Girls' Cross Country

Varsity

Overview

MAPL CHAMPS

2012

The cross country running experience at Blair is for athletes of all levels of ability and commitment, and the camaraderie and competitive spirit of the girls' team makes for a rewarding experience. Our goal is to assist students in achieving their potential in this sport, wherever their starting point may be. The accent on good sportsmanship and the inclusion of all runners in most events is integral to our philosophy of sport.

Blair’s location in Warren County, New Jersey, is a dream for long-distance runners. Our standard 5K cross country course covers the flats and hills of Blair’s golf course and is a wonderful setting for meets, including the New Jersey state prep championship meet, held here each fall. The course is decidedly “viewer friendly” as it winds through various loops, starting and finishing on the track in front of the stands.

A fair portion of cross country team training takes place on the picturesque Paulinskill River “rails to trails,” which includes 26 miles of dirt and cinder paths just off campus. In addition, Blairstown boasts miles of rural roads, offering runners an aesthetically pleasing training environment that is easy on the legs.

The cross country season runs from early September to mid-November, including a five-day preseason training period that helps prepare runners for the season. Blair competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) against Lawrenceville, Hun, Peddie, Hill and Mercersburg, and the team competes in several regional invitational meets, including the Canterbury Invitational in Connecticut, the Newark Invitational in New Jersey and the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University. We conclude the season on Peddie Day in November, when, along with all fall sports, we vie for the coveted Kelley-Potter Cup with arch-rival Peddie School.

Schedule

View directions to athletic events. To read recaps about past events, go to the "Team News" tab above.

Opponent Date Time Advantage Details Result Score Status
Gill St. Bernard & Warren Tech
Away Details Win 19-40
Varsity @ Canterbury School
TBD
Away Details Other 6th
JV @ Peddie
TBD
Away Details
Paul Short @ Lehigh
Away Details
vs.
Hun
Away Details Win 15-50
Pennington @ Rosedale Park
Away Details Win 21-36
vs.
Hill School
Home Details
States @ Blair
Home Details
JV @ Peddie
Away Details
Varsity MAPLS @ Mercersburg
Away Details
JV @ Mercersburg
Away Details
vs.
Peddie
Home Details

Roster

Name Class
Cameron Bentley 2020
Lucy Clayton 2021
Margaret Dericks 2022
Ilyssa Gibson 2022
Katherine Holding 2020
Genevieve Koffman (captain) 2019
Elizabeth Montfort 2020
Abigail Morris 2020
Nicole Patterson 2022
Kendra Payne 2020
Elizabeth Sigety 2020
Caeley Tierney 2019
Cleary Waldo (captain) 2019
Miki Wang 2021
Corrine Wilm 2021
Jessica Wilm 2021

Meet the Coaches

About Coach Browse

Latta Browse

Head coach , appointed in 1982, graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1978 from Middlebury College with a BA in mathematics. In 1989, he earned an MALS in Islamic studies at Columbia University and, in 1991, received his CAS in mathematics from Wesleyan University. Latta taught high school mathematics as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia from 1978 to 1981. For two years, he taught at Antwerp International School as an international baccalaureate math teacher. Over the years, Latta has served in a variety of capacities, including housemaster of Davies, West and Mason Halls, dorm resident in Locke, and sophomore class monitor. He has also served as head or assistant coach for a myriad of sports, including JV soccer, JV baseball, varsity soccer, varsity baseball, winter track and boys' cross country. Latta is currently head coach of the girls' cross country team. He is married to Carolyn Conforti-Browse '79, a veteran English teacher at Blair. They have two children: Tyler '08 and Annelies '13.

About Coach O'Neill

Spanish 2 teacher and assistant boys’ crew coach Rebecca O’Neill earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies with a focus on migration and a minor in Spanish at Bates College (2015). Her Spanish language fluency stems from many years of language study, including at Middlebury Monterey Language Institute, and having lived in Costa Rica for over a year. She gained teaching experience prior to joining Blair's faculty in 2016 as an AmeriCorps national service member, during which time she taught intensive reading and writing classes to Spanish-speaking migrant students and English-language learners at Calabasas Elementary School in California. Rebecca captained the Bates women’s rowing team, rowing in the eight that won the Head of the Charles in 2014 and the varsity eight that won the NCAA Division III championship in 2015. In summer 2017, she coached for a third year at the Junior National Men’s Rowing Development Camp, where she trained future national team rowers. Rebecca is a full-time member of the language faculty and the recipient of the 2016-2017 Hardwick Teaching Fellowship. This award is given annually to a promising young, new teacher to support and encourage a lifelong teaching career. Rebecca was co-chaperone of the marine science trip to the Cayman Islands during winter long weekend 2017; she serves dorm duty and lives on Flight Deck.

