Track/field notebook: Wahconah's Duncan to Lowell; Taconic's Luscier a four-event winner
DALTON -- Marcus Duncan has made his college track and field choice.
The Wahconah senior runner says he'll join UMass-Lowell next year, having signed a National Letter of Intent last month with the NCAA Division I school.
"I got to watch one of their indoor practices, because I went in January," Duncan said Tuesday. "I liked the way their program was. I liked a lot of the team. The coaches were great. The school has decent programs I'm interested in."
Duncan won both the 200- and 400-meter events yesterday at home against Monument Mountain. He held off Monument's Connor Storti at the finish line to win the 200.
Duncan won't be the only Berkshire County runner on the Lowell roster -- last year's All-Eagle girls MVP, Alex Majetich of Mount Greylock, is currently a freshman sprinter for the River Hawks.
Week of tests for Wahconah: Some of the Warriors' top runners and jumpers will go from one tough test to another this week -- weather permitting, of course.
After facing Monument Mountain's Storti and Victoria Costello (who both won three events) on Tuesday, Wahconah is scheduled to host Taconic on Friday. The Braves bring a pair of three-event winners to the meet, as returning All-Eagle boys MVP Dominic Nda and Courtney Luscier each won multiple events at Drury on Tuesday.
Nda won the 100, 200 and long jump in North Adams as the Braves' boys won 99-42, and Luscier took the 100, 200, long jump and triple jump in Taconic's 91-49 girls loss.
Duncan should go head-to-head against Nda in the 200 on Friday. Storti, Nda and Duncan all posted top-five times in Berkshire County in the 200 in last season's Eagle Track and Field Honor Roll.
"Our focus this year has particularly been on the postseason, so it's good for us at this point to get a gauge, see where our strengths are, and then we can spend the rest of the season building on that," Wahconah boys coach James McMahon said Tuesday. "That was one of [Marcus'] goals coming in, to beat Storti and to beat Dom head-to-head."
Tops on Tuesday: Lenox's Shannon Meisberger won three events in the Millionaires' 86-55 dual loss to Mount Greylock on Tuesday at Monument Mountain. Meisberger prevailed in the 100 hurdles (16.4 seconds), long jump (14 feet, 7 1/2 inches) and triple jump (29-10).
Greylock's Jenna Phelps also won multiple events, taking home two wins for the Mounties. Phelps won the 200 (28.1) and the javelin (64-10).
Full results can be found at this link.
Drury's double winners: Blue Devils coach Jim Buffoni noted that Celene Koperek (800, mile) and Alyssa Marceau (100 and 400 hurdles) were double winners for Drury in their Tuesday win over Taconic. Drury also swept the relays in the victory.
On the boys side, Connor Meehan was a three-event winner, taking the 800, the mile and the triple jump.
Results were not available as of Wednesday night.
Aren't you forgetting someone?: Monument Mountain's track and field teams left Wahconah Regional High School with two wins Tuesday evening, but they also left without two coaches.
Boys coach Mickey McCartney and assistant Matt Naventi temporarily found themselves without a ride at meet's end. Monument athletes were eventually contacted via social media, and the buses were turned around to pick up the coaches.
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