Meisberger, Gamberoni and Meehan highlight county field at Western Mass. Division II track and field meet

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Plenty of Berkshire County track and field athletes will hope to have big days at the Western Massachusetts Division II championships today at Mohawk. The meet kicks off at 9 a.m.

There are, however, only a handful of athletes that enter the meet as the top seed in their respective events.

Lenox's Shannon Meisberger enters as the favorite in three events. She had the top performance time in the long jump (16 feet, 10 inches), the 200-meter dash (25.3 seconds) and the 400 hurdles (1:05.7).

Wahconah's Victoria Gamberoni is the top seed in the two distance events, with a seed time of 5:18.51 in the mile and 11:18.24 in the two-mile race. Monument's Aubrey Blanchard is the top seed in the 400 (1:00.57), and the Lenox 1,600 relay team is seeded first with a performance time of 4:15.24.

For the boys, Drury's Connor Meehan is the top seed in the 800 (1:55.54) and the mile (4:33.74), and Wahconah's Sean Harvey is the top seed in the 110 hurdles (15.87). The Mount Greylock boys 1,600 (3:39.04) and 3,200 relay (8:39.04) teams are also top seeds.

Boys Preview

Along with the top seeds, there are a host of No. 2 seeds from the area. Monument's Matt Weston is second in both the 100 and the 200, and in the 100 he is tied in seed time with Palmer's Ryan McCarthy at 11.34 seconds.

In the 800, Meehan will have Mount Greylock duo Owen Brandriss (third) and Sam Culver (fourth) chasing him, along with Monument's Kosta Cami (seventh). In the mile, Greylock's Sam Culver (second) and Josh Cheung (fourth) will be trying to catch the senior. In the two mile, Greylock's Jesse Seid (third) and Lenox's Sebastian Dowd-Smith (eighth) are in the top 10 seeds.

In the 400, Mount Greylock pair Cam Castonguay (second) and Ric Donati (third) along with Monument's Noel Powell (fifth) are in the top 5 for seed times.

In the hurdles, Spencer Villinski (fourth) is in a scoring seed in the 110 hurdles, while Harvey is second in the 400 hurdles and Monument's Dan Newey is tenth.

In the relays, Monument Mountain (fourth), Wahconah (sixth) and Lenox (seventh) are seeded in the top 10 in the 3,200 relay, and Monument (second) and Wahconah (sixth) are also in the mix in the 1,600 relay. In the 400 relay, Monument is seeded sixth and Greylock is seeded eighth.

For the field events, there are four throwers in the top 10 for javelin, led by Wahconah's Max McIlquham as the second seed. Monument's Jordan Piepho (third), Greylock's Sean Nemtzow (seventh) and Wahconah's Sam Henderson (eighth) are also top 10 seeds. Piepho is also seeded eighth in the high jump, Greylock's Owen Brandriss is eighth in the discus, Hoosac Valley's Dominic Acquista is third in the shot put, and Greylock's Caleb Cimini is fourth in the long jump.

Girls Preview

On the girls side there are several races that will see a county-dominated top of the pack. In the mile, Gamberoni has Lenox trio Maggie Sorrentino (third), Ellen Huth (fifth) and Marion Huth (seventh) in the top 10 behind her, along with Mount Greylock's Hazel Scullin (ninth). In the two mile, Lenox's Emma Jourdain (second) and Nicole Gamberoni (sixth), Monument Mountain's Grace Phair (seventh) and Mount Greylock's Alice Glab (ninth) will be fighting for top 8 finishes to score their team points.

Mount Greylock's Madison Ross is seeded second in the 100 and the 200, and is third in the high jump. Blanchard, in addition to her 400 seed, is also seeded eighth in the high jump. In the triple jump, Wahconah's Lily Pudlo is seeded second and Monument's Delanie Rybacki is 10th.

Greylock's Dagny Albano is seeded sixth in the shot put and ninth in the javelin. The Javelin field also has Wahconah duo AJ Wilmot (fifth) and Brandy Giansiracusa (tenth) and Drury's Laura Thomas (sixth) in the top 10 seeds.

In the discus, Greylock's Elizabeth Bartlett is seeded second and Lenox's Micha Haftl is fifth.

Monument's Meri Powell (fifth) and Greylock's Maddie Albert (seventh) are also seeded in the 400 along with the top seed Blanchard. In the 800, Lenox's Maggie Sorrentino (second), Monument's Jasmin Johannsdottir (third), Albert (sixth) and Victoria Gamberoni (seventh) make up a competitive field.

For the hurdles, Monument's Allison Kinne (fourth) and Zufan Bazzano (sixth), Lenox's Tate Morrison (fifth) and Greylock's Ella Dudley (seventh) will try to track down Meisberger.

In the 100 hurdles, Greylock's Hannah Locklear (second) and Brandi Gill (fifth) are top 5 seeds, and Rybacki (sixth) and Hoosac Valley's Kayla Garabedian (seventh) also made the top 10.

Finally, in the relays, the Monument (fourth), Greylock (fifth) and Wahconah (sixth) 1,600 teams are in the top 10. In the 400 relay, Monument is eighth and Greylock is ninth, and the 3,200 relay field includes Greylock (second), Monument (third), Lenox (fifth), Wahconah (seventh) and Hoosac (tenth) in the top 10.

Reach Geoff Smith at 413-496-6254 or @GSmith_Eagle.


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