Busy weekend with New England track, baseball finals
Rain or shine the New England Interscholastic Track & Field Championship will be held Saturday.
The 68th annual meet is scheduled to begin with field events at 10 a.m. at Willow Brook Park, New Britain, Conn. Running events start at 10:30 a.m.
Amherst Regional sophomore Taj-Amir Torres will be looking to take home the unofficial title of “Fastest High Schooler in New England.”
Torres is the No. 1 seed in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.72 seconds.
The top seven seeds are all sub.-11 second sprinters.
David Campbell, of Bloomfield (Conn.) is second at 10.83 and is followed by Jashane Brown (10.88), of Middletown (Conn.), Deangelo Berry (10.93), of Xavier (Conn.), Evan Lexo (10.95), of Groton-Dunstable, Tikuan Johnson (10.97), of Windsor (Conn.), and Ryan Williams (10.98), of East Providence, R.I.
Campbell, Brown, Berry and Johnson are seniors. Williams is a junior, while Lexo is a sophomore.
Torres competed against some of the sprinters when he placed second in the 55 dash during the indoor New England championship in March.
Of the top seven Saturday, only Campbell reached the finals of the 55, but he was disqualified with a false start.
Torres, who according to milesplit.com has the 30th fastest 100 time for sophomores in the country, isn’t the only Hurricane competing at New Englands.
Amherst senior Gary Burnett is the sixth seed (39.63) in the 300 hurdles. Ben Colello, of Lincoln-Sudbury, is the top seed at 37.61.
Burnett ran the 400 hurdles through the All-State championships.
Meanwhile, the Amherst 4x100 relay is seeded 17th in 43.71. Senior Devin Clarke, senior Dylan Owens, freshman JJ Sylla and Torres ran the 100 at All-States and placed sixth.
Windsor (Conn.) is No. 1 at 41.62.
In the girls championship, the Northampton 4x400 relay is seeded eighth in 3:59.41. Alexandra Dibrindisi, Sierra Loomis, Khaila Ramirez and Mia Toffoli ran that time with a third-place finish at All-States.
Bishop Guertin (R.I.) is No. 1 at 3:53.87.
Northampton senior Adrienne Pascucci is among six jumpers tied for second in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches. Erin Schaeffer (Norwich, Conn.), Madeline Pacella (Keene, N.H.) and Ellen DiPietro (Marshfield) are tied for first at 5-6.
Dibrindisi is seeded 20th in the long jump at 16-9. Amy Taintor (E.O. Smith, Conn.) is first at 19-3∕4.
Live results will be posted at www.nestiming.com.
Due to Friday’s rain, Saturday’s Western Massachusetts Tournament championship tripleheader at UMass was postponed to Sunday.
No. 3 Frontier Regional (17-6) will face No. 5 Smith Academy (20-3) at 10:45 a.m. in the Division 3 title game at Lorden Field.
Red Hawks ace Peter Watroba will get the start. Watroba started last year’s final against Mount Everett, which beat Frontier 3-1 for the program’s first title.
The Red Hawks have been regulars in the Division 3 final. Sunday’s appearance will mark the ninth time since 2000 Frontier reached the championship game. The Red Hawks have three titles during that span.
This is the first finals appearence for Frontier coach Chuck Holt, who took over when Aaron Campbell left after 10 years.
David Longstreeth will get the start for the Falcons, who are playing in their second finals in the last six years.
Frontier beat Smith Academy 15-6 in 2008.
The Falcons are seeking their first sectional title.
This is Smith Academy’s third sectional final of the academic year. The boys soccer team fell to Hopkins in the title game. The boys basketball team beat St. Joseph’s for the sectional championship. That team eventually fell to Danvers in the state finals.
In the Division 2 baseball final, No. 2 Mount Greylock (18-3) will play No. 5 Greenfield (18-4) at 1:15 p.m.
In Division 1, No. 7 Westfield (14-9) faces No. 1 Agawam (17-5) at 4 p.m.