Monument Mountain track and field teams win at Wahconah


DALTON - The weather was doing no favors to either the Monument Mountain or Wahconah track and field teams Tuesday. The weather was cold and got colder as the meet went on, and a steady rain fell throughout the afternoon.

So Victoria Costello kept her goals in check - while her results stayed impressive as usual.

Costello won three events for the Monument girls, taking the 100 meters, the long jump and the triple jump as the Spartans beat Wahconah 100-41. The Spartan boys, behind three wins by Connor Storti, beat the Warriors 87-54.

A 13.17-second 100 was Costello's fastest time of the season. She jumped 14 feet, 8 inches in the long jump, and 31-10 in the triple. The senior also ran a leg of the Spartans' first-place 400 relay with Paige Storti, Hannah Cohen and Anna Lane.

"I just try to stay warm the whole time and focus on what I do in practice," Costello said. "We have a really strong [400 relay] team this year. We've been working on our hand-offs - that's been pretty strong, too - and we're pretty fast."

Storti, sporting a winter hat in the cold conditions, won the 100 (11.23), long jump (19-2) and triple jump (37-11). His bid for a four-win day was denied, however, by Marcus Duncan of Wahconah. The UMass Lowell-bound Duncan out-leaned Storti at the finish of the 200, winning in 23.63. Duncan also won the 400 (52.68).

"That was one of his goals coming in: to beat Storti and to beat Dom [Nda of Taconic] head to head," said Warriors coach James McMahon of Duncan. "It's great for his confidence."

Duncan will get his shot at Nda on Friday, as the Braves travel to Dalton.

Wahconah also got two wins from Eric Klem, who passed Monument's Ace McAlister on the last lap in both the mile and two-mile to win each event. In the 1,600, Klem didn't make his move until the final 200 meters, but his kick caught and surpassed McAlister.

"I was going to wait until we got past the curve, because it was a little shorter," Klem said. "But I was feeling it, and I thought I could hold it for 200 meters."

Monument's depth, however - especially in the throwing events, where they won two of three and, led by double winner Juri Kiin, swept both the shot put and discus - won out in the end.

"In this weather, I think I did well," Storti said. "The wind has helped me in the 100. It's been on my back, which is nice."

Monument's girls also got three wins from Heather Hassett, who took the high jump (4-10), the mile (5:53.6) and the 400 (1:05).

"She's just tough," said Monument coach Ted Collins of Hassett. "She doesn't make any excuses and she just goes after it."

Wahconah sophomore Gianna Moncecchi was a double winner in the hurdle events, taking both the 100 (17.26) and 400 (a personal-best 1:12.83) events.

"It got a lot colder near the 400," she said. "I expect, hopefully, a lot better times [in better weather]."

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