Boys' Cross Country - Varsity
The boys cross country program began at Taft in the late 1950s under the guidance and vision of legendary coach John Small (1951-1987). Throughout his years and continuing today, cross country at Taft has always stressed hard work, team camaraderie, and personal growth. We realize that the sport is as much about courage and testing oneself as it is about technology and the latest training theories, and our teams have always had fun while striving for excellence. Taft has produced a number of individual New England champions and Founders’ League team championships, but the accomplishments often go beyond our winning percentage and championships. In recent years, our top runners have gone on to run for Virginia, Harvard, Hamilton, Bowdoin, Colgate, and Middlebury, but many more continue to run on their own and stay connected with the team at Taft. As a group, we do the majority of our training on the 200–plus acres of fields and hills on campus, the beautiful all-weather Weaver track, and the extensive trails of White Memorial Nature Preserve just up the road in Litchfield. The program emphasizes a variety of training methods and building gradually in order to stay healthy and peak at the appropriate times.
About Head Coach Stuart Guthrie
Stuart came to Taft from The Knox School in Saint James, New York, where he served as English department chair, an English teacher, dormitory parent, and soccer and baseball coach. While at The Knox School, Stuart was also a faculty member and creative writing instructor at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Albany, New York. Prior to that, Stuart was a 12th grade English teacher and 8th grade academic tutor at High Tech High in San Diego, California. Stuart received his Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in chemistry from Plattsburgh State University of New York. He received a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in education from the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. He is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. Stuart is also a four-time Conference Champion and five-time All-Conference Team for Plattsburgh State Track and Field. In addition, Stuart is a four time member of the SUNY Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Stuart teaches English, coaches cross country and track, and is a corridor head on HDT2.
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