MENLO SCHOOL • SINCE 1915

Upper School

Cross Country

About the Team

The trailblazing cross-country team continues to raise the bar. Not only have the Knights set school and league records in recent years, they have had more athletes participating than ever.

In 2018, the girls’ team brought home the first section championship and the first one in program history since the boys won in 1997 and 1998. The girls advanced to the state meet and finished 11th among 25 Div. IV teams. The girls defended their title at the league championships with all seven placing in the top 16. The boys took sixth and sent two to CCS. The 2016 girls became the first cross country team in school history to advance to the state meet then took top-20 finishes. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for the CCS Championships in 2017 and 2014. The boys’ team won back-to-back West Bay Athletic League titles in 2009 and 2010—its best finish since winning five consecutive from 1996-2000.

The goal of the program is to encourage all student-athletes to discover the pleasure and benefits of running and is geared to the needs of each individual.

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The Coach

Jorge ChenCross country head coachTrack & Field head coach

Jorge Chen (10th season)

Jorge Chen, is entering his 10th season as cross country program director and  has been coaching at Menlo for 22 years.

Chen has led the charge in taking the Knights to the state level, and generating high participation numbers in the sport. Menlo’s longtime cross country, track & field coach and assistant soccer coach won a Positive Coaching Alliance National Double-Goal Coach® Award in 2019 for his positive impact on youth sports and was one of four to be recognized at the National Youth Sports Awards.

Chen, who is also Menlo’s track & field head coach, was just named CCS Honor Coach - Spring 2023. Chen, who has developed a successful middle school cross country and track program with Donoson FitzGerald, was honored by Menlo in 2009 with the Bagshaw Family Award for Coaching Excellence as an assistant cross country, soccer, track and field and Middle School coach.

At Stanford, Chen ran the 200 and 400 from 1993-1995 and competed in crew in 1996 and 1997. Chen was a top-level runner for San Mateo High School track and field, including the Peninsula Athletic League 1990 and 1991 championship teams.

 

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Honors & Awards

CCS Champions

Boys

1997, 1998

Girls

2018, 2019

League  Champions

Boys

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2021

Girls

1984, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019

 

CIF State Academic Champions

Boys

1997

Cross Country News

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Head coach: Jorge Chen
Assistant coaches: Donoson FitzGerald, Colleen McGuire, Keith Larsen, Tina Lount

Cross Country

Boys’ CCS Champions 

1997, 1998

Girls’ CCS Champions 

2018, 2019

Boys’ League Champions

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2021

Girls’ League Champions 

1984, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019

CIF State Academic Champions 

Boys 1997

 

About the Team

The trailblazing cross-country team continues to raise the bar. Not only have the Knights set school and league records in recent years, they have had more athletes participating than ever.

In 2018, the  girls’ team brought home the first section championship and the first one in program history since the boys won in 1997 and 1998. The girls advanced to the state meet and finished 11th among 25 Div. IV teams. The girls defended their title at the league championships with all seven placing in the top 16. The boys took sixth and sent two to CCS. 

The 2016 girls became the first cross country team in school history to advance to the state meet then took top-20 finishes. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for the CCS Championships in 2017 and 2014. The boys’ team won back-to-back West Bay Athletic League titles in 2009 and 2010—its best finish since winning five consecutive from 1996-2000.  

The goal of the program is to encourage all student-athletes to discover the pleasure and benefits of running and is geared to the needs of each individual.

About the Coach

Head coach: Jorge Chen (19th season)

Chen has led the charge in taking the Knights to the state level, and generating high participation numbers in the sport.   

In 2019, Menlo’s longtime cross country, track & field coach and assistant soccer coach, won a Positive Coaching Alliance’s National Double-Goal Coach® Award for his positive impact on youth sports and was one of four to be recognized at the National Youth Sports Awards. 

Chen, who is also Menlo’s track & field head coach, has developed a successful middle school cross country and track program. He has served as Menlo’s assistant coach for the varsity girls’ soccer team. He was honored by Menlo in 2009 with the Bagshaw Family Award for Coaching Excellence.

At Stanford, Chen ran the 200 and 400 from 1993-1995 and competed in crew in 1996 and 1997. Chen was a top-level runner for San Mateo High School track and field, including the Peninsula Athletic League 1990 and 1991 championship teams.