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Friday, February 16, 2018

Cross Country Is One Hill of a Sport

Sophomore Juliet Aleman races to the finish at the Artichoke Invitational.

Sophomore Juliet Aleman races to the finish at the Artichoke Invitational.

Cross Country is definitely a commitment; not only because the members must run in blistering heat and bone-chilling temperatures, but also because it’s easy to give up. After all, running can also be considered a mind game. Perseverance, strength and a strong mindset are key to help you get over that hill. San Mateo High’s Cross Country team has just what it takes to conquer these hardships.

“I think we’ve got a very talented team this year, led by our two sophomores, Mallorie Jenne and Alex Wai. They’re leading in times. Close behind is Evelyn Contreras,” said Ed Riley, head coach. “My hopes for this year are that everybody gets to their next level, which is PAL competitor, and then after that, CCS competitor, and then state.”

Cross Country practices are held daily, with courses that range in difficulty. Often starting with a warm-up run to Coyote Point or Ryder Park, runners slowly build up speed and endurance on highlight reels, the nine-mile-long bridge run and several other courses. The captains, Mallorie Jenne (sophomore), Seanna Fess (junior), Oliver Yau (junior) and Kevin Lopez (senior) lead drills before the team takes on practice.

SMHS’s Cross Country team is propelled forward by three amazing coaches: Ed Riley, head coach; Carrie Peralta, better known by cross country and track members as Coach Pixie; and Ms. Brittany Dybdahl, a Health and AVID teacher at SMHS.  

Although running Cross Country can be difficult at times, in the end, many have proven that it’s worth it. “In middle school, my friends and I would be afraid to join because a mile seemed like a long distance,” said junior Oliver Yau. “Now, I’ve enjoyed running ever since!”

Maddy Delaney, a junior, said, “My favorite part about cross country is being with the team.” Although running is an individual sport, team spirit is always appreciated, especially at meets.

Cross Country meets are crucial as the season builds up to the PAL Championships at Crystal Springs. At meets, runners get a sense of how it feels to compete with other schools. Hundreds of runners line up, ready to go the extra mile and finish strong. Meets have several divisions: freshman boys, frosh-soph boys, frosh-soph girls, JV boys, JV girls, varsity boys and varsity girls.

Despite the saying, “Our sport is your sport’s punishment,” Cross Country is an exhausting, yet exhilarating experience; and, as many people believe, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

The next meet will take place at Crystal Springs on Oct. 21.

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