Team Details

Cross Country- US Boys


2018 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 and more competitive as they progress through the ISL schedule. Both varsity and JV teams practice and travel to meets together, so the group develops a strong sense of camaraderie. Regardless of individual goals or abilities, all team members have fun, 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 captains Josh Chaskes '19 and Tommy Gaffey '20. Having lost nine veterans who contributed in great ways to the program for four years, this year's team will feature many new faces, a mix of younger runners working hard to contribute to the group.

The team is coached by Joe Pelletier ( and Paul McCarron.

2017 Season Recap:

The Varsity had a great season. Senior captains Nick Dawson, Eli Dow, Caleb Farwell, and Drew Kelner motivated the team to train hard over the summer. The team finished 10-5 in the league, and 12-5 overall. They placed well in the ISL championships on Lawrence's hilly course. At the New England Championships, held at Berkshire School, the team did even better, bringing home a fourth-place plaque. This year, we say goodbye to eight seniors, many of whom have been with the program since ninth grade: Nick Dawson, Eli Dow, Collin Drooff, Caleb Farwell, Hunter Gu, Drew Kelner, Simeone Montrond, and Ian Thompson.

2017 Award Winners:

Most Valuable Runner: Tommy Gaffey '20

Coaches' Award: Nicholas Dawson '18 & Elias Dow '18

All-League: Tommy Gaffey '20

Honorable Mention: Elias Dow '18

NEPSTA All-Star Race: Tommy Gaffey '20 & Elias Dow '18

Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Team: Tommy Gaffey '20


Noble & Greenough School
Noble & Greenough School
Tabor Academy, Middlesex School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Middlesex School
Loss 43-20
Noble & Greenough School, Roxbury Latin School, St Sebastian's School
St Sebastian's School
Loss 28-27
St George's School, Belmont Hill School, Groton School
Groton School
Loss 49-15
Rivers School, Brooks School, St Mark's School
Brooks School

TA 23 - Brooks 32

TA 43 - St. Mark's 20

TA 29 - Rivers 28


Name Class Hometown
Alec Borges 2022 Brockton, MA
Josh Chaskes 2019 Pembroke, MA
Ryan Chiari 2022 Braintree, MA
Tommy Gaffey Jr. 2020 Scituate, MA
Sam Garber 2020 Wellesley, MA
Aidan Humphreys 2022 Milton, MA
Danny Joca 2019 South Boston, MA
Arman Kaiser 2019 Canton, MA
Ben Koper 2022 Scituate, MA
Louis Lu 2019 Braintree, MA
Huy Nguyen 2019 Randolph, MA
Justin O'Leary 2019 Hanover, MA
Ben Robey 2019 Hull, MA
Jonah Rothman 2022 Needham, MA
Josh Rothman 2020 Needham, MA
Andrew Scanlon 2020 Hingham, MA
Austin Smith 2020 Hanover, MA
Garner Thompson 2020 Braintree, MA

Coach Info

  • Joseph 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

    A lifelong West Roxbury resident, Paul McCarron left the technology field to pursue a more passion-oriented career. He started coaching at Thayer in 2016 as the Middle School cross country coach and assistant coach for the Upper School boys’ cross country team. He is also an assistant coach for Thayer's ski team and works at Marathon Sports. Paul has coached and mentored marathoners and triathletes as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Team in Training" fundraising program. As a qualified and charity runner, he has completed 18 consecutive Boston Marathons. He has run other marathons and completed triathlons from sprint distance up to Ironman. A non-profit volunteer, Paul utilizes endurance races as fundraising opportunities.