Oakland Catholic Cross-Country Team Running Strong

Grace Doerfler ‘18, Staff Writer

The Oakland Catholic cross-country team members, under coach George Rudolph’s tutelage, sprinted into the new season with plenty of summer training under their belts. George ran practices three times a week during summer, including a long run every Sunday evening. Once the school year commenced, the schedule transformed into a grueling Monday through Thursday routine. With guidance from George and assistant coach Molly Goldcamp, the team completed workouts that involved the weight room, the trails of Schenley Park, or hill repeats. Molly often had the girls churning out sit-ups and push-ups before practice – and then there’s the running. Despite this exhausting training regimen, the team loves the coaches. Senior Makenzie Zeh says, “Molly and George are the greatest coaches a girl could ever have. They have dedication and perseverance to make us better runners. But the best asset they give to us as coaches is the ability to believe in us and believe that we can run our best every single race.”

The team has already met with success this season at McDowell Invitational, Red, White, and Blue, and Altoona Invitational. The strong varsity team far outpaced the other Catholic teams at Red, White, and Blue –– a huge invitational with more than 80 teams –– and placed 8th amongst AAA teams, an amazing accomplishment. JV has also done well, with first-place team finishes at McDowell and Altoona and individual winners at both.

Though some races are too far to spectate, the OC Eagles would love your support through the season as they hope to have more success thanks to hard training. Home meets are at Schenley Park, which is within walking distance from school. Good luck with the rest of the season, team!