What to expect from cross-country:
Raquel Tadeo: 2017 FTHS Grad (at graduation, school record holder in 200 and 1600-started cross as a junior): Will run at Boston University
You can expect a welcoming environment that surrounds you with support and guidance to this new “running” thing. The FTHS XC team will always be remembered in my eyes as a place of positivity, kindness, and encouragement!
Luis Gonzalez: 2017 FTHS Grad (started running as a sophomore)
Cross Country shaped my attitude, strength, and courage. When the the road gets tough, you learn to chin up, and run taller. Hills and other “obstacles” can be run over with a smile on the face. (You learn to apply that to everyday life) and You learn the value of the little things. Above all, Cross Country gave me close friends,( that I would be happy to call my family) Mentors, (who will always provide encouragement) and an experience that will extend to my everyday life one step at a time.
Brieanna Tafoya: 2017 FTHS Grad (Scholarship athlete to Cal State San Marcos-at graduation, school record holder in the 400, 800, 4 x 400)
Brodie Shore: 2017 FTHS Grad (started CC as a sophomore)
As a Cross Country runner, you can expect not only to be challenged mentally and physically, but to exceed your personal beliefs of what you are capable of. You can expect to become not only a better athlete, but a better student and a better person as a whole. You can expect to enter not only a team, but a family: a brotherhood and sisterhood that has your back, forged from the trials and tribulations that you endured together (all with a smile on your face). Foothill Tech XC will change your life.
Ada Tadeo 2017 FTHS Grad (started running CC as a junior-Cal Poly SLO enrollee)
My entire athletic career had once revolved around soccer alone. Switching over to Foothill Sports to try something as different and crazy as Cross Country is definitely one of the most rewarding decisions I’ve made in my life! I learned how to become a fighter, to take risks, and to leap out of your comfort zone and to embrace the pain for it will soon be relieved by success and experience
Dan Thow: 2017 FTHS Grad (started first year of the program as a sophomore)
I learned many life lessons, goal setting, made life long friends, and gained positive characteristics that overflowed into my everyday life.
Mitchell Boring: 2016 FTHS Grad (at graduation school record holder in 100 and 200)
Before cross country my grades were slipping and I felt very alone in high school. I felt like I didn’t belong and that I was too dumb to get good grades. A friend of mine pushed me to join cross country since I was pretty good at running and I am so glad he did. During cross country I learned a lot about myself and improved myself dramatically. Joining the team felt like I joined a family, finally somewhere I belonged with people with similar interests and goals. After every race and every practice I could see myself improving, which is such a good feeling, working hard and seeing the effort pay off, even just a little bit. Cross country helped me learn that I’m not dumb, I just wasn’t putting enough effort into my classes. The inspiration for that effort was being threatened to lose my spot on the team if my grades didn’t improve. So greatly in part by cross country, my grades when from 2.8 my sophomore year to above a 4.0 my senior year.
Cody Clark: 2016 FTHS Grad (ran first two years of the program)
Foothill technology cross-country taught me self-discipline and accountability. I had become part of an intelligent, motivated, and hardworking community both on the course and in the classroom. One thing that amazed me was how we (as a team) were so resourceful. We could practice anywhere and each run, regardless of geographic location or intensity, was a fun one.
Jocelyn Veyna, 2013 Foothill Tech graduate who ran CC at Ventura High. Started cross-country as a sophomore in high school. Now runs for Cal State University, San Marcos
Becoming physically and mentally stronger
Learning the importance of hydration and nutrition
Know that some races will not go as planned, but many will exceed your expectations
Long bus rides where great bonds are developed with teammates
Meeting new people and creating lifelong friendships
Expect to be amazed at what you can do when you put your mind to it.
Know that being part of an excellent cross-country program like this one will open many doors for you (College, friendships, coaches, etc)
Know with 100% certainty that hard work will pay off in the end.
From Mary Biggs Torres: Former Nordhoff, Ventura High, VC and Chico State runner. Started cross-country as a freshman in high school
The best thing about being part of a cross-country team is that it is like an extended family. You create the best relationships, you learn so much about yourself while making the best of friends. You will have fears about cross-country, but the rewards are well worth the time, effort and challenges.
Daniel Eckstrom: 2014 Foothill Tech graduate and three year runner at Ventura High School. Starting cross-country as a sophomore in high school.
At first I was intimidated by the size of the team at Ventura. That shouldn’t be as big a problem at Foothill. I also didn’t know how far I would be running. Races are three miles and it took a little while for me to adapt to the training. Now, I look forward to the long runs. The best part of cross-country was the camaraderie. It’s great to have a team so enjoyable that you like to hang out with them in your free time. Your teammates become your friends and comrades. For new and old runners, I would strongly suggest trusting your coaches. They are extremely knowledge and spend a great deal of time trying to help you develop into the best possible student and athlete.
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