Emily Kaegi

Senior, Mount Greylock

The Carleton College-bound Kaegi seemed to get better as the season went on, and it culminated in a Western Mass. Division II championship at Northfield. She also earned a fifth-place finish at the state meet in Gardner after that.

The coach's take: She just, mid-season, took off.

- Larry Bell, Greylock coach 

Lauren Farry

Junior, Pittsfield

Farry has established herself as Pittsfield's top runner over the past couple of years, and will no doubt come into fall 2014 as the same. She placed sixth in a tough Division I field at the Western Mass. meet, and was the only General to qualify for the state meet.

The coach's take: She's gained a lot of racing experience, and starting to use tactics in her racing. I would expect to see her building on them throughout the next year, and through track season as well.

- Theresa Apple, Pittsfield coach

 

Heather Hassett

Senior, Monument Mountain


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Hassett's third-place finish in the Western Mass. Division II meet led the Spartans to a third-place finish as a team, and qualified them for the state meet. Once there, Hassett led the way again for Monument, as the school's top finisher. She also took third at the Berkshire County championship race.

The coach's take: Heather had a phenomenal season. She was our first-place runner in every race, and put us in a position to score well in every meet with her placement.

- Chris Unsworth, Monument coach

 

Alice Najimy

Eighth grade, Lenox

Lenox's strength in recent years has been its youth. Najimy is simply keeping that tradition alive. She was the youngest runner in the top five at the Western Mass. Division II meet, taking fourth place. That put her in elite company: Najimy was one of just 16 girls in the state to run in the state D-II meet.

 

Hayley Bowers

Junior, Lee

Bowers led the way for a first-year Wildcat varsity program. She was fourth at the Berkshire County championship race, and then fifth at the Western Mass. Division II meet, putting the new Lee program on the state's biggest stage for the first time.

The coach's take: She has a desire to really run every single day. She was a member of the boys team, and wanted to train every year with them; and yet, she was still one of our leaders on the girls team.

- Art Reilly, Lee coach

 

Sydnee Gallup

Junior, Hoosac Valley

Gallup took eighth at the Berkshire County-dominated Western Mass. Division II meet in Northfield, qualifying her for the state meet. She was the lone Hurricane girl to qualify, and earned a top-100 finish there. She'll be back to lead Hoosac in 2014.

The coach's take: We hope to improve on her finish. She truly felt like it was just an honor for her to get to states, and went down to get the experience. She's running track this year instead of playing lacrosse. She [feels] she can help herself by running an extra season.

- Ron Namislo, Hoosac coach

 

Allyson Berger

Senior, Monument Mountain

Berger -- a near-certainty for a top-five finish in county races -- ended her Spartan career in a very strong manner. Her top-25 finish at the Western Mass. Division II meet helped Monument return to the state team competition as the third-place finisher in the section.

The coach's take: Between her junior year and senior year, she was one of the biggest reasons for our team's success, because of the improvement she made. She was always a top-five finisher, and her and Heather tended to be our 1-2.

- Unsworth

 

Kate McNinch

Freshman, Lenox

McNinch -- quite the name when it comes to Lenox runners right now -- was at the top of the freshman class for the Millionaire girls. She was the fastest freshman in the Western Mass. Division II meet, finishing seventh. That helped Lenox return to the state meet, as the Millionaires were second as a team.

 

Caroline Bissaillon

Freshman, Monument

Bissaillon will return in the fall as one of the Spartans' best runners. She showed what she's capable of at Western Mass., when she took 11th place at the Division II race. That was the Spartans' second-fastest finish, allowing them to earn a third-place team finish.

The coach's take: She's just very tough. This was her first year running. She's a really, really good athlete ... and she wants to keep improving and competing.

- Unsworth

 

Makayla Powers

Senior, Pittsfield

Powers was the third General across the finish line at the Western Mass. Division I meet, finishing 27th. She earned a number of top five finishes for PHS, helping make the Generals a very tough team in Berkshire County.

The coach's take: At Western Mass., my goal is to have them peak. That worked. ... Makayla is passionate about running, and she's competitive. She had the added benefit of having run the course in years past.

- Apple

 

Laura Galib

Junior, Greylock

With runners like Kaegi graduating, Galib will become the senior leader in Williamstown this fall. Galib was 26th at the Western Mass. Division II meet, helping the Mounties claim a surprising sectional team championship and a spot at the state meet.

The coach's take: At Western Mass., when I knew out on the course that we were up, she was starting to fade going into that last mile. I got her in gear. ‘All you have to do is relax and stay with them and we win.' The frustration disappeared, and she started to pass people again.

- Bell

 

Mackenzi Powers

Senior, Pittsfield

Powers earned a top-30 finish in the Western Mass. Division I meet, finishing a tough Northfield course in 22:26, and could be counted on for top-five finishes at many Berkshire County races.

The coach's take: Of the two, I'd say Mackenzi is slightly more competitive. She's that way in track, too. [She'll] help the other runners. ... Mackenzi's got leadership qualities, and she wants the best for the team.

- Apple

 

Hannah Folino

Junior, Hoosac

Folino and Gallup will likely be the backbone of Hoosac's 2014 squad. Folino took 24th at the Western Mass. Division II meet, and showed she can handle Mount Greylock and Monument Mountain's courses just as well as she can run the tough terrain at Hoosac Valley.

The coach's take: She knows there's more to go get. Hannah's another one that will run our summer program and follow it faithfully.

- Namislo

 

Kayla Dillon

Sophomore, Monument

Don't discount what Monument Mountain has coming back this fall. There are strong runners in the younger classes, and Dillon is one of them. Her top-35 finish at Western Mass. was the fourth score for Monument, helping the Spartans place third at the meet and return to states. Dillon was also the Spartans' fourth scorer at the state meet.

The coach's take: Kayla's someone who works really hard at everything she does. She did a lot of good things this summer to prepare herself for this season, and she was rewarded for that. She's a big part of our future.

- Unsworth

 

Ella King

Freshman, Lenox

Continuing the success of the Millionaires' underclassmen, King was Lenox's third scorer at the Western Mass. D-II meet, helping her school to a second-place team finish. She was strong from start -- earning a second-place finish in September at Monument Mountain -- to finish for Lenox.

 

Alex Huth

Freshman, Lenox

Huth, along with King and Conlon, found her way to the team as a coaches' selection due to a strong finish at the Berkshire County championship meet at Mount Greylock. Expect her to be a top scorer for the Millionaires in many meets in 2014.

 

Izzy Conlon

Eighth grade, Lenox

Conlon and Najimy are the only eighth graders on the squad, and have established themselves as the top runners in the Class of 2018. That's right, Berkshire County: Lenox gets runners like Conlon for four more seasons.