Cross Country- US Boys
2017 Season Preview:
The boys’ cross country program has a long tradition of welcoming and developing runners from all grades and experience levels. Some harriers eagerly devote themselves to preparing for college-level competition. Others run simply to enjoy a new team experience or to condition themselves for a winter sport. Each week’s varied, challenging workouts help runners become faster, stronger, and more competitive as they progress through the ISL schedule. Regardless of individual goals or abilities, all team members contribute, work hard, and develop the self-discipline needed to succeed as cross country runners. Once they gain experience and learn about the sport, many look forward to becoming life-long members of the larger running community.
This year’s team is led by a motivated group of veterans and newcomers. Summer training and early practices suggest promising results in the upcoming racing season. With almost the entire 2016 team back, the Tigers look forward to another season marked by success and improvement. This year’s ISL championship meet will be held at Lawrence Academy on November 3rd. The D-2 New England meet will held at Berkshire School on November 11th.
The team is coached by Joe Pelletier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Paul McCarron.
2016 Season Recap:
Boys’ cross country returned all but one runner this fall, and the team continued the demonstrable success it showed a year ago. Freshman Tommy Gaffey (all-ISL, all-New England) was the number-one runner all year. Captains Drew Kelner and Nick Dawson led the team throughout the season, from summer training straight through to the New England championship race at Tabor. Juniors Simeone Montrond, Eli Dow, and Bowen Taylor factored into team scoring, as did senior Eamon Osmanski and newcomer Mac MacKay. In finishing seventh at the 2016 ISL championships (held at Groton), the Tigers beat four teams they had lost to earlier in the season—a great finish for a much-improved team. With the top seven runners returning, the Tigers have much to look forward to for the fall 2017 season.
Thayer’s junior-varsity cross country team set many personal records, a sure sign of improvement on the ISL’s varied and challenging courses. Senior Chris Ciffolillo and juniors Caleb Farwell, Hunter Gu, and Collin Drooff provided needed leadership from day to day and week to week. Underclassmen Ethan Dixon, Pablo Hernandez, Danny Joca, Louis Lu, Diego Martinez, Ethan Torres, Arman Kaiser, and Josh Rothman raced with intensity. Hard work, good sportsmanship, and a desire to improve mark out the junior-varsity group. With such an eager and youthful squad, the Tigers bear much promise as they look ahead to the fall 2017 season.
Most Valuable Runner: Thomas Gaffey
Coaches' Award: Caleb Farwell and Simeone Montrond
All-League: Thomas Gaffey
The Tigers kicked off the 2017 ISL racing season at the Tabor Invitational, placing five runners in the top twelve and ultimately coming in second to the host Seawolves (Tabor 20, Thayer 39). Thayer also defeated non-league sides from Pomfret Academy and Worcester Academy. Thanks to the many parents who made the trip to Marion. Next up: a quad meet at Milton with BB&N and St. George's on Saturday, 9/23.
Tommy Gaffey won the VB race (17:26). Six Tigers in top twelve and all under 19 minutes.
The boys' team faced a strong side from St. Mark's, losing 20-49. Tommy Gaffey won the race and set a new school record on the home course (16:28).
The boys' XC team put six runners in the top eight enroute to a strong victory at St. Sebastian's Homecoming. Varsity score: TA 20, Sebs 38. JV score: TA 20, Sebs 39. Tommy Gaffey won the race, and Eli Dow, Simeone Montrond, Drew Kelner, and Nick Dawson rounded out the scoring for the Tigers. Next week: a big challenge from Groton, Nobles, and Roxbury Latin at Thayer's Homecoming meet.
Thayer faced competitive sides from Roxbury Latin, Groton, and Nobles at Homecoming 2017. Nine runners set personal records. The Tigers are now 8-4 in the league and 10-4 overall.
In the 2017 ISL championships, held at Lawrence Academy, the XC team ran a strong race on a tough-and-true cross country course. The team finished seventh among the 16 schools. Next week: New England division two championships at Berkshire School.
|Joshua Chaskes||2019||Pembroke, MA|
|Nicholas Dawson||2018||Needham, MA|
|Ethan Dixon||2020||Canton, MA|
|Elias Dow||2018||Dover, MA|
|Collin Drooff||2018||Milton, MA|
|Caleb Farwell||2018||Milton, MA|
|Thomas Gaffey||2020||Scituate, MA|
|Zeyi Gu||2018||Scituate, MA|
|Danny Joca||2019||South Boston, MA|
|Arman Kaiser||2019||Canton, MA|
|Drew Kelner||2018||Pembroke, MA|
|Jiaqi Lu||2019||Braintree, MA|
|Mac MacKay||2020||Milton, MA|
|Diego Martinez||2019||Hyde Park, MA|
|Simeone Montrond||2018||Dorchester, MA|
|Huy Nguyen||2019||Randolph, MA|
|Justin O'Leary||2019||Hanover, MA|
|Benjamin Robey||2019||Hull, MA|
|Joshua Rothman||2020||Needham, MA|
|Ian Thompson||2018||Norwood, MA|
|Christopher Underhill||2019||Westwood, MA|
Joe PelletierHead CoachSince arriving at Thayer in 1999, Joe Pelletier has taught most of the English department's courses for students in grades 9-12. He thrives on the variety that teaching English offers and finds in this variety limitless connections with his students and their own passions and concerns. Joe has taken great pleasure in developing course work that calls on his interest in areas as wide ranging as Shakespeare, Irish literature, music, sports, and more. In his role as advisor, Joe meets regularly with his advisees to discuss their progress. As a lifelong runner, Joe enjoys coaching cross country at Thayer, an activity that regularly provides rich opportunities to work with students outside the classroom.
Paul McCarronAssistant Coach