Cross Country - Varsity
Our cross country team is a member of the Eastern Independent League (EIL). Outside the EIL, we usually have meets with Roxbury Latin School, St. George's School, Pomfret School, and Tabor Academy. At the conclusion of the season, the team competes in the EIL Championships and the New England Prep School Division III Championships.
The team practices each afternoon for about an hour and a half. Our EIL meets are generally on Wednesdays, with Saturdays being used for non-league races or additional training. We have an excellent home cross country course that is the standard high school length of 5000 meters (about 3.1 miles). Our campus has many varied trails and interesting places to run. We feel it is important to chart the progress of each student-athlete over the course of the season in order to encourage each individual runner to improve. Our philosophy is simple: anyone can improve with sustained work. There is a place for athletes of all ability on our teams: from individual New England Champions to students that are new to the sport.
Head Coach: Dan McDonough
Dan McDonough has been coaching at Portsmouth Abbey since 1984 (with three years away from 1987-1990) and has been the head coach of our varsity cross country and track and field teams since 2003 and 1991, respectively. Coach McDonough was a cross country and track and field captain in high school and continued his competitive career at MIT where he ran for the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams. During his tenure as head coach, girls’ track and field has won three New England championships (’99, ’00, ’04) and the boys’ track and field team won the New England championship in 2002. In addition, the boys’ and girls’ track and field teams have each captured nine league titles and the boys’ cross country team has won two EIL championships. Coach McDonough has been named EIL Coach of the Year three times: in 2007 for girls’ cross country, and in 2009 and 2016 for boys’ cross country. Coach McDonough is the Headmaster of Portsmouth Abbey School and resides in St. Brigid’s House with his family.
Assistant Coach: Nick Micheletti '04