Girls’ Cross-Country


Program Overview

The Poly Prep Girls’ Cross Country program has accumulated 10 Ivy Prep League titles. In 2018, Daniel Winn became the head coach of this successful program, leading the team to another Ivy Prep League title in the same year. Winn is a former NCAA Division 1 All-American  and record holder at the University of Oregon. The team competes in developmental meets in the Ivy Prep League and in regional invitationals. The season culminates with the Ivy Prep League and NYSAIS championship meets. Additionally, Poly Prep runners have qualified for the NY State Federation Championship Meet.

Coach Winn’s training approach helps our runners get stronger throughout the season in order to peak for league and state championships.

Poly student-athletes enjoy a program where they know the purpose behind everything they do, and how it prepares them for competition. Coach Winn believes each runner is different and he works with Poly’s high-performance coaches to develop a balanced approach to bring out the best in each individual. 

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Girls’ Cross Country Highlights

2019 Ivy Prep League Champions
2018 Ivy Prep League Champions
2018 NYSAIS Champions
2018 NYSAIS Champions
Girls’ Cross Country Coaches

Daniel Winn
Head Coach Cross Country, Assistant Coach Track & Field

Business Phone: (718) 836-9800
Education: University of Oregon, BS

Following a father who continues to set the pace in his age group, running is a way of life for Daniel Winn. A state champion at Grover Cleveland High school in Portland, Oregon, he went on to an All-American career at the University of Oregon, where he set the school record in the mile. Winn spent the next two years running for the Boston Athletic Association, placing eighth in the 1500m at the 2016 Olympic Trials, before finding his way to New York City and landing at Poly as an assistant track and cross country coach in 2018. The Girls’ Cross Country team won the Ivy Prep league championship and NYSAIS championship that year. “I’ve been lucky to coach a really good, self-motivated, dedicated group,” he says. Along with his position at Poly, Winn coaches and competes for the Brooklyn Track Club.

Cross Country Facilities

The Poly Prep Cross Country team uses the terrain of Poly’s 25-acre campus as well as our six-lane track and high performance lab to train.

Cross Country Facilities
Cross Country Facilities
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Featured Athletes

Alice Cutter '20

Alice had an outstanding cross country and track career at Poly. Both a leader and consummate team player, she was integral to Poly’s 2019 Big Blue Invitational win in the sprint medley relay. Alice is a NYSAIS team champion and had a spectacular come-from-behind victory in the 2020 Ivy Prep League Championships in the 4x400m relay. Alice went on to Carleton College Knights in Minnesota where she continues her academic and athletic careers.

Jenna Denaver '20

Three-season runner Jenna won the Stanley McGahie Most Valuable Runner Award in 2018. She was a member of the Indoor Track and Field relay team that broke Poly’s record for Girls’ 4x800m at the NY State Federation Championship Meet in 2017 and has individually qualified three times for the New York Federation Cross Country and Outdoor Meets. She has gone on to continue her academic and athletic careers at Colby College.