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.
In 2015, the Boys’ Varsity Cross Country Team placed second at the New England’s competition (out of 34 other teams), and the Girls’ Cross Country Team finished in the Top 20.
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 Cross Country 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 in the nearby Songo Pond.
Gould Huskies have qualified to run cross country in colleges such as Williams College, Colby College, and Framingham State University.
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Saturday 9/24/2016 9:00am AWAY
vs. Manchester Invitational Directions
Sunday 9/25/2016 9:00am HOME
vs. 23rd Annual Frank Voyt 5k Fun Run
Saturday 10/1/2016 11:00am AWAY
vs. Festival of Champions @ Belfast
The Gould Cross Country team travelled to Belfast on Saturday for the Festival of Champions which is the largest one day high school sporting event in the state. The Gould harriers had a great day on the fast and flat course which was in great shape for the race. The highlight of the day was early on in the boy’s unseeded race when Lucas Boyden finished 4th overall! Lucas was joined in the 5k race by his teammates Sam Tweedale, Ryan Beckerman, Mercer Chen, Haglis He, Liam Pierce, Will Wisdom and Moon Jang. Ryan was very excited to drop his PR under 20:00. In the girl’s unseeded race, Lilo Bean, Lilly Weafer, Livy Clarke, Mia Shifrin, Maddie Williams, and Carmen Chen virtually all posted PR’s on the day. In the freshman girl’s race, Izzy Chase, Laura Wilson and Chaia Alford all gave it their best. Based on their fast times, the future is bright for Gould. In the boy’s seeded race, Ben Alford came away with a PR and Duncan Forbes and Matt Bennett both ran gutsy races. Finally, in the girls seeded race, Steph Nicols dropped her own PR down in the 21:00 minute range. All in all, it was a great day to be a Husky!
Saturday 10/8/2016 1:30pm AWAY
vs. Hebron Academy Directions
Saturday 10/15/2016 1:00pm HOME
Saturday 10/22/2016 3:00pm AWAY
vs. Hyde School Directions
Saturday 10/29/2016 1:00pm AWAY
vs. Hebron Academy Directions
Friday 11/4/2016 2:30pm AWAY
vs. MAISAD Championship @UMA
After a day of rain, the sun broke out from the clouds just as our runners were lining up to race the MAISAD Championships on Friday afternoon at the 5k Championship Course at the University of Maine Augusta. On a wet course and slow track, the Gould runners excelled, sprinting away with the boy’s championship and finishing a close second in the girl’s race. All of our runners had exceptional days highlighted by our top 7 boys running season and lifetime PRs. Marcus Wentworth came in first for Gould and dropped his PR by nearly 60 seconds. Ben Alford, Duncan Forbes, Matthew Bennett, Ryan Beckerman, Lucas Boyden and Sam Tweedale rounded out the Gould squad that finished in places 2-8 overall!! On the Girls side, we placed 3 runners in the top 5 overall, and all our runners posted their lifetime or season PRs with Stephanie Nicols taking 2nd place, closely followed by Isabelle Chase, Laura Wilson, Lily Weafer, and Livy Clarke! The forecast indeed looks bright for the Gould squad as we will end our 2016 campaign at the New England Championships to be held next Saturday November 12th at the HYDE School in Bath, Maine. Go Gould!!
Saturday 11/12/2016 TBD AWAY
vs. New England Championship @ Hyde
Win – New England
We just ended our XC season on Saturday at the Division IV NEPSTA (New England) Championships where we raced against 37 other schools, more than 800 racers, with boys and girls field each numbering more than 200 runners strong. Every single member of the team, from top to bottom peaked at the right time and unleashed some of the best races of their year! We finished with five All New-England runners, both the JV Girls and JV Boys took 4th place overall with a majority of those runners achieving PRs. The girls team took 6th place overall with three of our runners in the top 20: Laura Wilson (18th), Steph Nicols (11th), and Izzy Chase (7th) – this is the first time a Gould Girl’s XC team has ever cracked the top 10 at New England’s. Our boys team won the New England Championship with great performances by all. Marcus Bennett came in 3rd overall with a PR, Duncan Forbes was 20th with a PR, closely followed by Matthew Bennett, Ben Alford, Lucas Boyden, Ryan Beckerman, and Sam Tweedle, who all finished in 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 place as one tight pack! This is a group who practice positive thinking all the time, who never think or say “I Can’t”. These runners have learned to keep a here-and-now focus during competitions. They use any adversity they come up against to get stronger. This team made a commitment to each other that they would pick each other up and support each other no matter the situation! And that’s just what they do… That is why there is a special bond, that’s why Gould XC is a family and that is what is responsible for our fourth consecutive podium finish and second championship in four years! Congratulations to the Gould Academy Huskies, 2016 New England Champions!!
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.
Dr. Clarke has been teaching at Gould for over 15 years. Prior to Gould he was a visiting instructor at Mount Holyoke College, a teaching assistant at Brandeis University and Harvard University, and a research assistant at Harvard. At Gould, Dr. Clarke’s many classes include AP Government and AP United States History. He loves trail running, Nordic skiing, playing baseball, his record collection, house painting, the Bethel Outing Club (he is the former president), and coaching youth sports. The rest of the time is spent catching his breath. Dr. Clarke and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Bethel and have four children: Jeb ’12, Aiden ’15, Caleb ’16, and Livy ‘19.