Mount Greylock's Margo Smith the All-Berkshire MVP for girls cross-country
Margo Smith never let up in the 2015 cross-country season, and for that reason the freshman from Mount Greylock is the All-Berkshire girls MVP.
Smith raced in all seven county races for the Mounties this season, plus in two invitational races in New York. The words "Smith" and "quit" were never in the same sentence this season, as Smith rattled off five wins in the county.
"With apologies to Monument Mountain, she's the Spartan in the league," Mount Greylock coach Larry Bell said. "She's one of the kids that, in spite of injuries and illness — and she had her share of health issues — when she finally got cleared up she had already developed some incredible habits."
Smith's evolution as a dominant runner started last spring in the track season. With steady improvement in the distance events — Smith predominantly ran the two-mile race, although she also ran the mile — Smith went into the offseason with a tangible goal, according to Bell.
"Last spring, I offer to talk about summer training [with my team]," Bell said. "She said she wants to beat the Lenox kids. That's a compliment to the Lenox kids because they are such a great team."
That drive led Smith to finish first or second in all of the county races this season. She did lose to Lenox runners twice, once to Emily Tibbetts, once to Emma Jourdain, but outside of that Smith was untouchable. She also showed promise outside the county, finishing 15th at the Queensbury Invitational in New York — a race that featured some of the top runners in the region.
"She really went to the well and dug deep many, many times this season," Bell said.
At the Berkshire County Championships, Smith finished second overall (19 minutes, 41 seconds), and in the Western Mass. Division II championships the busy slate caught up with Smith as she finished eighth overall (19:33). The result, though, didn't get to the young runner, as Smith bounced back a week later at the state championships and finished 20 seconds better, running 24th overall (19:12).
"She is someone that our team deeply admires because of her strength and determination," Lenox coach Jeanne Teasdale said. "She's made the races exciting and fun. I feel that she has a mutual respect between our girls and her team in terms of supporting one another, especially in the postseason."
Monument Mountain coach Chris Unsworth echoed Teasdale's sentiments about Smith.
"Such a good runner at young age," Unsworth said. "A model of consistency. She loves to run against the elite runners and was definitely the top runner in the county this year. I was just overall very impressed with how she carried herself and competed in every single race."