Harriers Build Base in Humboldt

Shea Danforth and Grace Deskin, Staff Writers

Members of the Cougar cross country team attended the Humboldt State Running Camp from July 28 to August 2.

Campolindo was one of several local schools at the camp.  Other programs included Monta Vista, Crondelette, College Park, Acalanes, and Dublin High.

Athletes paid a $550 fee to attend the week long camp.

The week included intense physical training, skill workshops, classroom seminars and lectures. Campolindo coach, Chuck Woolridge, said, “They learned about nutrition, race strategies, sports psychology, and general skills for healthy lifestyles.”

Woolridge added, “Any time you can have an intensive week without distractions of school, family, and social life, it can be a powerful experience and a positive step to help the athletes reach the next level in their sport.”

According to the 20 year coaching veteran, camp can also help build morale and develop a better attitude towards the sport. “For a lot of the younger athletes there was a definite growth of confidence as well as the enthusiasm,” he explained.

There were coaches from high school and college, as well as elite athletes, teaching the kids. According to Woolridge, “The opportunity to share information, learn from experienced coaches, and see first hand demonstrations of skills is a great experience.”

With a total of 175 kids, the camp brought a great sense of competition to the runners. Returning state champion and Campolindo team captain, Aidan Goltra said, “Campolindo was probably the fastest school there, with Dublin close behind.”

Goltra said, “It was easy to meet new people at the camp. I had a lot of fun.”

Goltra hopes to defend his state title and  help his team win NCS.

Humboldt was an opportunity to bond, according to senior captain Haley Shipway. “Everyone rooms with people on the team and we had lots of free time to hang out,” she explained.

Even after her 3rd year attending, Shipway believes there is always something new to be learned.  She said, “Its a lot of information that you don’t realize until someone tells you.”