NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships - Wikipedia
Sep 15, XC Legacy: National XC Rankings If you have ever been a part of a state championship team you know the feeling of accomplishment. Feb 16, beat the odds and won the California state cross country title in It took him seven years to produce his first state championship team. The movie pushes up his arrival and coaching position at McFarland to , the first year his cross country team attended and won the state championship.
However, he had been a teacher in the McFarland School District sincefollowing his graduation from Pepperdine University. Back then, McFarland was largely white demographically.
He retired in after 23 years of coaching boys cross country. The movie pushes up his arrival and coaching position at McFarland tothe first year his cross country team attended and won the state championship was also the very first year that California had a state championship. From left to right: Had Jim White really been fired from several prior teaching jobs?
As stated above, the real Jim White started teaching in the McFarland School District straight out of college in The McFarland, USA true story reveals that, unlike the movie, he didn't come to McFarland on his last leg after being fired several times for losing his temper with players, superintendents, etc.7. Mount Baker Boys XC at District in 1987
His first teaching position in the district was instructing fifth grade science, which he did for nine years. He then taught seventh and eighth grade woodshop and PE for 11 years at McFarland Middle School, and then switched to just teaching PE and coaching the high school cross country team. Jim White restarted the program in after it had been dropped for a year.
However, he did rebuild the boys and girls cross country programs from the ground up. They are portrayed to be 15 and 10, a few years younger than they actually were at the time of the first state title in the girls were in college at the time.
All three girls graduated with degrees in education from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas; Tami inJulie inand Jami in Inspired by the irony of his last name, "Blanco" was one of the nicknames that the kids and their families gave Jim White. Though it is very close, Jim White likely wouldn't have had a clear view of it from his classroom window, as a street of homes separates the school's athletic fields from the prison grounds.
Did Coach White really follow the boys on a bicycle? A LA Times article described it as a rickety, worn bicycle, but did not state that it was a girl's bicycle like in the movie.
However, similar to the film, Jim White had never been a runner himself and used the bike to follow the team during their workouts. Were the Diaz brothers really forbidden by their mother from competing? She eventually concluded that it was good for them as long as they still worked.
To make up for the time they couldn't work in the fields due to cross country practice, Jim White would sometimes give his time to them by helping them pick in the fields. If one or two of those boys couldn't make practice at four o'clock 'cause they're just gettin' in from work, then I might practice at 6 or 7 o'clock with those boys.
So I'd have two practices. Were their opponents really snobby rich kids who looked down on them? Local photojournalist John Harte, who followed the team at the time, says that he witnessed opposing teams offer genuine handshakes of good luck. This included members of the Bakersfield High Drillers.
In the least, such scenes seem to have been exaggerated by the filmmakers. Did Coach White really take the team to the beach? However, it happened a little differently than in the movie. The real Coach Jim White took both the boys and girls cross country teams to the California central coast beach at Cayucos during the season not the season. It was indeed the first time that many of the kids ever saw the ocean. Yes, and at times the White family paid for new shoes and clothing for the team out of their own pockets.
On one occasion, Mrs. Our focus was not what it should been, and we were lucky to get out of the meet with a victory. However, in some ways, it helped us to re-focus on our seasonal goals.
Up to that point, we had run well in every meet and our training was right on schedule, so what it taught us was that we needed to stay intensely focused mentally both in our training and racing if we were going to accomplish the goals we had set the previous summer. We came back the following week in the Sweepstakes race at the Mt.
SAC Invitationa l and ran very tough, placing four runners in the top nine places in the midst of a very strong field, and it turned out we would need all of those efforts to hold off Palos Verdes, coached by Joe Kelly, one of the greatest coaches in California cross country history.
Palos Verdes ran very strong over the last mile of the course and finished just nine points behind us. Our team time of SAC course, which at that time was pretty much consisted of a cart path on the valley loop, sand and rock going up the switch backs and even worse going up poop out—nothing compared to the super-smooth-wide-highway it has become in recent years. SAC we knew we had a relatively easy stretch through our league meet and into the CIF-SS prelims, so after a week of relatively easy running following SAC, it allowed us to drop the volume and increase the intensity of our workouts to their highest of the season.
