MIAA Division II boys cross-country: Lenox, Monument boys battle again
GARDNER — The Lenox and Monument Mountain boys cross-country teams wrapped up a season-long battle on Saturday, and the best may still be yet to come for both programs.
Of the 14 runners those two squads submitted at the MIAA state championships, only three were seniors.
One of those who is already looking forward to next fall is Lenox junior Ted Yee, who out-strode all of Western Massachusetts to place 10th overall in the Division II race with a time of 17 minutes, 0 seconds.
Yee's time helped the Millionaires to 10th place as a team, as well. He took down Western Mass. champion Chris Vayda, a senior from Hampshire, by one second.
"The finish. Chris and another guy, I passed him right before that last straightaway, and then the three of us were going that whole way down, just sprinting," Yee said. "By the time I was done I was just laying on the ground."
Vayda and Alex Craig of Old Rochester finished in 17:01. Arlington Catholic senior Sean Kay won the race in 16:03. Martha's Vineyard won the team title with 148 points, while Parker Charter was second and Hopedale finished third.
Lenox and Monument Mountain split four runners landing top 50 spots.
The Spartans got an outstanding race from junior Keegan Leach to place 30th overall in 17:32. Monument Mountain placed 14th with 310 points, but for a moment appeared to have the edge.
Diego Salinetti, a Monument sophomore, was the third local across in 17:40, edging Lenox's Colin Young by one second. Peter LaRochelle gave the Spartans three runners in the top 60.
Lenox came roaring ahead, though, packing its final three scoring runners before Monument's fourth could get home. Freshmen Maxwell Adam and Dennis Love, followed by sophomore Harry Touloukian finished out the scoring for Lenox.
"We were sort of tapering this week, but trying to figure out strategy. I didn't think it was going to be this hilly, but it was a fun course," said Yee. "Really sharp downs and sharp ups. That last straight 500 meters there, you can see the finish the whole way, it was rough."
Hoosac Valley's Justin Levesque placed 128th in his state debut.
Defending champion Mount Greylock had a rebuilding year, but sophomore Parker Winters made sure the Mounties still had state representation after a streak of nine consecutive Western Mass. titles came to an end, placing 134th at states.
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