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WHY JOIN CROSS COUNTRY?... IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

2019-2023 ATHLETE TESTIMONIALS: Read reflections from members of the 2019 Diablo Athletic League, North Coast Section & California State Champion cross country squads of Campolindo High School. CLICK HERE!

 

2008-20011 ATHLETE TESTIMONIALS: Read reflections from members of the 2008 Diablo Foothill Athletic League and North Coast Section Champion cross country squads of Campolindo High School. CLICK HERE!

Before I joined cross country, I would not have called myself a runner. I would not even have said that I enjoyed running nor would I ever have believed that both of those things would change in a matter of a few weeks. Luckily, I made the decision to join the team, and I say “luckily” because the decision changed my life.

–Ellie Guthrie, ‘20

Cross country helped me overcome the daunting task of entering a new school. On the first day, I had already made friends with people in every grade. I already felt like I had a place in the school and a place on the team.

–Vishal Lashkari, ‘21

I will take all of these memories with me for the rest of my life, and I know that no matter where my running career takes me I will remember where it all began- the Campo field on a beautiful August summer day. From that first day my relationship with running has had ups and downs but, I could never leave it. It's now a part of who I am.

–Emily Brennan, '10

There is not another Campolindo sport as encouraging, team orientated, and determined as cross country. I have made some of my best friends on the team, and I have a new love for running. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Join cross country as soon as you can. You won’t regret it!

–Emma Smith, ‘20

My favorite part is the team spirit. Everybody is willing to work hard and make friends. After joining the team I made a lot of good friends who I can't imagine my life without. My biggest regret is not joining the team sooner.

–Bradford Martin, ‘21

Those first months of freshman year were made so much easier because I knew I had something to do after school and that I was a part of a team that didn’t care if you were the fastest runner or most outgoing person, but instead judged you on the hard work you put in at the level you were at.

–Katie Strohmeyer, ‘21

Before coming into this program as a freshman, I had a defeatist attitude towards certain aspects of my life, and I feared challenge. Now, as a senior, I consider myself mentally strong and excited for my future, and I credit most of this growth to running cross country and track.

–Mia Travis, ‘20

These bonds of friendship help me through the hard workouts. Winning races together with these teammates, achieving as a team, not just by myself, has been the best part. After just one season I realized that I knew my teammates better than some of the people I previously considered to be my closest friends. It is like having a second family.

–Greg Garcia, '11

...the coaches have always looked out for me and my fellow teammates and care about us as individuals.

–Sarah Naughten, ‘20

AWARDS NIGHT SPEECH by Andy Lindquist: 2008 Campolindo Coach Walsh Award winner presents his reflections to parents and teammates at the 2008 cross country award night.

PERSONAL NARRATIVE by Alison Crisp: Crisp recounts the 2007 DFAL Championship showdown with rival College Park that resulted in an upset victory for the league title.