2018-19 The Berkshire Eagle All Stars: Track and field
Girls overall Most Valuable Athlete
Madison Ross, Mount Greylock, Junior
Ross proved herself to be the queen of Berkshire County track and field this season, excelling in both the sprint events and jumps before focusing solely on jumping events toward the end of the season. Ross, an accomplished 100-meter and 200-meter sprinter entering the year, took her biggest leap in the field events this year. Ross now holds her school's record in the high jump (5-feet, 4 1/2-inches), long jump (18-9 1/4) and triple jump (37-6 1/2). She won each and every event she entered in the league season this year, took a first in the long jump and triple jump at the Western Mass. Division II meet, and won the long jump at Central/Western Mass D-II meet while finishing second in the high jump and triple jump. Her Mounties also went undefeated in the league this year, and finished in second at the Western Mass. Division II meet.
Girls Co-Most Valuable Runner
Maddie Albert, Mount Greylock, Senior
Albert, last year's overall MVP, excelled in the middle distances this season for the Mounties. She ran a leg on the team's 4x800-meter relay team that set a new school mark (9 minutes, 34.43 seconds), ran a leg on the 4x400 team that has the second-best time in program history, and recorded top-7 program times in the 400 hurdles (2nd, 1:07.12) and 800 run (3rd, 2:19.14). Her dominance in the middle distances helped the Mounties to their Berkshire League crown, and a second-place finish at the Western Mass. D-II championship meet.
Girls Co-Most Valuable Runner
Grace Phair, Monument Mountain, Senior
Grace Phair ran her way to a cross-country All-Star performance in the fall, and followed it up with an impressive showing in the distance events this spring. Whether in the mile or two-mile, Phair was around the front of the pack, picking up firsts in the mile four times this season, and twice in the two mile. She set a personal record in the two-mile during the season at 11:33.63, good for a school record in the process. Phair finished fourth in the two-mile at the Western Mass. D-II meet, and seventh at the Central/West D-II championships.
Girls co-Most Valuable Field Athlete
Caroline Hadley, Mount Greylock, Senior
Hadley found success in all three throwing disciplines this season, setting team-long throws in the shot put (29-7), discus (113-9) and javelin (92-11) for the season, and her discus throw is second longest in program history. She took home a Western Mass. D-II championship medal in the discus as her team finished second overall, and she claimed a second-place medal in the discus at the Central/West Division II meet.
Girls co-Most Valuable Field Athlete
Lily Lobovits, Taconic, Senior
The senior thrower is a repeat All-Star as a field MVP. Lobovits was a leading point-scorer and captain for Taconic in the dual-meet season, including winning the shot put in all of her team's duals. She really stepped things up in the postseason, throwing her PR of 33-9.5 in the shot put at the Central/Western Mass. D-II meet to finish in fourth, while also placing second (shot put) and third (discus) in the Western Mass. D-II meet a week prior.
Girls Coach of the Year
Brian Gill, Mount Greylock
With the Mount Greylock girls track and field team racing away with an undefeated season, Gill's resume stood out by itself. But looking deeper into it, his coaching acumen was on full display, as well. Gill, himself a talented track and field athlete for the Mounties in his day, focuses a lot of his coaching efforts on field events, and the proof of his success is shown by the overall MVP in Madison Ross - now a three-event record holder in program history - and with field MVP Caroline Hadley. Gill continues to churn out powerhouse programs, and this year's featured the undefeated league season, plus a runner-up team finish at the Western Mass. D-II championships.
Boys overall Most Valuable Athlete
Jack Pudlo, Wahconah, Junior
Pudlo was a jack-of-all-trades for the Warriors this season, culminating with him taking second place in the pentathlon at the Central/West D-II championships. Pudlo set personal records in nine events this year according to his MileSplit page, and took home firsts in the triple jump and long jump during the dual season. On the track, he was part of the 4x400 relay team that qualified for the All-State meet with a second-place finish at the Central/West D-II championships, and he was the top runner of the 1,500 in the pentathlon at both the Central/West and the All-State meets.
Boys Most Valuable Runner
Josh Cheung, Mount Greylock, Senior
The Mount Greylock boys team brought home a Western Mass. D-II team title this season, and Cheung's runs in the middle distances and relays played a big part in that. He was on the winning 4x400 team at Western Mass., and placed first in the mile and second in the 800 at the meet. Cheung set a new PR in the 800 at 2:03.80, and ran a 4:35.79 mile for another PR this season. He was undefeated in each mile event he ran during the league season, and was seventh in the event at the Central/West D-II meet.
Boys Most Valuable Field Athlete
Mohammed Ahmed, Taconic, Junior
Mohammed Ahmed announced his presence with a 44-foot-plus triple jump at an invitational to start the season, and continued his dominant jumping throughout the year. Ahmed took home firsts in the long jump in three dual meets this season, and was the top triple jumper in two duals plus the Berkshire County Invitational and Individuals meet. He also excelled in the high jump to round out the jumping disciplines, finishing first in two meets and second in three others. He set new personal records in all three jumps, with a 44-7 in the triple jump, a 20-1 in the long jump and 5-10 high jump.
Boys Coach of the Year
James McMahon, Wahconah
The Warriors came in second in the league this year, impressive for a team that wasn't as deep as it has been. McMahon's presence as coach has played a big role in the team finding success this year, as athletes like overall MVP Jack Pudlo, Shea McIlquham, Tyler Olds, PJ Pharmer and others improved throughout the year. McMahon's 4x400 relay team qualified for the All-State meet by finishing third at the Central/West D-II meet, and the Warriors placed sixth as a team at the Western Mass. D-II championships.
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