaila Ramirez (59.37) took fourth in the 400.
The 4x800 relay team was ninth at 10:22.49.
Top-seeded Amherst Regional sisters Nicole and Allison McCann each rolled to 6-0, 6-0 victories in the second round of the Western Massachusetts individual girls tennis tournament Sunday at Smith College.
No. 1 Nicole McCann, the defending champion, defeated Lilly Roberts of Chicopee, while No. 2 Allison McCann beat Brianna Flahive of Sci-Tech.
Northampton’s Phoebe Gelbard also reached the third round after knocking out Tulsi Mali of East Longmeadow 6-4, 7-6 (4).
In doubles, the No. 4 seeded Northampton duo of Katherine Lesko and Olivia Bernstein moved on to the second round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Katy McClaflin and Melissa Iczkowski of Holyoke Catholic.
The No. 5 pairing of Sarah Knapp and Hannah Lang from Amherst advanced with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Justice Pellegrino and Hannah Sullivan.
No. 2 seed Amutha Muthukumar and Samantha Doctor had a bye into next weekend.
The tournament will resume Saturday.
Belchertown teammates Kevin Lindhult and Ethan Smith each advanced to the third round of the Western Massachusetts individual boys tennis tournament Sunday at Longmeadow.
Lindhult, the No. 7 seed, had a bye into the second round and defeated Andrew Zykowski of Amherst, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round. Smith, meanwhile, defeated Zach Hall of Ludlow (7-5, 6-2) and Garrett Lemieux of Holyoke (6-1, 6-1) to advance.
No. 6 seed Jonah Kuder-Flam of Northampton had a bye in the first round and beat Jonah Majumder of Mount Greylock, 6-2, 6-3 to move on.
Francois Venne of Northampton, James Kirwin of Amherst and Zykowski each won first-round matches, but had their tournament end in the second round.
The doubles tournament will begin and singles will resume Saturday.
Lexington 13, Amherst Regional 11 — The Hurricanes (25-1) suffered their first loss of the season at the Northeastern championship semifinals Sunday in Devens.
Amherst, the defending champion, trailed 7-6 at halftime and couldn’t come back against a squad it beat 15-10 in the Amherst Invitational a week prior.
Tim Bobrowski scored four goals and had an assist in the title game, while David Julien had five assists.
Leland Rege-Colt scored twice and threw one assist.
Lexington defeated Needham in the title game.
Amherst won its four other games over the weekend by a combined score of 54-18.
It will head to the state championship in Greenfield on Memorial Day weekend.
Hampshire Regional 12, South Hadley 0 — The Raiders (11-1) launched three two-run home runs and cruised to the victory Saturday in Westhampton.
Danielle McGan (2-for-3) and Anna Dziok (1-for-2) blasted homers as Hampshire took control with seven runs in the third inning. Savannah Waters (4-for-5) then added a homer of her own in the fourth.
Chelsea Moussette went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Ashlee McGan allowed four hits in the shutout. She struck out eight and walked one.
Tess Gauther had a double for the Tigers (3-11).
Williston 15, Kingsood-Oxford 0 — Sisters Grace Simpson and Karly Simpson of South Hadley combined for six goals and five assists as the Wildacts (13-0) remained unbeaten with a win in West Hartford, Conn.
Grace Simpson scored a team-high four goals to go with two assists, while Karly Simpson added two and three.
Maddie Hatch contributed three goals and two assists.
Janelle Parker made five saves in net.
Girls water polo
Williston 9, Loomis 3 — Maddy Stern of Northampton scored six goals as the Wildcats (5-10) cruised at home Saturday.
Persis Ticknor-Swanson of Easthampton added two goals, while Aubrey Berghoff of Easthampton had one.
Mary McCarthy made 20 saves.
Suffield 6, Williston 3 — Ledell Robinson had an RBI single and scored a run for the Wildcats (6-6) at home Saturday.
Hampshire Regional 12,
South Hadley 0 (6)
S. Hadley 000 000 —0 4 1
Hampshire 007 221 —12 13 1
WP - A. McGan; LP - Kelleher
Records: Hampshire (11-1); South Hadley (3-11)