You cannot run an effective camp, running or otherwise, without good counselors. At Stowe Running Camp, we have been fortunate to have some amazing people as part of our staff. The people listed below are both great runners and excellent humans who care deeply about spreading their passion for the sport of running to the younger generation. Almost all of our camp counselors were former Stowe Running Campers themselves, so they know what the camp can mean to an aspiring runner.
Jeff Moretti is a School Counselor at Exeter High School in Exeter, NH. He currently coaches the Dover, NH Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field teams and was previously a member of the University of New Hampshire’s Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track teams where he was a two-year captain. Moretti has a Master’s in School Counseling and an undergraduate degree in Sport Studies from UNH.
At UNH, Moretti was a member of the America East Championship DMR team and a four-time All-America East member where he was 8th at the America East Cross Country Championships in 2013, 4th and 7th in the America East 5K and 3K at the America East Indoor Track Championships in 2014 and 1st in the America East DMR in 2015. In high school, competing for Guilford High School in Guilford, CT, Moretti was 10th at the New England Championships in 2010 and a two-time CT State Champion in cross country and the mile, earning All-New England and 4x All-State honors. Moretti has lifetime bests of 4:13 for the mile, 8:24 for 3000m, 14:46 for 5000m and 25:17 for 8000m.
Spencer Lyman is a recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he ran cross country and track. While serving as a two-year team captain, he excelled by winning his program’s Outstanding Runner Award twice. Spencer’s determination as a student-athlete also earned him multiple Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship, Academic Honor Roll, and USTFCCCA All-Academic selections. The end of his collegiate career saw Franklin & Marshall’s Athletic Department recognize him with both its Biggest Male Inspiration Award and Sportsmanship Award.
Spencer previously competed for New Canaan High School in Connecticut, claiming several All-FCIAC honors in cross country and track during his tenure after coming to Stowe as a camper. His overall lifetime bests include 1:56 for 800m, 4:19 for the mile, 15:41 for 5000m, and 26:29 for 8000m. Here’s to Spencer’s seventh year at Stowe and fifth as a counselor!
Anna Lastra is a native of Bridgton, Maine and is entering her senior season at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She attended Stowe Running Camp as a junior and senior in high school and was a CIT as a junior. As a college freshman, she had a breakout season, improving her times across the board and emerged as one of the best runners in the Northeast 10 conference. She has been a part of multiple Little 10 conference champion teams and owns PR’s of 5:02 for the mile and 18:41 for the 5k in cross country.
Peyton McGovern is returning to Stowe for her 8th summer! She is a rising senior at the University of Richmond where she majors in Leadership and runs distance. She also serves as Vice President of UR’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and works in the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. When she’s not running or studying, you can likely find her drinking a cold brew, doodling, thrift shopping, exploring new restaurants or singing & dancing with friends.
Joe Niski is entering his senior year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass where he is studying Robotics Engineering. Joe has been a Stowe Running Camp stalwart since his sophomore year of high school and has also been at every level of the camp, from camper to CIT to counselor. Outside of running, he has found a passion for rock climbing and spends time finding places outside to climb. He has also begun training for his first marathon!
Emily Sessa is a 2017 graduate of Tewksbury Memorial High School in Massachusetts who is entering her junior year at UMass Lowell. Emily was the America East Conference Rookie of the Year in Cross Country and holds top 10 times in numerous events as a River Hawk. At Tewksbury, Emily was a standout track athlete who achieved All-Scholastic Honors in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. She has run PR’s of 2:14.69 for the 800, 5:00 for the mile, and 17:58 for 5k in cross country. Emily was a Stowe Running Camp CIT in 2016.
Amanda, who hails from Williamsburg, MA, is thrilled for her fifth year at camp and first year as a counselor. She will be a sophomore at the University of Rochester, where she runs DIII varsity cross country and track. She is majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in Spanish. This summer, she is also doing immunology research at UMass Amherst, backpacking on the Long Trail, and helping teach Spanish through a program at Dartmouth College.
Josh is from Pembroke NH and has been running for five years. He ran on the Pembroke Academy cross country, indoor and outdoor track team throughout high school. Now he runs in his spare time as well as swims and bikes. He loves competing in half marathons and triathlons. This will be his fourth year at Stowe and first as a counselor. He is a rising sophomore at Rochester Institute of Technology where he majors in biomedical sciences. For the next few years, he will be living in Rochester and working in a hospital while going to school. He is looking forward to competing in his fifth half marathon in September!
Rachel Sessa is a 2018 graduate of Tewksbury Memorial High School in Massachusetts who is entering her sophomore year at Georgetown University. Rachel won the 2016 Massachusetts State Championship in the mile as a sophomore and holds the Mass state record for most points scored in the All-State Meet. She holds PR’s of 10:39 for the 2 mile, 4:51 for the mile, and 2:10 for the 800.
Ricky has been attending Stowe Running camp for five years now! He has moved up through the ranks from a camper, was a CIT in 2017 and 2018, and is finally a counselor! He is entering his sophomore year at Husson University where is in the Physical Therapy Program and holds 7 school records for Track and Field! Some of his personal records are: in the 5K he ran a 17:26, in the 800 meter he ran a 2:03.6, and in the 8K he ran a 29:59.81.
Lilly Wells is entering her sophomore year at Williams College where she is on SAAC (the student athletic advisory council) as a representative for the cross-country and track teams. She has been a part of Stowe Running Camp as a camper, CIT, and now counselor since 2014. As a high school cross country runner, she was part of a state championship cross country team at Mount Greylock High School. She loves exploring mountain trails and is an avid trail runner, hiker, xc skier, snowshoe runner, and ice cream enthusiast!