Although COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, Mount Greylock worked hard to ensure that students would have some semblance fall sports season. Cross Country and golf, which were ruled “low risk” sports, were able to have a competitive season despite the COVID-19 restrictions. Soccer, football, and volleyball, however did not have a competitive season.
Kate Swann, a junior on the girl’s cross country team, said that both girl’s and boy’s teams were split into pods. Swann said, “Our team is so close that it was weird being so distant from the other people.”
In terms of meets, one pod started and then three minutes later the next pod could go. Even with the difficulties brought on by COVID-19, the girl’s cross country team went undefeated for their 2020 season.
The boy’s team had three wins, one tie, and two losses. Swann said that they did not compete against as many teams this year, but they “really appreciated having the chance to get outside, get off our campus, and compete.”
The girl’s team also competed in a virtual Western Mass meet. The teams had to go to the chosen course and race one team at a time before November 21st.
“The course was fairly flat and compact and we raced on the weekend so we could take all the time we wanted to warm up and prepare,” Swann said. “Overall the race went really well”.
After Western Mass, Swann continued her season. She qualified for Nationals in an event called the Nike Cross Virtual hosted by Nike. On November 19th she ran a 5k at the Spruces, tracking her distance with the Athletic App and then uploading her time. Swann does not know the final results yet but she said it was an “amazing accomplishment” to have competed.
While the golf team was able to compete in a few matches, wearing masks and social distancing, they were not able to have a Western Mass. The team ended the season with seven wins and three losses. Their top competitors were Alex Axt, Owen Petropulos, Cayden Conry, Ben Prescott, Cam Turner and Ben Dingman.
Unlike Cross Country and Golf, the volleyball team was not allowed to have any games. Instead, the team had a practice only season. Senior Captain Emma Hayward said that while it was “frustrating to play in a mask everyday they were still “very grateful to have a season.”
“Hopefully we will be looking forward to games in the fall two season,” said Tessa Leveque, a junior on the team.
The Greylock soccer program did not have a competitive season either; instead, the girl’s and boy’s practiced three times a week, keeping in mind the safety regulations set out by the state.
Many of the players on both teams joined the Berkshire County Youth Soccer League organized by the Williamstown Soccer Club, where they were able to have a competitive season, playing other teams from around Berkshire County while adhering to state COVID-19 regulations.
The boy’s had both a JV and varsity team, and the girls had one team consisting of mostly varsity players. Both teams were able to have a “makeshift” senior night.
The girl’s team had six wins and three loses while the boy’s team was undefeated with five wins and one tie.