Coach Vassili Triantos
Vassili is a world-renowned accomplished runner as well as a running coach. He appeared twice in the cover of Runner’s World magazine, and has won 10 ultramarathons. He won the Delpasatore 100K, earning him a spot to compete in Italy for the United States. He has competed in national races, including JFK 50 Mile Run, where he placed in the top 10 three times. Vassili is a coach for Magruder High School as well as an assistant coach for track at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Vassili was also a certified coach for the Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC) Stride Clinic.
Coach Gretchen Triantos
Gretchen started her running career as a sprinter and ran for Magruder High School. She continued to race competitively for Montgomery College where she was the first woman to compete with an all-male track team. In 1977, she became the first MC runner (male or female) to win a gold medal at the National Junior College Athletic Association Track Championship in 800 meters, where she also placed third in the mile. She was inducted into Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. Gretchen was a head cross country coach at Magruder High School.
Coach Anne Forsha
Anne is a member of the Montgomery County Road Runners (MCRRC), has run numerous half marathons usually finishing in the top 3 for her age group. Her running accomplishments include a win at the Brookeville 5K and 2nd place finish at RRCA 10M Challenge. Anne was the MCRRC 2012 Woman’s Grandmaster Runner of the Year.
Coach Michele McLeod
Michele was an Olney XC parent when her daughter Sophie ran from 2009-12. An avid road and trail runner, Michele has completed trail ultramarathons (50M and 50K) and road races from 5Ks to marathons, including the Boston Marathon. She enjoys running for fitness, as a social activity, and helping others develop their running talents.
The goal of the Olney Cross Country Club is to provide a safe and fun environment for athletes of all ability levels to learn the fundamentals of the sport. As athletes progress within the club, we encourage them to reach their full potential by continually setting goals for themselves, both on and off the field. Our coaches want athletes to not only enjoy the sport when they are youth/teens, but also when they are in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond.