The Taft girls' cross country program aims to be an inclusive program for both competitive and beginning runners. The coaches work to develop each runner to her fullest potential and foster a strong sense of teamwork in what is often perceived to be an individual sport. Workouts are stratified to meet the training needs of each runner, challenging those who aim to be collegiate athletes and encouraging those who are new to the sport. Our daily runs vary in their format, including distance runs, hill repeats, track workouts, and fartlek running, and the team takes one day per week to cross train with weights, yoga, or Zumba. The coaches' overall goal is to instill a life-long love of running in each graduate of the program.
Ashley joins Taft from Malvern Prep in Pennsylvania where she was a member of the English department. She also previously taught at the International School of Stuttgart. After completing her undergraduate work at Rutgers University, where she was a record-breaking member of the cross country and track programs, Ashley received her master’s in education from Temple University where she was part of the graduate assistant coaching program for their track and field team. At Taft, she will live in Congdon with her husband, Marc, and serve as the head coach of the girls’ cross country team and the track program.
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