Girls indoor track: South Hadley wins third straight PVIAC title; Northampton runs away with Division 1 crown

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  • Mary Yount, center, of Northampton, runs the mile beside teammates Naomi Andrew, center left, and Lila Lofving, center right, during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday at Smith College. Sarah Ross, of Agawam, runs, left, and Emily Boutin, of Pope Francis, runs, right. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Farrell Dawson, of South Hadley, runs the 600-meter during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anna Evans, of South Hadley, runs the 1000-meter during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Maddie Doolittle, center, of South Hadley, runs the 55-meter hurdles final beside Kayla Rodriguez, left, East Longmeadow, and Victoria Marin, of Greenfield, during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mary Yount, of Northampton, runs the 1000-meter during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Lindsay Marjanski, of South Hadley, high jumps during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday at Smith College. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nava Chevan, of Northampton, crosses the finish line in the 600-meter run during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Farrell Dawson, of South Hadley, long jumps during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday at Smith College. She took first place. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Isabela Shepard, of Amherst Regional, runs the 600-meter during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday at Smith College. Shepard won the event. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Isabela Shepard, of Amherst Regional, runs in the 4x200-meter relay during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Lindsay Marjanski, of South Hadley, runs in the 4x200-meter relay during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nava Chevan, of Northampton, run the 300-meter dash during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mary Yount, of Northampton, runs the two mile during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 2/7/2020 11:31:38 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Farrell Dawson started long jumping to help the team.

South Hadley didn’t have anyone in the event, so the junior picked it up. Then she started winning and started enjoying it.

“I came into the season expecting at Western Mass. to run the 600, 4x8 and 4x4,” Dawson said. “(South Hadley coach Nick Davis) threw me in it. I’ve been jumping ever since.”

She cleared 16 feet, 10¼ inches to win the PVIAC Indoor Track and Field title at Smith College on Friday and set a school record in the process.

“We don’t have people in every event, to be able to be that long jumper and help the team was good,” Dawson said. “I didn’t think it was going to be that much of an event for me, but now I do like it.”

The 10 points she earned for first place helped the Tigers clinch their third straight sectional title. South Hadley scored 74 points, while Northampton had 69. Trophies were awarded for both small and large schools at the meet. South Hadley was awarded the PVIAC Division 2 trophy, while the Blue Devils won the Division 1 crown.

“We couldn’t have had a stronger night. Considering how the season has gone with everyone as sick as they were, we couldn’t have a better day,” Davis said. “Realistically, I can’t ask for more of the girls.”

Maddie Doolittle finished second in the 55-meter hurdles, capturing a school record in 9.04 seconds. Lindsay Marjanski cleared 5-1 in the high jump and placed second. Teammates Ella Francis and Emma Sanford tied for fifth at 4-10.

Anna Evans finished second in the 1,000 (3:17.36).

Dawson also took second in the 600, crossing the line in 1:42.17. Amherst Regional senior Isabela Shepard beat her to win her third straight second title in the event (1:40.2).

“I like to chase, but I haven’t found people in western Mass. to chase yet,” Shepard said. “I went into it with the intention of doing it pretty much alone.”

The relays put targets in front of Shepard. Amherst dueled with South Hadley in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relay. Shepard ran the anchor leg of both events and chased down Lindsay Marjanski to win the 4x2 and battled Dawson to win the 4x4.

“If you like to chase people, the anchor leg is a good place to be,” Shepard said. “I thought I had (Dawson), but she was right next to me, and I guess I pulled in that one last leg through the finish line.”

The Hurricanes prevailed by .01 seconds in the 4x4. Danielle Beason, Anajisa Robinson and Juliana Shepard ran with Isabela Shepard (4:13.92). Robinson, Beason and Ryu Eunseo also ran on the 4x2 (1:51.16). The Hurricanes scored 51 points and were the Division 1 runner up.

Robinson placed fourth in the 300 (43.11) followed by Beason in fifth (44.26). Maddie Shea finished fifth in the 1,000 (3:25.88).

Northampton celebrated with the Division 1 trophy following a balanced effort.

Four underclassmen – Adele Jordan, Norah Reade, Lily Shimpach and Maggie Reade – delivered a championship in the 4x800 relay at 10:46.34.

“The future’s really bright for that,” Northampton coach Linda Rowbothom said.

Senior Mary Yount secured her first Western Mass. title after four years of running. She crossed the line first in the 1,000 at 3:13.31.

“I’ve always got second or close second,” Yount said. “It was great, it does feel really nice, No. 1, you get that title.”

She added a third in the mile (5:13.54) and a fourth in the 2-mile (12:14.73). It was the second time in two years Yount ran all three distance events at the PVIAC Championships.

“I knew I could do it again,” Yount said.

Saraphina Forman was third in the 2-mile for the Blue Devils (12:32.74). Nava Chevan was third in the 600 (1:44.28).

Jordan added fourth place finishes in the 55 hurdles (9.4) and long jump (16-1.5).

Lia Lofving finished fifth in the mile (5:45.28).

Hampshire Regional’s Hannah Wodecki placed third in the shot put (31-5).

Holyoke’s 4x200 relay took ninth (1:58.31).




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