With the Pandemic eliminating most of last year’s track season and delaying this season’s cross country start, Islander Distance runners haven’t competed in nearly a year. That doesn’t mean that they haven’t had opportunities to train.
Like many of the other coaches in the section, I started an AAU club that’s been meeting several times a week for focused training. Additionally, the Islander Sports Foundation authorized camps that meet once a week. So everyone who wanted to train with a group has had the opportunity to do so. The AAU club, called “The Coronado Milers Club,” has 24 members, all of whom are also participants in the ISF Cross Country Camp. Many of the club members also signed up for our group on Strava, so they (and I) can see what one-another are doing.
Returning from the 2019 Cross County team are our top boy and girl runners. For the girls, Seniors Abigail Hundley and Sofia Van Arsdale have been training very well and have been ready to race for some time. Both were All-Western League in 2019, with Abigail advancing to the State Meet by finishing 13th at the CIF championships. Abby plans to join her sister, Madden Hundley, at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where they’ll provide a decisive 1-2 punch for the Warriors. Sofia twisted her ankle in the qualifying CIF race for State, so she didn’t advance. However, She has signed with Liberty University, an NCAA Division I program in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she’ll major in Law and Policy. The top returning boys are Landon Mullins, Aiden Beauman, and Gio Navarro. Like Abby, Landon qualified for the state meet at the 2019 CIF finals with a ninth-place finish.
The official start of Cross Country for this season is Feb. 9, and we’ll have our first meet on Feb. 13. If you want to be on this season’s team, you must register with the Islander Sports Foundation and turn in all your paperwork before Feb. 9. Currently, we have around 30 kids who have registered, with almost half first-year students.
Track and Field Needs Coaches:
This season the track and Cross Country Seasons will overlap a bit towards the end of Cross Country. This year’s track team will consist of all of the top Cross Cross Country runners plus a still unknown number of kids in the other events. After a long series of seasons where we set new school records each year, we’re now in a rebuilding phase. The distance races will be fine because of our Club Teams and Cross Country, but most of the other events will consist of relatively new participants. It’s been two years since our last full track season, and most of the top performers have graduated. The other issue is that nearly all of the 2019 coaches have moved on. We’re looking for coaches to fill these slots, either as volunteers or in a paid position. If you’re familiar with any track and field event and have the time to help, please contact our Athletic Director, Robin Nixon, for more info. Her email is Robin.Nixon@coronadousd.net.