Blair Academy as an institution strives to educate the whole person. We seek to provide a balance between challenging academics and rich extracurricular experiences. The vast majority of our coaches are also teachers, and our students work hard to be successful in the classroom, on the athletic field and within the community.
Blair's track teams operate within this context with a spring schedule of 10 or more meets ranging from dual meets to large relay meets. We compete in all typical high school running and field events, including pole vault and javelin.
Blair offers cross country in the fall and track in the winter and spring, making it possible for a student to run competitively all year long. Few students choose to do this, of course, but the truly dedicated athlete has this option. Dr. Martin Miller coaches the boys’ cross country team in the fall and the distance runners in the spring, while R. Latta Browse coaches girls’ cross country in the fall and is head winter track coach. There is, therefore, continuity in the coaching staff from one season to the next.
Our interscholastic Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) is a very competitive one that includes Lawrenceville, Peddie, Hill, Mercersburg and Hun. These schools, along with numerous other New Jersey private schools, provide the bulk of our competition. We have taken a mile relay team to the Penn Relays every year for nearly a decade and have also competed in the Hill Relays, the Randolph Relays and the East Coast Relays, among others.
The boys' and girls' teams have produced their share of successes, including a qualifier for nationals in the girls’ 1,500 in 2004 and a boys’ distance medley relay team which qualified for the Penn Relays in 2003. The boys’ team won the state prep championship in 2002 and the girls’ team has made steady improvement in their competitive position over the years. Most recently, we've sent athletes to the national championships in the boys' 4 x 400, girls' 100, boys' 100, 200 and 400, and the long jump. In 2016, Blair was home to the number-one long jumper in the country.
Track is a wonderful way to develop speed, strength and self discipline; we invite students to become part of the Blair track family. We look forward to meeting prospective runners and encourage those interested in the team to call or email the coaching staff or contact us when you visit Blair.
Meet Coach Wilson
Assistant head coach for sprints and jumps Roy Wilson joined Blair's faculty in 2009 as a physics teacher. He completed his undergraduate work at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, in 2007, and then spent two years teaching math and coaching girls' cross country at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He lives in the Gateway house near the School's entrance and serves as the head coach of boys’ and girls track and field.
Meet Coach Saylor
Assistant coach for throwing Jim Saylor has worked with middle- and high-school athletes on football fields across the United States for more than 25 years, including at Fullerton High School in California, at Pleasant Valley High School and Middle School in Pennsylvania, and at Blair, where he has also coached track and field since 2008.
His coaching philosophy centers on relationship building and care for individual players, aligning with Blair’s overarching mission: to provide students with exceptional learning opportunities made more meaningful by close relationships with faculty members and classmates. Character development, safety, personal growth, friendship and opportunities for the future are each important building blocks of Blair’s football program under Coach Saylor’s leadership, and he believes deeply in helping players grow academically and athletically, and in helping each team member become his best self on and off the football field.
Coach Saylor traces his Blair roots to the 1940s when his grandfather, Howard '42, and grand-uncle, Horace ’41, attended the School. His children, Tyler '14 and Devyn '16, have continued that tradition, something of which he is very proud.
Meet Coach Thomas
A teacher of fine art at Philadelphia-area independent schools since 2009, Evan Thomas joined Blair’s faculty in 2015 as a teacher of drawing, painting and portfolio. He holds a BS in art education from Kutztown University (2009) and an MA in art education from Boston University (2013). Currently the director of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s non-public division, Evan is interested in STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics), the subject of his graduate research, and passionate about engaging local communities in art. Outside the classroom, he operates a successful portrait and wedding photography business and coaches recreational squash and spring track at Blair. Evan serves dorm duty on Flight Deck and lives in Ringe House.
Meet 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.
Meet Coach Newbury
Sarah Newbury holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University (2015) and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Columbia University (2016); she joined Blair’s math faculty in 2017 as a teacher of algebra 2 and precalculus. Ms. Newbury gained teaching experience during her master’s program working as a Barnard College physics lab teaching assistant, and she has also worked as a math and science tutor. As an undergraduate, she interned several summers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and participated in the Teaching Opportunities in Physical Sciences program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she taught physics to middle- and high-school students for a summer. She also served as co-president and pianist for a Harvard musical group that performed at local nursing homes and hospitals. An assistant coach for Blair’s winter and spring track teams, Ms. Newbury lives in Ringe House and serves dorm duty on Flight Deck.
About Coach Chamberlain
Caroline Chamberlain joined Blair's faculty as a member of our science department. Caroline has her bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a master's degree from Seton Hall. She has spent the last ten years teaching science at Delbarton. At Delbarton, she coached girls' soccer for two years and track and field for nine years.
|3/25||Bill Stamper Invitational in Orlando, FL||Away|
|4/1||State Relays @ Lawrenceville||Away||2:00 pm|
|4/12||Hun||Home||4:15 pm||60.50-55.50 W|
|4/12||Peddie||Home||4:15 pm||61-65 L|
|4/21||Red & Black Invitational @ ESU||Away|
|4/22||Hackettstown High School||Home||2:30 pm||50-82 L|
|4/22||Hill||Home||2:30 pm||35.50-103.50 L|
|5/8||States @ Peddie||Away|
|5/13||MAPLs @ Mercersburg||Away|
|5/18||Prep Relays @ Peddie||Away||4:00 pm|
|5/22||East Coast Relays||Away|
|4/2||State Relays @ Lawrenceville||Away||2:00 pm|
|4/9||Mercersburg & Hill||Away||4:00 pm||Canceled|
|4/13||Hun, Pennington, Stuart & Peddie||Away||4:00 pm|
|4/16||Hackettstown||Home||2:30 pm||76.17-68.83 W|
|4/16||Trinity Christian||Home||2:30 pm||109-11 W|
|5/7||Faith Christian, Hill, Hun & Pennington||Home||4:00 pm||3rd-Place|
|5/14||MAPLs @ Lawrenceville||Away||12:00 pm||5th-Place|
|5/18||States @ Peddie||Away||3:00 pm|
|5/21||County Seat Invitational||Away||9:00 am|
|4/1||State Relays||Away||3:00 pm|
|4/11||Mercersburg & Hill||Away||1:00 pm||3rd-Place|
|4/15||Hun||Away||4:00 pm||49-52 L|
|4/15||Peddie||Away||4:00 pm||35-86 L|
|4/18||Hackettstown & Trinity Christian||Home||3:00 pm||2nd-Place|
|4/25||Randolph Relays||Away||9:00 am||6th-Place|
|5/2||Faith Christian, Hill, Hun & Pennington||Home||4:00 pm||2nd-Place|
|5/9||MAPLs @ Hill||Away||12:00 pm||5th-Place|
|5/13||States @ Peddie||Away||3:30 pm||4th-Place|