2019-20 The Berkshire Eagle All Stars: Cross-country
Boys Runner of the Year
Ted Yee, Lenox
Ted Yee opened his return campaign to Berkshire County cross-country by placing fifth in the season opener. By the end of the fall, though, nobody was catching the Lenox junior. Yee came back after a year abroad and ramped it up throughout the season, eventually placing second at the Western Massachusetts meet and helping the Millionaires claim a Division II sectional title. It was Lenox's first crown since 2009, and Yee helped his school end a run of nine-straight for local rival Mount Greylock. Yee didn't stop after tackling Northfield Mountain in 16 minutes, 54.11 seconds, though. He and the Millionaires took to Gardner a week later at the MIAA All-State meet, and Yee placed 10th overall, besting all Western Mass. runners. Yee won a county-best five league races on the season and was named tri-MVP by the coaches along with Taconic's Jacob Paris and Monument Mountain's Diego Salinetti.
Girls Runner of the Year
Kate Swann, Mount Greylock
In nearly every race Kate Swann entered this fall, the Mount Greylock burner had opponents struggling to keep up. Swann won six Berkshire County League races during her sophomore campaign, double her closest competition, including a 33-second gap at the Berkshire County Individuals at Notchview to end the regular season. In one of the few races she didn't cross the finish line first, the Western Mass. Championship meet, Swann tore up Northfield Mountain to the tune of 19:24.82, second overall only to Pope Francis senior Emily Boutin. At the All-State meet, against the top runners in Massachusetts on a flat course, Swann further proved her status and mettle with a third-place finish. Her six wins helped Greylock to a Berkshire League title with an 11-1 record and 6-1 mark in the brutal South Division. Her Mounties also claimed runner-up spots at both Western Mass. and the All-State championships.
Boys Team Coach of the Year
Ted Collins, Monument Mountain
The story of Monument Mountain's season is actually a story of the offseason and the program that head coach Ted Collins has been grinding through for nearly two decades. In 2019, that program truly clicked with a host of talented runners in Great Barrington, feeding off Collins' design and advice. The longtime Spartans head kept it cool after the season-opener saw his team set off alarm bells in Western Mass. with wins over Lenox and Mount Greylock, and sophomore Diego Salinetti burst onto the scene with an individual win. With the whole county on hand, Monument put three racers in the top four, and four in the first seven. With junior studs Peter LaRochelle and Keegan Leach helping to lead the way, the Spartans outlasted Lenox for their first Berkshire County League title in quite a few years. Collins' crew finished 10-1, 6-1 in the South Division. They then went on to place third at the Western Mass. championships, packing Salinetti, Leach and LaRochelle into the top seven to out-pace Pope Francis by one and punch the whole team's ticket to states. At Gardner, that trio all clocked sub 17:50 times.
Girls Team Coach of the Year
Jeanne Teasedale, Lenox
The list of things Jeanne Teasedale hasn't accomplished at Lenox is not long. In 2019, that list got even shorter. Coach Teasedale, along with dynamic duo-mate Laura Najimy, guided the Millionaires to their first ever MIAA Division II state championship this fall. Of course that came along with the requisite Western Mass. title, out-dueling Berkshire County rival Mount Greylock at both meets. Behind the coaching of both Teasedale and Najimy, the Lenox girls never lost faith, despite Greylock claiming the county title. The Millionaires stayed focused on the big goal and peaked at the right time. The staff coaxed a monster postseason performance out of junior Ellen Huth, gauging her year-long health perfectly to get her to land fifth at Western Mass. Meanwhile, youngsters Grace Elliot, Alice Culver and Ava Bachman were steady throughout. Lenox squeezed by Greylock by four points at sectionals, and then blasted off at Gardner with 98 points, a 37-point victory. Teasedale's Millionaires put four runners in the top 25 on Massachusetts' grandest stage.
Boys: Ted Yee (co-MVP), Jacob Paris (co-MVP), Diego Salinetti (co-MVP), Colin Young, Max Adam, Dennis Love, Keegan Leach, Peter LaRochelle, Caleb Pollard, Chris Adams, Cole Duval, Ollie Swabey, Emmanuel Brown, Justin Levesque, Hayden Kendall, Charlie McWeeny, Parker Winter, Harry Touloukian, Nate Bentz, Jack Archey.
Girls: Kate Swann (MVP), Jackie Wells, Grace Malone, Lily McDermott, Erin Keating, Grace Elliot, Ava Bachman, Alice Culver, Audrey Touloukian, Ellen Huth, Kellie Harrington, Cami Diehl, Megan Francoeur, Haley Crosier, Abby Kittler, Isabella Penna-Ward, Ainsley Able, Olivia Gamberoni, Anna Martin, Ahliya Phillips.
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