SHELBURNE FALLS -- The Monument Mountain boys track and field team celebrated its third straight Districts F&G Division II meet victory with a police and fire truck escort through the streets of Great Barrington on Saturday.
In a meet where some athletes cut back on their workload in preparation for the Western/Central Mass. meet next week, Monument coach Hugh 'Mickey' McCartney let his athletes compete because it's what they wanted to do.
"We could've rested them, but I don't see any reason to," he said "If we thought that somebody needed rest or didn't want to run, they wouldn't have ran.
Monument took first place with a team score of 134. Mohawk finished second with 69 points, followed by Hoosac (61 1/2) and Wahconah (48). Mount Greylock finished 11th (32), Lenox finished 14 (17) and Drury finished 20th (4).
On the girls side, Mount Greylock's fifth-place finish (59) was the highest for Berkshire County schools. Lenox followed with a sixth-place finish (54 1/2), Monument was seventh (50). Hoosac finished 10th (48), Wahconah 12th (19 1/2) and Drury 15th (9).
Monument's Ace McAlister broke his own school record in the 2-mile with a 4-minute, 32.57-second time in winning his race. Jason Laramee (javelin), Aidan Newey (1 mile) Jay Graham (200), Alex Cami (400) and Jesse Arevalo and Rowan Myers (800) all set personal records. Lucas Wartella's time of 11.82 in the 100 qualified him for the Western/Central Mass meet.
Lenox's Sam Darbey set a PR and qualified for Western/Central Mass in the 800 with a 2:06.65 time.
Hoosac's Travis Ciempa won the 2 mile in 9:35.69, followed by Ace McAlister and Lenox's Tucker McNinch (9:43.44). Trevor Ciempa won the 800 in 2:00.19.
Monument's Connor Storti won the 200 in 23.21 seconds. Wahconah's Marcus Duncan won the 400 in 50.55 seconds.
On the girls side, Lenox and Wahconah used Saturday's meet to expose their young teams to postseason-style meets.
Lenox coach Jeanne Teasdale said the meet was a dress rehearsal for next week's meet, and i pleased with the progress her team has made this season.
"It's probably one of the best seasons we've had because we're sending so many athletes to the Western/Central Mass.," she said.
Lenox's Emma Jourdain and Alice Najimy set PR's in the two mile. Emily Tibbetts (800) and Tova Brown (400) also set PRs. Brown's time qualified her for Western/Central Mass.
Greylock got first-place finishes from Emily Kaegi and its 3,200 relay team. Overall, Greylock had six top-five finishes and coach Brian Gill said he's pleased with the progress his team is showing.
"I'm ecstatic with the way the team performed today," he said. "You want kids to perform at or equal to their season-best and we broke seed times all over the place. That's the perfect day."