Indoor track: Pioneer’s Louise Flagollet, Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali score 2nd place high jump finishes at MIAA Division 5 Championships

Pioneer's Louise Flagollet (4891) receives her medal after placing second in the high jump at the MIAA Division 5 Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Wednesday.

Pioneer's Louise Flagollet (4891) receives her medal after placing second in the high jump at the MIAA Division 5 Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/THOMAS JOHNSTON

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Staff Writer

Published: 02-14-2024 9:39 PM

Modified: 02-14-2024 11:55 PM


BOSTON — Just as it was at the PVIAC Championships over the weekend, a pair of Recorder area athletes shined in the high jump on Wednesday at the MIAA Division 5 Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center. 

In the girls’ high jump, Pioneer’s Louise Flagollet earned a first place finish at the PVIAC championships and on Wednesday, cleared a top height of 5 feet, 2 inches to place second overall. 

It was a similar story in the boys’ high jump. Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali won the PVIAC championship in the event on Saturday and on Wednesday, had a top jump of 6-2 to also finish in second place. 

For Flagollet, a freshman, hitting the 5-2 mark came as a surprise, as it’s a height she hasn’t often hit. 

“I was expecting to get five feet and nothing above,” Flagollet said. “I’ve done 5-2, but only once. I wasn’t expecting to do it today but I’m glad I did.” 

The second-place finish puts her in good position to qualify for the Meet of Champions, which takes the top 24 qualifiers across all five divisions and is scheduled for Feb. 24 back at Reggie Lewis. 

The freshman said if she does qualify, she’d treat it just like every other meet. 

“I’m just hoping to give it my all and see how far I can get,” Flagollet said. “That’s what this season has been about. I don’t really have any expectations. I just want to get as far as I can.” 

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For Mojallali, the second place finish was his best-ever at a state event. He was hoping to hit one mark higher but was still pleased with second. 

“I got fifth last year so this was a massive jump,” Mojallali said. “I really wanted 6-4 today. I’ve wanted it all season. I’ve been consistent at 6-2 this year and the consistency has held up.” 

While it was the first meet all season Mojallali didn’t win, there wasn’t much to be disappointed in. The winner in the event, Carver’s Camren Allain, hit 6-8 and nearly cleared 6-10. 

Mojallali is hoping to get another chance next weekend to hit the 6-4 mark. 

“It’s my first loss this season but it was a good one,” he said. “The winner almost cleared 6-10. I can get 6-4. This was my first meet in a month where I’ve believed I can clear it. This meet I locked in and believed I could do it. I was close. That’s the goal for the end of the season.” 

Mojallali wasn’t the only Mohawk Trail athlete to medal on Wednesday. 

Freshman Virginia Krezmien earned a sixth-place finish in the girls’ 1 mile, completing it in a time of 5:31.79. 

That time qualified Krezmien for the 2024 Nike Indoor Freshman Nationals, which are set for March 8 at the Armory in New York City. 

“I’m really excited about qualifying for freshman nationals,” Krezmien said. “I didn’t really care what place I got but I’m happy with sixth. I was more concerned with my time. It was a good race. I’ve never been in the barrel before but I didn’t mind it.” 

Fellow Warrior Peter Healy came in 16th in the boys’ 2 mile (10:54.29). 

Greenfield’s Jackson Caron walked away with a pair of top 10 finishes on Wednesday. 

The senior began the day with the boys’ 1 mile, where he finished in a time of 2:46.82 to take 10th. He still had enough left in the tank for the 1,000 meters, where he finished in a time of 2:41.69 to place seventh. 

“I ran the mile before the 1,000 and the mile wasn’t my best race,” Caron said. “I made a lot of errors and I ran for strategy in that race. In the 1,000 I just wanted to put my head down and see what I could do. My legs were sore before the race even started. At this point I’m curious about what I could have done if I just ran the 1,000. I’m happy with what I got. It’s great racing with these guys.” 

Suhani Patel added a 10th place finish in the girls’ high jump (4-10) for the Green Wave. 

Ben Cachiguango led the way for the Frontier boys, placing eighth in the 55 meter dash (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) and 11th in the 4x400 relay (4:26.94). 

The Pioneer girls took 13th in the 4x400 relay (4:35.31). 

For Mahar Mathieu Soucy placed 22nd in the boys 300 (37.98) while Stellina Moore came in 15th in the girls high jump (4-10).