by Jacob Dahan
As the Crossroads Cross-Country team prepares for their first meet on Saturday, September 26, David Olds, the Crossroads Cross-Country coach, anticipates a phenomenal year. “We lost a couple of key seniors on the varsity side, and had an injury to our top runner last year [Ethan Finkle] who was really unable to run all season,” said Olds. “But he’s back this year, uninjured and running well, and that will more than make up for most of our losses. Additionally, Daniel Allen was our top runner last year—he was one of the top few in our league—and he’s returning this year as a senior. So, with those two running as a sort of ‘one-two punch’, coupled with the rest of the gang, we should be very strong.”
The team’s strength, according to Sophomore runner Nico Fuchs-Lynch, puts it in position to close in on its cross-town rival, Brentwood.
“Brentwood is our main rival mainly because they are close by,” he said. “On the boys’ side, they are probably the next best team. On the girls’ side, Paraclete and Viewpoint are very strong, but it’s nice to have a local rivalry with Brentwood.”
The Crossroads Cross-Country team, which, as stated by junior runner Henry Bartis, reached CIF finals—the top 16 in Southern California—last year in both JV and Varsity for the third year in a row, aspires to reach new heights in a demanding league.
“Cross country did very well last year: the boys won our league for the fifth time in a row, and even though our league got bigger and stronger, we were able to compete sufficiently and still win,” said Olds. “I believe we will actually be a stronger team this year.”
However, not only does the team appear stronger, but its vast size astounds Olds.
“I believe we have had over 50 out there. I don’t think we’ve ever had more than 47 out there at any given time—and this was on a Friday,” he said. “It’s unheard of: it’s such a big group; a little bit more than 10% of the entire student body is out there.”