The Cross Country Program includes athletes from sixth through twelfth grades on the Munnerlyn Campus. Over the years the teams have established themselves as consistent contenders in the top 20 in the state, including five state championships since 2000. The Knight Sports Campus includes a newly cleared cross country trail, with convenient parking, locker rooms, bathrooms, and concessions. The Episcopal Middle School cross country team hosts an annual 3K on the Knight Campus. The program is under the direction of Boys Varsity Head Coach Emily Manning and the Girls Varsity Head Coach Stacy Brunell.
About the Coaches
Stacy Brunell has been coaching for ten years, seven of which have been at Episcopal. She is the Head Coach for Girls Cross Country, as well as the Head Coach for the Middle School Track & Field team. Before her time at Episcopal, Coach Brunell coached at Seattle Prep High School, St. Joseph’s High School, and Providence School. She attended the University of Washington where she majored in speech communications and was a member of the cross country and track teams. During her time as a collegiate athlete, she was a Pac 10 Track finalist and received the “Most Inspirational” award.
Emily Manning has served Episcopal as the Head Coach for Boys Cross Country since 2015 and as Boys Cross Country Program Director since 2016. During her time as Head Coach, Coach Manning has helped the team advance in the post-season, qualifying for the state meet each season. Before joining ESJ, Coach Manning assisted The Bolles School girls’ cross country team to a state title in 2014. Emily holds a Level 1 Coaching Certification from USATF, and having earned her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University, also serves Episcopal full time as a Theology instructor, teaching Upper School Theology courses Introduction to Christian Theology and Faith and Action. In her spare time, Coach Manning can still be spotted racing distances from the 5k to the marathon as part of the 1st Place Sports Racing Team.