Team Details

Cross Country- US Boys


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: Thomas Gaffey

Coaches' Award: Nicholas Dawson & Elias Dow

All-League: Thomas Gaffey

Honorable Mention: Elias Dow

Gaffey & Dow invited to NEPSTA All-Star Race

Tommy Gaffey named to Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Team

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 ( and Paul McCarron.


Tabor Academy
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.

CHANGED: This event time has changed to 1:30.
JV 2:30, Varsity 3:30, St George's School, Milton Academy, Buckingham Browne & Nichols
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.

St Mark's School
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).

CHANGED: This event time has changed to 3:15
JV 4:00, Varsity 5:00, Brooks School, Middlesex School, Lawrence Academy
Lawrence Academy
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.
JV 4:00, Varsity 4:30, St Sebastian's School
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.

JV 2:00 Varsity 3:00, Noble & Greenough School, Groton School, Roxbury Latin School
Thayer - Track
Other TA 42 RL 19 TA 30 GR 25 TA 22 NG 35
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
One combined boys race at 3:30, Rivers School, Belmont Hill School, Governor's Academy
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
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
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.


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

  • 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