XC Runs Like The Wind to Develop Young Talent

Brian Tan

After losing many experienced cross country runners to graduation and injuries, the team is training hard.

The girls placed sixth overall at NCS last year, while the boys placed fourth and qualified for state.  Both teams are aiming to improve on those results with their young and talented teams.

The Mats’ top runners on the men’s side include David Fuhriman ‘11, Pierce Haley ‘11 and Jamie Fehrnstrom ‘12, while the women’s team is led by Lauren Henderson ‘11, Mary Doyle ‘12 and Leahna Purcell ‘11.

They are aiming for the top spot in DFAL this year, although they will face harsh competition from rivals Campolindo and Acalanes.

About half of the boys’ varsity team are juniors and the other half are seniors.

“Our goals are pretty much the same as they have been: we obviously want to win, and we have a very big rivalry with Campo,” said Fuhriman. “But we also want to just have fun and have a great time with the team.”

The team also has two new coaches to help with their intense workouts.

“At practice with our new coaches, Coach Zamanian and Coach Fernbacher, we try to do a lot of stuff as a team,” said Fuhriman.  “The workouts are the same for everyone, and it is a great way to hang out with friends and meet new teammates.”

On the girls’ side, the team has a lot of potential as well.

“We have a pretty young team this year but with a lot of talent,” said Henderson.  “A lot of the underclassmen have been really impressive and they will make significant contributions to the team.”

Although there have not been many meets so far this season, the Mats have excelled.  At the team’s time trial, several underclassmen girls finished in the top seven.

Underclassmen will be a key to the team’s success this year, and these runners include Meg Swinton ‘14, Lauren Branagh ‘14, Sierra Ryder ‘14, Mollie Larsen ‘13 and Annie Larsen ‘14.

The Mats will have league meets throughout October, but they will also be traveling around for some bigger meets.

On Sept. 11, the Mats headed to Hidden Valley Park for the 26th Annual Ed Sias Cross Country Invitational, hosted by Campolindo High School.  The meet was an important test to show the real potential of this year’s team.

The men’s team came in fifth out of all the participating schools.  The Mats will continue to practice hard for these upcoming meets against schools all over Northern California.

If the Mats can achieve some top performances at these meets, look for them to establish themselves among the best in DFAL.