Student/Athlete Greta Caulton Knows What it Takes

Breaking News: Greta Caulton has been named to the US NATIONAL Olympic Development Squad.


      How do student/athletes handle all the pressures they face?  Greta Caulton is navigating those waters at a young age with a calm commitment

      In November Amherst’s Greta Caulton, a 16 year old junior at Souhegan High School travelled to Florida to the national try outs for the US Olympic Development Squad U17 team.  Greta was the only invited candidate (boys or girls) from New Hampshire. She was selected out of hundreds of players to be on the East Region ODP (Olympic Development Program) team.  She competed in the Inter-Regional tournament against the 3 other regional teams from around the United States and was seen by the US National Coaching Staff and college coaches.

      Greta said “I’ve always enjoyed being a part of the NH Olympic Development Program. I’ve been blessed with such talented coaches and friends all 4 years of my NH development process. I feel well prepared to represent my state at the


often assigned to work together, which establishes a great learning environment for me as well.” 

      On the subject of homework she says, “Self-direction and time-management is key. I know to do my homework right before I get home from school, or else it will be a tight squeeze to do it after practice. Productivity when doing my homework helps me get finished early so that I can have about an hour of free time before heading to practice.” 

      On the subject of scheduling and balancing school, competition and traveling Greta says, “I am thankful for the flexibility SHS has for me.  Most of the time, the clubs I play for respect my school schedule and make sure nothing is overpowering the academic-athletic ratio. Because players for these teams have a common goal of playing for the best college team possible, and with that comes being a successful academic student.”

      Greta appreciates that she has had great coaches and a supportive family but she also says that “Now that I am in high school, I’m being exposed to tons of more group projects and discussions, giving me the opportunity to work

Regional Event, and hopefully the National ODP level. Thanks to my motivation and dedication to the game, I have high hopes to play my best wherever ODP takes me in the future.” 

      Greta started at the local level playing for Hampshire United at the age of 7.  However, soccer has always been a part of her family life. Her Dad is English and explains that he played at a high Semi Pro level and said, “Soccer is always on TV, and as a baby, she always kicked a ball around.. Greta's mum is a high school soccer player, so soccer has never not been part of Greta's life.”

      Greta also brings her work ethic and determination into the classroom at SHS.  Her favorite subject is chemistry. She says she finds it interesting and challenging.  As a team player Greta says, “My tablemates and I are

with a larger group of students academically, to eventually establish a closer bond. I celebrate with my close friends and family.  They help take some of the sports-academic pressure off of my mind.” 

       Greta was named to the NH coaches girls All State Div II Soccer First Team for the fall season just completed. Greta now plays for FC Stars ECNL White team, based out of Lancaster, Mass, but Hampshire United will always be in her heart.

      Greta seems to take all of her accomplishments in stride while keeping her eye on the future and attending a college with a good soccer program.  Or just maybe playing on the USA Olympic Women’s Soccer Team.  GO Greta!

Georgia Jones Named Patriot League Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Mont Vernon's pride, Georgia Jones (158) is 2021 Patriot League Women's XC Scholar-Athlete for 2021

      BETHLEHEM, Pa. –  Sophomore Georgia Jones has been selected as the 2021 Patriot League Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year announced on Monday. Jones is the second Cadet in program history to win the distinguished honor.

      Jones, a native of Mont Vernon, followed her breakout freshman campaign, in which was she was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, with a record-setting sophomore season. She has been the Cadets' top runner in every race that she has participated in, including winning three events, and set personal records in three different race distances.

      Jones, a two-time Patriot League Runner of the Week, opened the season with a first place finish in the dual meet at Maine. She set a PR in the 5K at the Battle in Beantown, one of the nation's top collegiate invitationals, with a time of 17:36.4 on September 24. At the Paul Short Run one week later, she helped the Black Knights earned a seventh-place finish for the program's best finish since 1997. Jones set a program-best time at a 6K race with a time of 20:14.6 to place ninth out of 342 runners.

      In the annual Star Meet with Navy, she won the race with a time of 19:20.9 for a new personal-record in the 5.6K. She captured the 2021

Patriot League Individual Championship to become the third Cadet to win the individual title and first since 1996. 

      "Georgia Jones is quietly putting together the kind of statistics that will clearly define her as the best female distance runner to ever run for West Point," said head coach Mike Smith. "Her Patriot League title last weekend was the first individual title for an Army woman since 1996.  Her performance at the Paul Short meet led our team to the best team performance ever for an Army team and her time of 20:14 was the fastest 6K performance ever for an Army athlete.  Georgia is equally accomplished in the classroom and in her leadership pillar. She embraces the ideals of the Academy and pursues excellence in everything that she does.  She is only scratching the surface of her potential and I am confident that I will be writing about her often in the future and that I will struggle to find more superlatives to describe her accomplishments. In my opinion Georgia Jones is one of the brightest stars at the Academy." 

      Jones is an international affairs major with a GPA of 4.075 in the spring term, which contributed to her overall academic GPA of 4.017. She wears the star (3.67+ academic GPA for 2+ consecutive semesters) and is in the top 10% of her class. Jones' cumulative GPA is 3.952. Jones also tutors within West Point's Center for Enhanced Performance (CEP) and is College Reading & Learning (CRLA) certified in addition to providing tutoring in physics.

      Jones joins Catherine Gaffigan (1993, 1994) as the only Cadets to be named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

      To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key player in her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.