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. Captain Will Merhige earned 1st State Team honors and Captain Mark Gregory made 2nd Team. The annual award recognizes the top boys' and girls' coach who exemplifies outstanding leadership and sportsmanship while guiding their team to great success.
"Winning this award has been incredibly humbling," said Lengel. "Over the past three years, I've been blessed to work with incredibly talented and dedicated assistant coaches, including Brian Long and Kellen Graham, and we as a staff have been lucky to have such an engaged, dedicated, and selfless group of young men on the team. Our runners' commitment to helping each other improve has been one of the great joys of my time at The Haverford School.
The award comes on the heels of the JV cross-country team's Inter-Ac championship win, hosted at Belmont Plateau on Oct. 23, with strong runs by Lleyton Winslow, Mickey Fairorth, and Ryan Ngo. The varsity squad took second place, scoring 47 points.
"Cross-country is usually thought of as an individual sport, but one of the things we teach is that running is better and easier if you work together," said Lengel. "The JV guys, in particular, have embraced that message, and their tight pack-running has made them successful over the past few years."