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Season Recap | 2019:
The Varsity team had a season marked by hard work and notable gains as a group. A motivated band of runners stepped up to join a rebuilding squad after we graduated seven seniors last year. The team improved as demonstrably as any other in recent memory. As the result of sustained effort over many weeks, the team that finished the season was considerably faster and more cohesive than the one that we first saw in early September. At the ISL championship, we beat all the teams we had beaten during the regular season, plus several teams to which we had previously lost. Many thanks to each of our hill and dalers for working hard and representing Thayer well all season. Today, we celebrate two senior harriers, Tommy Gaffey and Garner Thompson. Over the last two years, Garner has been one of our fiercest competitors on race day. In most races, Garner finished as our second runner (big shoes to fill next fall!). Along the way, he set a blistering 5K personal record of 18:18. Tommy, our two-year captain), has been our number one or number two varsity runner in virtually every race since eighth grade. This year, he won five races and was never afraid to go after the region's best runners with coruscating intensity.
Award Winners | 2019:
Team MVP: Tommy Gaffey '20
Coaches Award: Garner Thompson '20
ISL All-League: Tommy Gaffey '20
All-New England: Tommy Gaffey '20
|Tommy Gaffey Jr. (captain)||2020||Scituate, MA|
|Tommy Bi||2023||Braintree, MA|
|Ryan Chiari||2022||Braintree, MA|
|Grant Coldren||2021||Boston, MA|
|Griff Gibbs||2022||Plymouth, MA|
|Gabby Guerrero||2024||Hingham, MA|
|Aidan Humphreys||2022||Milton, MA|
|Ben Koper||2022||Scituate, MA|
|Eli Kream||2023||Milton, MA|
|Conor Mannion||2023||Milton, MA|
|Jonah Rothman||2022||Needham, MA|
|Garner Thompson||2020||Braintree, MA|
Joseph 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
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 21 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.