Sheron Farner has coached cross country in the Portland area for more than 30 years, but it had been nearly 20 years since she took her team to a cross country camp.
"The boys made it to state for the first time last year in a long time and most of those boys are coming back this year, so they wanted to get together and really kick off this year with a strong commitment level," said Farner, who is entering her 13th season at Molalla High School.
The Molalla cross country team spent July 22-26 in Central Oregon, renting a house in La Pine.
Over the five days, Farner said the Indians ran between 20 and 25 miles on trails at Paulina Lake and Pilot Butte in Bend as well as La Pine State Park.
"We talked about how to commit to the team and what our team goals are and our individual goals are," Farner said. "It was a way to kick us off in the right direction."
Along with running, Molalla also floated down the Deschutes River and searched for hot springs.
"We just had fun together," Farner said. "It was a good time to get together and work together as a team."
Starting Aug. 6, the Indians began meeting twice a week in the mornings at Molalla High School to take field trips to run in Portland parks like Forest Park, Mt. Tabor and Tryon Creek.
"There's a lot of great places they can go run and they don't get the opportunity, so I like to take that time in the summer if we can," Farner said. "We do so much running in Molalla when cross country season starts, I like to get them out and about."
Official fall practice starts Aug. 19. Molalla's first cross country meet is Aug. 29 at Lakeridge High School.
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