Coach: Benn Griffin (3rd year)
Last year: 3-8
Key returnees: Dylan Quinn, Jr.; J.D. Dix, 8th grade; Mark Borelli, 8th grade
Griffin is in his fourth year with the program, but his third as head coach. He has seen it go from eight kids on the boys side in his first season to 24 last year, when the program got its first varsity win. BART has 36 on the roster so far this year.
"It's been really tough," Griffin says of building from scratch. He's a sixth and seventh grade teacher, so most of the runners he gets come from the younger grades.
"Now it's nice, because a couple of my kids from a few years ago are now freshmen," he said. "So we have more than one high schooler on the team, which is nice."
The oldest returning runner, co-captain Quinn, is only a junior. Dix and Borelli are co-captains for the eighth grade side, when Quinn can't be there.
Still, BART has a lot of turnover. A lot of first-time athletes want to try something new, Griffin said, and some of them don't even make it through the season, let alone come back for a second season. "Berkshire County for cross country, it's pretty deep," he said. "Mount Greylock or Wahconah, they've got 20 guys who are like 6-foot-5!"
The goal hasn't changed, though - move up in the South Division. "This is the strongest our team has ever been," Griffin said. "I already have five guys that are on pace to be at least 2 minutes faster than last year."
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