Cross country team prepares for League Championship

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Photo Courtesy of Debra Ryan

From left to right: Todd Russel '19, Gabriel Lovely '19, Matthew Strangio '20, Colin Ryan '19, and Antonio Vargas '19

On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Jesuit High School cross country team will compete in the Delta League Championship Meet at Willow Hill Reservoir in Folsom. The team is looking to win their 44th league title.  

This year, the team has grown together and won their last two meets even though top runner, Matt Strangio ’20, was sidelined with a calf injury. He will be returning to lead the team this weekend.

Runners have to acquire the right mindset and prepare their body to be able to perform to the best of their abilities. Like most races, the Delta league is no different.

“I go into the race open-minded and try to not think about anything but finishing strong,” said Matt. “I listen to motivational music to get pumped up and eat a well-balanced meal the night before.”

Running is a team effort, but it requires each runner to push himself in order to finish strong.

“Were always pushing each other whether its practice or in a race,” said Bobby Canalas ’19.

“We love competing against each other because we get faster.”

Throughout the season, the team has shown that they can compete with the best teams in the state, and are hopeful heading into the league championships.

“This team is very motivated,” said Assistant Coach Nick Lai. “We are very senior-heavy, and their dedication has really pushed everyone to succeed and push to perform well in the races.”

This year’s cross country team is very determined to be one of the best Jesuit has ever had and to finish with a strong record that leads them to the state meet and the Nike Cross Country Nationals.