We hear from Trinity Prebyterian Boys Head Coach Josh Jenkins about his returning squad.
1. How many years have you been coaching high school cross country (and at your current school)?
5 at Trinity only
2. What do you attribute as the main reasons for the success of your program?
Athletes collectively buying into the program and putting in the effort to achieve goals.
3. What would be the best way to describe your style and philosophy of coaching and working with high school runners?
Very calm, laid back style. I think it's important to set goals so you know where you're going, and taking the steps necessary to get there.
4. What are your core beliefs in your training plan and workouts for your cross country squads?
Consistency is very important. Strength is speed.
5. How many runners do you return from your top 7 from a year ago?
6. Who is your projected top 7 heading into the cross country season?
Charlie Lott, Gray Rutland, Tim Hornsby, Mat Mathison, Dean Herndon, Garrett Flowers, Jon Paul Tankersley.
7. Who are your team captains or leaders and what stands out about them as examples for the rest of their teammates?
Charlie Lott, vocal in practice, encourages the young and new runners.
Gray Rutland, brings intensity and enthusiasm to practice.
8. Who have you been most impressed or surprised with their improvement and/or fitness from their summer training?
Dean Herndon, Garrett Flowers.
9. Any impactful freshmen or transfers to join the team this season?
Josh Hixon, John Robert Chandler
10. What are the top invitational meets that your team will be attending this season?
AT&T Starrs Mill.
11. What will be the biggest obstacle or challenge facing your team this season?
Mindset of reloading, not rebuilding.
12. What will be the biggest reason why your team is successful this season?
Doing the little things.
13. What is a favorite annual or common pre-season workout or run for your team?
14. What is a favorite annual or common mid-season workout for your team?
15. What is a favorite annual or common championship season or end-of-season workout for your team?
Long reps to test fitness and build confidence.
16. What are your top 3 goals for this year's squad?
1. Glorify God with our attitudes and efforts.
2. See the lessons learned from running in other areas of their lives.
3. Beat last year's team average.