WILLIAMSTOWN -- When Hoosac Valley’s Travis Ciempa and Mount Greylock’s Carter Stripp stepped onto the rain-soaked course, they had it in their minds nothing was going to slow them down.
Then they went out and proved it. Ciempa edged Stripp by two seconds to take the overall win.
"They just ran together the whole race," Greylock boys’ coach Scott Burdick said. "They were just shoulder to shoulder the whole race. Travis, I think, led wire to wire. Carter was just on his shoulder the whole way."
Despite the soft and soggy conditions, the times were extremely fast. Ciempa turned in the fifth-fastest time (13 minutes, 50 seconds) ever on the course, while Stripp’s is now the sixth. Lenox’s Scott Carpenter set the course record (13:25) earlier this year.
Even though a Hoosac runner crossed the line first, the Mounties beat the Hurricanes in the dual, 26-31. Will Kirby (3rd), Archer Greenhalgh (6th), Will Nolan (7th) and Sam Kobrin (8th) powered Greylock to the win. The Mounties placed six runners in the top 10.
"We just had a little more depth in the top 10," Burdick said. "That’s what the difference is."
Austin Poulton (4th), Jared Haley (5th) and Trevor Ciempa (9th) were the other top-10 finishers for Hoosac, who did beat Drury, 15-49. Drury also lost to Mount Everett 21-34 and to BART, 23-32. Cody Crosier was the top Blue Devil in 33rd place (19:05).
On the girls’
Alibozek’s time was 16 minutes, 11 seconds, while Kaegi finished in 16:16.
Kaegi slipped on a downhill turn with a kilometer left and had to fight her way back. She could not catch Alibozek.
Eight of the top 10 finishers were from Greylock in the 22-39 win over Hoosac, which had head coach Larry Bell in a good mood, despite being soaked.
"Our depth has come together," he said. "From where we started, I feel really good about our pack and depth we have developed."
Drury went 2-1 on the day, and thanks to a top-15 finish by Tia Brown, was able to edge BART 27-28. The Blue Devils beat Mount Everett 15-50 but lost to Hoosac 17-46.
McCann boys’ soccer
SPRINGFIELD -- In one of the few soccer games played on a miserably rainy Friday, the weather ended up dictating the outcome of the McCann Tech boys’ soccer game against Putnam.
With the score tied at 1, a Putnam shot was blocked and lay still just off the goal line. McCann’s Dillon Carr hustled to clear it from danger only to slip and knock the ball over the line for the deciding goal in a 2-1 Putnam win.
Kozik said her was told if the game was between two local teams the game would have been postponed, but because the cutoff date is just around the corner (Oct. 30) and the travel hurdle, the referees allowed the game to go on. A running clock was used throughout to help speed the game up.
Hornets keeper P.J. Laliberte was issued a red card in the second half when he went to grab a loose ball and hit a Putnam player. Putnam was awarded a penalty kick, and because Laliberte was red-carded, Daimon Couture was thrust into goal. He didn’t need to make the save, though, as the Putnam player, who’s name was washed out of the scorebook by the continuous rain, sent the opportunity high over the cross bar.
Shane Fuller had McCann’s goal in the 20th minute to tie the score at 1.