GREAT BARRINGTON -- On a brisk, mid-May afternoon, the boys 800-meter race provided some heat. The spark belonged to Pittsfield's Dan Brien.
Brien ran down Lenox's Scott Carpenter in the final straightaway on Tuesday to claim a victory in Berkshire County's first sub 2-minute 800 this year.
"I've always been pretty close to breaking two [minutes] since I started on the 800," said Brien. "Today just felt like a good day, so I thought I could do well."
Pittsfield and Wahconah regional both did well in their dual meets against host Lenox at Monument Mountain. The Pittsfield boys beat Lenox 91-50 and the girls won 103-38. Wahconah's boys earned a 110-31 win, while the girls won 111-30.
Pittsfield and Wahconah did not score against each other.
Brien and Carpenter both broke the 2-minute mark in the 800 in what turned out to be a two-man match race.
Carpenter, who earlier won the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 43.6 seconds -- a 2-second win over Wahconah's Eric Klem -- got out quickly in the 800 and was the leader at 400 meters.
As the two runners came around the final curve and headed for home, Brien made his move. He caught the Lenox standout in the home stretch.
"In the last 100 [meters], I just tried making it up," Brien said, "and tried to get ahead of him. It was about a 3-second PR."
Brien crossed the finish line in 1:59.1, becoming the first Berkshire County athlete to crack the 2-minute mark. A half-second later, Carpenter finished in 1:59.6 to become the second.
"He was running great," Carpenter said of Brien. "He still had a little bit left in him and I didn't, to be honest with you. I tied up in the last 100 meter, but it was a great run by both of us."
Both Brien and Carpenter said after the race that they were in good places as they look ahead to upcoming sectional meets.
So is Wahconah's Alanna White, whose long jump of 15 feet, 31 2 inches, was her best of 2013.
White is still No. 2 behind Mount Greylock's Alex Majetich in the long jump, but the Wahconah jumper went 11 2 inches farther than her previous best.
"It was my first jump actually, which is why I didn't think it was real," White said with a laugh. "I wasn't expecting it. Once I hit the 15, I was amazed."
The best individual day belonged to Lenox's Nick Jarck. He won three individual events in the Millionaires' meet against Pittsfield. He took firsts in the 400 meters and triple jump, and tied Pittsfield's Ty Discoe for first place in the high jump.
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