Gould’s Cross Country Team is a closely coached co-ed, varsity, and junior varsity program, comprised of 20-30 athletes of all abilities, including novice runners and advanced competitors who plan to contend in college.
The Boys’ Varsity Cross Country Team has podiumed for many years at the New England Cross Country Championships, winning the competition in both 2013 and 2016 and the Girls’ Cross Country Team placing 6th in 2016.
Our teams are highly competitive having also claimed the Maine Independent School Championship and the D4 New England Prep School Cross Country Championship in recent years.
With one of the most spectacular fall foliage-painted backdrops in New England, our team trains on the trails of Pine Hill – our on-campus network of cross country running and Nordic trails – as well as in the nearby trails (and ponds) of the White Mountain National Forest. In fact, one of Coach Leff’s most anticipated team practices, especially on hot fall days, involves running to nearby Songo Pond.
Gould Huskies have qualified to run cross country in colleges such as Williams College, Colby College, and Framingham State University.
Contact us today and come train with us.
Sat 9/15: @ Gould @ 2pm
Sat 9/22: @ Manchester Invitational @ 9am
Sun 9/23: Alumni 5K Fun Run @ 9am
Sat 9/29: @ Belfast @ 11am
Sat 10/6: MAISAD @ Kent’s Hill @ 3pm
Sat 10/13: MAISAD @ Gould @ 2pm
Sat 10/20: @ Hyde @ 2pm
Sat 10/27: MAISAD @ Hebron @ 1pm
Fri 11/2: MAISAD Final @ UMA @ 2:30pm
Sat 11/10: New England’s @ TBD
*Please visit our Gould Athletics Facebook page for quick news updates regarding any last-minute schedule changes!
Mr. Leff is the Chair of the World Languages Department and teaches French language and culture, senior history electives, and is the Assistant Coach of the cross country and cycling teams. He graduated with a B.A. from Middlebury College, earned his M.A. in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D./abD in French Civilization at Pennsylvania State University. Formerly a nationally ranked triathlete and semi-professional cyclist, Mr. Leff enjoys running, cycling, and outdoor activities in the mountains of Western Maine. He met his wife, fellow Gould French teacher, Lolo, while teaching and racing in France. They currently reside in Davidson Dormitory and have two children; Alexandra ‘15, Schuyler ‘17; and two dogs, Giuseppe and Wexy.
Ms. Young moved to Gould after teaching environmental science, health, and math at Stratton Mountain School in southern VT. She graduated from UNH in 2013 with a B.S. in microbiology and a minor in French; however, passions for farming, community and the environment led her to work as a farm hand and farm owner in MA and NH after graduating from college. Ms. Young was also a member of AmeriCorps in Vermont for two years and served with Winooski Youth Programs and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. A runner, hiker, and lover of the outdoors, she coaches Cross Country Running and will run the Outing Club in the Spring. She lives on campus in the White House apartment with her dog, Summit.
Ms. Fiddler comes to us from Mammoth Lakes, California. At Bates College, she majored in English and minored in History and Religion. After attending two ski academies, she went on to Bates as a member of their Nordic Team and is now part of Gould’s Nordic coaching staff. Along with her skills in writing and skiing, she is a certified Yoga instructor. She lives in Gehring Hall.