Indoor track: Northampton, South Hadley take aim at state divisional titles

  • Tobias L'Esperance, of Northampton, crosses the finish line to earn a first place in the two mile during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jonas Clarke, of South Hadley, reacts to his time of 6.44 seconds in a preliminary heat in the 55-meter dash during the PVIAC indoor track championships, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Smith College. 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

  • 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

  • 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

Staff Writer
Published: 2/14/2020 8:14:12 PM
Modified: 2/14/2020 8:14:00 PM

Any event longer than a sprint at Saturday’s Division 4 indoor track state championships has Northampton all over it.

The Blue Devils hold the top seed in the 1,000-meter run, mile, 2-mile and 4x800 relay at the Reggie Lewis Center. The meet will start at 10:30 a.m. Tobias L’Esperance is the man to beat in both the mile (4 minutes, 26.17 seconds) and 2-mile (9:33.32),

Benjamin Howe holds the No. 1 seed in the 1,000 (2:33.51) and is No. 2 in the mile (4:27.42). Simon LaClair is close behind his teammate in the 1,000 in second (2:33.99).

The Blue Devils are more than 18 seconds clear of the field on paper in the 4x8 (8:02.17).

Glenn Rice is the third seed in the long jump at 20 feet, 11.25 inches, as Northampton looks to reclaim the state title it last won in 2018.

Amherst’s Junior Pontes da Veiga is seeded second in the 300 (35.91) by .12 seconds.

Northampton will also bring a strong contingent to the girls meet. Mary Yount is seeded second in the 2-mile (11:18.17) and third in the mile (5:21.57).

The Blue Devils carry the third-fastest mark in the 4x8 (1:06.2).

Isabela Shepard of Amherst Regional has the third seed in the 600 (1:39.86), but just 0.59 seconds separate the top three seeds.

The Hurricanes will be the third seed in the 4x4 (4:13.92).

Division 5

Can anyone catch Jonas Clarke? The South Hadley sophomore will find out when he aims for a state championship in the 55-meter dash Sunday afternoon (1 p.m. start). He’s the top seed at 6.42 seconds, and his seed time is already faster than the meet record of 6.48.

Justin Kennedy also holds the No. 1 seed in the 600 (1:24.33) for the Tigers, who are coming off a Division 2 PVIAC title.

South Hadley is the fourth seed in the 4x4 (3:40.37).

In the girls meet, South Hadley is aiming for its first Division 5 crown after three straight PVIAC titles. The Tigers will need their depth to do it, as they are seeded first in just one event: the closing 4x400 relay at 4:12.66.

Lindsay Marjanski has the second seed in the high jump (5-3). Farrell Dawson is seeded third in the long jump (16-10.25) and fourth in the 600 (1:41.39).

South Hadley ranks third in the 4x2 (1:52.00).




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