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The Sad state of Foothill H.S. Cross Country
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by Bernard Laffer
on Nov 6, 2011
Another EBAL Cross Country Championships has come and on and as I review the results I find that Foothill H.S. has taken its regular place at the bottom . The Boys team took last in the team race and the Girls team placed 3rd from last. Foothill's cross town rival Amador HS placed 2nd in both team races. They also had the individual winner in the Girls race. Cross Country is a pure sport requiring little more than some grass, dirt and hills to train and race. Participants learn to appreciate the joy of running an activity that can be continued throughout life. The difference between the two programs is commitment and leadership. Amador runs a structured program that prepares its team members to compete to the best of their ability It is obvious that Foothill does not demonstrate similar leadership. Our students are being short changed. Cross Country and the distance part of Track and Field are teams that do not cut people. Anybody can join and success can be had through consistent training. The Foothill students are being short changed. It is time that the school takes a critical look at the efforts of its coaches . There are a multitude of traning theories that can lead to Cross Country success. One common ingredient is found in all: commitment. It is time the Foothill coaches developed that ingredient or moved on. Our students deserve better.