Track and Field

2018 Track and Field


# Name Class
Lauren Barclay 2019
Angelica Marie Braswell 2022
Marina Brooks 2021
Brianna Byrd 2022
Maria Hall 2022
Lexington Hart 2021
Katiushka Howell 2022
Martha Hrdy 2019
Bridget Junghans 2022
Tori Kestel 2019
Sofia Leusch 2019
Kierra Marshall 2020
Chianna Meza-Cuadra 2021
Isabella Pla 2022
Camille Schmidt 2019
Rose Tierney 2021


  • Grace Davis began running in 2006 and was a member of her high school's varsity cross country and track teams. In college, she ran for the Towson University Club Track team but moved on to complete her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Here she continued with her love of running by competing in several half-marathons. Grace is also an avid swimmer and taught youth swim lessons before becoming a track and field coach. Grace now works in Corporate Wellness and is excited to be back at Holy Cross for a second year!

  • Coach Pla joined AHC in 2018. Growing up in Florida, coach Pla has lived in Miami, Gainesville and Tallahassee where he graduated from high school. Coach Pla joined the Marine Corps in 1996 and served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as an Air Traffic Controller. Coach Pla moved to Maryland with his family from Key West, FL in 2011. Coach Pla has been involved with running for over 34 years! During his running Career, Coach Pla has run for local track clubs in Florida where he was a state champion (’88, ‘89’,’90), AAU Nationals 2nd and 5th (’90) in many running disciplines ranging from 100m to the 3000m; High School track and Cross-Country (’92-’95).

    While serving in the Marine Corps, Coach Pla has run for the Marine Corps Base teams and was selected to run with the Navy running team while assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fl. Coach Pla currently has a PR (3:37) in the marathon set at the Chicago Marathon. Coach Pla’s training philosophy is to train the whole athlete, to help the athlete achieve the next level of their running career both academically and physically. Each athlete is unique and receives a specific training plan geared to them to get them to the next level.

    Coach Pla is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for both his bachelors and master’s degree. Coach Pla has been a youth coach since 2012. He has coached in many sports throughout the ADW. He is the Grand Knight of his Councils Knights of Columbus. He has served as the HSA President of his children’s elementary and middle school. He is serving on the ADW Pastoral Council with Cardinal Wuerl. While not running or coaching, Coach Pla works as a contractor for the FAA. Coach Pla has been married to his high school sweetheart, Rachele Pla for 19 years. They have three children, Isabella (c/o 2022), Joey, and Alexandria (c/o 2027).


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Winter Sports Recognition

On Thursday, March 7, Holy Cross recognized athletes who played on winter sports teams. Each coach presented Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, and Tartan awards during the main program and gave individual recognitions in breakout gatherings. Holy Cross especially recognized Coach Kyran Kennedy, who built the Ice Hockey program at Holy Cross beginning in 2011. Athletic Director Dena Rapoport noted that 272 Holy Cross girls have played on the Ice Hockey team. In 2016 the Ice Hockey team won the MAGHL and this year the team took second place in the inaugural WCAC Ice Hockey Championship.

JV Basketball
Tartan: Ella Burke '22
MVP: Sallee D'Albora '21 and Victoria Macdonald '21
Most Improved: Tess Gardner '22
Unsung Leadershp: Cheyenne DeGross '22

Varsity Basketball
Tartan: Sienna DeGross '20
MVP: Bria Fuller '19
Most Improved: Michelle Gawlick '22
MVP Offense: Laila Grant '19

WCAC All-Conference Basketball
Second Team: Bria Fuller '19
Honorable Mention: Laila Grant '19

Tartan: Paula Coate '20
MVP: Abigail Gehres '21
Most Improved: Joelle Packard '20

Ice Hockey A
Tartan: Kathryn Gagolin '20
MVP Offense: Allie Lawson '21
MVP Defense: Isabelle Mitchell '20
Most Improved: Aspen Weber '20

Ice Hockey AA
Tartan: Grace O'Connor '29
MVP Offense: Leah McNamara '29
MVP Defense: Emily Clark ' 19, Claire Coyle '19
Most Improved: Fiona Sheridan '20

WCAC All-Conference Ice Hockey
First team: Leah McNamara '19
Second team: Claire Coyle '19, Isabella Fontana '20, Grace O'Connor '19

Tartan: Daniella Balumuene '19
MVP: Morgan Lewis '19
Most Improved: Josephine De La Oliva '19

Swim & Dive
Tartan: Samantha Hermans '20
MVP: Kaila Burgess '20
Most Improved: Sophia Costa '21

Indoor Track & Field
Tartan: Catherine Hunt-Neu '20
MVP: Kierra Marshall '20
Most Improved: Bridget Junghans '22

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