D1 PVIAC Track & Field Championships: Northampton’s Riley Cole doubles up distance victories

  • Amherst’s David Piñero-Jacome, left, drives toward the finish line of the boys 800-meter run at the PVIAC Division 1 Track & Field championships Friday at Holyoke. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s the Savior Robinson leaps in the boys long jump at the PVIAC Division 1 Track & Field championships Friday at Holyoke. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton’s Simon Dostal clears the bar in the pole vault at the PVIAC Division 1 Track & Field championships Friday at Holyoke. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton’s Riley Cole runs the mile at the PVIAC Division 1 Track & Field championships Friday at Holyoke. The senior captured two individual victories STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff Writer
Published: 5/20/2022 10:04:43 PM
Modified: 5/20/2022 10:02:58 PM

HOLYOKE — Northampton senior Riley Cole stuck to the plan when Longmeadow’s Will Cowley passed him on the third lap of the mile. He didn’t respond immediately but instead bided his time at Fridays’ Division 1 PVIAC Track & Field championships.

“I’m not feeling too tired right now. I mean, definitely feeling more than two mile before but yeah, I was just able to sit on him I was confident in my speed,” Cole said.

His confidence paid off. Cole kicked into gear as the bell rang for the final lap. He overtook Cowley at the curve and cruised to victory in 4:26.89.

It was his second win of the day after capturing the 2-mile in 9:55.34. The UMass commit paced himself with the leaders and then kicked for a comfortable win.

“That was kind of the game plan was just to sit and kick towards the end just to come through with a nice, easy win,” Cole said.

His teammate Theodore King-Polled followed in third (10:16.57).

Amherst’s David Pinero-Jacome knew he took the 800 too fast after 200 meters. West Springfield’s Declan Morgan passed him down the back stretch of the third lap. Pinero-Jacome didn’t let that be the last move of the race. He kicked around the final curve and claimed the title down the home stretch in 1:59.82.

“I was hoping to just cling on to him at the end. Use the curve to propel me forward and it worked out well,” Pinero-Jacome said. “I’ve been working hard. I’ve been looking for a race to show off what I can do because of all the time I’ve been putting in. And this proved it.”

He also took third in the 400 (52.78).

Amherst’s Logan Alfandari won the discus with a toss of 132 feet, 2 inches. He felt off for the preliminary rounds, unable to find the feel for the disc. Until the final.

“I felt it as soon as the disc came off my fingers, it was good,” Alfandari said.

Northamton’s Simon Dostal took second in the pole vault at 10 feet, 6 inches.

The Hurricanes closed the meet in second in the 4x400 relay (3:34.09).

Amherst’s the Savior Robinson was third in the triple jump (41-5.5) and fourth in the long jump (20-09).

The Blue Devils took second in the boys 4x800 relay (8:36.29) followed by Amherst in third (8:40.5).

Holyoke’s Jael Cabrera sprinted to third in the 100 (11.22).

Northampton placed sixth as a team, while Amherst was seventh. Longmeadow won the meet.


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