In It For The Long Run
Klamath Union's very own Cross Country team has gone above and beyond their annual racing goals this season with many titles to celebrate.
Ready. Set. Go! This year the Klamath Union Cross Country team has a lot to celebrate. With a great end to their 2018 fall season, the cross-country team was amazingly able to accomplish and win the Warner Pacific Silver division title against 20 teams from around the Pacific Northwest, the District title, 1st place at the Rogue River Invitational, and 2nd place at a meet in Northern California among other winnings. Another amazing accomplishment? The girls’ team won 1st place in the state for academics with a 3.93 overall GPA while the boys' team placed 2nd with an overall GPA of 3.92.
How did the running team composed of 10 girls and 18 boys accomplish such an incredible feat? Students like Tanner Rose attribute their successes to their coach, Rob Coffman. Coffman, who is also the Economics and American History teacher at KU, won Coach of the Year at the Skyline Conference earlier this month for the third time in his career.
Rose who has been participating in Cross Country since the 7th grade says, "If I could think of one word to describe how Mr. Coffman coaches, it would definitely be a kindness. He's never harsh, but always there inspiring us to do our best".
Coffman, who considers himself very competitive, adds that he has such a solid team because of the support he has. “I have three awesome assistants [Rick Morris, Jeannie Landrom and Jay Williams] who are really helpful” shares Coffman.
Coffman attributes his teams' success this year with all the hard work the students have dedicated to practicing, long before the running season started. "Our group spends so much time together, and that really helped us have a strong team, but the students have actually been training since June 4th to prepare for this season. Our successes this year are thanks to how invested they’ve been”.
Walking up at 7 in the morning all throughout the summer and running a minimum of three miles a day, the cross country students ran together to make sure they did their absolute best this year.
Coffman is very proud of his students for their efforts this season, and for creating a strong team. He looks forward to what Track season will bring soon and is excited to start training for his next Cross Country season.