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The amount of teams that are actually able to compete during the COVID-19 pandemic is very limited, but the Dublin cross country program is one of the few that can. It is safe to say that they are taking full advantage of the season that they are able to have. The team has posted some impressive times to start off the season.
On Feb. 13th, Dublin took part in a meet that also involved California, Granada and Livermore. In the boys varsity race, Dublin was able to take six of the top nine spots. On the girls side, it had two of the top nine finishers.
During this meet, junior Daniel Trampe took the first place spot with a time of 15:14. Close behind him were junior brothers Cole and Joshua Turpin, with Cole finishing in third place with a time of 15:36 and Joshua came in fourth clocking in at 15:44.
In the girls varsity race, junior Maia Marquez was the first finisher for Dublin. She came in fifth place and clocked in at 18:40. Dublin’s next finisher was sophomore Medha Gowda, who came in ninth place with a time of 20:04.
For a long time, Dublin has had a very strong cross country program. Head coach Chris Williams attributes a lot of the program’s success to the accountability aspect of the team. Williams makes sure that his runners are showing up to every practice on time, with something in mind that they want to work on.
“I asked the kids, ‘Are you okay with getting a D in a class?’” Williams said. “If you are showing up to three of the five practices a week, that is 60%. That is a D”
Williams also attributes his runner’s growth over the pandemic to the accountability of the program. During the quarantine there was a lot of downtime, but the Dublin cross country runners took advantage of this time to grow on their own.
Dublin has been a force in the Northern California cross country world for quite a while now. With many of its runners being juniors or younger, it is inevitable that Dublin will continue to be one of the best cross country programs for years to come.
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