WMass Division 2 cross country: Frontier places second, qualifies for states for first time

For the Gazette
Published: 11/13/2016 10:02:04 PM

WESTFIELD — For the first time in school history, there will be a trophy representing a boys cross country team at Frontier Regional.

The Red Hawks finished second to Mount Greylock at the Western Massachusetts Division 2 championship, Sunday at Stanley Park.

Frontier will go to the state Division 2 meet Saturday in Gardner for the first time as a team.

“Walt (Flynn) and I have been around a long time and this is the best we’ve ever done,” Frontier coach Bob Smith said. “These boys are young and very determined. This is the most self-motivated team we’ve had.”

Mount Greylock finished with 32 points. Frontier had 98.

“This is the best team we’ve put on the line,” Flynn said.

Alex Sharp was the second individual to cross the finish line Sunday. The sophomore covered the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 6 seconds for Frontier.

Tim Sears of Pope Francis won in 16:37.

“It was really a tactical race,” Sharp said. “Everyone went out very slow. There was a large pack and I just decided to make my move.”

Mount Greylock was a formidable opponent.

“We’re happy with our result but we’re not satisfied,” Sharp said.

Sophomore teammate Carsten Carey finished 11th in 17:30.

“We’re happy about it, but we want more,” Carey said. “Alex had a great race — his best of the season — and that really helped us. We’ve trained together all year and we wanted to bring home some hardware to South Deerfield.”

Ben Litskoski was 21st in 18:10, Aaron Dorshow 29th in 18:28 and Jake Meier 39th in 18:43.

“Carsten and I feel we’ve got one more year with our juniors and two more together,” Sharp said. “Our goal is to win a championship.”

Hampshire freshman Chris Vayda qualified for the state meet. He finished seventh in 17:19. He’ll be joined at the state meet by Hampshire eighth-grader Jadyn Kopie (18:22). The Raiders were sixth (195).

Brandon Daniels was 23rd in 18:17 for Gateway Regional and qualified for states.

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