Saturday November 17, 2012

NORTHFIELD -- Scott Carpenter didn't hold anything back this time at Northfield Recreation Center.

The Lenox High School senior ran to the MIAA Division II boys state cross country championship Saturday, finishing the hilly course in 15 minutes, 55.75 seconds. He held off Burlington's Paul Hogan by approximately 8 seconds.

Carpenter has yet to lose a race he's entered this fall, having gone undefeated in Berkshire County, winning the Brown Invitational, and taking another Western Mass. D-II championship last weekend.

At that meet, though -- also in Northfield -- Carpenter coasted as much as he could, with states and next weekend's Foot Locker regional race in mind.

At Saturday's 1-mile and 2-mile marks, however, Carpenter hadn't shaken his closest followers.

"I could hear them the whole way," he said, "and I could hear people cheering for them, so I knew they were there.

"It helped me try to run as fast as I could. Other than that, I tried to run my own race."

Carpenter didn't alter his approach to the course-opening uphill climb, and said the race went as he expected.

"Last week, I knew I wasn't going to have anyone near me. So this weekend, I threw in a couple of surges to try and break away," he said. "The end result was a victory, so I'm happy with it."

For full coverage of Saturday's championships, read Sunday's Eagle.