Indoor track: Hampshire Regional’s Nick Brisson has career night to pace locals at MIAA Division 5 Championships

Hampshire's Nick Brisson (5191) receiving his medal after placing fifth in the 1,000 at the MIAA Div. 5 State Indoor Track Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Hampshire's Nick Brisson (5191) receiving his medal after placing fifth in the 1,000 at the MIAA Div. 5 State Indoor Track Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Staff Writer

Published: 02-14-2024 9:51 PM

BOSTON — Hampshire Regional’s Nick Brisson had an impressive showing at the MIAA Division 5 Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center on Wednesday. 

Brisson, a senior, competed in the boys’ 1,000 meters where he finished in a time of 2 minutes, 40.46 seconds. 

That was the fastest he had ever completed the race for a PR, while earning him fifth place on the day. 

“It was a good race,” Brisson said. “It was nice to have a lot of competition out there. It was nice to get a PR.” 

With the crowd hyping him up, it was easy to find the extra motivation to hit that PR. 

“There’s a big crowd here,” Brisson said. “There’s a lot of people. That extra energy really helps.” 

Fellow Raider Jaiden Kudelka placed seventh in the 55 meter dash (6.66 seconds) and 19th in the long jump (18-6.25).

Hampshire’s Owen Cubi took 22nd (1:31.26) while Aidan Conklin came in 30th (1:34.14) in the boys’ 600, Tim Cahill placed 17th (4:53.93), Jack Laliberte came in 26th (5:00.81) and Nicholas Elias-Gillette (5:02.69) took 29th in the mile while Oscar Schiff came in 10th (10:28.85) and Gavin DaFonte placed 15th (10:52.46) in the 2 mile. 

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The Raider boys took ninth in the 4x800 relay (8:54.91). 

For the Hampshire girls, Kathleen Barry came away with an eighth place finish in the 2 mile with a time of 12:18.70. 

“It feels really good,” Barry said. “I came into the race with low expectations. I just wasn’t feeling it. My goal for myself was just to have fun and I think I accomplished that.” 

In the girls’ 600, Gabriella Dybacki took 19th (1:47.38), Audrey Perrone came in 22nd (1:48.61) and Keegan Butler placed 25th (1:49.93). Sophia Lashway placed 27th in the mile (6:22.02) while the Raiders’ 4x200 team took 18th (1:56.44). 

South Hadley’s Jameson Webber is closing in on the Tigers’ school record in the 55-meter hurdles. 

The junior completed his preliminary race in a time of 8.51 seconds – just .07 seconds off the school mark. 

In the finals he ran a time of 8.62, which placed him seventh. 

“I got a new PR in the prelims,” Webber said. “That was awesome. I’m so close to the school record now. I was happy to make it to the finals. The time wasn’t that good but I’ll take it.”

For Webber, it was a big turnaround from last weekend, where he failed to make the finals in the event at the PVIAC Championship. 

Closing in on the PR shows all the progress in the event Webber has made. 

“I didn’t even make the finals at Western Mass.,” Webber said. “I was .04 seconds off. I’m just happy I made the finals today. The last two years I couldn’t get under 10 seconds. I put in some work over the summer, learned how to three-step and learned how to hurdle.” 

For the South Hadley boys, Nathan Hutchinson placed 16th in the 1,000 (2:54.36) and 13th in the mile (4:50.03) while the Tigers’ 4x200 team came in 20th (1:41.59). 

For the South Hadley girls, Izzy Scott placed ninth in the 1,000 (3:17.70). Also in the 1,000 Gwen Marion came in 23rd (3:29.91) and Quinlin Cook took 24th (3:29.96). Lauren Marjanski walked away with a 10th place finish in the long jump (15 feet, 4.75 inches). 

Abigail Gelinas took 16th in the 300 (44.23), Mikayla Weaver took 20th in the 600 (1:47.86) while Emma Levreault came in 29th in the 600 (1:51.04) and Addison Hill placed 23rd in the mile (6:14.48). The Tiger girls placed 13th in the 4x200 relay (1:54.10) and 12th in the 4x800 relay (11:00.55). 

Ben Cachiguango led the way for the Frontier boys, placing eighth in the 55 (9.55). 

“It was a PR in the prelims,” Cachiguango said. “I was hoping to just get into the finals. I was seeded 11th so getting a PR and going to the finals was cool. I didn’t realize I made it until my coach told me.” 

Frontier’s Aidan Valerrama came in 10th in the high jump (5-8), Amory Maxey placed 27th in the 1,000 (2:58.84) while Charles Dennis took 30th in the mile (5:04.69). The Frontier boys 4x800 team placed seventh (8:41.53).

On the girls’ side for the Redhawks Leah Gump came in 11th in the mile (12:51.44), Kali Beam took 25th in the mile (6:18.17), Nicole Plasse earned 17th in the 600 (1:47.07) and Addison Morrey came in 17th in the 1,000 (3:22.88). The Frontier girls took 16th in the 4x800 relay (11:29.59). The girls 4x400 relay ended after deadline.