WILLIAMSTOWN — For an hour over the weekend, hybrid schooling schedules, a lost spring and bizarre summer faded to the background and smiles shot to the forefront on the cross-country course at Mount Greylock.
Following her win in the girls race on Saturday, Greylock junior Kate Swann spoke through a constant grin about how she has used her cross-country team, which numbers in the mid-40s to get by.
“I think it’s so amazing. Everyone on our team is so nice, we’re all close friends,” Swann said. “It doesn’t feel like [seniors] Jackie Wells and Hazel [Scullin] are even older than me. I’m just excited to keep making more friends from the upcoming grades. It’s a super positive environment.”
Swann rode that environment and her own racing talent to another individual victory on her home course, finishing in 20 minutes, 33.57 seconds.
“She’s running great,” said Greylock coach Hilary Green. “She loves to run, and a lot of it is solitary for her. Her times have been solid, and she’s feeling happy about it. You can’t really ask for more than that.”
Wells was second in 21:19, holding off Wahconah star Haley Crosier (21:33) in a battle of upperclassmen.
From there, it was a stampede of youngsters, all in red jerseys, as the Mounties filled up spots four through 11, where Scullin pushed the visitors’ score well out of reach.
“We have five seniors on the team, and they’ve been amazing about everything,” Green continued. “It’s a different role, leadership within the group, and making sure our five separate pods feel like one, cohesive team.”
Greylock’s packs were thick and consistent throughout the waved race, earning a team win by a score of 18-45.
After Grace Malone (21:45) finished chasing Wells and Crosier in fourth overall, fellow freshman Lily McDermott headed up a pack of seven Greylock runners finishing within 30 seconds of each other. McDermott was fifth in 23:37, followed by a third freshman Anne Miller in 23:38 to round out the hosts’ scoring runners. Sophomore Ainsley Abel, freshman Erin Keating and sophomores Sarah Polumbo and Annie Art backed them up.
The veteran Scullin put a cap on that crew by out-legging Wahconah’s Jocelyn Sommers, who was the Warriors’ second scorer in 24:49 for 12th place overall.
“I took it slowly in the beginning, last time here I went out too fast and struggled,” Swann said about her win on Greylock’s new-look course. “It was tough mentally. This time I knew more what to expect, so I was just calmer. After the two big hills over there, something just clicked and it felt so good. I just had to use that momentum.”
Greylock had another pack of runners highlighted by seniors Fiona Williams and Emma Paul, before Wahconah managed to finish out its scoring. Warriors’ senior Kaitlyn Olds placed 22nd, with seventh-graders Madison McCarthy and Natylee Martin a few spots back.
There’s another change on the boys side at Greylock, with Chris Malone taking over as the third head coach in three seasons. Following the long, storied tenure of Scott Burdick two years ago, Courtney Randall took over the program last season, but now it will be Malone’s show.
He said he’s relied heavily on his upperclassmen to navigated the strange, new season.
“The seniors have been really amazing, and the maturity of the whole team has surprised me,” Malone said following his boys’ 22-38 victory over Wahconah.
Greylock had two seniors and a junior in it’s scoring five, but No. 1 Ollie Swabey continues to chew up courses as a young veteran in his freshman campaign. Swabey was the first runner in, finishing in 18:43.00, with seniors Charlie McWeeny and Corban Miller, and junior Parker Winters all in the top six.
The early morning meet was still in doubt at that point, because of Wahconah coach Matt Pegorari’s own young guns.
The Warriors got a second and fourth-place finish from sophomores Alex Perenick (19:01) and Lucas Wildrick (19:13), respectively, and had two freshmen and a seventh-grader as the other scoring runners.
McWeeny managed to wedge between the visiting standouts in third overall, less than two seconds off Perenick’s time. The Mounties went to work from there, though, with Winters, Miller and freshmen Ryan Keating and Andrew Petropulos filling it up in spots five through eight.
