November 25, 2023 Girls Finish 2nd to Inspired Cathedral Catholic Squad; Boys End Season 15th
For the 5th consecutive season, the Campolindo varsity girls ascended the podium at the California state cross country championships to complete their 2023 season. Shea Volkmer (24) continued as the squad's top performer, finishing 3rd overall in a personal record of 17:41 for the Woodward Park 5k course. The time is now 3rd best in school history.
Daisy Penney (24) contributed her very best career performance to finish 2nd for her team and 17th overall, crossing the line in 18:31. Meanwhile, freshman Amalia Contreras (27) assumed the #3 scoring position for the Cougars for the 1st time, helping the squad stay in contention.
In the end, the girls' team finished just 9 points behind Cathedral Catholic of the San Diego Section to earn runner-up status in Division 3.
The boys had a tough time against the fastest field in Division 3 history. Bright spots included Cale Anderson's (24) 1st time finishing as the squad's #1 scorer in a career best for 5k. The senior's 15:58 clocking was good enough for 37th place and moves him to 21st on the all-time school record list.
Clark Gregory (27) continued his post-season prowess to finish 82nd in the race as the Cougars' #2 scorer. With just 3 finishers among the top 100, Campolindo fell to 15th in the team standings.
November 22, 2023 Varsity Post-Season Squads Tackle Race-Pace Intervals ahead of CIF State Meet
Varsity athletes convened in Bob Wilson Stadium for a morning session of 400m, 1200m, 3 x 800m, 400m intervals as a final tune up before the 2023 cross country state championships.
November 18, 2023 Girls Claim 20th NCS Title; Gregory Leads Boys to 2nd with Top Freshman Time
In the penultimate race of a wet and muddy North Coast Section championship schedule at Hayward High School, Clark Gregory (27) continued his improbably climb into the elite ranks of a sport he only picked up a handful of months prior. In fact, Gregory's 3rd-place individual finish played a huge part in keeping his squad in contention in the team scoring and was the top time turned in by a freshman across all 5 divisions.
November 11, 2023 Varsity Athletes Preview NCS Course with Mystery Fartlek Workout, Burrito Bonding
Campolindo varsity cross country athletes previewed the North Coast Section Championship course at Hayward High School on Saturday, November 11, completing a mystery Fartlek workout before the obligatory stop in Montclair for burritos (or tacos?).
The Cougars will return to the site on November 18 to compete in the state-championship qualifying event.
November 4, 2023 Mats Cap Boys' Undefeated Streak at 15 Years; Cougars Claim 5 of 6 League Titles
While the Campolindo varsity boys did not go down without a fight, they were finally beaten at Saturday's Diablo Athletic League championships, ending a 15-year perfect run. Fittingly, the Cougars were finally bested by their cross-town rivals from Miramonte, who had come within the narrowest of margins to such an outcome just 2 weeks earlier at the final center meet of the league season.
October 25, 2023 Volkmer Sets 10:29.10 Stadium Record at Annual Mid-Season 3200m Invitational
The magic of Bob Wilson Stadium was on display at Wednesday evening's Mid-Season Mania 3200m Invitational as 23 Cougar harriers raced to career best performance for the 8-lap tour around the oval. Topping the girls' field was Shea Volkmer (24), who turned in a time for the ages, eclipsing the 10:30 mark to take down the previous stadium record set by Acalanes' Olivia Williams in 2022.
October 18, 2023 Anderson Provides Tight Pack Margin as Boys Hold off Matts with Tie-Breaker Win
In what amounted to a dual meet face off between the undefeated Cougar harriers and the rapidly improving challengers from Miramonte, the final cross country meet of the 2023 regular season will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come.
October 13, 2023 De La Cruz Races to Huge PR, Helps Boys Finish 3rd at Rough Rider; Girls Win Again
Helping the varsity boys to their best team performance of the season, Cody De La Cruz (26) managed to beat his previous course record by nearly 3 minutes as the Cougars finished 3rd in the large-school division of the Rough Rider Invitational hosted by Lincoln High School in Fresno's Woodward Park.
Humboldt Distance Running Camp: This legendary week-long summer workshop is hosted on the CalPoly-Humboldt University campus and provides an opportunity for athletes to learn from some of the top coaches and elite athletes in the sport today, all while enjoying the most spectacularly beautiful running trails in the world.
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Cougar Cross Country stands in solidarity with BLM against racial injustice. We are committed to equity work on our campus and in our community. Our athletes and coaches are actively engaged in these efforts both through regular team discussions, presentations and service projects, and in collaboration with Positive Coaching Alliance educational workshops and the campus-wide Diversity & Inclusion project.
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