Varsity Girls Cross Country
Cross country is a sport that truly is a metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. I read a book a few years ago called On the Road to Find Out, about a young woman who discovers running, and it struck a chord for me, because I realized that those words describe what I hope my athletes will experience. I want them to find out about themselves and their limits while working hard and having fun with their teammates. Head, heart, hustle, GA!
-Judy Krouse 1760, Head Coach
Judy KrouseVarsity Girls Cross Country Head Coach
Judy Krouse 1760 finished her 30th year of coaching the girls cross country team. During her tenure, the team has won the Independent School state championship six times (1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2016, 2017) and the Inter-Ac League championship 12 times since girls cross country was accepted as an official league sport in 1991.
Krouse's team won the Inter-Ac and the Independent School state championship in 2017 while earning a 7-1 record. She also had five athletes chosen as All-Inter-Ac performers.
Her first state championship team, in 1997, featured two GA runners (Lindsey Sukay '98 and Liz Grau '99) finishing first and second in that meet, respectively, and the team finished the season undefeated (16-0). That team was inducted into the Germantown Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coach Krouse was a founding board member and is past president of the PAISSA, (formerly the PISCCCA) and was named Girls Team Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2012, 2013, and 2016 by that group.
She formerly was co-head coach of the girls track and field team and helped to lead that group to three Inter-Ac League championships. She is a USATF Level One and Level Two certified coach.
Coach Krouse also has earned her USATF Cross Country Specialists Certification. Coach Krouse teaches in the Upper School History Department and is faculty advisor to the Honor Council.
Brent FreedlandAssistant Coach
Brent Freedland joined the cross country program in 2010 after five years as an assistant coach for the boys’ third soccer team. While not a competitive runner, he competes nationally and internationally in the sport of Adventure Racing, during which he runs, bikes, paddles, and orienteers, and he brings his knowledge of trail running and endurance sports to the GA fields and woods. He has competed in the United States Adventure Racing National Championship 10 times with several top 10 finishes over the years. He has also raced in numerous multi-day world championship qualifiers, including events in: Costa Rica, Alaska, New England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. Coach Freedland also teaches in the Upper School History Department.
Abby PerkissAssistant Coach
Abby Perkiss has been working with the cross country team in a volunteer capacity since 2010 and joined the coaching staff officially in 2015.
Perkiss has run several marathons and, since 2008, she has been a competitive adventure racer at the regional, national, and international level. With her teammates, she has earned several top 10 finishes at the U.S. Adventure Racing Association National Championship. She has also competed in multi-day events in New England, Alaska, Costa Rica, Scotland, and Ireland. Away from racing, Perkiss serves as an assistant professor of history at Kean University in New Jersey.
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.
Sophomore Issy Goldstein '20 finished 28th overall in the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Girls Championship race on Saturday. For her efforts, she was named Third Team All-Northeast.
The 2017 Fall sports are finished, but it is time to recognize the student-athletes who performed at a high level during the season.
On GA-PC Day, the Patriots were at full strength and it showed. The Patriots defeated Penn Charter, 27-30.
The Patriots won the 2017 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Championship Meet by a mere 12 points on Saturday.
Germantown Academy repeated as Inter-Ac champions, placing first out of seven teams with a score of 34. William Penn Charter placed second with 42 points.
The Patriots took the top nine spots en route to sweeping The Baldwin School and Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Tuesday's Inter-Ac League tri-meet.
The Patriots swept the competition in Tuesday's Inter-Ac League action.
Running without a few key members of the team, the Patriots lost 23-32 to visiting William Penn Charter School in Tuesday's Inter-Ac League dual meet.
The Patriots finished seventh out of 25 teams at the 65th Annual George School Invitational.
The Patriots defeated visiting Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 15-44, in Tuesday's Inter-Ac League action to improve to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in the league.
Issy Goldstein '21 and Gianna Murgia '21 took first and second for the Patriots.
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.