PVIAC Indoor Track: Hampshire County athletes shine in Meet No. 1 

By GARRETT COTE and HANNAH BEVIS

Staff Writers

Published: 12-11-2023 8:37 PM

Modified: 12-14-2023 1:53 PM


The first PVIAC indoor track meet of the season took place at Smith College on Sunday, with five Hampshire County teams in action. Three local teams turned in perfect days, as South Hadley, Northampton, and Hampshire boys and girls teams led the way with two wins apiece, each program combining for a 4-0 record on opening day.

Holyoke and Amherst were the other two schools competing on Sunday, with Frontier resting on a bye. The Purple Knights went 1-2 in both the boys and girls, as did the Hurricanes.

Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of how all programs did.

Girls teamsHolyoke

Dual meet scores: Holyoke 47, Sci-Tech 16; Longmeadow 69, Holyoke 26; West Springfield 57, Holyoke 37

Highlights: Yasani Thompson turned in a time of 7.53 seconds in the 55-meter dash to take home first place by 0.13 seconds over the next finisher. Kayshaly Garcia crossed the line fifth at 7.96 to give the Purple Knights two top-five finishers.

In the 300-meter dash, Jaylene Moquin finished third (45.94) while Siobhan Armstrong ran a 48.50 to take home seventh place. Julia Guzik placed seventh in the 600-meter run as well. Moquin added to her solid day with a ninth-place finish in the high jump, and Garcia picked up eighth place in the long jump. Veronica Colon also impressed with a 13-11.00 (fifth place) in the long jump. 

The Holyoke 4x200 relay team took home second overall with a 1:55.68.

Hampshire

Dual meet scores: Hampshire 83, Athol 9; Hampshire 78, Hampden East 3

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Highlights: Charlotte Letendre raced to a second-place finish in the 300-meter dash, just barely missing out on first with a time of 44.86. In the 600-meter run, Natalie Dunlap was the fifth participant to cross the line, turning in a 1:59.01 to crack the top five. Keegan Butler (3:37.77) excelled in the 1,000-meter run – coming in second place as one of three Raiders top-10 finishers. Joining Butler was Talia Craig (3:56.42) and Kaylee Rooney (4:02.76), who finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

The top five in the girls mile was filled with Hampshire runners, as Maggie Lashway (third, 6:10.32) Gabriella Dybacki (fourth, 6:19.97), and Sophia Lashway (fifth, 6:30.52) turned in terrific performances, while Kathleen Barry crossed the line in 12:34.81, good for second place in the two mile. Ava Gaida and Rachel O’Connel took home sixth and seventh in the 55-meter hurdles.

The Raiders 4x200 relay team took home fifth overall with a 2:03.02.

Northampton

Dual meet scores: Northampton 95, SICS 0; Northampton 87, Central 8; Northampton 70, Ludlow 25

Highlights: Allie Sullivan ran a 7.69 to take home second place in the 55-meter dash, and Nora Thomas was close behind (8.06) at eighth place. Maddalen Figueroa-Starr ran a 46.60 in the 300-meter dash to cross the line second. Also cracking the top 10 in that race was Olive Little (50.06) and Helen Tejirian (50.12). 

Ella Hoogendyk (1:55.11) led the way in the 600-meter run, as she placed first in what was a Blue-Devil filled race. Tess Geis-Benton finished third (1:55.80) and Odessa Gianesin placed fourth (1:56.83) in a dominant Northampton effort. Charlotte Shimpach ran an impressive 3:44.97 to finish second in the 1,000-meter run, and Emily Lippiello took home sixth at 3:52.08.

Malia Silver finished first in the mile (5:51.41), starting her season on a strong foot. Geis-Benton’s terrific day continued in the two mile, as her time of 13:09.90 was plenty good for first place. Zoe Engel (15:07.87) and Elizabeth King-Pollet (16:01.82) finished fifth and sixth in the race as well.

Camilla Brewer blazed past the competition in the 55-meter hurdles, bringing home a first-place finish in a time of 9.55. Allison Edmands (10.78) and Alya Mourad (10.81) were neck-and-neck with each other, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Blue Devils 4x200 relay team took home second in the late heat with a 1:55.89.

South Hadley

Dual meet scores: South Hadley 71, Pioneer 20; South Hadley 59, Southwick 26

Highlights: The 55-meter dash was dominated by Tigers, as Abigail Gelinas (third, 7.75), Lauren Marjanski (fourth, 7.80), and Allison Fleury (seventh, 8.03) each cracked the top 10 with strong outings.

Fleury (48.83) also finished fourth in the 300-meter dash, and Mikayla Weaver (49.42) crossed the line seventh. Emma Levreault (second, 1:55.72) and Rachel Yabra (fifth, 1:58.43) tossed in two top-five performances in the 600-meter run for South Hadley, which set up for a huge Tiger takeover in the 1,000-meter run. Gwen Marion (3:46.60), Izzy Scott (3:46.80), and Quinlin Cook (3:47.41) were right next to each other, finishing third, fourth and fifth all within one second. Scott then went on to turn in a third-place effort in the mile with a time of 6:12.01. Marion (6:17.52) was behind Scott, taking home sixth.

Cook returned to the track for the two mile, crossing the line third with a time of 13:21.59. South Hadley’s 4x200 relay team took home third in the late heat with a 1:56.52.

