Cross Country: The Road to CCS

Cross country has maintained the level of dedication to training that it had over the summer, and the results have been showing. The team is currently on track to repeat last season’s success at CCS and the State Championships.
The team took the early season by storm, consistently finishing in the top three spots in meets such as Crystal Springs, the Lowell Invitational and the Earlybird Invitational at Toro Park. The team has since added to its impressive results, winning two of the five races that it entered at the Monterey Bay Invite at Toro Park in Salinas on October 19 and having nearly every runner on the team running a 5k personal record at the Clovis Invitational on October 12.
“Recent meets have gone very well,” Head Coach Dan Oren said.
Both teams have achieved high rankings in CCS, putting themselves in good positions to achieve their overall goals.
“The girls are certainly on pace to break other school records for different courses this season, and the boys varsity team is also on pace to break school records as well,” Oren said. “The boys team is currently ranked 5th in all of CCS (for all five divisions combined), and the girls team is ranked 15th in all of CCS out of approximately 125 schools total in CCS that have a cross country team.”
As in previous seasons, these successes have been made possible by vigorous training. Consistent, tough workouts have characterized the team’s training throughout the season.
“We have a track workout, where the difficulty will be determined by the mileage goal of the runner,” senior Tyler Machell said. “If we’re not having a track workout, we will have a hill workout or something else to help us train. Workouts are really intense…they really get us in shape and help us have success in the meets,” Tyler said.
The team looks to continue its hard work and keep up its season momentum.
“The team’s success can be attributed to how hard the entire team works every day,” Oren said. “They are extremely motivated and all have set goals of being as successful as possible. There is a lot of depth on the team, and the team’s depth is helpful because everyone is pushing everyone else harder and harder in practice every day.”