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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


Current Record

Record: 7-1
League Record: 5-1


Name Grade
Katherine Commale 11
Jacqueline DeRusso 12
Maeve Diver 9
Isabelle Goldstein 10
Anna Hennessy 12
Gabriela Manosis 10
Gianna Murgia 10
Mae Nagel 9
Molly Oeth 10
Kelsey O'Hara 12
Mackenzie Pasquarella 10
Charlotte Rapp 11
Grace Rittenhouse 12
Evangeline Roller 9
Kathryn Sands 10
Sydney Sciascia 12
Zoe Torrey 11


  • Judy Krouse
    Varsity 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.

    (Updated 11/28/17)

  • Brent Freedland
    Assistant 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 Perkiss
    Assistant 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.

Home Course

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.

GA Girls Cross Country News

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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