Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali ties for first place in boys high jump at MIAA Div. 6 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)

Mahar's Mitchell Krasco competes in the 110 hurdles at the MIAA Div. 6 State Championship Track and Field Meet at Merrimack College Saturday.

Mahar's Mitchell Krasco competes in the 110 hurdles at the MIAA Div. 6 State Championship Track and Field Meet at Merrimack College Saturday. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Frontier's Ben Cachiguango competes in the 110 hurdles at the MIAA Div. 6 State Championship Track and Field Meet at Merrimack College Saturday.

Frontier's Ben Cachiguango competes in the 110 hurdles at the MIAA Div. 6 State Championship Track and Field Meet at Merrimack College Saturday. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Pioneer's Sahana Heilman competes in the 100 hurdles at the MIAA Div. 6 State Championship Track and Field Meet at Merrimack College Saturday.

Pioneer's Sahana Heilman competes in the 100 hurdles at the MIAA Div. 6 State Championship Track and Field Meet at Merrimack College Saturday. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

Mohawk Trail's Chay Mojallali competes in the high jump at the MIAA Div. 6 State Championship Track and Field Meet at Merrimack College Saturday.

Mohawk Trail's Chay Mojallali competes in the high jump at the MIAA Div. 6 State Championship Track and Field Meet at Merrimack College Saturday. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Staff Writer

Published: 05-25-2024 7:59 PM

Modified: 05-25-2024 8:14 PM


NORTH ANDOVER — Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali continues to rack up medals in the boys high jump. 

Mojallali, a junior, was the top seed going into Saturday’s MIAA Division 6 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Merrimack College and left a champion. 

Mojallali hit a top height of 6 feet, 6 inches, which tied him for first place with Mystic Valley’s Christian Fraser.

“It feels great,” Mojallali said. “Last year I didn’t even medal at states and only got 5-10. I was really bitter about it. My friend who was a sophomore got first in the 800 so I was bitter I didn’t place. It’s first. Even if it’s a tie, it’s still first.” 

Mojallali said he was proud he hit the height — which tied his personal record — on the first attempt. He’s hoping to best that jump the next time he competes. 

“I cleared 6-6 last week at Western Mass. for the first time,” Mojallali said. “Getting on the first try today felt really good. Hopefully I can get 6-7, 6-8 in the next few weeks. I’m only a junior so I have time. I’m really happy with this.” 

Mahar’s Mitchell Krasco was fractions of a second away from winning the boys 110-meter hurdles. 

Krasco reached the finals where he finished in a time of 15.59 seconds. That was just .07 seconds behind Tahanto’s Cordell Holden, who took first overall with a run of 15.52 seconds. 

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It was one tiny mistake late in the race that Krasco said dropped him to second. 

“I felt good and I felt fast,” Krasco said. “My only mistake was hitting the second to last hurdle. That’s the only thing that slowed me up. It’s extra motivation for next year.” 

Krasco said he’s extra motivated to come back and win next year, as the close finish will only push him to be better in the future. 

“I’m going to be back next year,” Krasco said. “I’m going to be first.” 

Krasco wasn’t the only local to reach the 110-meter hurdle finals. 

Despite suffering an injury midseason, Frontier’s Ben Cachiguango qualified for states in the 110 hurdles, made it to the finals and posted a time of 16.06 seconds, good for fifth place. 

“I felt good getting to the finals,” Cachiguango said. “I fractured my toe midseason and the doctors told me six-to-eight weeks for recovery. I really just wanted to run at states. I asked my mom to get an X-ray and the doctor told me I could run as long as it didn’t hurt. I only had a few weeks to train but I’m happy to get to the finals.” 

On the girls side, Pioneer’s Louise Flagollet had the top performance of any local by placing fourth in the high jump with a top leap of 5 feet, 2 inches. 

“It went well today,” Flagollet said. “I felt pretty good about it. It wasn’t a PR but it was a good height. I got it on my first try which made me really happy.” 

Flagollet, who also placed 10th in the 400 meters (1:01.41), said she enjoys competing in the larger meets like states. 

“I liked competing in this,” Flagollet said. “It was really sunny out here today. I like all the people. It keeps my mind off of it.” 

Frontier’s Evan Hedlund placed fifth in the 1-mile (4:27.54), while teammate Luke Howard took 18th in the event (4:40.93). Mohawk Trail’s Vincent Gauthier came in 20th in the 1-mile (4:43.07) and Greenfield’s Jackson Caron took 24th (4:45.77). Mahar’s Dom Whitman placed 18th in the long jump (19-11.25).

In the pole vault, Frontier’s Adrien Pazmandy came in fourth (12-0), Mahar’s Coltin Fausett tied for ninth (10-0), Mahar’s Turin Gurganus tied for 14th (9-0), Frontier’s Augustus Radner placed 17th while Mahar’s Michael LaPlante and Mohawk Trail’s Wyatt Alling tied for 21st (8-6). 

Frontier’s Aiden Dredge came in 14th in javelin (137-3), Greenfield’s Krish Patel tied for sixth in the high jump (6-0) while in the shot put, Athol’s Nicholas LeBlanc took 25th (39-6) while Greenfield’s Jerry Ven came in 30th (37-1.75). 

In the relays, Frontier took fifth in the 4x800 (8:41.26), 13th in the 4x100 (45.09) and 16th in the 4x400 (3:40.32).  Mohawk Trail came in 20th in the 4x800 (9:16.81) while Greenfield placed 25th in the 4x400 (3:44.14). 

On the girls side, Athol’s Karleigh Chase placed 11th in the girl shot put (30-4) and Frontier’s Lilly Novak placed 19th in shot (27-6.25). Frontier’s Leah Gump placed 17th in the mile (5:42.65) and in the 400, Mahar’s Nevaeh Scribner came in ninth (1:01.33) while Frontier’s Nicole Plasse took 13th (1:02.19), Josie Fosnot came in 17th (1:03.81), Maddie Antes took 25th (1:05.35) and Allison Paciorek took 29th (1:06.00). 

In javelin, Pioneer’s Natalie Rios, the Western Mass. champion, came in fourth (103-11), Mohawk Trail’s Morgan Raffa placed sixth (99-10), Frontier’s Micky McCarthy came in ninth (94-11) and Redhawk Lilly Novak placed 16th (87-9). In the high jump, Scribner tied for 11th (4-10) while Mahar’s Stellina Moore and Frontier’s Maia Christensen tied for 19th (4-10). 

In the relays, Frontier placed fifth in the 4x800 (10:21.30), 13th in the 4x100 (53.63) and seventh in the 4x400 (4:19.03). Mohawk Trail earned 16th in the 4x800 (11:19.15) and 19th in the 4x400 (4:46.39) while Pioneer placed 10th in the 4x400 (4:28.92). 

Frontier finished 12th as a team on the boys side with 18 points. Amesbury and Littleton tied for first with 69 points apiece. Mahar was 18th (14 points), while Mohawk Trail tied for 29th (9 points).

 Mount Greylock won the girls title with 97 points, and Pioneer was the top local team in 21st place (10 points). Frontier was next in 24th (7 points).