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Varsity Boys Cross Country

At the core of what we do is cultivate a love for the sport and help our student-athletes see the immense value in pushing their limits.

- Pete Jennings '99, Head Coach


Schedule

Current Record

Record: 3-4
League Record: 3-2

Roster

Name Grade
Bradford Azizi (captain) 12
Nicholas DiBello (captain) 12
Colin Brereton 9
Zachary Coren 10
Max Fralic 12
Oliver Haddow 12
Noah Jenckes 9
Gregory Kraynak 9
Jack Kraynak 11
Kevin Lamb 11
Solan O'Malley 10
Daniel Ritz 11
Andrew Sandifer 12
Matthew Sandifer 10
Marius Vava 10
Julien Vongvixay 10

Coaches

Facility

The spectator-friendly 5K course, designed in 2012, features challenging terrain as it winds its way around all of GA's athletic fields. Though it starts on the paved walkways through The Preserve, the course quickly switches to grass and eventually wooded paths as it enters into the Sisters' Woods for two hilly loops. Runners complete a final lap of the upper fields before a dramatic finish on the track inside Carey Stadium.

Team Records

Class Records
5K
Athlete
Time Course Year
Freshman Elliot Rhodes '08
17:37GA (old course)
2004
Sophomore Elliot Rhodes '08
16:34Haverford
2005
Junior Hirsh Shah '11
16:31Haverford2009
Senior Yeremiah Shemuale '05
16:49Mercersberg
2004
Course Records
"Old Course"
Athlete
TimeMeet
Year
Course Record
Paul Thistle (Wiss.)
17:00
v. Wiss.2005
GA Course Record
Stuart Udis '05
17:01
v. PC
2004
Freshman Elliot Rhodes '08
17:37v. EA
2004
Sophomore Joe Korth '12
18:00
v. Malvern
2009
Junior Hirsh Shah '11
17:39v. Malvern
2009
Senior Stuart Udis '05
17:01v. PC
2004
Course Records
Fort Washington
State Park
Athlete
Time Meet Year
Course Record
Nick Meloro '12
18:01 v. EA
2010
GA Course Record
Nick Meloro '12
18:01 v. EA
2010
Freshman Sam Levin '14
19:35
v. EA
2010
Sophomore Max Huang-Hobbs '13
18:40
v. HS
2010
Junior Nick Meloro '12
18:01
v. EA
2010
Senior Hirsh Shah '11
18:13
v. PC
2010
Course Bests by GA Runners
Course TimeAthlete
Year
Belmont Plateau
17:06Nick Meloro '12
2010
Chestnut Hill Academy (5K)
17:27Pete Jennings '99
1998
17:27Stuart Udis '05
2004
17:29Yeremiah Shemuale '05
2004
17:30Drew Gill '12
2010
17:31Max Huang-Hobbs '13
2010
Chestnut Hill Academy (3mi)
16:30Stuart Udis '05
2004
16:38Carter Skeel '11
2010
16:44Yeremiah Shemuale '05
2004
16:44Nick Meloro '11
2010
17:03Joe Korth '12
2010
Episcopal Academy (Lankenau)
18:13Pete Jennings '99
1998
Episcopal Academy (Newtown Sq)
18:37Will Leonard '10
2009
18:46Hirsh Shah '11
2009
George School
17:08Nick Meloro '12
2010
17:34Will Leonard '10
2009
17:36Hirsh Shah '11
2009
17:39Max Huang-Hobbs '13
2010
17:48Carter Skeel '11
2010
Haverford School (Haverford College)
16:21Hirsh Shah '11
2009
16:34Elliot Rhodes '08
2005
Lehigh University (Paul Short Invite)
Malvern Prep
17:56Hirsh Shah '11
2010
17:58Nick Meloro '12
2010
18:09Carter Skeel '11
2010
18:28Pete Jennings '99
1998
18:28Max Huang Hobbs '13
2010
Mercersburg Academy
16:49
Yeremiah Shemuale '05
2004
17:15Stuart Udis '05
2004
Penn Charter
16:45Max Huang Hobbs '13
2010
16:51Ben Ritz '13
2010
16:55Dave Kepner '99
1997
17:00Nick Meloro '13
2010
17:01Pete Jennings '99
1998
Plymouth Whitemarsh
17:51Nick Meloro '12
2010
17:52Hirsh Shah '11
2010
17:56Joe Korth '12
2010
18:01Carter Skeel '11
2010
Valley Forge Military Academy
17:49Dave Kepner '99
1997

