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
|Bradford Azizi (captain)||12|
|Nicholas DiBello (captain)||12|
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.
|Freshman|| Elliot Rhodes '08||17:37||GA (old course)||2004 |
|Sophomore|| Elliot Rhodes '08||16:34||Haverford||2005|
|Junior|| Hirsh Shah '11||16:31||Haverford||2009|
|Senior|| Yeremiah Shemuale '05||16:49||Mercersberg ||2004|
| Course Records|
| Athlete||Time||Meet ||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||17:37||v. EA||2004 |
|Sophomore|| Joe Korth '12|| 18:00||v. Malvern||2009|
|Junior|| Hirsh Shah '11||17:39||v. Malvern||2009|
|Senior|| Stuart Udis '05||17:01||v. PC||2004|
| Course Records|
| 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||Time||Athlete ||Year |
| Belmont Plateau||17:06||Nick Meloro '12 ||2010 |
| Chestnut Hill Academy (5K)||17:27||Pete Jennings '99 ||1998|
|17:27||Stuart Udis '05 ||2004|
|17:29||Yeremiah Shemuale '05 ||2004|
|17:30||Drew Gill '12 ||2010 |
|17:31||Max Huang-Hobbs '13 ||2010 |
| Chestnut Hill Academy (3mi)||16:30||Stuart Udis '05 ||2004 |
|16:38||Carter Skeel '11 ||2010 |
|16:44||Yeremiah Shemuale '05 ||2004|
|16:44||Nick Meloro '11 ||2010 |
|17:03||Joe Korth '12 ||2010 |
| Episcopal Academy (Lankenau)||18:13||Pete Jennings '99 ||1998 |
| Episcopal Academy (Newtown Sq)||18:37||Will Leonard '10 ||2009 |
|18:46||Hirsh Shah '11 ||2009 |
| George School||17:08||Nick Meloro '12 ||2010|
|17:34||Will Leonard '10 ||2009 |
|17:36||Hirsh Shah '11 ||2009|
|17:39||Max Huang-Hobbs '13||2010 |
|17:48||Carter Skeel '11||2010|
| Haverford School (Haverford College)||16:21||Hirsh Shah '11 ||2009 |
|16:34||Elliot Rhodes '08 ||2005 |
| Lehigh University (Paul Short Invite)|
| Malvern Prep||17:56||Hirsh Shah '11 ||2010|
|17:58||Nick Meloro '12 ||2010|
|18:09||Carter Skeel '11 ||2010|
|18:28||Pete Jennings '99||1998 |
|18:28||Max Huang Hobbs '13||2010 |
| Mercersburg Academy|| 16:49||Yeremiah Shemuale '05 ||2004 |
|17:15||Stuart Udis '05 ||2004|
| Penn Charter||16:45||Max Huang Hobbs '13 ||2010 |
|16:51||Ben Ritz '13 ||2010 |
|16:55||Dave Kepner '99 ||1997 |
|17:00||Nick Meloro '13 ||2010 |
|17:01||Pete Jennings '99 ||1998 |
| Plymouth Whitemarsh||17:51||Nick Meloro '12||2010|
|17:52||Hirsh Shah '11 ||2010|
|17:56||Joe Korth '12||2010|
|18:01||Carter Skeel '11 ||2010 |
| Valley Forge Military Academy||17:49||Dave Kepner '99 ||1997|
|17:51||Pete Jennings '99 ||1998 |
TEAM PRACTICE RECORDS
20 Miles - Ben Talus '10 (2008)
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)
8 Repeats - Ben Talus '10, Will Leonard '10, Carter Skeel '11, Hirsh Shah '11, Joe Korth '12 (2009)
7 - Max Huang Hobbs '13 (2010)
6 - Nick Meloro '12 (2009)
58.3 - Pete Jennings '99 (2003)
58.5 - Yeremiah Shemuale '05 (2003)
Peter JenningsHead 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 NotaryAssistant 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 JenningsAssistant Coach
Matt Sandifer '20 placed 13th overall in the sophomore boys race at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional on Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park.
The 2017 Fall sports are finished, but it is time to recognize the student-athletes who performed at a high level during the season.
Germantown Academy's boys cross country team narrowly lost in a very competitive race to rival Penn Charter on GA-PC Day by the score of 27-28.
The Patriots finished seventh overall at the 2017 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Championships held at the Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park on Saturday.
Matt Sandifer' 20 leads the way ad Germantown Academy places fourth at the 2017 Inter-Ac League Boys Cross Country Championship Meet.
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.
GA's top three performers were Matt Sandifer '20, Kevin Lamb '19, and Drew Sandifer '18.
Germantown Academy lost Tuesday's Inter-Ac League dual meet against Malvern Prep, 18-38.
The Patriots won Tuesday's Inter-Ac League season showdown against visiting Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 23-37.
Led by sophomore Matt Sandifer '20, the Patriots finished 13th overall out of 19 teams at the 65th annual George School Invitational on Saturday.
The Patriots took down rival Penn Charter in their Inter-Ac League season opener.
The Patriots lost, 24-31, to host Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in their season opener on Wednesday. Matt Sandifer '20 finished first with a time of 18:20.
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.