Scott Carpenter's very successful cross country season came to a painful end Saturday afternoon in New York.
About 2 miles into the Van Cortlandt Park course during the boys race at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championship, the Lenox High School senior and new MIAA Division II state champion tripped over a railroad tie and fell. He got up and finished the race, but the damage was done -- to his body and to his time.
Carpenter finished in 21 minutes, 15.5 seconds, crossing the finish line with bruises and scrapes on his head, hands, hips and knees.
"I've got them all over the place," he joked Saturday evening.
Carpenter's finish left him 167th in the 169-runner field in the Bronx, nearly 6 minutes behind the regional champion, Edward Cheserek of Newark, N.J.
"I was in a pack of about four or five runners," Carpenter said. "I was going down a hill as fast as I could. One of my spikes got caught in the railroad tie. I tripped and fell down the hill.
"I don't know if there's anything I could have done. It was kind of a fluke thing. Unfortunately, it happened."
It's the only race Carpenter hasn't won this fall. He finished unbeaten in Massachusetts, winning Berkshire County, Western Mass. Division II and state championships along the way.
Still, Saturday's fall leaves him wondering what might have been.
"I was hoping for a better result, and maybe to qualify for [nationals in San Diego], but I don't really have too many regrets," Carpenter said.