Page, Crosier lead Patriots at Berkshire Invite

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On a brisk day at the Lee Track at Williams College, Berkshire County track and field teams got their seasons going with the Berkshire County Invitational.With the eight county teams, plus Mount Anthony Union High School, descending on the track at Williams, returning vets and newcomers alike got to stretch out their legs and arms with the usual battery of track events, plus a couple of run relays thrown in to boot.

Top performers on the day for Mount Anthony included Skyler Hoyt and Evan Page on the boys side, while Abbie Crosier posted a great day for the Patriots on the girls side.

Hoyt placed second in the long jump with a mark of 18 feet, 3 inches, while Page took home gold for MAU in the mile run with a time of 4:48.

The MAU 4x100 meter relay team finished third, the team of Hoyt, Nick Anderson, Tanner Conley and Austin Buttle. .

Page was also fifth in the 200 in 26.07 seconds and fourth in the 800.

Anderson was fourth overall in the 400 in 55.72 seconds, while Owen Maroney was sixth in the 400 hurdles. Buttle also jumped 4 feet, 10 inches to tie for fifth in the high jump.

For the girls, Crosier placed second in the 100 meters in 13.47 behind Mount Greylock's Madison Ross. Sophia Prandini was fourth in the 100.

Crosier also added a third place in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 11.5 inches, three inches behind the winner, Ross, and a second-place mark in the triple jump of 31 feet, 2.5 inches.

Other top six finishers for the Mount Anthony girls were Prandini with a sixth place in the shot put, while Emmalene Gabriel was sixth in the 400 hurdles.

Several athletes enjoyed multi-win days, highlighted by Ross — who took first overall in three separate individual events.

Ross, who missed large parts of last track season with an ankle injury, showed no rust as she cruised to a win in the 100-meter dash, then added field event wins in the long jump and high jump.

"It's nice to be back, because last year I didn't know if I was going to come back ready," Ross said. "I was so nervous for the 100, then when I did it, I got my [personal record] from last year and it's only the first meet. I'm really proud of myself."

Ross held off Crosier and Hoosac Valley's Maddie Vigna in the 100, finishing in 12.97 seconds. In the long jump, Ross jumped 15-feet, 2-inches in her first time competing in the event, and in the high jump, she and Pittsfield's Mya Adams cleared 4-8, with Ross doing it in fewer jumps.

"It was my first time ever doing the long jump today, so I was surprised I got first in it," Ross said. "In high jump, that's my main field event. I felt pretty confident in it."

Wahconah's Matt Lighten also picked up where he left off last season, rolling to wins in the 100 (10.88) and the 200 (22.29). Monument's Matt Weston finished second in the 100, followed by Taconic's Zach Gage, while in the 200, Lighten beat out Weston and Pittsfield's Kevin Amenlemah.

"I'm really happy with my 100," Lighten said. "I was talking with my dad, we were training for like six months, I was like, 'I'm going to get a 10.8,' and for the 200, I was kind of disappointed with it, but it's okay, it's not that bad."

While Gage just missed out to Lighten in the sprints, the Taconic athlete had a solid day in the field events. He finished first in the high jump, clearing 5-8 before both Monument's Jordan Piepho and Drury's Connor Meehan, and he took first in the long jump at 19-4 — beating out Hoyt and Pittsfield's Nate Robarge.

Piepho snagged first in the javelin (147-8), while Meehan dominated the 800 (2:05.50) and Robarge took first in the 110 hurdles (17.10).

Taconic's Abdul Ahmed also had a stellar day, taking first in the triple jump (39-6) and the 400 hurdles (1:06.58), in addition to a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Ahmed said after his day finished up. "I think I performed pretty good, so that makes me feel good."

On the girls' side of things, Ross was not alone in winning multiple events. Lenox duo Shannon Meisberger and Maggie Sorrentino each picked up two individual wins and also made up two legs of the winning sprint medley relay. Meisberger was also in contention in the 400 hurdles, but did not start the race after a miscommunication with the official that started the race.

Otherwise, the senior kept doing what she's been doing. In the 100 hurdles, Meisberger ran in 16.84 to beat out Pittsfield's Molly Tierney, and in the 200 sprint, Meisberger used the anger she had after missing the 400 hurdles to run in 26.83 and beat Mount Greylock's Maddie Albert.

"It's good for the beginning of the season," Meisberger said of her 100 hurdles performance. "It's a really good starting point. I was a little sad, because I four-stepped the entire way, which was disappointing to say the least, because I was three-stepping all of last year. But that's the way things go."


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