Athletics at The Governor’s Academy is about outstanding performance- as our championship titles, college NCAA scholarship players, and world competitors will attest- but it is also about character.
Cross Country - Boys Junior Varsity
Cross-country at the junior varsity level is designed to include all participants to the fullest extent of their abilities. Athletes at this level train at a pace that challenges them but it is not as rigorous as varsity training. Practices are often preceded by a full team meeting, creating a supportive and fun team atmosphere in which everyone can participate. Coaches help every runner set personal and team goals for the season, providing as much guidance as possible. Being a member of this program requires the athlete's strong commitment to hard work; the rewards are a positive team experience, increased self-confidence, motivation, self-discipline, and the opportunity to run faster than he thought possible.
Every healthy member of the boys team runs in every regular season meet, held on most Saturdays in September, October, and November. A member of the JV team who runs a faster time than a varsity runner in a given week's race is usually promoted to the Varsity team for the next week's race, and this may occur during the course of the season and for championship meets.
Head Coach Jeff Kelly '85, Assistant Coaches Jamie Brayshaw, Becky Stratton, and Ruth Koenigsbauer.
Head Coach Jeff Kelly ’85 ran cross-country his senior year at Governor Dummer Academy and continued his pursuit of running through and beyond college though not competitively. He became assistant cross-country coach under long-time and highly respected Governor’s coach David Abusamra in 2000. Upon David’s retirement in 2011 Jeff took the reins as head coach of both boys’ and girls’ teams. He has run in and won several road races in the area, and has run for the Greater Boston Track Club’s masters’ team in cross-country. He is a USATF level 1 certified coach and Cross Country Specialist.. He enjoys training, both on his own and with his runners, and sharing his love of all things running with his athletes. He has taught all levels of Latin for 30 years and is an associate dorm parent in Moody.
Jamie Brayshaw has been an assistant cross-country coach at Governors since 2011. He is a year-round runner, enjoying both road and trail running. During the summer, his focus is trail running and fast uphill hiking on the trails of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. In the past year, he has run in several memorable trail races including the Wildcat Mountain Trail Race and the Squam Ridge Race. When not coaching, he is a mathematics and computer-science teacher and lives with his family in Perkins Dormitory.
Becky Stratton has taught and coached in Independent schools for over 15 years and was thrilled to join the Cross Country coaching staff at Govs. A varsity athlete at the high school and college levels, Becky soon recognized that running was her favorite part of any sport. In high school she joined the winter track team in her “off season” recognizing a great opportunity to develop as a runner. While competing in middle distance and relays, she learned the important role of “mentality” in running and found that it transferred her academic work and performance in other sports. This experience solidified her love of running which continues to this day. Becky competes in road races (the Tufts 10K and various 5K runs), enjoys running on trails in the woods, and cross-trains with core / pilates workouts. Becky is a USATF level 1 certified coach and teaches all levels of French at Govs.
Ruth Keonigsbauer has taught, coached, and lived in independent schools for the past fifteen years and she is excited to join the Govs Cross Country running staff. Ruth started running after college and she loves exploring new areas, both by trail and road while running. She enjoys running in local races and through the woods on trails. Ruth lives on campus in Ingham dorm with her husband and two children, and she teaches English.