Wahconah freshman Aidan Garcia was ninth, but Greylock seniors Michael Faulkner and Gabe Gerry were on his heels to force the Warriors’ total too high.
Riley Gladu and Cooper Calvert finished out Wahconah’s points in 13th and 14th place.
The next batch of cross-country meets for Berkshire County are Saturday, Oct. 24, with Monument Mountain hosting Mount Greylock and Wahconah traveling to Mount Everett.
Team Results — Mount Greylock def. Wahconah 22-38.
Scoring Runners — 1. Ollie Swabey (MG) 18:43. 2. Alexander Perenick (W) 19:01, 3. Charlie McWeeny (MG) 19:03, 4. Lucas Wildrick (W) 19:13, 5. Parker Winters (MG) 19:47, 6. Corban Miller (MG) 20:11, 7. Ryan Keating (MG) 20:44, 8. Andrew Petropulos (MG) 20:45, 9. Aidan Garcia (W) 20:49, 10. Michael Faulkner 20:52,... 13. Riley Gladu (W) 20:58, 14. Cooper Calvert (W) 20:59.
Team Results — Mount Greylock def. Wahconah 18-45.
Scoring Runners — 1. Kate Swann (MG) 20:33, 2. Jackie Wells (MG) 21:19, 3. Haley Crosier (W) 21:33, 4. Grace Malone (MG) 21:45, 5. Lily McDermott (MG) 23:37, 6. Anne Miller (MG) 23:38, 7. Ainsley Abel (MG) 23:43, 8. Erin Keating (MG) 24:01,... 12. Jocelyn Sommers (W) 24:39, 22. Kaitlyn Olds (W) 27:35, 25. Madison McCarthy (W) 28:04, 26. Natylee Martin (W) 28:16.
MEET AT MONUMENT MOUNTAIN
GREAT BARRINGTON — The Monument Mountain boys got 2019 MVP Diego Salinetti back to bolster the senior 1-2 punch of Keegan Leach and Peter LaRochelle on Saturday, and ran away from Mount Everett.
The Spartans swept spots 1-5 in both the boys and girls races in a dominant performance on their home course. Leach and Aria Grossman were the individual victors.
Leach pounded out a 16-minute, 29-second performance, chased throughout by LaRochelle, who finished in 16:42. Both marks were respective personal bests for a 5K. Salinetti returned to the course with a 17:27 to place third, followed by Myles Gennari and Isaiah Bennett. The Eagles were led by Matthew Lowe in 10th, finishing in 23:47.
Grossman led a pack of Spartans, carding a 23:08 time, with only teammate Ruby Citron in the vicinity. Citron finished in 23:57, while Evie Grossman, Kiera O’Rourke and Paige Scott rounded out the scoring runners.
Mount Everett freshman Kathryn Cohen was her team’s first finisher in 17th.
Team Results — Monument Mountain def. Mount Everett 15-50.
Scoring Runners — 1. Keegan Leach (MM) 16:29, 2. Peter LaRochelle (MM) 16:42, 3. Diego Salinetti (MM) 17:27, 4. Myles Gennari (MM) 18:47, 5. Isaiah Bennett (MM) 19:42, 6. Jackson Smith (MM) 20:27, 7. Andrew McCarthy (MM) 21:12,... 10. Matthew Lowe (ME) 23:47, 11. Ben Vella (ME) 24:14, 13. Charles Vion (ME) 25:18, 14. Dominic Germain (ME) 25:18, 15. Guthrie Davis (ME) 25:18.
Team Results — Monument Mountain def. Mount Everett 15-n/a.
Scoring Runners — 1. Aria Grossman (MM) 23:08, 2. Ruby Citron (MM) 23:57, 3. Evie Grossman (MM) 24:29, 4. Kiera O’Rourke (MM) 24:45, 5. Paige Scott (MM) 25:00, 6. Zoe Holmes (MM) 25:25, 7. Charity Loy (MM) 25:43,... 17. Kathryn Cohen (ME) 30:18, 22. Mya Martin (ME) 33:00.