Indoor track: Allie Sullivan wins 3 events to pace Northampton in dominant performance at PVIAC Meet No. 6

By GARRETT COTE

Staff Writer

Published: 01-29-2024 6:10 PM

The Northampton High School boys and girls track teams both had stellar days during the sixth PVIAC indoor track meet of the year, as the Blue Devils combined for a 6-0 day during the late meet on Sunday afternoon.

Each team went 3-0 with wins over Chicopee, Sci-Tech and West Springfield.

On the girls’ side, Allie Sullivan won three events to headline Northampton’s big day. The sophomore standout continued her impressive indoor season with wins in the 55-meter dash (7.72), the high jump (5-0) and the long jump (15-6).

Freshman Maia Silver emerged victorious in two events, crossing the finish line first in both the 1,000-meter run (3:25.23) and the mile (5:47.90). Charlotte Shimpach (second, 5:56.74) and Maya Berman-Lagier (third, 6:41.93) also cracked the top five in the mile. Shimpach’s time of 3:36.45 in the 1,000-meter run was good for third place as well, while Nora Thomas (fifth, 8.02) joined Sullivan in the top five in the 55-meter dash.

Tess Geis-Benton grabbed first place in the two mile with a time of 12:51.93 and raced to second in the 600-meter run (1:55.34). Camilla Brewer had a busy day with a first-place race in the 55-meter hurdles (9.47), a third-place finish in the 300-meter dash (45.64) and a jump of 14-07.25 that earned her fourth in the long jump. Maddalen Figueroa-Starr (second, 45.46) and Willow Claps (fourth, 48.05) joined Brewer in the top five in the 300. Eleanor Lewis took third in the 55-meter hurdles (9.81) and second in the high jump (4-10), while Jenna Talbot (fourth in long jump, 4-2) and Ella Hendricks (fifth in shot put, 25-5.25) earned top-five finishes in their respective events as well.

The Blue Devils’ 4x400 girls relay team (4:38.19) finished second.

For Northampton boys, Ryland Breen (55-meter dash), Liam Ewers (600-meter run, 1:29.14) and Davis Wheat (mile, 2:42.24) all took home first-place finishes on Sunday. Wheat also grabbed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 34-0.

Joining Ewers in the top five of the 600-meter run was Xander Lane (third, 1:33.41), Jonathan Parker-Yougra (fourth, 1:38.92) and Tate Norsen (1:40.83), while Alex Sirois finished fourth in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 5:00.11.

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Pranav Belur (2:52.66) grabbed second behind Davis in the mile, and Owen Daggett’s time of 11:04.85 earned him second in the two mile – one of three Northampton athletes in the top five. Ben Killip-Leonard (third, 11:06.99) and Parker-Yougra (fourth, 11:09.50) finished right behind Daggett.

Northampton’s 4x400 boys relay team (3:42.25) finished second.

Holyoke

The Purple Knights’ girls team went 1-3 and the boys team went 2-2, as they each beat Westfield with the boys also defeating Ludlow during the early meet on Sunday morning.

Yasani Thompson has been dominant in the 55-meter dash all winter, and that didn’t change in meet No. 6, as she raced to another first-place finish (7.56). Teammate Kayshaly Garcia (7.81) was close behind in third. The Holyoke 4x400 girls relay team (4:27.78) finished first overall in the early meet.

On the boys’ side, Ryan Kennedy (1:33.43) took fifth in the 300-meter dash and Elijah Quinn (5:02.11) placed fifth in the mile. Jaybriel Rivera Soto (9.07) finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles with teammate Matthew Dumoulin (9.34) on his heels crossing the line fifth.

The Purple Knights’ 4x400 boys relay team (4:03.10) finished fifth.

Frontier

The Frontier girls knocked off Greenfield (81-13) while the Redhawk boys also beat the Green Wave (68-27). 

In the girls’ race, Frontier’s Nicole Plasse won the 600 meters with a time of 1:51.40 to set the pace.

Josie Fosnot took 10th in the 300 (46.96), Phoebe Radner came in seventh in the 1,000 (3:45.69), Leah Gump took fourth in the mile (6:06.27) and second in the 2 mile (12:46.51), Hannah Davis came in second in the 55 hurdles (9.86) while Liv Christensen took fourth in the 2 mile (14:10.26). 

In the boys’ race, Frontier’s Ben Cachiguango took third in the 55 hurdles (8.70), seventh in the 55 (6.97) and seventh in the 300 (39.96) in a strong all around performance.

Aidan Valderrama placed third in the 600 (1:31.73), Amory Maxey placed fourth in the 1,000 (2:54.29) and third in the 2 mile (11:43.25), Charles Dennis placed fourth in the mile (4:56.38) for the Hawks.

NOTE: Amherst and Hampshire Regional were off on Sunday with byes, while South Hadley didn’t compete due to bad weather.