SHEFFIELD -- Before Tuesday's meet at Mount Everett, Pittsfield coach Theresa Apple asked her team to dedicate the race to someone who means a lot to them.
Whether her runners ran for someone else or the sake of competition, the Generals (11-3) handed the Monument Mountain (14-1) girls team its first loss of the season. Pittsfield beat Monument 27-29.
"It was exciting. The girls outdid themselves and I'm sure they're proud of themselves," Apple said. "You try to motivate in different ways. I knew they wanted to beat Monument, but to do it for their own satisfaction is effective too."
The Generals also scored against Hoosac Valley winning 23-36. Wahconah beat BART 17-46, BART beat Mount Everett 21-40, Monument beat Everett 15-40 and Hoosac beat Wahconah 20-39.
Heather Hassett of Monument was the individual winner with a time of 16:23. Lauren Farry finished second with a time of 16:32.
Overall, Pittsfield put six runners in the top 15.
Sydnee Gallup (Hoosac), Mackenzi Powers (PHS) and Allyson Berger (Monument) rounded out the top five.
For Pittsfield, beating a previously unbeaten team is nice, but Apple said her team has bigger goals.
"It's an accomplishment. They're an excellent team, but Western Mass. is our ultimate goal," Apple said. "Running against Monument is a great build-up [to Western Mass.]"
On the boys side, Wahconah had a successful day sweeping its competition. The Warriors beat BART 8-48, Hoosac 26-31 and Everett 15-50. Pittsfield beat Hoosac 34-36, Monument beat Pittsfield 21-40 and BART beat Monument 21-40. The three wins bring Wahconah's record to 13-1 in the South Division.
Marcus Duncan of Wahconah was the overall winner with a time of 13:85. Travis Ciempa (Hoosac), Eric Klem (Wahconah), Trevor Ciempa (Hoosac) and Jared Haley (Hoosac) rounded out the top five.
Cross Country Results
at Mount Everett
Pitsfield 34, Hoosac Valley 36
Monument 21, Pittsfield 40
Wahconah 26, Hoosac Valley 31
BART 27, Mount Everett 30
Wahconah 15, BART 48
Wahconah 15, Mount Everett 50
1. Marcus Duncan (W), 13:55; 2. Travis Ciempa (HV), 13:56; 3. Eric Klem (W), 13:57; 4. Trevor Ciempa (HV), 14:12; 5. Jared Haley (HV), 14:13; 6. Mike Kotleski (MM), 14:14; 7. Ryan McMahon (W), 14:19; 8. Dominic Roy (MM), 14:22; 9. Jackson Alberti (W), 14:31; 10. Brenden Leary (P), 14:38; 11. Jesse Arevalo (MM), 14:44; 12. Chris Cardimino (HV), 14:47; 13. Mike Wagner (W), 14:54; 14. Hunter Hoag (P), 14:55; 15. Joe Grochmal (MM), 15:01; 16. Noah Casino (P), 15:06; 17. Ben Jutras (MM), 15:26; 18. Chase Wojtowski (MM), 15:27; 19. Jesse Rogers (MM), 15:28; 20. Dylan Quinn (B), 15:33; 21. Shamus White (W), 15:37; 22. Kevin Kowalczyk (W), 15:40; 23. Billy Colis (P), 15:44; 24. Jordan Piepho (MM), 15:46; 25. Dan Brainerd (W), 14:47.
Pittsfield 23, Hoosac Valley 36
Pittsfield 27, Monument 29
Wahconah 17, BART 46
Monument 15, Everett 40
BART 21, Everett 40
Hoosac 20, Wahconah 39
1. Heather Hassett (MM), 16:23; 2. Lauren Farry (P), 16:32; 3. Sydnee Gallup (HV), 17:19; 4. Mackenzi Powers (P); 17.30; 5. Allyson Berger (MM), 17:33; 6. Caroline Bissallion (MM), 17:33; 7. Hannah Folino (HV), 17:41; 8. Makayla Powers (P), 17:46; 9. Whitney Hathoway (P), 18:00; 10. Cassidy McMahon (HV), 18:01; 11. Kayla Dillon (MM), 18:04; 12. Mackenzie Rice (W), 18:23; 13. Whitney Sullivan (P), 18:31; 14. Lindsey Perrea (W), 18:32; 15. Molly Kittler (P), 18:33; 16. Aanisah Taylor (MM), 18:35; 17. Ace Boutin (MM), 18:41; 18. Claudia Martin (ME), 18:45; 19. Daria Brown (P), 18:57; 20. Hannah Cohen (MM), 19:10; 21. Taylor Maddalena (P), 19:16; 22. Allison Racela (HV), 19:22; 23. Molly Daly (P), 19:26; 24. Corry Psutka (W), 19:33; 25. Heather Perkins (B), 19:42. McCann cross country
PALMER -- Individual performances highlighted a tough day for the Hornets. The boys lost both duals, 23-34 to Palmer and 28-29 to Granby. The girls (again running with only four) lost 19-44 to Palmer and 25-34 to Granby.
Justin Schneider's fourth-place finish in 17:45 is good on face value but becomes almost extraordinary when you factor in he had an ankle dislocate in the middle of the race. Coach Todd Hamilton said it popped right back in and Schneider finished the race, holding off a competitor by only a few seconds.
"He proved his mettle today," Hamilton said. "He can rest now and heal and take that mental strength he used to get through the race today and be healthy for the postseason. The ankle was actually a positive, the timing of it."
On the girls' side, Zoe Loughman continued her strong running, but had a bit of trouble with course navigation. Twice she made a wrong turn, but was still able to finish third and has her mile pace at a point that she can medal in the state vocational tournament.
"Across the board, everyone's mile times improved and not so much improve, it improved to the point where everybody's excited about the postseason now," Hamilton said.