Running in the rain: Carpenter beats the elements, opponents
GREAT BARRINGTON - The weather may not have been ideal for cross country running Wednesday - chilly and breezy after rain fell at Monument Mountain Regional High School - but it's the same for everyone on the course.
"You put that aside and run your own race," Lenox's Scott Carpenter said.
Carpenter ran his own race, all right - and ran it faster than anyone there. For the sixth week in a row, the Millionaires' senior won his race, finishing the 3.06-mile course in 16 minutes, 19 seconds. He was one of three Lenox runners in the top 10, allowing the team to hold off Monument 26-29 in a dual meet.
On the girls side, Lauren Farry continued her own win streak. Win No. 6 for the Pittsfield sophomore came in 19:22, holding off Hoosac Valley's Kalyn Alibozek and Lenox's Elizabeth Jarck. Farry and the Generals, with four top-10 runners, earned dual wins over Lenox (25-30), Hoosac (20-37) and Wahconah (15-42).
Carpenter - who has also won at Lenox, Mount Everett and Wahconah this season - wasted no time taking a lead, outpacing Pittsfield's Dan Brien by 30 seconds. Carpenter wasn't out to make a move in any specific spot on the course, but instead looked to break free from the rest of the field.
"I was trying to run even splits today and get a good workout in to get ready for postseason meets," he said.
Brien, second in 16: 49, said his head cold from last week at Hoosac Valley had subsided, but he still wasn't 100 percent. Still, Brien held off Hoosac's Travis Ciempa by 10 seconds.
"I got boxed in at the beginning," Brien said. "I was trying to make up ground along the second mile, but I felt everyone was going out fast.
"Me and Ciempa were trying to move up, and ended up catching Tucker [ McNinch]. Toward the last mile, we were all trying to pick it up and see who could finish the strongest."
In other boys duals, Lenox beat Hoosac ( 23- 34) and Pittsfield (23-32); Monument beat Taconic (18-43); Hoosac beat Taconic (25-32), but lost to Pittsfield ( 27- 30) and Wahconah (27-30).
"I thought they ran really well," Monument coach Ted Collins said of his boys. " Lenox just had too much with their 4 and 5 guys today. It was a tough loss in one way, but I'm very proud of the way my guys ran."
Farry wasn't bothered by the weather or the course in the girls race, holding an early lead and finishing 24 seconds ahead of Alibozek.
" It's cold, but it kind of cools you off a little," she said. "It wasn't one steep hill [on the course]. It was little hills, rolling hills you had to go over."
Alibozek's goal was to establish her position in the opening mile that ran in front of the school, near the football practice field.
"I tried to set myself up for where I wanted to be throughout the entire race," she said. "It's easy, and you don't have to worry as much."
Jarck continued her lateseason surge, on the heels of last week's second-place finish on her home course. This time, however, she led the Millionaires, finishing in 20:28. Hannah McClusky was sick and did not race.
With the Western Mass. meet a month away, Jarck feels she's peaking at the right time.
"We're all really moving up there," she said. "I would like to be in the top 10 in Berkshire County.
"[Hannah is] our top runner and places really well. I feel like I had to step my game up."
In other girls duals, Hoosac beat Taconic ( 21- 34) and Wahconah (24-31), but lost to Lenox ( 20- 30); and Monument beat Taconic (1845) and Wahconah (17-44).
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