27 Nov '13, 4pm

Big high school cross country teams are thriving,

Big high school cross country teams are thriving,

Rothenberger can spot talent in middle-of-the-pack athletes. "You will see physically immature runners show potential, just enough athleticism that will allow them, with a few years of consistent training, to work up to varsity," he explains. He has found that girls, in particular, may need extra encouragement to progress from social runners to competitive athletes. "The challenge for us is to help a young person catch the passion to become a competitor," he says. Plenty of Jesuit High School runners who began their high school careers mired in the JV ranks have progressed enough to run varsity, and some have gone on to Division I careers. One '90s alumnus, Rick Cantwell, ran a 5K in 19:57 as a freshman and improved to 15:16 by his senior year before running for the University of Oregon.

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