Weather stops Northampton’s run to top at District F&G Track Championships

The Northampton girls track and field team had a strong showing with 60 points through eight events, good for a three-point lead over second-place Longmeadow.

As the rain kept falling the track became submerged. The meet was suspended and will resume at a date and time to be determined.

The Blue Devils started early, grabbing 11 points in the 2-mile run. Mariel Lutz took second in 12 minutes, 2.75 seconds, while Tori Laverdiere took sixth in 12:45.16.

Sierra Loomis added eight points with a second-place finish in 1:07.31 in the 400 hurdles.

In four field events, Loomis earned Northampton’s first top prize with a jump of 35 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump. Lauren McGrath followed with a throw of 116 feet, 8 inches in the discus for another quick 10 points.

Mahoney added a fifth-place finish, 90-6, in the javelin, while Isabelle Ness (86-0) snuck into eighth after being seeded 17.

In dash prelims, Khaila Ramirez positioned herself into the 100 and 200 finals.

Amherst was in fifth place with 25 points at the time the meet was called. Girls coach Chris Gould was impressed with the Hurricanes’ showing, but after seeing how Northampton and Longmeadow came out, said it would be hard to catch them.

“I think the girls are doing quiet well,” he said. “I’m looking at each event, event by event … I think third would be a good finish for us. Ludlow is right in here, East Longmeadow should be right in there as well, that’s kind of our position goal. We can’t control the final score very much, we can just run as well as we can.”

Meg Rhodes had Amherst’s highest finish, taking second in the triple jump with a leap of 34-06.5. Lydia Sawyer (12:23.47) fought for third place in the 2-mile, as did Ariel Christie (1:07.86) in the 400 hurdles. Amanda Riley took fourth in the mile, crossing in 5:40.36. Kanya Brown ran final qualifiers in the 100 and 200 dash prelims.

“(Rhodes) wanted to win, but that’s still a strong jump,” Gould said. “It’s been a great meet so far, I was hoping against hope that we would complete it.”

Belchertown earned eight points from Christina Delude. She took third in pole vault, clearing 8-0, and seventh in the 400 hurdles in 1:10.43.



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