Athlete of the Issue: Quin McGaugh ’18

A captain of the Varsity Cross Country Team, Quin McGaugh has perennially been one of the top runners in the ISL. After joining the team as a freshman, an incredible achievement, McGaugh has proven himself as a consistent and solid runner in the top 7 pack. As a junior, he stepped into the #1 role on the varsity squad and led the team to its first ISL Championship in 9 years. Finishing third among almost 200 runners in the championship varsity race, Quin received an “All-ISL award”. In the following week, he ran with a pack consisting of Charlie Donahue and John Pappo, as they defeated some of the largest prep schools in the northeast, as Belmont Hill cruised to 4th place in the New England championships. Belmont only finished behind large boarding schools such as Phillips Exeter and Phillips Andover. With his stellar finish among the best runners in New England, McGaugh received an “All-New England” award. Elected captain of the 2017 Cross Country team, Quin McGaugh hopes to lead the team to back-to-back titles, never done before in the sport’s history at Belmont Hill. In his first two races at Rock Meadow, Belmont Hill’s demanding home course, ran a 17:54 and a 17:18, and finishing 3rd and 2nd, respectively. As well as keeping up with his academics, Quin looks to continue his cross country journey. He hopes to run at a NESCAC school, such as Williams, Middlebury, Hamilton, Bowdoin, or Bates. In addition to Cross Country, Quin also nordic skis and runs track in the spring. For the track team, Quin has captured two New England titles, as he mainly runs the 1500-meter race. As Quin McGaugh’s time in the school’s hallways come to a close, he will cherish the multiple championships and awards he has achieved during his time at Belmont Hill School.

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