Mike Toomey, The Haverford School’s incoming Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid, will assume leadership of the cross-country program effective July 1, 2020. Toomey will succeed Tim Lengel ’07, who will continue as assistant coach and focus additional time on his teaching and advising duties in the Upper School.
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 Haverford School Athletic Department recognizes its All-Inter-Ac individual performers from the fall 2019 season. Team highlights from the fall season include Inter-Ac Championships in golf and water polo and an appearance/second place finish in the 2019 PAISAA soccer championship game.
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.
By Austin Hertzog, PAPrepLive.com
Twenty Fords were named to the fall 2017 All-Inter-Ac Teams for football, boys' soccer, boys' cross-country, golf, and water polo.
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.
- Preseason runs from 8-10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, starting Aug. 19
- All preseason practices are mandatory.
- The program welcomes runners of all levels and abilities; you won't be cut from the team because of your time. But you may be cut due to a lack of commitment.
Coach: Tim Lengel
Overall Record: 4-1
League Record: 4-1
Individual Accomplishments: A.J. Sanford running 17:10 at EA
All-Inter-Ac First Team: A.J. Sanford
All-Inter-Ac Second Team: Lleyton Winslow; Ben Szathmary
Team Highlights: A.J. Sanford breaking 17:00 at Malvern; coming 6th/16 at Briarwood Invitational