The Haverford School’s cross-country program is focused on overall development throughout one's high school running career. We focus on developing aerobic strength and muscular endurance by taking a long term approach to training. We want our athletes to be lifelong runners and to have a foundation to achieve their best running at the next levels of the sport.
The coaching staff works hard to challenge all runners, regardless of ability level, to reach their potential. To that end, our young men are given personalized training schedules, have individual goal meetings, and are expected to work hard and be committed to the team. We emphasize teamwork, camaraderie, and character in the hope of helping to create men of character and good will.
Coach Tim Lengel ’07 started coaching cross-country in 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. In 2015, Lengel was named head coach of The Haverford School’s cross-country team. In 2016, the Fords won the Inter-Ac for the first time in 15 years and, for the second year in a row, came in second in the state.
Lengel ran cross-country during his time as a student at The Haverford School. He graduated from Williams College and is currently pursuing a master's at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his coaching duties at Haverford, he teaches United States History, Government & Politics, and Modern Middle East in the Upper School History department.
The 2017 All-Delco Cross-Country Teams include senior Will Merhige, First Team; junior Khalil Bland, Honorable Mention; and senior Mark Gregory, Honorable Mention.
Merhige took first place at the Westtown Invitational, was second at the Penncrest Invitational, and placed third at the Inter-Ac League Championships. He finished fourth at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Meet, turning in the second-fastest time by a Delco runner at Belmont Plateau during the 2017 season.
Haverford School Head Cross-Country Coach Tim Lengel '07 was awarded the 2017 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) Boys' Cross Country Coach of the Year at the PAISAA meet on Oct. 28, where the Fords finished 5th overall.
By Bruce Adams, PAPrepLive.com
The senior cross-country captain finished first at the Westtown Invitational Sept. 30, placed first in his 1,600-meter heat at the Henderson Invitational, and broke the school's indoor 3000-meter record last winter. He earned All-Inter-Ac cross-country honors last fall, and according to Haverford School cross-country head coach Tim Lengel "was a huge part" of the Fords winning their Inter-Ac cross-country title since 2001 last fall. Merhige also helped the Fords' cross-country team win Haverford's Hattersley award (highest scholastic average for a program).
The Haverford School cross-country team received the Gordon B. Hattersley Jr. '48 Award, given to the varsity sports team with the highest academic average. The award was presented during the fourth annual Athletic Awards Ceremony at the end of the year. More>