HOLYOKE – Westfield High School senior track star Morgan Sanders has leapt past the competition time and time again, one championship event after another. She is making the jump one last time.
Sanders, a 2016 graduate began her final postseason flight true to form, topping all challengers in Friday’s girls’ 100 meter hurdles event at the Western Massachusetts Division 1 District F & G Championships with a first place time of 15.55. She also recorded a fourth-place finish in the girls’ long jump with a distance of 16 feet, three inches.
Sanders’s teammate, senior Taylor White also had a stellar run. White finished runner-up in the 2-mile run (11:47.36), behind only Amherst’s Sophia Jacobs-Townsley (11:34.30).
Other points-getters for the Westfield girls’ track and field team included: sophomore Moira McDonald (400 meters/4th/1:02.10), junior Katrina Arona (400 meters/6th/1:03.17), sophomore Mia McDonald (800 meters/8th/2:27.84), sophomore Sophia Gronbeck (2 mile/6th/12:49.39), junior McKenzie Chaban (100 meter hurdles/7th/17.57), senior Alexa Morin (discus/4th/89-8), junior Katherine Knapik (javelin/7th/90-5). The Bombers’ 4×800 relay team won bronze (10:24.24), and the school’s 4×400 relay team was fifth (4:20.81).
BOYS’ RESULTS: Nobody was better than Westfield’s Ryan Prenosil in the boys’ 800 meter race. Prenosil bested the field with a winning time of 1:57.26, outlegging Minnechaug’s Nicolas Santos (1:59.03). Sam Winiarski placed sixth (2:00.37).
Gabriel Piepergerdes landed two top eight finishes for Westfield, claiming sixth in the high jump (5-8) and seventh in the 110 meter hurdles (17.31).
Jeff McConkey finished sixth in the 400 meters (52.35). Westfield’s 4×400 relay team won in 3:28.16.
CASTOR-ING A SHADOW ON THE COMPETITION: Southwick junior Brandon Castor shined like gold on Sunday in the Division 2 finals.
Castor left the competition in his shadow as he raced to a first-place finish in the 200 meter dash (23.14). He managed to hold off Sabis’s Dave Allen, who finished in 23.75.
Castor also placed fifth in the 100 meters (11.76).
Southwick junior Dermotheo Walden took a pair of third-place finishes with a 39-foot, 8.5-inch throw in the shot put, and a 128-foot, 3-inch throw in the discus. Rams’ senior Will Pratt placed fourth in the shot put (39-6.5) and fifth in the discus (119-5).
Junior Darius Webb (100 meters/4th/11.70), junior Matt Lecrenski (400 meters/7th/55.21), senior Jared DeMaio (mile/7th/4:56.20), Jack Davis (mile/8th/4:56.65), and sophomore William Carroll (2 mile/4th/10:34.93) all placed in the top eight for Southwick. The Rams’ 4×800 relay team placed fourth (9:09.81).
GIRLS’ RESULTS: Freshman Emily Giancola (100 meters/8th/13.83), senior Emily McKinney (800 meters/7th/2:30.74), senior Ashley Consolini (400 meter hurdles/3rd/1:09.46), junior Lexie Klinkowski (high jump/T8th/4-10), sophomore Erica Pickard (discus/7th/84-7), and the 4×400 meter relay team (6th/4:36.21) recorded top eight finishes for the Southwick girls’ track and field team.
Sat., May 21
Bombers avoid road block
Westfield 7, Shrewsbury 4
Matt Chlastawa (2 goals, 1 assist), Anthony Sullivan (1 goal, 2 assists), and Max Maggipinto (1 goal, 2 assists) tallied three points apiece in Westfield’s road win Saturday.
Matt Bonsall also scored two goals for Westfield, Mike Visconti had one goal, and Mason Balch had one assist.
Westfield goalie Ryan Reed finished with seven saves.
Mitch Weiss, Mario Metallo, Neil Sheehan, and Zach Cree excelled defensively for Westfield. Bombers’ Kohl Lunardini and Chris Ward were solid on faceoffs.
Bombers post shutout
Westfield 13, Mount Greylock 0
Sean Murphy went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Sean Moorhouse went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs to lead Westfield. Bombers’ Zach Jarvis and Aidan Dunn collected two hits, two runs, and an RBI apiece.
Stefan Krol went the distance on the mound for Westfield. Krol scattered seven hits and picked up four strikeouts in the shutout.
Marge, McKittrick solid in Gators’ defeat
Hoosac Valley 14, Gateway 7
Jayden Marge went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead Gateway Saturday. Gators’ Jake McKittrick (2-for-4) belted two doubles, knocked in three runs, and scored another.
Rams win thriller
Southwick 2, Northampton 1
Emily Lachtara (9 Ks) tossed a two-hitter, and Sophia Kelleher (2-for-4, run scored) hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap off Southwick’s dramatic victory Saturday.
Kelleher plated Brittany Penland, who also reached via a two-bagger.
Katelyn Sylvia (2-for-3), Nikki Willey (1-for-2, RBI), and Lachtara (2-for-3) also contributed at the plate for the Rams.
Sabis 11, Gateway 4
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Demers, Rutledge victorious
Mount Everett 3, St. Mary 2
St. Mary’s Jessica Demers was able to overcome an early first set deficit with steady play to win in straight sets against Mount Everett’s May Neski at first singles, 6-4, 6-0.
Casey Rutledge won at third singles for the Saints, 6-1, 6-4.