WAHCONAH -- As the runners rounded the final turn of the track at Wahconah High School on Friday, their final bursts looked more like a 100-meter dash than the end of a 2.9-mile trek.
Lenox coach Jeanne Teasdale said the final lap on the track actually helps her runners finish strong.
"It's great to finish this way. Most of my kids run track, so they know that 200 meters is when they need to start their kick," Teasdale said.
On the boys side Lenox's Tucker McNinch earned the individual victory. The Millionaires had a strong outing, winning all three of their duals. Lenox beat Pittsfield 19-37, Taconic 22-35 and Lee 15-50. The Wahconah boys team finished with wins over Pittsfield (19-39) and Lee (15-50). Taconic narrowly beat Pittsfield 27-30.
Lauren Farry won the girls individual race and helped Pittsfield win three of four team matchups -- though the lone loss came to defending Western Mass. champion Lenox, in a 27-29 decision. The Generals defeated Wahconah 15-50, Taconic 16-47 and Lee 16-47.
Lenox also beat Wahconah 15-50 and Wahconah beat Lee 20-43. Taconic beat Lee 21-39.
Wahconah boys cross country coach Tom Keefe said his team spent time raking the course to get it ready after heavy rain early in the day.
"We raked all the trails. ...There's a lot that goes into [getting the course ready]," Keefe said. "The rain took the leaves down and put them all back on the trail, but it was better than what it was before we raked."
Farry said the course held up well despite the rain.
"It was a little sloppy. There was some puddles and mud and stuff. ... It wasn't too bad," Farry said.
McNinch helped the Lenox boys take three of the top five spots, winning with a time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds. Overall, Lenox placed four runners in the top 15.
McNinch said he feels like he's improving as the season goes on.
"I feel like I'm getting better every race. I'm feeling good heading into Western Mass. It should be fun," McNinch said.
Host Wahconah also had a strong showing, placing five runners in the top 15, including individual runner-up Eric Klem (16:44). Taconic's Matt Rabasco finished third (16:51). Brendan Leary had the highest finish for Pittsfield (sixth), and Sam Harding was the highest finisher for Lee (30th).
Lenox placed seven girls in the top 15. Kate McNinch and Alice Najimy finished second and third for Lenox with times of 20:08 and 20:10, respectively. Pittsfield placed six runners in the top 15. Haley Bowers was the highest finisher for Lee with a time of 20:46, finishing eighth. Mackenzie Rice was the highest finisher for Wahconah with a 22:06, good for 16th.
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