WILLIAMSTOWN -- Pittsfield High School sophomore Lauren Farry won the race Thursday, but her teammates won the meet.
Farry finished 18 seconds ahead of Mount Greylock’s defending Western Mass. champion Emily Kaegi, 15:53 to 16:11, in the race of the afternoon, but the Generals’ next four runners, Mackenzi and Makalya Powers, Liza Smith and Mollie Daly, enabled PHS to edge the Mounties 28-29 in a battle of the county’s top two running programs.
The boys’ race was another barn-burner, with Monument Mountain Regional High School placing four runners in the top 10 and five in the top 13 to edge Greylock, 27-28.
Pittsfield’s Dan Brien won the race in 13:41. The Generals lost a pair of close duals, 27-31 to Monument and 26-31 to Mount Greylock.
The soft-spoken Farry took an early lead and held off Kaegi, Hoosac’s Kayln Alibozek (16:15) and Greylock’s Kat Chenail (16:18), who finished in a pack.
"I knew both Greylock girls have a kick, so I wanted to be far enough ahead to hold them off," said Farry.
"Depth wins these kinds of meets," said Pittsfield coach Theresa Apple. "That’s what we’ve been working on. [No. 5 runner] Mollie Daly was the difference for us."
Apple also praised her No. 2, 3 and 4
"I thought the Powers girls ran very well today for us," she said. "And so did Liza [Smith]."
The Generals also beat Hoosac, 20-41 while Greylock defeated St. Joseph’s, 15-49. Led by Heather Hassett’s seventh-place finish, Monument beat St. Joseph’s, 15-48.
In the boys’ race, Spartan coach Ted Collins succinctly summed up the reason for his team’s narrow win over Greylock, after a one-point loss to the Mounties last week.
"Dominic Roy," said Collins. "He was our No. 5 guy, and he was spectacular. This is, by about two levels, his best race of the year."
"Give Monument credit," said Greylock coach Scott Burdick. "They did what they had to do. Their No. 5 guy was great. The league is so tough this year. The group of runners I have this year [would] beat my unbeaten team last year, easily. Their times are unreal. But Monument was better today."
Brien took the lead early in the race, and won by 20 seconds over Greylock’s Will Kirby.
"I went ahead right past the soccer fields," said Brien.
It was his first run on the Greylock course.
Greylock’s Will Kirby in 14:01 and Carter Stripp were next in 14:08, respectively. But the Spartans’ Dylan Cole-Kink (14:27), Mike Kotleski (14:29) and Logan Morton (14:29) finished in a pack, followed a few seconds later by Kelt Wilska (14:35). Roy was 13th overall in 14:39.
"This was huge for us," Collins said. "It’s always huge when you win here."
In the other duals, PHS defeated Hoosac 25-32, Monument beat Hoosac 29-37 and the Spartans beat St. Joseph’s 15-50. The Hurricanes’ Travis Ciempa was fourth overall in 14:12.
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