Team Details

Cross Country- US Boys

Overview



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 (jpelletier@thayer.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.

Award Winners:

Most Valuable Runner: Thomas Gaffey

Coaches' Award: Caleb Farwell and Simeone Montrond

All-League: Thomas Gaffey




Schedule

vs.
Tabor Academy
Away
Tabor Academy
Other vs Tabor L 20-39. W vs Pomfret & Worcester

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.

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vs.
JV 2:30, Varsity 3:30, St George's School, Milton Academy, Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Away
Milton Academy
Other TA 21 Milton 36 TA 19 BBN 40 TA 23 SG 35

Tommy Gaffey won the VB race (17:26). Six Tigers in top twelve and all under 19 minutes.


vs.
St Mark's School
Home
Thayer - Track
Loss 49-20

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).

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vs.
JV 4:00, Varsity 5:00, Brooks School, Middlesex School, Lawrence Academy
Away
Lawrence Academy
Other
The Tigers picked up wins against Brooks, Middlesex, and host Lawrence on the Spartans' tough, hilly course that will also serve as the 2017 ISL championship site. Thayer improves to 6-2 ISL and 8-2 overall.

Tommy Gaffey won the race and set a course record for the second week in a row. He was ably supported by four teammates in the top nine: Eli Dow, Nick Dawson, Drew Kelner, and Mac MacKay.

Next Friday (10/13), the Tigers take on St. Sebastian's in a race at Caryl Park in Dover.
vs.
JV 4:00, Varsity 4:30, St Sebastian's School
Away
St Sebastian's School
Win 20-38

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.

vs.
JV 2:00 Varsity 3:00, Noble & Greenough School, Groton School, Roxbury Latin School
Home
Thayer - Track
Other TA 42 RL 19 TA 30 GR 25 TA 22 NG 35
Varsity
TA 42 RL 19
TA 30 GR 25
TA 22 NG 35

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.

Junior Varsity
TA 50 RL 15
TA 50 GR 15
TA 39 NG 21
vs.
One combined boys race at 3:30, Rivers School, Belmont Hill School, Governor's Academy
Away
Governor's Academy
Other TA 31 BH 26 TA 17 Govs 42 TA 23 Rivers 35
The boys' team concluded its regular-season slate with a strong showing at Governor's. The Tigers beat the hosts and Rivers but lost to the perennially strong Belmont Hill. With the two wins, the team advances to 10-5 in the league and 12-5, overall. Next up: a return trip to Lawrence for the 2017 ISL championships.


Varsity Boys
TA 31 BH 26
TA 17 Govs 42
TA 23 Rivers 35

JV Boys
TA 47 BH 16
TA 37 Govs 22
CHANGED: This event time has changed to 3:30.
ISL Race JV 1:15. V 2:45
Away
Lawrence Academy
5th Place

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.

D2 New England's Race. Varsity 1:55. JV 3:15
Away
Berkshire School
4th place of 16
The Tigers finished the 2017 campaign by bringing home a plaque from the NEPSTA Division II championships, held this year at Berkshire School. Despite facing cold temperatures and a course that features keep-you-honest "Cardiac Hill" at the halfway point, the team ran well. In a competitive field of 16 schools, the Tigers finished in fourth place. Tommy Gaffey (16:44) finished in third place, overall, followed by Eli Dow (15th), Drew Kelner (26th), Nick Dawson (37th), and Simeone Montrond (49th). Mac MacKay (57th) and Josh Chaskes (71) rounded out the scoring.

In the JV race, Danny Joca (20:44) led the way for Thayer, followed by the quartet of Louis Lu (21:35), Caleb Farwell (21:40), Huy Nguyen (22:28), and Collin Drooff (26:00).

This race was a terrific final effort for a hard-working group of seniors. Next week, Gaffey and Dow go on to the NEPSTA all-star race at St. Mark's.

Roster

Name Class Hometown
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
Pablo Hernandez 2019 Roslindale
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

Coach Info

  • Joe Pelletier
    Head Coach
    Since 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 McCarron
    Assistant Coach
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