Cross country became a varsity sport at The Gunnery in the early 1960s. Highlights of the program’s history have been New England divisional championships in 1974 and 1986, and numerous male and female All-New England runners headed by Pat O’Neil, who finished first in the championships in 1973 and 1974. The yearly schedule includes a combination of six dual, tri, and quad meets. It opens with the preseason Canterbury Invitational meet which hosts over thirty-five independent school teams from the northeast. In mid-season the runners race in the eight-team O’Connell Invitational. The season ends with participation in the Division IV NEPSTA Championships. The Gunnery is lucky to be adjacent to the Steep Rock Reservation and its many fine trails and dirt roads for running. There are also numerous roads and trails in other parts of town and the scenic 7.8 mile loop around Lake Waramaug.
Morgen grew up in Connecticut very close to The Gunnery campus. She graduated from The Gunnery in 2003 and went on to pursue a degree in Aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University. She worked as a Flight Administrator and part-time charter pilot for a local company during the time between college and returning to The Gunnery to work. In the summers she continues to fly as a flight instructor out of the Oxford airport. On campus, she teaches Chemistry at both the AP and General level, is the Department Chair for the LEADs department (in which she also teaches), works as an Assistant Dean of Students, and coaches cross country. Morgen lives in Gunn with her husband, Elliott, and their children Hayden and Nathan.
Appreciated for his animated teaching style and dry humor, Ed is a master at teaching students to appreciate the discipline of math, perhaps because of his double major in mathematics and psychology. Ed has held the esteemed Tisch Chair for Excellence in Teaching, has served as Department Chair, and continues to teach a range of mathematics courses. He enjoys participating in and coaching many sports, including baseball and cross-country. He lives in Woodbury, CT. with his wife Peg and their yellow lab Buckaroo.