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Girls’ Cross Country History

October 2, 2015
The 2012 squad won an undefeated League Championship and a County Championship, the 1st to do both in the same season

The 2012 squad won an undefeated League Championship and a County Championship, the 1st to do both in the same season

Most programs at the Stony Brook School have a marquee coach that has defined the team, setting it on a course and giving it a firm foundation on which to build. We think of Marvin Goldberg’s cross country teams, Keith Singer’s basketball teams, and David Church’s soccer teams as standards of excellence in the 93-year history of Stony Brook Athletics. While the girls’ cross country team has had a number of excellent coaches, none had enough longevity to be considered the patriarch or matriarch of the program. The longest tenured coach helmed the team for 5 years and in the program’s 35-year history, 18 different men and women have led the blue and white.

However, despite the coaching carousel, the team has seen success both individually and corporately. A number of great individual runners dot the team’s history, but none is revered as much as Laura Whitney. Whitney won four State Championships and five Suffolk County Championships during her time at the Brook and helped the team win its first County Championship in 1981. Alexis Fernandez and Margot Rashba followed in Whitney’s spikes as the team’s only individual County Champions.

The 2010s have been a golden age for the program. The team has garnered two League Championships and three County Championships, nearly half of the program’s titles, in the first half of the decade. Their individual meet record of 21-5 is currently the highest winning percentage of any ten-year span in team history. The current team has a fantastic coach in Alicia Brummeler and some talented runners that may etch their name beside the great ones of the past.

For a PDF with a detailed look at season-by-season records, lists of team championships, and individual honors click here.


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