CB West's Gross & Foster to Compete in Collegiate Track & Field

On Monday, May 17, 2021, Central Bucks West seniors Conor Gross and Jack Foster were recognized for committing to continue track & field careers at the collegiate level.



Jack Foster – Washington & Lee College (Track & Field)

Major:  Statistics or Chemistry with a possible minor in Business

Final list of colleges:  Washington & Lee, Center College

Reasons for choosing Washington & Lee:  “It was really the combination of having the chance to continue my athletic career with the added opportunities that the college brought with its academics. I really liked the location. I wanted to stay on the East Coast and not get too far from my family, and when looking for good academic schools, Washington & Lee happened to pop out as one I had the opportunity to run at as well, so it was the best of both worlds to me.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in track and field at the collegiate level?  “I started out as a basketball player. That was kind of my strength up until seventh or eighth grade, and then I actually started track in seventh or eighth grade, and ever since then, I realized my strengths happen to be more suited for track rather than basketball, so I continued with that and I quit basketball to put all my focus in track.”

Coach Jack Mahoney says: “Jack is going to be competing on the track and field team at Washington & Lee next year. Jack has been a sprinter but primarily a jumper – long and triple jump. He has kind of been the leader of our jumping crew over the past couple of years and has done a great job leading that group, leading by example. The kids really look up to him. Both Jack and Conor are excellent students, and I wish them the best of luck next year.”

About Jack:

Favorite food:  Popsicles

Favorite TV show: The Office

Favorite music:  Rex Orange County



Conor Gross – Catholic University (Track & Field/Cross Country)

Major:  Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace

Final list of colleges:  Catholic, Bucknell, RPI, Loyola

Reasons for choosing Catholic:  “The most important thing was location and being right in D.C. It gives me a lot of opportunities not only socially but also with internships. Also, the academic programs are really good, and I can use them to get a good job in D.C.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in track and cross country at the collegiate level?  “I actually started in track sophomore year just to keep in shape for soccer. I had unpredicted success, and it just kind of took off from there. I ran cross country junior year for the first time, and I medaled at leagues and was rookie of the year for our team. It kind of just took off from there, and now I’m doing it for a college sport.”

Coach Jack Mahoney says:  “Conor has been a member of the team for three years. He initially came out for track to get in shape for soccer. He ended up being a pretty good runner his sophomore year and came out for cross country. He balanced soccer and cross country, which is really, really hard to do, and he did a great job balancing the two sports but ended up choosing cross country because he ended up really falling in love with the sport. He’s moving on to Catholic University to compete in track and field and cross country. He’s a great kid. The kids on the team really look up to him. He’s a great leader – he leads by example. He’s very involved in the school. We’re certainly going to miss his leadership next year, and I’m really excited to see what he’s going to do at the collegiate level.”

About Conor:

Favorite food:  Steak

Favorite movie:  Ford v Ferrari

Favorite music:  Rap



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