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And Now A Word About CHS Islander Cross Country

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 3:37 pm

Islander Cross Country Head Coach George Green provides a pitch for potential runners, complete with historic context. “You’ve probably seen the 2015 movie, ‘McFarland, USA’ where a small high school in Central California won the first-ever boys California State Cross Country meet at Griffith Park in 1987. While that was an inspirational movie, there was quite a bit of artistic license taken. For me, the two most obvious examples were that the meet wasn’t held at Griffith Park, and they didn’t beat all the teams in the State. They won the Division III championship.

“That said, in subsequent years, between 1987 and 2013, they won 24 State Championships. They would have won more, but they were moved into Division I because of their dominance, even though they’re a Division IV-sized school.

“In 1987 there were only three divisions and the Coronado Girls placed third at that meet with one of our own, Shaman Dugger, placing third individually. The meet was held at Woodward Park in Fresno, where it’s still held to this day, over the same 5,000-meter course. You can see the results for that meet on our website, Since then, Islander Cross Country teams have qualified either full teams or individuals to the State Meet nearly every year, as well as winning the league championship most years.

“It’s rumored that the McFarland kids run about 1,500 miles during the summer months. True or not, they run a lot, and the simple truth is that cross country championships are won over the summer, not in the fall. If you plan on running Cross Country this season, it’s time for summer training.

“Our CIF no-contact period ends this Sunday. Throughout the rest of the summer, we’ll be meeting several times a week for base training. For those who are out of town or have other obligations, I have training schedules on for you to follow. If you’re new to the program, it’s important that you go to our website and enter your info so I can keep in touch.”

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