The Longhorn cross country team has been working hard in their long-distance training this year, and are currently in second place for State Division 2. With Coach Burzio in charge of the Varsity teams and Keita Hisamura, Matt Pearson, Eric Mead, Kati Ghodoosian, and Lindsay Nishikawa as the captains, the Leigh team is training for their challenging last round of events.
“The season has been very fun and exciting, and we’re looking forward to state this year,” said Keita Hisamura, senior.
Team practices usually consist of an off-campus run, with variations between hill runs, intervals, and long flat runs. At most, the team will train for around two hours each day, and run up to six miles.
One of this year’s top runners, Alec “lightning-bolt” Reynolds, is on his way to CCS qualifiers. With a super speedy time of 16:49, he placed 7th overall during the BVAL meet at Alum Rock, on Sept. 17. His trick for success? Reynolds recommends eating donut holes for energy, and to “move your legs fast.”
Matt Pearson has represented cross country as a team captain for two years now. As a senior, this will be his last year running for Leigh, and has a great goal in vision for the team.
“We’re trying to make it to CCS as a team this year. We’ve had people make it individually the past couple of years, but never as a whole team”, Matt Pearson, senior.
CCS is coming up in mid-November, so make sure to cheer on your cross country athletes.