Saturday April 27, 2013

GREAT BARRINGTON -- The 1,600-meter relay race is usually one of the determining factors in a Monument Mountain-Pittsfield boys track and field dual meet. So when Nick Masiero dropped the baton on the last leg of Monument's relay Friday afternoon, it should have been cause for panic.

The Spartans were so far out in front, though -- both in the race and the meet -- that it wasn't a big deal.

Masiero picked up the baton, finished the Spartans' relay, and gave the team its final points in a 107-34 victory.

Pittsfield's girls made the meet a split for the schools, holding off host Monument 79-62.

"Normally, if we know we have a meet won, I don't like to put the top guys in the [1,600 relay]," Monument coach Mickey McCartney said. "They wanted to do it. They're upset because they lost [to] PHS in the Invitational, and they wanted to get it back."

Masiero -- who won the 400 -- said the baton was too far out in his hand, and when it clipped his leg as he approached the final turn, the baton tumbled out.

"Got a little scared," he said excitedly, still holding the baton after the race.

The Spartan boys swept the relays, and got four individual wins from Connor Storti. He took the long jump (19 feet, 6 inches), triple jump (40-5), 100 (11.3 seconds) and 200 (23.5).

Every performance but the 200 was his best of the season to this point. He knew that off the top of his head, too -- and he knew none of them were personal-best times or distances, which are what he's after.


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"You've just got to stay motivated," Storti said after winning the 200.

Monument won all but three boys events, with Dan Brien taking two of those for Pittsfield. Brien, a senior, won both the 800 (a season-best 2:05.2) and the mile (4:48.9). Pittsfield's Kyle Brazee won the discus (110-1).

The best finish of the day came in the 110 hurdles, as Monument junior Tom Randolph held off a charging Ty Discoe -- but barely -- at the finish line. Randolph was timed at 17 seconds, with Discoe running a season-best 17.1.

Without Keiland Cross, who graduated, and Aaron Coty, who didn't return this spring, Discoe is Pittsfield's hurdle leader. Last season, the Generals didn't surrender a point in the 110 hurdles.

"I put a lot on myself, because I want to win and [not] let my team down," Discoe said. "Second and third place is kind of disappointing to me."

Randolph said the race was the closest he's had all season.

"Discoe ... had it most of the race," he said, "but when I get someone in front of me like that, that's what makes me catch up."

In the girls meet, Pittsfield got two wins from distance standout Lauren Farry. She won the 2-mile run, her signature spring event, in 12:07. Farry also won the 800, though, in 2:33.5.

She said she doesn't often run the 800, but did it Friday to work on her speed and even get interval work in for the 2-mile.

"I just didn't look back," Farry said of her run. "I just went."

Monument's girls took two of the three relay races, with PHS claiming the 1,600 relay. The Spartans also got field wins in the javelin, shot put (Kelsey Marzotto, 29-8), long jump (Ruthie Lee, 14-1) and triple jump (Victoria Costello, 31-10).

Amanda Wright won the 100 (13.2) and Nina Dallenbach won the 100 hurdles (18.6) for PHS. Mackenzi Powers won the 400 hurdles and Jillian King won the 400, with Rachael Hunt winning the discus and Megan Kittler winning the high jump.

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