Amherst

Dual meet scores: Amherst 34, SICS 0; Agawam 64, Amherst 26; Ludlow 65, Amherst 22

Highlights: Amherst was led by Brooklyn Court, who leaped to a fourth place finish in the long jump with a 13-11 jump. 

Both Ololara Baptiste (fifth, 7.92) and Kora Brissett (ninth, 8.09) cracked the top 10 in the 55 meter dash.

Another pair of ‘Canes got top spots in the mile run, with Brooke Nedeau (6:15.50) and Claire Kennedy (6:27.36) placing fifth and ninth, respectively. 

Jazmin Alvarado-Machuca placed 10th in the 600 run (2:17.41), and the team’s 4x200 meter relay team placed fourth in 1:58.26. 

Boys teamsHolyoke

Dual meet scores: Holyoke 73, Springfield Sci/Tech 11; West Springfield 67, Holyoke 28

Highlights: Jaden Diaz led the Purple Knights with a first place finish in the shot put (44-4) while Elijah Quinn took a third place finish in the two mile run (10:40.77)

Holyoke’s Ryan Kennedy placed fifth in the 600 meter run (1:40.97) and teammate Pablo Tapion took sixth in the 1000 meter run (3:05.92). Ethan Zayas took ninth in the high jump (5-6) and Matthew Dumoulin placed ninth in the 55 meter hurdles (10.28). 

The team’s 4x200 meter relay placed fourth in 1:42.80. 

Hampshire

Dual meet scores: Hampshire 73, Athol 22; Hampshire 78, Hampden Charter East 3

Highlights: Jaiden Kudelka had a strong outing for the Raiders on Sunday, winning the long jump (19-3), placing second in the 55 meter dash (6.75) and seventh in the 300 dash (39.03)

Nick Brisson also earned a first place finish, winning the mile run by 15 seconds in 4:46.90. Tim Cahill (fifth, 5:08.92) and Nicholas Elias-Gilette (sixth, 5:11.65) also took top 10 finishes in the mile. 

Owen Cubi (fourth, 1:36.85) and Jack Laliberte (seventh, 1:42.28) placed in the 600 meter run and Oscar Schiff finished fifth in the 1000 meter run (3:04.56); Cubi also took eighth in the 55 meter hurdles (10.27). 

Zach Jones took sixth in the two mile (11:21.30), Gavin Dafonte placed eighth (11:37.52) and Nicholas Jones finished close behind in 10th (11:41.78). 

Hampshire’s 4x200 meter team placed sixth (1:44.50) 

Northampton

Dual meet scores: Ludlow 63, Northampton 28; Northamptpn 83, SICS 0; Northampton 55, Central 31

Highlights: Ryland Breen started the Blue Devils off with a bang in their first meet of the season with a first place finish in the 55 meter dash (6.80). Breen also took eighth in the shot put (32-1.5)

The Blue Devils’ 4x200 relay also finished first overall, combining for a 1:38.82 finish. 

Juan Jose Adams Causton edged out Central’s Julio Vasquez by half an inch to earn second place in the long jump with an 18-10 mark. 

Xander Lane placed fourth in the mile (5:16.59), followed by teammate Ari Daube-Valois in ninth (5:44.05). Davis Wheat placed fifth in the 600 meter run (1:29.66) and also took 10th in the shot put (30-11.25) while Alex Sirois placed seventh in the 1000 meter run (2:58.78). 

Three Northampton runners finished in the top 10 in the 2 mile run –  Jonathan Parker Yourga (sixth, 11:26.99), Liam Ewers (seventh, 11:46.64) and Pranav Belur (eighth, 12:01.75). 

South Hadley

Dual meet scores: South Hadley 59, Pioneer 13; South Hadley 37, Southwick 30

Highlights: Nathan Hutchinson collected a pair of top three finishes for the Tigers, placing second in the 2 mile run (11:01.82), outleaning Mohawk Trail’s Peter Healy (11:01.92) at the finish, and also taking third in the 1,000 meter run (2:51.37). 

Jameson Weber picked up a pair of top 10 finishes, placing fifth in the 55 meter hurdles (9.10) and tied for eighth in the high jump (5-0). 

Micah Litovich took ninth in the 300 dash (42.05) and the 4x200 team took fourth place (1:44.94). 

Amherst

Dual meet scores: Agawam 50, Amherst 44; Ludlow 47, Amherst 44; Amherst 68, SICS 0

Highlights: The ‘Canes collected a number of first-place finishes in their first indoor meet of the season. 

Three athletes earned the top spot in their respective events – David Pinero-Jacome placed first in the 600 run (1:24.77), Nico Lisle won the 1000 meter run (2:43.76) and Logan Alfandari threw the furthest mark in the shot put with a 50-7 mark. 

The ‘Canes also went 1-2 in a number of events; Moniha Krouch took second in the shot put behind Alfandari with a 42-2.75, Kyle Yanko raced across the line less than a second behind Lisle in the 1,000 (2:44.59) and David Pinero-Jacome’s twin brother Miguel placed second in the 600 (1:25.51), followed closely by teammate Owen Platt in third (1:28.68) to round out the top three. 

Miles Jeffries finished as the runner-up in the 300 dash (39.42) and Elias Katsaros placed sixth in the mile run (5:19.33). Sebastian Stinson finished seventh in the long jump (17-5.5).

Yoh Morita took ninth in the 1000 run (3:01.65) and Calvin Cusick also placed ninth in the 2 mile run (12:34.79). The ‘Canes 4x200 team placed third overall (1:44.50).