About Coach Markolovic

Chemistry teacher Dr. Suzana Markolovic holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and chemical biology from Cornell University (2013) and a Doctor of Philosophy in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford (2017). Before coming to Blair in 2018, Suzana worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute, and gained teaching experience through the NIH, Oxford Royale Academy and Choate Summer Programs. In addition to teaching, Suzana coaches cross country and outdoor track at Blair.

Suzana brings 13 years of running experience to Blair. Her running career started at the Academy of Holy Angels (Demarest, NJ), where she received all-county and state parochial team honors and helped lead her team to its first ever state sectional championship. After high school, Suzana was a four-year member of Cornell University’s Division I cross country and winter and spring track & field teams. At Cornell, Suzana was a distance runner and specialized in the 3K steeplechase. After Cornell, Suzana ran for the Oxford University Cross Country Club (OUCCC) for three years. During her time at Oxford, Suzana took on the role of Women’s Captain in her second year. After returning to United States, Suzana participated in local Parkruns in the Washington DC area before making the move to Blairstown.

Suzana lives in Annie Hall with her husband, English teacher and Women’s Rowing Coach, John Redos ‘09.

 

Team News

News & Recaps

Girls' Cross Country keeps improving through win against Pennington

The Pennington School hosted Blair at Mercer County’s Rosedale Park in a dual meet under cool, cloudy skies, setting the stage for the Bucs to run fast times, and the girls did not disappoint.  Although Pennington’s number one runner won the individual race, Blair took second through fifth and seventh to secure victory by the score of 21 - 36.

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News & Recaps

Photos

View more photos from the 2017-2018 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Fall 2017

Opponent Date Result Score
Newark Invitational
5th
vs.
Gill St. Bernard's, Warren Tech
Win 15-50
Canterbury Invitational
9th
Paul Short Invitational (Lehigh Univ)
vs.
Hun
Win 16-47
vs.
Pennington
Win 25-36
vs.
Hill School
Loss 41-18
States @ Blair
MAPLs @ Peddie
5th
vs.
Peddie
Win 1-0

Fall 2016

Date Opponent Location Start Info
9/10 Newark Invitational Away 10:00 am
9/17 Newark Academy Home 2:30 pm
9/24 Canterbury Invitational Away 3:30 pm 8th Place
9/24 JV Invitational @ Peddie Away 4:30 pm
10/1 Paul Short Invitational Away 4:45 pm
10/1 Paul Short Invitational (JV) Away 5:45 pm
10/8 Hun Away 2:30 pm 15-49 W
10/15 Gill St. Bernard's Home 1:30 pm 18-41 W
10/19 Pennington Home 4:15 pm 20-41 W
10/26 States Home 2:30 pm 7th Place
11/2 MAPLs @ Peddie Away 2:00 pm
11/2 MAPL JV Invitational @ Peddie Away 2:30 pm
11/5 Peddie Home 2:45 pm 25-31 W

Fall 2015

Date Opponent Location Time Results
9/12 Newark Invitational Away 10:00 am 8th Place
9/19 Peddie Invitational Away 3:45 pm 4th Place
9/26 Canterbury Invitational Away 2:30 pm 11th Place
10/2 Paul Short Invitational Away 4:30 pm
10/10 Hun Home 2:00 pm 16-47 W
10/14 Pennington Away 4:00 pm 30-27 L
10/14 Stuart Away 4:00 pm 34-21 L
10/14 The Wilberforce School Away 4:00 pm 21-40 W
10/28 States Home 2:30 pm 6th Place
11/4 MAPLs @ Peddie Away 1:30 pm 5th Place
11/7 Peddie Away 2:00 pm 49-15 L

Fall 2014

Date Opponent Location Time Results
9/13 Newark Invitational Away 9:30 am 8th Place
9/20 Canterbury Invitational Away 2:30 pm 7th Place
9/24 Belvidere Away 4:00 pm 19-44 W
9/24 Somerville @ Belvidere Away 4:00 pm 35-21 L
10/4 Paul Short Invitational Away 4:45 pm 24th Place
10/11 Hun Away 4:00 pm 19-40 W
10/15 Pennington Home 4:30 pm 19-41 W
10/29 States Home 6th Place
11/1 MAPLs @ Peddie Away 2:15 pm 4th Place
11/8 Peddie Home 2:45 pm 34-21 L