Coach: Jeanne Teasdale (12th year)
Last year: 14-1
Key returnees: Tucker McNinch, Jr.; Ben Herrick, Jr.; Sam Darbey, Jr.
Scott Carpenter and his Western Mass. and state Division II championships are gone, off to Georgetown where Carpenter will run for the Hoyas.
It may not matter much. Lenox has one of the strongest returning groups of runners in Berkshire County, led by co-captain McNinch and many other runners who helped the Millionaires to sectional runner-up and 13th-place state finishes.
"He has had a lot of experience running," Teasdale said. "He's felt that pressure ... and he's used to the pressure. He works well under pressure."
McNinch, who finished second in last year's Western Mass. Division II meet, put in about 90 minutes of running per day, which he thinks averages to about 45-50 miles per week. He admits that he still feels the aforementioned pressure now that he's the top Millionaire runner, but if he's nervous, he certainly isn't showing it.
"Having Scott around has always taken a little bit of a load off me," McNinch said. "I'm ready for the challenge."
He won't do it alone. Fellow juniors Herrick and Darbey will challenge for top spots in each race. Senior Eric Lomaglio and junior Chris Najimy will also factor in for the Millionaires.
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