17:51Pete Jennings '99
1998

TEAM PRACTICE RECORDS

Long Run
20 Miles - Ben Talus '10 (2008)

10 Miler
63:01 - Nick Meloro '12 (2010)
65:12 - Stuart Udis '05 (2004)

Cooper Test - Pre-Season
3500 - Nick Meloro '12 (2010)
3470 - Hirsh Shah '11 (2009)
3400 - Hirsh Shah '11 (2010)
3300 - Carter Skeel '11 (2010)
3200 - Joe Korth '12 (2010)

Freshman Plank Competition
5:23 - Ben Ritz '13 (2009)

Indian Hills
8 Repeats - Ben Talus '10, Will Leonard '10, Carter Skeel '11, Hirsh Shah '11, Joe Korth '12 (2009)

Power Push-Ups
7 - Max Huang Hobbs '13 (2010)
6 - Nick Meloro '12 (2009)

Cupcake Quarters
58.3 - Pete Jennings '99 (2003)
58.5 - Yeremiah Shemuale '05 (2003)

  • Peter Jennings
    Head Coach

    Pete Jennings '99 took over as head coach of the boys' cross country team in 2007. In 2010, Jennings guided the Patriots to an undefeated season and a Inter-Ac League Championship. That same year, GA finished second at States (Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association meet) and Jennings was named the PAISAA Cross Country Coach of the Year.

    In 2017, the team went 3-4, but consistently registered season-best times. Jennings helped coach Matthew Sandifer '20 to a First Team All-Inter-Ac selection.

    Jennings graduated from GA in 1999 and was captain of his cross country and track teams. He ran Division I cross country and track at the University of Richmond where he was selected to two Atlantic-10 All-Conference teams, and was named team captain and team MVP.

    He has also been GA's head boys' track and field coach since 2005.

    (Updated on 11/28/17)

  • Matthew Notary
    Assistant Coach

    Matt Notary became an assistant coach of the boys' cross country team in 2007. He graduated from Liberty High School (Bethlehem, PA) in 1996 and was captain of the track team. He ran Division 1 track at Princeton University where he specialized in the 800 meters and helped the team to win three consecutive Heptagonal championships in both indoor and outdoor track. He has also been an assistant coach for boys' and girls' track and field at GA since 2007.

    "Distance running is a sport in which dedication and effort are rewarded with improvement that is tangible and quantifiable. I really enjoy seeing our runners train hard every day and then, on race days, experience the thrill of conquering that difficult section of a cross country course or running a personal best time on the track."

  • Tom Jennings
    Assistant Coach

GA Boys Cross Country News

Boys Cross Country: Sandifer

Matt Sandifer '20 placed 13th overall in the sophomore boys race at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park.

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Boys Cross Country: Shorthanded Patriots Step Up To Take Down Churchmen

Matt Sandifer '20 finished first for GA again, as he has for all of the Patriots' meets thus far, while teammates Nick DiBello '18, Oliver Haddow '18, and Drew Sandifer '19 stepped up big time in the absence of three of GA's varsity runners. DiBello and Haddow had personal bests and Drew Sandifer dropped 45 seconds from his last race.

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Fall 2017 Start Dates & Tryout Information

The Germantown Academy Department of Athletics is pleased to provide the following information for the FALL 2017 preseason Upper School sports (this includes ANYONE who wants to participate in Upper School sports at any level). Student-athletes can bring lunch or bring money to buy/order lunch. Please contact the coach if you have any questions. Fall 2017 schedules will be updated this summer.

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