Fremont runner makes it to state

Fremont runner makes it to state

Juan Aguilar runs at the state cross country meet in Fresno.

After seven years, the Fremont cross country team sent one of its runners to the state meet.

Media Academy junior Juan Aguilar ran in the state meet in Fresno on Nov. 26 after placing 8th in the Oakland Athletic League. At the state meet, he ran the mile in 5 minutes, 20 seconds, finishing 201st out of 208.

“It felt good seeing lots of runners with their coaches and family there,” said Aguilar. “I felt nervous because it looked like there was lots of competition. Everybody looked very athletic, and they had a lot of school spirit.”

Aguilar joined the cross country team to condition for his main sport, soccer, and was also a kicker on the Fremont football team this fall. Although he practiced cross country for months, he didn’t realize he was going to make it to state.

“I had a week to train, and I had to practice different things like running for 20 minutes, and special practices in a track course with my coach, Paul Coover,” said Aguilar.

Aguilar said he had a lot of motivation for the state race.

“The support I received was from my family, friends and my coach,” said Aguilar.

Coover hopes that Aguilar will be a role model for other students.

“Juan shows that there’s a lot of potential walking on this campus,” said Coover. “I would really, really like it if he set an example that others wanted to follow.”

Aguilar said he felt the hard work paid off.

“Honestly, I feel proud of myself because I didn’t quit. I kept going, and I had good confidence in myself,” he said.

Aguilar called this year’s meet “a great experience” that showed him what he needs to work on in the summer and he plans to join cross country next year and train for state.

“I know I can do better next year,” he said.