BY JACKSON BELWAY & DIANA TAPIA
With the new season ahead of them, returning upperclassmen and sophomore cross country runners are beginning their year with renewed vigor. These experienced team members are ready to leave their opponents in the dust, while our new runners are excited to get into shape and accomplish their goals.
Cross country is a co-ed sport that involves training and running three mile courses, ranging from flat concrete to windy, steep hills. Athletes are constantly running and training to get themselves ready to cross the finish line of every race.
To prepare for the season, the cross country team spent much of their summer putting hours, miles, and sweat into their training. The team’s most famous tradition is their annual cross country camp. It is a five-day camp that consists of numerous challenging workouts. However, it is a great time for new team members to bond and for relationships to grow. This year the team pushed themselves through hot, dehydrating weather and ran nearly fifty miles over the duration of the camp.
“We did a lot of team bonding activities,” said senior and experienced runner Rocio Pacheco. “I really enjoyed getting to know the interesting personalities on our team this year, and the food… I loved the food.”
Coaching this team to reach success is math teacher, Coach Stehmeier who is expecting another great year.
“I am looking forward to watching the team run,” said Mr. Stehmeier. “We have a great group of kids and we have been working hard. I am excited to see what they can do.”
As our cross country team begins another great season, they are aspiring to grow stronger as long distance runners and closer as teammates.
“We are looking forward to doing excellently this year, the varsity team hopes to make it to CIF Prelims and maybe even state,” said Jordan Jenkins, one of the varsity captains.
The team’s first race took place in Lompoc on Wednesday, September 12, where our runners competed against a wide range of Santa Barbara county teams. Students should come out and support the cross country team as they face off against their primary rival, Dos Pueblos High School, on Wednesday, September 19 at Dos Pueblos High School.