NORTH ADAMS -- Travis Ciempa doesn't like losing races. Down by 3 seconds heading into the final lap of the mile, Ciempa kicked into high gear to win the race.
Ciempa's mile win helped pace the Hurricanes to a pair of wins at Friday's tri-meet. Hoosac beat Mount Greylock 100-41 and topped Drury 111-30. Greylock beat Drury, 78-54.
For the girls, it was the Mounties who flexed their muscle on the track. Greylock beat Drury 73 1/2-67 1/2 and topped Hoosac 105-35. Drury also picked up a win in the meet, beating Hoosac 113-28.
Ciempa ran the mile in 4 minutes, 44.7 seconds. Greylock's Carter Stripp finished 2 seconds behind him. Will Kirby finished in third and all three qualified for Western Mass.
"I really wanted to beat him," Ciempa said. "I've beat him before, and I didn't want to let him win."
"That was a great race," Hoosac coach Ron Namislo said. "Greylock came out and did a little strategy, trying to burn him early. But Travis runs on heart. He's not even in great shape yet, but he just does not want to get beat."
The Hurricanes won 12 of the 16 events on the afternoon. Zach O'Neill was part of four victories for the Hurricanes. He helped the 400-meter relay team earn a Western Mass. bid with a 47.3-second win. He then collected individual wins in the high jump, triple jump and 200.
"We have good athletes, Zach's a good athlete," Namislo said. "Tyler Mach came over, he's a good athlete he got two wins for us. Ian [Hill] came in and filled a spot for us. Our biggest detriment coming in was sprinters, and they've filled it for us."
Dante Sandifer is another new member for the Hurricanes. He finished first in the long jump and took second in the triple jump.
On the girls' side, it was Alex Majetich that led the way for the Mounties. She won the 100 (12.6), 200 (27.0), high jump (4-foot-6) and the long jump (13-4 1/2).
Drury's Alyssa Marceau picked up a key victory in the 100 hurdles for the Blue Devils. She edged out Greylock's Jenna Phelps by a tenth of a second for the win.
"It wasn't my best race," Marceau said. "I hit a lot of the hurdles, but every race isn't going to be the same. You just have to take what you have and work through it.
"Those close wins like that, they just drive you and make you want to work 10 times harder."
Things are starting to click for the Blue Devils. Cori Ghidotti and Celene Koperek both picked up individual wins on the track. Drury dominated in the shot put. Shannon Garvey took first with a toss of 27-2. Maria Mazzu, Olivia Carlson and Morgan Lamarre took the next three spots for the Blue Devils.
"I told the kids I thought we could be in the meet [with Greylock] for the first time in about 10 years," Drury coach Jim Buffoni said. "We didn't have a great day in some of the field events and it's the difference. We know that they have the tops on the track in a lot of things, but we have a lot of depth. It's good to be back in a meet with them."