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Gazette Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Logan Alfandari, Amherst
07-09-2024 12:52 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

LEVERETT — Logan Alfandari was cleaning his attic in late February when he stumbled upon a DVD set he hadn’t seen in years.He popped the disc for “Avatar: The Last Airbender” into his brother’s PlayStation and started watching.Alfandari had just come...

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Gazette Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Moriah Luetjen, Amherst
07-08-2024 4:07 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Moriah Luetjen hadn’t competed in an outdoor track event since her freshman year, when she appeared in the New Balance Nationals – winning the Freshman Girls 400-meter final.Coming into this spring as a junior at Amherst Regional, as much as...


Former UMass star Heather MacLean finishes 7th in 1,500 meters at U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials
06-30-2024 8:22 PM

Former UMass star Heather MacLean was less than 400 meters away from a second consecutive Olympic berth on Sunday night.The 28-year-old from Peabody, who qualified for the 2020 Olympics after taking third place in the 1,500 meters at the previous U.S....


Gabby Thomas, Heather MacLean punch tickets to event finals at U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials
06-29-2024 12:31 AM

By GARRETT COTE

A sly smirk appeared on Gabby Thomas’ face as she looked up with wide eyes at the board to see a time of 21.78 seconds.Thomas, a former star at Williston Northampton, coasted to not only a win in her heat during Friday night’s 200 meter semifinals in...


Gabby Thomas, Heather MacLean advance to semifinal rounds at U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials
06-27-2024 9:23 PM

It’s onto the semifinals for a pair of athletes with local ties at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.Former Williston Northampton standout Gabby Thomas, and former UMass star Heather MacLean both advanced through the opening rounds of their...


U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials: Gabby Thomas (200 meters), Heather MacLean (1,500) open competition on Thursday
06-26-2024 4:31 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Two-time Olympic medalist and Williston Northampton alum Gabby Thomas, along with UMass alum Heather MacLean, will open their U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials on Thursday with an eye on making the team for the Paris 2024 Olympics.The Trials began...


Track and Field: Amherst, Holyoke compete in Nike Outdoor Nationals in Oregon
06-20-2024 7:39 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Six Amherst track and field athletes and the Holyoke girls 4x100 squad made the trip to Eugene, Oregon for Nike Outdoor Nationals held on June 12-15.It was the first trip to Nike Outdoor Nationals for all 10 athletes. Holyoke had never sent a team to...


Amherst’s Moriah Luetjen, Logan Alfandari pace local pack at 77th New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships
06-08-2024 8:15 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Amherst placed in the top 10 in five events at the 77th New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire.State 400 meter champ Moriah Luetjen placed fourth in the event (55.94 seconds),...


UMass athletics: Former XC, track coach Ken O’Brien passes away at age 82
06-04-2024 5:53 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Men's cross country and track and field coach emeritus and former head coach at the University of Massachusetts, Ken O’Brien, passed away Monday at the age of 82.O'Brien spent half a century in Amherst, coaching cross country and track and...


Amherst’s Moriah Luetjen (400 meters), Logan Alfandari (shot put) capture titles at MIAA Div. 4 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)
05-25-2024 9:56 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTFIELD – Logan Alfandari sat by the shot put circle, crossed his legs and leaned his back on the fence. It was the middle of the shot put final at the MIAA Division 4 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and Amherst’s mammoth thrower was taking a...


High School Track: Amherst’s Logan Alfandari and Moriah Luetjen finish second at state meet
05-23-2024 9:46 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTFIELD – Northampton and Amherst athletes competed at the MIAA Division 4 Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday evening, and Amherst’s Logan Alfandari (discus) and Moriah Luetjen (200) secured second-place finishes.The championships are...


Track & field: Holyoke girls 4x100 relay team wins WMass title, eyes historic trip to Nationals
05-18-2024 7:44 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AGAWAM – For the first time in school history, Holyoke has qualified a girls relay for Nike Outdoor Nationals.The girls 4x100-meter relay qualified earlier this season, and on Saturday, they won the Western Mass. Division 1 title at the Outdoor Track...


Amherst’s Moriah Luetjen, Logan Alfandari each win 2 titles, Northampton girls dominate en route to team title at Western Mass. Division 1 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)
05-18-2024 7:39 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AGAWAM – Moriah Luetjen’s best race is the 400 meters. Two years ago as a freshman, she won it at the MIAA Division 4 Outdoor Track & Field Championships and followed it up with a first-place finish in the Freshman 400 at New Balance Outdoor...


Hampshire’s Nick Brisson wins 800 meters to pace locals at Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)
05-17-2024 10:08 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BUCKLAND – Nick Brisson stumbled to the infield grass, laid on his back and did a snow angel.After 750 meters stuck in the pack, Brisson had just completed a comeback in the final stretch of the 800 to win a Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field...


Track & field: Hampshire County expected to fare well at Western Mass. Championships this weekend
05-16-2024 7:49 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Hampshire County track athletes kick off the postseason this weekend with the Western Mass. outdoor track & field championships. Belchertown, Easthampton, Frontier, Hampshire Regional and South Hadley will compete at the Division 2 championships on...


Track & field: Northampton, Amherst split final dual meets of the season (PHOTOS)
05-06-2024 8:59 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Regardless of the sport, it always means more when Northampton and Amherst meet up for the ‘Battle of the Bridge.’The two schools were busy again on Monday afternoon, as the Blue Devils and Hurricanes’ track and field teams met in the...


2024 Gazette Girls Indoor Track Athlete of the Year: Allie Sullivan, Northampton
04-24-2024 3:54 PM

By BRADY COTE

As a sophomore at Northampton High School, Allie Sullivan has already blown away her coaches by her sheer skill, hard work, and dedication to track and field.It is her talent to quickly pick up events and excel that separates her from many other high...


2024 Gazette Boys Indoor Track Athlete of the Year: Nicolas Lisle, Amherst
04-23-2024 2:05 PM

By BRADYN COTE

In only his second year of indoor track and field at Amherst Regional High School, Nicolas Lisle quickly became one of the most talented runners in the state. In a sport that pushes one to their limits both physically and mentally, it leaves very...


Florence’s Gabby Thomas gearing up for 2024 Paris Olympics
04-17-2024 3:37 PM

By JOSHUA SPAULDING

NEW YORK — Gabby Thomas has an Olympic experience under her belt and two Olympic medals she can wear around her neck. And as she gears up for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials ahead of the Paris Olympics, she took part in the Team USA Media Summit on...


Track & field preview 2024: Not happy with last year’s performance, Northampton boys seeking redemption
04-12-2024 5:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The Northampton boys team entered last year’s Western Massachusetts outdoor track and field championships with lofty expectations.The Blue Devils felt they had plenty to not only compete with their peers, but win the whole thing. And following a...


Indoor track: Amherst’s 4x800 meter relay team enjoying historic season with big meets still ahead
02-28-2024 11:00 AM

By BRADYN COTE

With the 2024 indoor track season on the cusp of wrapping up in western Massachusetts, teams geared up to race at the MIAA Meet of Champions hosted at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center last weekend.Arguably one of the most competitive meets...

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