Cross Country

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.

*Please visit our Gould Athletics Facebook page for quick news updates regarding any last-minute schedule changes!

Team Roster
Alford, Chaia 2020 Bethel, ME
Beane, Utah 2021 Bethel, ME
Goclowski, Brody 2020
Westmoreland, NH
Kaufer, Quinn 2022 Larchmont, NY
Laurence, Sophie 2020 Cambridge, MA
Plummer, Jake 2020 Falmouth, ME
Raymond, Ella 2021 Portland, ME
Saidy, Kate 2021 Nashville, TN
Skillings, Eliza 2021
North Yarmouth, ME
Thompson, Lyla 2020
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Van Inwegen, Margaux 2021 Carlisle, MA
Wilson, Laura 2020 York, ME
Yao, James 2021 Wuhan, China
Zhang, Johnny 2022 Ningbo, China
Zhou, Jack 2023
Zhengzhou, China

Coaching Staff

Adam Leff

World Languages Department Chair
French Teacher
B.A. Middlebury College
M.A. University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University/abD
Cross Country Running Head Coach
Nordic Coach
Cycling Coach


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.


Laurel Fiddler

Humanities Teacher
Head Nordic Ski Coach
B.A., Bates College


Ms. Fiddler comes to us from Mammoth Lakes, California. At Bates College, she majored in English with a creative writing concentration and minored in history and religion. She was also a member of their Nordic Team and is now part of Gould’s Nordic coaching staff and coaches cross country running. Prior to Bates, she attended Community School in Sun Valley, ID, and competed for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

Along with her skills in writing and skiing, she is a certified Yoga instructor and is involved in the local yoga community in Bethel. She is pursuing a master of arts degree at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont. During her free time, she enjoys skiing, running, and hiking and loves the accessibility to the outdoors in Bethel. She lives in Gehring Hall with her cat, Winnie.