Greylock track sweeps Drury


NORTH ADAMS -- The rescheduling of meets against Taconic and Wahconah made Mount Greylock's track and field schedule jam-packed.

Greylock has meets scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays for the remainder of the season, so the Mounties are trying to find the balance between training and having fresh enough legs to compete.

Greylock girls coach Brian Gill said the schedule isn't ideal, but on Friday, Greylock was strong enough to beat Drury 109-50 on the boys side and 89-52 in the girls meet.

"We're definitely progressing," he said. "I think our distance crew is racing into shape, but we're trying hard not to beat them up [during meets]. It's really the distance kids that are hurt by the racing schedule, and in my mind, all the kids are hurt by the training schedule."

With only one day to recover and one day to prepare for meets, Gill said there are some tired legs. However, because of the long layoff due to the canceled meets, athletes like three-event winner Ryan Benoit (discus, 110 hurdles and long jump) are just happy to be competing.

"When you race against your teammates, its like 'OK, I know I'm better than this person,' " he said. "But when you race against someone new it's really exciting."

Greylock also received multiple wins from Tommy Kirby (mile, two-mile) and Nick Dastoli (400 hurdles and javelin). Drury got multiple wins from Sully Boland (high jump and 100).

One the girls side, the Mounties were led by three-event winner Jenna Phelps (100, 200, high jump). Alyssa Marceau paced Drury with wins in the 400 hurdles and the 100 hurdles. Drury also won the 3,200 relay, but missed winning in the mile and the 400 relay by one second and six-tenths of a second, respectively.

The Mounties' strength in the distance events allowed them to pull away, but Drury coach Jim Buffoni said he was pleased with the performance from both the boys and girls.

"I'm happy. ... The kids have been working hard the last couple weeks," he said. "I think they're finally starting to improve their times and distances. We've had some real close to personal bests and that's all you can ask."

Drury's Olivia Carlson set a two-mile personal record, finishing third in 15.03. Greylock's Melissa Swann set a personal best in the mile, finishing first in 5:48.

"I've been training hard and I wanted to get my to my personal best -- I wanted to get [under] 6 minutes," Swann said. "My plan was to stick behind Celene [Kop erek] and I had enough energy to pass at the end."

Up next for Greylock is today's MSTCA Outdoor Coaches Invitational.

Four Mounties will represent Greylock in today's MSTCA Outdoor Coaches Invitational -- girls Emily Kaegi (two-mile), Jenna Phelps and Sydney Gurek (100 hurdles), and Carter Stripp (mile) for the boys.

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