WILLIAMSTOWN -- There were several solid performances at Mount Greylock's cross country meet on Wednesday.
Emily Kaegi and Tucker McNinch took individual wins. The Monument Mountain girls and Greylock boys teams both won in convincing fashion. But those can't come close to the performance by Lenox's Ben Herrick.
Herrick is Lenox's No. 2 runner. He finished third for the team and ninth overall, less than a week after his father's passing. He was visibly emotional after crossing the finish line and did not wish to comment.
"We were really tough, especially under the circumstances," said teammate Tucker McNinch, who won the race in 13 minutes, 26 seconds. "It's been really hard for us, especially our No. 2 runner, Ben. So, I think, we did a great job under what we were going through."
The Millionaires split their two meets, beating Monument 23-32 and falling to Greylock, 24-33. Greylock also beat Monument, 19-41, and Mount Everett, 15-50.
The Mounties' strong performance was highlighted by their top five finishing within a minute of each other. All five finished in the top 10, with Carter Stripp placing second in 14:03. John Driver was Greylock's fifth runner, crossing the line 57 seconds after Stripp.
"I was surprised with Tommy Kirby. He ran a great race, right on my heels in the last stretch," Stripp said. "And we got our 1-5 split down from last week, so that's good."
Other boys' results were: Mount Everett 15, Drury 50; Lee 15, Drury 50; Monument 15, Lee 48.
On the girls' side, the Spartans made a statement, beating both Greylock (22-33) and Lenox (23-32) in the same meet. Greylock coach Larry Bell called them "favorites" for Western Mass.
Heather Hassett led the Monument charge with her second-place finish, crossing the line in 16:29. The important one was Ace Boutin's 11th-place result. She fought off Lenox's Emily Tibbetts and Greylock's Mollyann Haskins in the final 50 yards.
Alyson Berger, Caroline Bissaillion and Kayla Dillon all had top-10 finishes for Monument.
"I think running in the practice meet really helped everyone because everyone definitely beat their times," Hassett said. "Just watching everyone at the end, their kicks were amazing."
The Spartans weren't allowed to move up into the North Division this year, and as a result, they need to beat only Pittsfield to sweep North teams. Should they take care of business in the South, they'll be county champs.
"It's a great group. It's a fun group. It's a competitive group, and we don't think in those terms right now," coach Chris Unsworth said. "It's nice to be competing with some of the top teams in the county based on where we were. We've just kind of been expanding things a little bit. Based on where we were a couple years ago, just starting some things out, it's a testament to these kids how well they're running."
Other girls' results were: Lenox 27, Greylock 29; Drury 20, Mount Everett 37; Greylock 15, Everett 50; Lenox 15, Drury 50; Lenox 20, Lee 43; Drury 22, Lee 33.
Mount Greylock's Kaegi took the individual win, finishing in 16:04. She and McNinch both used a hill in the woods during the first half of the course to create room for themselves. Both increased their leads and cruised to victory.
"If you know how to run the downhills really well, it can be used to your advantage," Kaegi said. "It can almost be used as recovery, too, just because you're going downhill."