Havalchak Named Assistant Cross Country Coach

Havalchak Named Assistant Cross Country Coach

Worcester, Mass.--Jennifer Havalchak was named the assistant coach of the Clark University men's and women's cross country teams in the fall of 2017.

Havalchak comes to Clark University following five years serving as the Mount Holyoke head cross country coach and the assistant indoor and outdoor track and field coach.

In 2016, Havalchak helped lead the Mount Holyoke cross country team to a ninth place finish at the NEWMAC Championships and seventh at the Seven Sisters Championship. Havalchak's squad came off a solid 2015 campaign which saw them finish top-ten in five of seven races. Highlighting the year was a win at the Smith Invitational, the program's first-ever runner-up finish at Seven Sisters, placing sixth at the NEWMAC Championship and earning 19th overall at the NCAA New England Regional.

Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke staff, Havalchak enjoyed a two-year stint (2009-10) as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's cross country and track and field teams at RPI. She specialized in distance training and also assisted in recruiting efforts. In 2010, Havalchak helped train the Liberty League Rookie of the Year in both cross country and outdoor track and field. She has been a part of a coaching staff that has garnered Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year honors in each of the last two seasons.

Havalchak was a standout runner at Keene State College for four seasons. During that time, she earned All-America honors ten times. In addition to capturing an NCAA Division III National Championship in the distance medley relay as a sophomore, she also won the indoor 5,000-meter run national title as a senior. Havalchak was captain of both the cross country and track and field teams during her junior and senior years.

During her senior year, she was named Little East Conference Runner of the Year for all three sports and earned Keene State's Female Athlete of the Year Award. Her times in the 5,000-meter run were the best in the nation heading into indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships that season.

In 2007, after winning the New England Regional Cross Country meet, Havalchak was named New England Cross Country Runner of the Year and was New England Regional Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Havalchak graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Keene State in 2008. She complete her Master degree from Smith College in Exercise and Sport Science in 2014. She is a resident of Worcester, Mass.

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