Girls’ Cross Country
About the Program
Weekly practices consist of at least two longer distance runs and two speed sessions. The girls run through the suburb of Milton and take regularly trips to our home course at Cunningham Park and the trails of the nearby Blue Hills Reservation. Besides spending time together on their daily runs, the girls also bond through team dinners, sleepovers, and ice cream runs.
Coaches and Captains
Head Coach: Scott Huntoon
Scott leads the girls’ cross country team this season. He is an avid runner who enjoys competing throughout the year in local 5ks and half marathons. Scott grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio and ran cross country and track at Mentor High School. Scott went on from Mentor to attend Wittenberg University where he was a two-year captain of the Wittenberg men’s cross country team. Scott has been coaching cross country and track and field at Milton since 2002 and enjoys sharing his love for the sport with the students that he coaches.
Assistant Coach: Patrick Broome
Captain: Buket Aktas ’21, Ellie Mraz ’21
Cunningham Park Course
Milton Academy Cross Country Course
Cunningham Park, 75 Edgehill Road, Milton, MA 02186
Logistics: Cunningham Park (CP) is located 1.3 miles from the Milton Academy (MA) campus. Teams have the choice of reporting to the Athletic Center at Milton to use the facilities or report directly to Cunningham Park. Please let Scott Bosworth (617-834-9197) which you decide. There are restrooms at CP but there are fewer than at MA. MA will have a trainer present at all races. Please ask your bus drivers to park on Edgehill Road and not to park in the Park’s small parking lot.
Teams should report to the main CP building where they will be met by MA representative that will show them the facilities and lead them to the course start/finish below the baseball fields to begin a course tour. Teams should locate themselves here for warm-ups, etc.
Course Description: The start and finish are adjacent to each other in the lower field below the baseball fields and park center. The start takes you through an open soft grass field to a small asphalt walkway along side the swimming pool. Runners will leave this walkway heading out and around a large playing field being sure to stay on the outside perimeter of the fields. The course will then take you, briefly, onto an asphalt driveway/road and over a small bridge with white railings. Staying straight the runners will ascend a short but fairly steep hill leading to an open park field. This hill is covered with pine needles and has some roots to be careful of.
Runners will proceed straight across the field and road joining a wide path into the woods. This path starts out smooth, leads to some hard gravel and rocks and then onto soft pine bedding. Just before the exit out of the woods is the ONE MILE mark. Exiting the piney wood, runners will take a hard left up a grass utility strip through the woods. This wide open dirt path starts with a small hill then levels out nicely. The runners will then be directed to take a right back onto the path that lead them into the woods.
Less than 1/10th of a mile later the runners will take a right onto a park road made of asphalt passing a series of park buildings on their left. They will proceed on this winding road down a hill and back along side of the start/finish field. Runners will stay on this flat park road, passing the lawn bowling facility, until they are directed to head back up the short but steep hill they ran up earlier. Please note: Runners must stay on the road until they take the left back up the hill.
Runners will repeat the same exact loop from this point forward. The TWO MILE marker is after the gravel hill, just after where the path levels off. It will be marked. The only change in the second loop is that when runners come down the winding asphalt road to the lower road along side the start/finish field they will be taking a right mid-way just before the lawn bowling facility. The small road will proceed over another small bridge with white railings. The small road turns into a dirt road then a dirt/pine needle path as it heads in the direction of the start/finish area. This will lead runners back onto the field that they started in and through the shoot to the right of the start.
Directions to Cunningham Park
approx. 1.29 miles from campus
From Milton: Going East on Centre Street toward Randolph Ave., turn right onto Randolph Ave. Turn slight left onto Gun Hill Street. Turn Left onto Pleasant Street. Stay Straight to go onto Edge Hill Road.