Girls' Cross Country

Girls' Cross Country

The Hill School girls’ cross country program is interested in runners of all experience and skill levels. Our invitational-based schedule allows for all team members to compete several times throughout the season against appropriate competition. Whether you are a seasoned veteran, entirely new to running, or looking to get in shape for future competitive seasons, the Hill experience can provide all the needed tools to reach your goals.

In a sport typically thought of as individual, TEAMWORK is the hallmark of our program. We train together, we race together, and we encourage each other. Competitive running and a strong desire to succeed on the race course are important components of our training, but working to achieve those goals as a team is even more important. Whether completing our challenging eight mile Ringing Rocks course or running to the local ice cream shop for a fun mid-fall break, the team enjoys the challenge of pushing themselves as much as they enjoy relaxing together.

Our season begins with an intensive late summer/early fall Preseason on the Hill campus. This time is designed for experienced runners who are prepared for Varsity competition and offers an opportunity for the team to explore the local area. Test your best Rocky pose while running up the stairs at the Philadelphia Art Museum or enjoy the scenic views of Valley Forge National Park; either spot provides an ideal setting for training. Most weekends during the season are spent competing in large Invitationals in the area.

For practice, we are fortunate to have access to the extensive Schuylkill and Perkiomen Trail systems and for competition we have the extraordinary benefit of using Brookside Country Club for our home meets. The golf course's rolling hills make for challenging terrain, but also beautiful views: the essence of Cross Country.

Schedule and Results

Team Opponent Date Time Location Details Result Score Status
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
City Championships
Warwick Park View Recap 2nd of 4 Teams
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
Abington XC Invitational
Abington Senior HS View Recap Other 10th Place out of 20 Teams
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
Briarwood Invitational
Belmont Plateau View Recap Other 4th Place out of 11 Teams
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
The Peddie School
The Peddie School View Recap Win 16-47
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
Paul Short Invitational
Lehigh University View Recap Other 10th Place out of 41 Teams
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
Manhattan College Invitational
Manhattan College View Recap Other 11th place out of 21 teams
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
The Hun School of Princeton
Greenway Meadows Park Details
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
Blair Academy
The Hill School View Recap Win 18-43
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
PAISAA Championships
Belmont Plateau View Recap Other 6th out of 13 teams
V Girls' Cross Country vs.
MAPL Championships
Blair Academy View Recap 2nd Place

Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Dan McMains '98 |
Dan graduated from The Hill in 1998 where he earned varsity letters in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field. He was a member of an undefeated track team and Trophy Room cross country team his senior year. After graduating from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Dan coached track and cross country at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, La., where his teams won four State Championships, three District Track Championships, and three Regional Track championships in two years. Dan returned to The Hill in 2005 and served as the assistant boys' cross country coach before taking over the girls' program in 2010.  He also coaches distance runners on the spring track team.  Dan is a USATF Level 1 certified coach.

Assistant Coach
Erin Ruane

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Twenty-three Hill student-athletes earned All-MAPL distinction for the fall 2018 athletics season, while six water polo players earned All-Eastern Prep Tournament honors.