Cross Country - Boys 1st Team
Cross Country - Boys 1st Team
The boys cross country program — both 1st and 2nd teams — is conducted as one team. We gladly accept all types of runners and make no cuts based on performance or running ability. On any given day, we may have two or three different practices going simultaneously. Practices are set up so that each runner is challenged to the best of his ability and all runners participate in the races each week on either the 1st or 2nd team.
While we occasionally run off-campus, most workouts are conducted on campus, as the Brooks cross country course is regarded as one of the best marked, prettiest and more challenging of the private school courses in New England. The course passes over grass fields, wood-chipped trails in the woods along the lake shore and even a short bit on the paved school driveway. It also has three major hills that provide a challenge to even the best runners.
Spectators also enjoy the course because the start and finish are both in a wide-open field and the first mile mark is at the same spot as the start of the race. And because the Brooks course is so popular, it has been the site of the New England Championship Race five times in the past 15 years — most recently in 2002 and 2006. Brooks also hosted the 2007 and 2011 Independent School League Championship races. In addition, Brooks has been asked to host the New England race again sometime in the next two years.
Joanna McDonough grew up in Peabody, Mass., and attended Pingree School before graduating from Mount Holyoke College. At Mount Holyoke, she majored in history and minored in political science. McDonough was also a four-year member and captain of the basketball team, receiving recognition as a Seven Sisters Scholar Athlete and a NEWMAC All-Academic Scholar Athlete. She continued her education at Brown University, where she received an M.A.T. degree in history/social studies education. McDonough's previous position was at Miss Porter’s School, where she served as history department chair — she developed the school’s women’s studies curriculum — head cross-country coach, and head track and field coach. At Brooks, McDonough teaches history, is the program director of cross country, serves on the Diversity Leadership Council, and lives in Gardner House with her partner Koosha and their dog Bernie.
Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Logan Jester attended Williams College, where he graduated with a degree in Math — and spent a lot of time in the physics, English and music departments. After graduating, he completed the Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing, Inc.'s one-year intensive rowing coaching education program. Wanting to extend his passion for working with young people to the classroom, Jester then enrolled in the fellow program at Phillips Academy and spent two years at the school before coming to Brooks in 2019. Jester lives on campus with his wife, Kelsey.