Addison Cox of Coe-Brown: Girls Cross Country Player of the Season

  • Coe-Brown’s Addison Cox, just a freshman, placed seventh in the state Meet of Champions and 17th in the New England meet in her debut season. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 12/15/2017 10:07:16 AM

Addison Cox comes from a background steeped in running, but still, Cox did not know what her freshman year of cross country would bring. Any questions were quickly put to rest as Cox emerged as not only one of the best in Division II, but one of the best in New England, leading Coe-Brown to a close second place in Division II and seventh in New England.

“I was slightly surprised by how well our team came together and fought every race,” said Cox. “It took some time to adjust to the new training and distance, but I am happy that I settled in.”

Cox finished fourth at the D-II meet, clocking a 5K time of 19:05.8, leading the Bears to the runner-up plaque for the second year in a row. Coe-Brown finished just 10 points shy of champion Souhegan.

Cox then led her team at the Meet of Champions, finishing seventh overall in 18:14.3, helping the Bears finish third and earn their 10th-straight trip to New Englands.

Cox came in 17th at New Englands in 18:40.04 and helped the Bears improve on their eighth-place finish in 2016. Cox was the third-fasted freshman and sixth-best New Hampshire runner in the New England race.

“Addy has been running her whole life and absolutely loves the sport and everything about it,” said Tim Cox, Addison’s father and co-head coach alongside Brent Tkaczyk. “I think that is her attribute that contributed the most (to her success), her love of the sport.”

Cox’s freshman campaign is even more impressive given the stiff competition she faced throughout the season. Cox emerged as the top runner on her team, a squad that has finished in the top two of its division every year for the past eight seasons (thanks to the efforts of her father and Tkaczyk, who have coached the team for 18 and 19 years, respectively).

Coe-Brown placed three runners in the top 13 and all seven varsity runners in the top 36 of D-II.

Out of the six runners that beat Cox at MOC, one of them is Manchester West’s Julia Robitaille, the 2017 New England and Nike Northeast Regional champion and Exeter’s Jackie Gaughan, the 2016 New England champion who finished fifth at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship this season.

Cox also ran consistently well in regular season competition, helping Coe-Brown defend its home course by winning the Black Bear Invitational. Cox finished third out of 174 runners, including some of the best runners and teams from D-I and D-II.

Cox finished fourth in the Manchester Invitational Small School race, leading the Bears to victory against 30 teams from across New England, and finished seventh at the Brown University High School Championship, leading Coe-Brown to fifth against elite teams from across the Northeast.

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