Preparing Boys for Life


varsity cross-country at The Haverford 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.

Meet the Coach

Tim Lengel cross-country coachCoach 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.

Team News

Student-athletes earn All-Inter-Ac accolades

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.

All-Delco Cross-Country Teams

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,
Twenty Fords were named to the fall 2017 All-Inter-Ac Teams for football, boys' soccer, boys' cross-country, golf, and water polo.

Tim Lengel '07 named PAISAA Coach of the Year

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.

Runner Will Merhige is Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week

By Bruce Adams,
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).


  • 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.
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  • Cross-Country
    Record: 3-1


Episcopal Academy
Episcopal Academy
Senior Recognition Day, PAISAA Tournament
Belmont Plateau (Fairmount Park)
Inter-Ac Championships
Belmont Plateau (Fairmount Park)
Other 81 (4th place)
Germantown Academy, Malvern Prep
Malvern Prep
Win THS over MP (25-33) and THS over GA (27-31)
Episcopal Academy
Episcopal Academy
Loss 23 - 34
Briarwood Cross Country Invitational
Belmont Plateau (Fairmount Park)
Varsity 156- JV A 392- JV B 319
Penn Charter, Malvern Prep
Belmont Plateau (Fairmount Park)
Win THS 23- MP 41- PC 60

2019 Season Recap

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 


For photos, check out our teams on The Haverford School's SmugMug account.

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