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
Inter-Academic Athletic League
Fall Season Guidelines
|Clara Alger||Grade 11|
|Carolyn Connolly||Grade 10|
|Kayla D'Eletto||Grade 10|
|Jade Dohner||Grade 12|
|Abigail Durkin||Grade 9|
|Sofia Eichsteadt||Grade 11|
|Juliana Gonzalez||Grade 11|
|Basha Harrington||Grade 9|
|Olivia Jappe||Grade 10|
|Hannah Manusov||Grade 10|
|Bethany Matje||Grade 11|
|Candice Medina||Grade 11|
|Olivia Merrill||Grade 11|
|Marguerite Morrissey||Grade 9|
|Mae Nagel||Grade 12|
|Lauren Perry||Grade 9|
|Evangeline Roller||Grade 12|
Judith KrouseVarsity Girls Cross Country Head Coach
Judy Krouse 1760 enters her 32nd 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.
In 2018, the team went 5-2 and placed third at the Inter-Ac League Championship.
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.
Abby PerkissAssociate Head 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.