Varsity Cross Country

Peddie's Cross-Country program is defined by endurance, spirit, and most of all, a simple love of running.

Headed by Emily Scott (Girls' Coach) and Chris Bright,(Boys' Coach) Falcon Cross Country emphasizes the value of every race and practice. Training combines long-distance road work, trail runs, and track intervals to develop our runners' speed and endurance. Running mechanics, recovery techniques, strength training, and proper nutrition are also emphasized. Above all, the program's goal is to instill in its athletes the joy of running while promoting team spirit. Thanks to a dedicated coaching staff headed by Emily Scott and Chris Bright, every runner develops into an excellent competitor.


Opponent Date Time Advantage Type Details Status
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Opponent Date Advantage Type Details Result Score
Blair Academy
Away Details Boys - win 21-38; Girls - loss 35-22
MAPL championship
Peddie JV Cross Country Invitational
Home Details
Peddie JV Cross Country Invitational
Home Details
NJISAA championship
Away Details Boys: 3rd/5; Girls: 6th/6
MCTA Cross Country Championships
Away Details Peddie boys ninth place/19
Lawrenceville School
Away Details GIRLS: Peddie 48 , Lawrenceville 18; BOYS: Peddie 29, Lawrenceville 26
The Hill School, Boys Race 3;45 pm, Girls Race 4:15 pm, The Hill School
Home Details Boys 25-33 W; Girls 43-19 L
Six Flags XC Invational (Girls Team Attending)
Away Details 8th Place/14 teams
2018 Jerry Hart XC invitational
The Wilberforce School (Girls V Team Attending)
Away Details Win Peddie 17, Wilberforce 39; Peddie 23, Stuart Country Day 35
George School Invitational (Boys Team Attending)
Away Details Fifth/19 teams; JV 10th/16 teams


Name Position Class
Alexandra Drake (captain) 2020
Matthew Hale (captain) 2019
Blake Strzepek (captain) 2019
Mark Abreu 2022
Nathan Ackerman 2020
Isha Bhandaru 2021
Mehak Bhardwaj 2021
Melissa Cao 2021
Finn Caspersen 2019
Bhanu Cheepurupalli 2021
Andrew Davis 2021
Mumu Ding 2022
Cecilia Eldredge 2022
Lauren Gabruk 2021
Evan Glas 2020
Erin Griegel 2021
Melanie Hale 2022
Advaith Hari 2022
Kayla Henry 2022
Elizabeth Hu 2021
Ryan Hu 2020
Hans Huang 2022
Kyle Huang 2020
Mariah Johnson manager 2019
Samardh Krishna Kakani 2021
Feyzanur Kilic 2020
Louis Layman 2022
Albert Lu 2020
Ethan Madden 2021
Emmanuel Mencia 2022
Bryanna Mendez 2020
Kabir Mohan 2020
Declan Murphy 2019
Jacob Naddelman 2020
Christopher Neptune 2021
Melissa Onwuka manager 2019
Paige Pakenas 2021
William Pakenas 2019
Vijay Shah 2021
Killian Shelly 2021
Hang Shi 2021
Nyjah Smarr 2022
Duy Ho Tuan Truong 2020
Emma Vella 2021
Alan Wang 2019
Yan Weng 2022
Chang Yan 2020
Emily Yang 2021
Lucy Yao 2020
Dennis Zhang 2020


  • Boys' Varsity Head Coach

    Coach Bio: A lifelong runner, Christopher Bright has dedicated his talents towards the Peddie Boys’ Cross-Country team. He has personally won triathlon state championships in Virginia and New Jersey and represented the USA at two Triathlon World Championships. As Peddie’s head coach, Christopher has guided the team to six league championships and three prep state championships and was named the Prep Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Star Ledger in 2010.

  • Girls' Varsity Head Coach
    Coach Bio: Emily Scott serves as the head coach of Girls’ Varsity Cross Country in the fall and coaches the distance track team in the Spring. Following a successful high school running career, she ran at Haverford College, where she competed for four consecutive years in the NCAA Cross Country Division III National Championships. In 2014 she led the Peddie Girls' Cross Country team to an undefeated season, including MAPL and State championships. Emily works to instill a sense of sportsmanship and dedication in Peddie's runners, and teaches them to apply those principles to their everyday lives.
  • As chair of Peddie’s Language department, Jose Manuel Ruiz ensures that our students excel as part of an international community. After teaching for eight years in Spain, Jose joined Peddie in 2003, where he has also served as a coach, advisor, and dormitory parent. He currently lives on campus with his wife and daughters. Jose also works as a Program Director with the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy in the summers, where he helps high school students fully immerse themselves in a foreign culture.

  • Michael Stewart began his running career at Peddie during his freshman year. He was the captain of the track team and cross-country team during his senior year and then went on to run in college. After a hiatus from running of almost 12 years, Mike and fellow coach Mark Gartner teamed up to run the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC. That sparked Mike’s return to running, and he has been running for fun and fitness ever since. He competes regularly in distances from the 5k to the marathon. Mike has been head coach of the spring track program for 5 years, and has been coaching track and cross country for more than 20 years.

Past seasons


Opponent Date Advantage Details Result Score
George School Cross Country Invitational, Briarwood Cross Country Invitational
Away Details Other Boys fifth place/24 teams
Jerry Hart Prep XC Invitational
Home Details Other Boys 2nd/8; Girls 4th/6
Paul Short Run
Away Details 11th out of 41 teams
The Hill School
Away Details Other Hill boys 27, Peddie 28; Hill girls 21, Peddie 38
Lawrenceville School
Home Details Other Peddie boys win 26-31; Girls lose 20-41
Mercer County Tournament Association Finals
Away Details Sixth Place/19 194 points
NJISAA Prep A State Finals
Away Details Other Boys second place; Girls seventh place
Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championship
Home Details Boys Second Place; Girls Fourth Place
Blair Academy
Home Details Peddie boys 21-40 W; Peddie girls 31-28 L