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.
Our Boys’ Varsity Cross Country Team has podiumed in each of the past four 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 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.
Contact us today and come train with us.
|First Name||Last Name||YOG||Hometown|
|Thomas||Halll||2021||College Station, TX|
|Maddie||Williams||2019||Mason Twd. , ME|
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.
Ms. Schreffler graduated from St. Lawrence University where she majored in Mathematics and received her teaching certificate. Before joining the Gould family in August of 2016, she taught at Cardigan Mountain School during their summer session. After college, she traded rowing oars for running shoes and fell in love with running. She can often be spotted in the early morning traversing the roads and trails around Gould. Her favorite race distance so far is the half marathon, but the Boston Marathon is a goal she hopes to achieve in the not-so-distant future. Ms. Schreffler also enjoys traveling, frequenting the Bethel Library, sharing funny math jokes, and spending time with her family’s four horses in Florida.