Wahconah girls track puts an end to Greylock's county meet winning streak


PITTSFIELD -- Lizzy Kowalczyk remembers the days when any dual-meet win would be big for Wahconah's girls track and field team.

"Our freshman year, when I came onto the team, we had 30-something girls," the senior captain said Tuesday. "We won one meet, and I guess that was a really big deal."

Not as big of a deal as the Warriors' win Tuesday. Berkshire County hasn't seen anything like it in seven years.

Wahconah handed Mount Greylock's girls team its first dual loss in the Berkshires since the 2006 season, 77-64 at Taconic High School. The Warriors had only four overall wins in the tri-meet with the Mounties and Braves, but second- and third-place finishes against Greylock paved the way for a win that moved coach Jeff Pike to tears Tuesday evening.

"It's a big accomplishment," Pike said, his voice beginning to quiver. I'm proud. It's a proud moment as a coach. It's an exciting feeling. ... Everybody's going to want to compare themselves to Greylock. That they were able to accomplish this [was] a true testament to the girls."

In other duals at Taconic, the Mountie girls beat Taconic 87-53; the Brave boys beat Greylock 75-66; and Wahconah's boys beat the Mounties 106-35.

If you only judge meets by top times and distances, this was still a big day for the Mounties. Alex Majetich won four events, taking the 100, 200, long jump and -- in her first-ever try, having just learned the event in Monday's practice -- triple jump. Emily Kaegi prevailed in the 800 and the 3,200. Jenna Phelps won both the 100 and the 400 hurdles.

"Wahconah's very good competition and Taconic's very good competition," Majetich said.

Those successes weren't lost on Greylock coach Brian Gill, who was one of the first to walk over to Pike and his team to congratulate them on their victory.

"A lot of positives," Gill said, "but enough of the minor things, the seconds and the thirds, didn't come through like we were hoping. They obviously have more depth than we did, because they pulled through in the relays."

Wahconah won both the 400 and 1,600 relays, and got overall meet wins from Mackenzie Rice in the 400 and Logan Gresser in the shot put. The Warriors had two of the top three finishers in seven events in the dual against Greylock, and swept the high jump and discus.

Kowalczyk had one of those dual wins, in the high jump. She was second overall to Taconic's Lisa Laughnane.

"They're everything for track," Kowalczyk said of Greylock. "They're amazing. We go and do this, and the feeling in my stomach is just hard to explain."

Wahconah's Alanna White, who scored for the Warriors in the 200 and the long jump, lauded the team's success in sprint, middle distance and field events.

It also helps that the program's numbers are now in the 60s, rather than the 30s.

"Yes, it's an individual sport, but we work as a team," she said. "Having those numbers is for us, never against us."

Not to be overlooked in Tuesday's meet is Dom Nda's four-win day for Taconic. The Braves standout won the 100, 200, long jump and triple jump. In the triple, he had his best jump of the season (40 feet, 4 inches).

"It was a decent day," Nda said. "I did PR in the triple jump, so I was happy about that.

"I think a little bit of fatigue is setting in, because my hamstrings are bothering me a little bit. I've got to overcome that as a runner, because you can't use that as an excuse for anything."

Wahconah got two overall wins from Eric Klem (800, 1,600), and took two of the three relay races. Klem was also second in the triple jump and third in the long jump, while Kevin Boino, Mak Avallon and Marcus Duncan swept the top three spots in the high jump.

Greylock's boys won the 3,200 relay, Carter Stripp claimed the 3,200 and Ryan Benoit won both the 110 hurdles and the discus for the Mounties.

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