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Preview: Salt River High School, Junior High Cross Country

SRJH Cross Country athletes participate in practice.

Q&A With SRHS Cross Country Coach Kino Reed

What do you hope to accomplish this season?

It is my hope that we can work with individual runners to improve throughout the season so that they are peaking in terms of performance at the end of the season.

What type of message do you hope your athletes take away from your coaching?

It is my hope that kids leave the program with a sense of accomplishment and realizing their potential and power. It takes a unique strength to be a cross country runner.

What is your philosophy of coaching and its relationship to education?

My attempt is to be mindful and aware of the multiple ways to reach students, and many times making that connection is through sports and extracurricular activities.

Why is it important for students to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports?

Being involved helps to create deeper connections and allows for personal growth that you might not otherwise see in the classroom.

What message would you want to share with parents, fans and Community members interested in following your team?

We hope to represent the Community well in every way possible and hope to see you out there at our events.

Q&A With SRJH Cross Country Coach Simon Smith

What do you hope to accomplish this season?

It is my hope that we are a welcoming place for kids to who want to run cross country to learn about the sport and to enjoy being a part of a team.

What type of message do you hope your athletes take away from your coaching?

That they learn to make friends and have fun learning about cross country running.

What is your philosophy of coaching and its relationship to education?

That running and the hard work it takes to do this sport are very special and that they are very brave and strong if they are able to do the sport. Not everyone can wake up at 5 a.m. on a Saturday to go to a meet in the hot weather and run. I have always been impressed by the kids who come out here every day and do what it takes to be a part of our team.

Why is it important for students to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports?

After a long, hard day in school, you are able to go outside and do something you enjoy. It helps with grades and [keeps students] on track in the classroom and gives them an opportunity to meet new friends and have new experiences.

What message would you want to share with parents, fans and Community members interested in following your team?

This is where you get to see runners emerge and become the future of the sport. Watching them from when they are this young becomes even more special when you see them when they are older and in high school running for the team.

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2017 Salt River Junior High (JH) and High School (HS) Cross Country Schedule
Date Location
Sept. 9 8 a.m.: Carden Classic, Gladden Farms Community Park, Marana
Sept. 16 Race to Paradise, Asante Community Park, Surprise (JH only)
Sept. 21 TAA Invited #1, site TBA (HS only)
Sept. 23 Charger Classic, site TBA (JH only)
Oct. 5 Jones-Gordon, Scottsdale Sports Complex (HS only)
Oct. 7 Mesa Community College Thunderbird Classic
Oct. 14 Guardian Invite, Skunk Creek Wash
Oct. 19 TAA Invite #2, site TBA (HS only)
Oct. 21 CAA Regional Meet, site TBA
Oct. 26 Jones-Gordon, Scottsdale Sports Complex (HS only)
Nov. 4 CAA State Championships, Tres Rios Golf Course