McAlister, Duncan earn New England track spots
Two Berkshire County athletes proved to be among the best in the state in their respective events during the MIAA All-State Outdoor Championships on Saturday at Bridgewater State.
Monument Mountain’s Ace McAlister [two mile] and Wahconah’s Marcus Duncan  earned the chance to compete at the New England High School Championships next Saturday, also at Bridgewater State.
Monument coach Mickey McCartney said McAlister was dealing with a calf injury the entire week heading into the state meet.
McAlister rested the injury, but McCartney admitted he was not sure how his runner would perform. In the end, McCartney’s worries were unfounded as McAlister’s 9:32.42 two-mile time was good enough to finish fifth. A top-six finish was needed to qualify for New England.
"The two runners in first and second got too far ahead, but Ace stayed with the second pack," McCartney said. "They worked together and he finished strongly."
McAlister will have a couple days off of training, but McCartney said he expects him to return to a full training schedule.
Wahconah’s Duncan achieved a goal he set to reach from the beginning of the season -- reaching the New England Championships.
Duncan’s time of 49.92 in the 400 placed him eighth in the final standings. However, two runners above him choose not to compete in the New Englands, bumping Duncan’s time into the top six.
Monument’s Connor Storti just missed a top-six placement finishing ninth in the long jump with a 21-foot jump. Jason Laramee was also close to qualifying for New England, finishing tied for eighth in the high jump with of 6-feet, 2-inches. Hoosac Valley’s Travis Ciempa finished 11th in two mile with a 9:37.42 time.
The Spartan’s 400-relay team of Storti, Jay Graham, Mike Kotlestki and Alex Cami set a school record with a 44.63 time.
On the girl’s side, Hoosac’s Meg Rodowicz capped a successful senior season by running a personal best in the 800 and setting a new school record.
Rodowicz’s time of 2:19.51 placed her 13th in the state meet. She now holds three school records -- the 800, the 400 (60.00) and the mile (5:23.7). Hoosac coach Greg Lucia said Rodowicz’s performance at the state meet was a great way for her to end her career.
"She improved her standings from where she was seeded and to set a school record, I don’t think you could ask for anything else," Lucia said. "As a senior it’s tough to really give it 100 percent. ... She did her best and it showed."
Taconic’s Courtney Luscier placed 11th in the 100 preliminaries, but did not qualify for the finals in the event. Lenox’s Shannon Meisburger finished 17th in the 400 with a 1:07.84 time.
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