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From left, Monument’s Dylan Cole-Kink, Greylock’s Carter Stripp and Lenox’s Scott Carpenter chase Tucker McNinch on Wednesday.
Thursday September 20, 2012

SHEFFIELD -- Mount Greylock boys cross country coach Scott Burdick expected, as he called it, a "heavyweight fight" between his Mounties and the Lenox boys.

Monument Mountain, though, jumped in and turned Wednesday's meet into a triple-threat match.

Placing four runners in the top 10 for the third straight week, the Spartans came up agonizingly short against Greylock, tying their dual at 28 and losing on a tiebreaker. The Mounties had the faster finisher after the scoring runners.

Greylock was also pushed to the brink by Lenox, who had the top two finishers in Scott Carpenter and Tucker McNinch. Greylock, however, eked out a 28-29 victory.

"Every kid has a job to do," Burdick said. "For us to win ... everybody was important. The kids just executed."

The same three teams dominated the girls race. Greylock's Emily Kaegi won the race and the Mounties beat Monument 22-37, but the Millionaires had five of the first 11 finishers to defeat Greylock 25-30.

Boys race

Carpenter won his third race of the season, and second in as many weeks at Mount Everett. The Lenox senior ran the flat, 2.9-mile course in 15 minutes, 51 seconds. His teammate, McNinch, was second in 16:14, with Greylock's Will Kirby third in 16:31. Travis Ciempa of Hoosac Valley (16:46) and Dylan Cole-Kink of Monument (16:49) completed the top five.


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In other boys duals, Monument beat Drury, 15-50; Lenox beat Mount Everett, 15-50; and Hoosac beat Everett, 15-46.

Carpenter's plan, running three days after competing in the Great Josh Billings RunAground, was to go out easy and kick at the end of the course, which was essentially a lap around one of the soccer fields.

"That didn't work to my advantage, because I had kids in front of me and it's hard to see the roots [in the wooded areas]," he said. "I had to take it really easy and methodically work my way through."

Behind Cole-Kink, Monument took the Nos. 8-10 spots with Logan Morton, Mike Kotleski and Kelt Wilska, respectively. What won the dual meet for Greylock, however, was Jake Kobrin's 16th-place finish ahead of Monument's Dominic Roy.

"Monument ran out of their minds today," Burdick said. "I thought they won [for a moment]. Their No. 1 ran a great race. Our strength is we've got a pack."

Monument coach Ted Collins' goal was for Cole-Kink to split Greylock's top two runners, Kirby and Carter Stripp. He did that, as Stripp took sixth.

"For the first mile, I was up there and fell off a little bit," Cole-Kink said. "I saw the opportunity coming out onto the track. Coach told me, ‘Fifty hard paces.' I kept counting off the paces."

Todd Clay led Mount Everett with a 49th-place finish (21:26), while Mark Schmid led Drury (56th, 22:14).

Girls race

Kaegi led the Greylock contingent, finishing the course in 19:18. It's a much flatter course than she'll see at home next week, but it wasn't without challenges.

"The footing isn't the best and the trails are really small," Kaegi said. "Even though it's flat and smooth, there are tough parts to it."

In other girls duals, Monument beat Drury, 15-50; Hoosac -- minus Kalyn Alibozek, who was held out after tweaking an ankle this week -- beat Everett, 17-50; and Lenox beat Everett, 15-50.

Greylock placed three in the top 10, with Kat Chenail fourth (20:04) and Jenna Phelps seventh (20:49). Lenox won the dual, however, with four runners in the top 10.

"I think their plan was, if they knew they could be within the top four, we had a chance of winning," Lenox coach Jeanne Teasdale said. "Liz Jarck and Hollie Downer had phenomenal races, and Ella King."

Hannah McClusky was the runner-up in 19:41, with Emily Tibbetts third in 19:55. Jarck took fifth in 20:21, while King was eighth in 21:03. Downer (11th) came in just ahead of Greylock's Stephanie Adamczyk and Laura Galib.

"I try to stay with the two Greylock girls, and try to pace off them," McClusky said. "At the end, we all break up, and at the end, I tried to stay with Emily."

Monument's top runner was Heather Hassett, who took sixth in 20:22. Hoosac was led by Sydnee Gallup, 14th in 21:27. Drury's Tia Brown was 26th in 22:44, and Everett's Claudia Martin was 34th in 23:48.

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