In the CIF-Finalswe had a bit of an advantage over some of the teams we would face in the state meet. We were in Division 3A at that time in the old classification system, Division 4A was the largestand Palos Verdes and most of the other strong SS teams were in the 4A division-including, by the way, Dana Hills—coached by Tim Butler, and Corona Del Mar, coached by Bill Sumner pretty impressive to realize that both Coach Butler and Coach Sumner have been producing great teams at the highest levels for more than two decades.
Those teams in the 4A race had to really taper prior to the Finals and then go all out just to earn a ticket to the state meet. We did taper somewhat, but we also wanted to maintain our training intensity. At that time, there were only thee divisions in the state meet, and that meant we would face Dana Hills, Palos Verdes and the rest of the best teams in the state in the Division 1 Championship.
One other interesting note about that first state meet was that there was also a two week time gap between the SS Finals and the state meet. Our training was right on track where we wanted to be. We felt there was still some sharpening and some confidence building that we could do over those next two weeks.
Jaime Ortgea - Member of the the Arroyo squad The cross country season was rather intriguing. As I look back 20 years WOW! I find it amazing at the depth that we had on our team.
We went through league dual meets and some invitational without having anywhere between four to seven of our top runners competing and were still able to defeat the competition. During the middle and later parts of the season the focus in training changed to getting in quality and intense workouts, thus the reason why we wouldn't compete in all the races and rather save it for the competitive ones such as Mt.
Sac Invitational and league finals, so that we may peak at the right time.
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In late October at the Mt. Sac Invitational the time and effort we invested in the workouts commenced to pay dividends as we had one of our best races of the season in the Varsity Sweepstakes race. We placed four runners in the top 15; Gerardo Puentes 11th That week we had heavy rain which altered the regular course dirt, grass and hills and a rain course was created hours before the races. The new course consisted of asphalt and tough hills with an estimated distance of 3.
Our varsity team was able to place its seven runners in the top Mike Deitch 8th and Doug Jones 11th earned all league second team while Gerardo puentes 4th This was billed as the State Championship.
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Bellarmine was fortunate enough to place 1st, 5th, 3rd, and 5th again in its 4 appearances. After participating in this meet for 4 years, it became clear to many of us up north that a true meet should include the entire state. The representatives of the different sections of the state voted and became the real first state meet. The Bellarmine team was excited and hoped to do well in their section qualifying and be able to participate in this inaugural meet.
The beginning of the season go off to a fast start, the middle of the season was a mixed bag of good runs, academic testing and injuries. When November loomed on the horizon, the team was ready to compete. This is the same course that would be used for the section finals. The daily workouts seemed to be getting easier, more speed was emphasized and diet and rest were taking center stage.
College testing was over, everyone was healthy, and it felt as if the season was on the up swing. On, November 13, the Central Coast Section had it Division 1 Subsection qualifying and the team responded with wonderful race. The team ran in heat number two and when they topped the first major hill, 6 of the runners were in the top portion of the race.
At the finish, the Bells went one through five and scored a perfect 15 points. Before the race, I asked the runners to be conservative in the race and no one followed the directive. Good athletes have a hard time running below their potential. Eight days later the team was ready to run in the section finals. The most nervous person on the course was the head coach.
The team did their usual warm up and went to the starting line with confidence knowing that if they ran like they did a week ago, the race would be in their pocket. The race was a mirror image of the subsection and the finals results had the Bells again winning with 15 points.
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As one newspaper reported, the only way to stop this squad was if the bus that they were on crashed on the way to the meet. Prior to the meet, the team met for reflection on what they had accomplished that season at the statue of Fr. Junipero Serra on the freeway named after him interstate and bonded once again prior to competition. The race concluded, the awards were given out and two of the happiest runners on the course were Ian Champeny and Torre Pena.
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Both runners were completing their fourth consecutive section title and were headed to the state meet. Ian was the section champion and Torre still holds the school record for the course. Sac the team started to realize its possibilities for both winning CIF and placing high at the State Meet. What really impressed me at this point is the total confidence of our young athletes. I think a coach can do a lot to motivate their athletes, yet it amazed me what affect the young leadership brought to a group of returning athletes.
Everybody was caught up in the highly positive, hard working attitude of athletes like Deena Drossin, Tiffany York, and Bryan Dameworth.