GREAT BARRINGTON — It only took 10 boys runners to decide the meet between Monument Mountain and visiting Mount Greylock, and a trio of Spartans made sure the hosts got this one, 20-35.
Peter LaRochelle and Keegan Leach, along with Diego Salinetti, swept the first three finishing slots on their home course Saturday morning, with LaRochelle earning his first win of the season with a dominant performance. The senior standout crossed in 16 minutes, 32.98 seconds nearing his late-season peak and grinding out veteran experience the the familiar turf. Leach was next in 16:58, with Salinetti crossing in 17:21.
Mount Greylock, which knotted with the Spartans in Williamstown earlier this season, and took the meet with the extra runner, came rushing in as well. Ollie Swabey placed fourth in 17:47, before Greylock senior Charlie McWeeny narrowly edged out Monument’s Myles Gennari by less than half-a-second to cap the top five. The Mounties got their third man in with Ryan Keating in seventh, but the hosts finished it off from there with another veteran, Andrew McCarthy, striding in at 19:19 to seal the meet.
Greylock reeled off six straight finishers after that, including Corban Miller and Parker Winters, but it was too late and the Spartans carried the day by 15.
On the girls side, it was Mount Greylock filling it up early and taking home a victory, 16-46.
The Mounties nabbed the top-four spots, headed up by the upperclassman tandem of Kate Swann and Jackie Wells. Swann won yet another individual first in 19:23, with Wells a minute behind in 20:26. Freshmen Grace Malone and Erin Keating tracked in next for the Mounties, before Monument started trying to fight for a comeback.
The Spartans got a fifth-place finish from Eliza Philip in 22:32, and then went punch-for-punch with the Mounties, trading spots to score Aria Grossman in eighth, Zoe Hilmes in 10th and Anna Marie Romano in 12th. However, Mount Greylock made sure to clean it up and secure the victory before the Spartans could truly make their move.
Lily McDermott was Greylock’s final scoring runner in sixth place, while Ainsley Abel, Annie Art and senior Fiona Williams held off the Spartans charge from there in seventh, ninth and 11th, respectively.
Team Result — Mount Greylock def. Monument Mountain 16-46.
Scoring Runners — 1. Kate Swann (MG) 19:23, 2. Jackie Wells (MG) 20:26, 3. Grace Malone (MG) 20:52, 4. Erin Keating (MG) 21:52, 5. Eliza Philip (MM) 22:12, 6. Lily McDermott (MG) 22:32, 7. Ainsley Abel (MG) 22:42, 8. Aria Grossman (MM) 23:18, 9. Annie Art (MG) 23:28, 10. Zoe Holmes (MM) 23:39, 11. Fiona Williams (MG) 23:57, 12. Annie Marie Romano (MM) 23:05, ... 18. Maddy Mullen (MM) 24:40.
Team Result — Monument Mountain def. Mount Greylock 20-35.
Scoring Runners — 1. Peter LaRochelle (MM) 16:32, 2. Keegan Leach (MM) 16:58, 3. Diego Salinetti (MM) 17:21, 4. Ollie Swabey (MG) 17:47, 5. Charlie McWeeny (MG) 18:36, 6. Myles Gennari (MM) 18:36, 7. Ryan Keating (MG) 18:49, 8. Andrew McCarthy (MM) 19:19, 9. Corban Miller (MG) 19:37, 10. Parker Winters (MG).
Meet at Mount Everett
SHEFFIELD — Haley Crosier got back to her winning ways in a road meet at Mount Everett on Saturday.
The senior harrier for Wahconah bested the field by more than two minutes, crossing the finish line in 21:45.54. In fact, it was all Warriors flooding the finishing corral at the outset. Juniors Jocelyn Sommers and Quinn Walton were next, with a sophomore pair, Madeleine Rabuse and Olivia Langenheim rounding out the top five, all in under 27 minutes.
It was very nearly an all-royal blue top 10, but host Mount Everett had some say in the proceedings. Racing with a full scoring crew on their home course in Sheffield, the Eagles crashed in there, with junior Rochelle Worth showing out in 31:42 for 10th place.
Wahconah’s Madison McCarthy, Natylee Martin, Patience MacPherson and Julia Langenheim were also top-10 finishers.
On the boys side it was an outright victory for Wahconah’s Alex Perenick, a sophomore who finished in 18:56.19.
It was almost a full-minute victory for Perenick, but he had plenty going on to back him up. The Warriors filled it up from there with fellow sophomore Lucas Wildrick in second in 19:52 and junior Peyton Webb in 19:53. Youngsters Cooper Calvert and Riley Gladu rounded out a top-five sweep for the visiting side.
Wahconah actually took the first 11 finishing slots, running in order Aidan Garcia, Cadighan Gladu, Dylan Smith, Ethan Hayes, Noah Perault and Fritz Sanders.
The Eagles scored a 12th-place finish from eighth-grader Matthew Lowe in 23:15.
Team Result — Wahconah def. Mount Everett 15-50.
Scoring Runners — 1. Haley Crosier (W) 21:45, 2. Jocelyn Sommers (W) 23:56, 3. Quinn Walton (W) 24:01, 4. Madeleine Rabuse (W) 25:29, 5. Olivia Langenheim (W) 26:25, 6. Madison McCarthy (W) 27:26, 7. Natylee Martin (W) 28:23,... 10. Rochelle Worth (ME) 31:42, 12. Kathryn Cohen (ME) 31:55, 13. Mya Martin (ME) 32:22, 14. Amaya Ketchen (ME) 32:52, 18. Lucia Cicerchia (ME) 38:43.
Team Result — Wahconah def. Mount Everett 15-50.
Scoring Runners — 1. Alex Perenick (W) 18:56, 2. Lucas Wildrick (W) 19:52, 3. Peyton Webb (W) 19:53, 4. Cooper Calvert (W) 20:01, 5. Riley Gladu (W) 20:03, 6. Aidan Garcia 20:06, Cadighan Gladu (W) 21:20, ... 12. Matthew Lowe (ME) 23:15, 15. Micah Ketchen (ME) 24:01, 16. Benjamin Vella (ME) 24:02, 20. Guthrie Davis (ME) 26:34, 21. Dominic Germain (ME) 27:50.