Parker, Alexander reignite FHS cross country program


he Fremont Tigers have put cross country back on track this season.

Basketball coach Scot Alexander, who is now a physical education teacher at Fremont, was in charge of the cross country team along with Spanish teacher Nicholas Parker.

The school had not had the sport since former coach Paul Coover left the school four years ago.

“Cross country is going fantastic, and I’m glad to see how many kids joined and are running with us,” said Parker early in the season.

The team consisted of 9 males and 4 females.

Alexander and Parker brought cross country back to Fremont for several reasons. They wanted to give students a way of staying in shape and a way to prepare them for another sport.

Senior Stephanie Valencia gave her reasons for joining.

“I like it because I enjoy running, and it is also a requirement to join girls soccer,” said Valencia.

In addition to being a requirement for girls soccer, all basketball players were required to run on the cross country team if they were not on the football team.

The most popular trail for the team was running up High Street. However, a few times the team took a bus to Joaquin Miller Regional Park.

“I like the trails we’re running because it’s a good distance for the kids,“ said Parker.

Several of the runners placed high in the meets. Sophomore Emmanuel Ruiz Cruz and Eduardo Valdes Garcia placed in the top five in their first race on Oct. 15. Valdes Garcia and Damaso Calmo also placed second and third respectively.