Going The Distance
October 30, 2010
By Jack Beverly
Class of 2013
For the first time in more than three decades, OVS will host the Condor League cross country championship.
Set to take place Nov. 3 at 3 p.m., the meet will be held on the “Pi Course” that circles the OVS Upper Campus. The team will compete against Condor League rivals including Thacher, Midland and Cate schools.
Although the competition will be tough, the OVS runners and coach have high expectations for the team.
“I am thrilled that we are having it here,” said cross-country coach Fred Alvarez of the league meet, which was last held at OVS in 1978. “I like the idea that the athletes can run on home soil.”
The team consists of thirteen tough runners, who train an average of 4 to 6 miles each day.
One of the team’s star runners, sophomore captain Louis Medel, has proven himself to be a standout on the OVS running team.
Running “was difficult at first,” said Louis, “but it got easier the more I ran.”
When asked why he enjoys running, Louis joked: “Because I’m good at it. But it also challenges you both physically and mentally.”
In order to train for the OVS meet, Louis participated in several training camps over summer, including one with renowned running coach Jenny Kenyon. While the workouts were strenuous, Louis did all that was asked with an eye toward this year’s Condor League championship.
“I think we should do well,” Louis said.