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Interested Athletes

Students interested in joining the 2024 Cross Country Team please fill out the form:

https://forms.gle/rqswes7VjAgxTctWA  


Incoming freshman:

In order to make the team, incoming freshmen and students who attended information day in the spring must be present for summer training. Consistent training over the summer shows dedication and commitment to the program.  


Student Evaluations will be offered in the fall: Athletes who do not show up to summer training will have a harder time making the team than those who do. 


About Taft Cross Country

Taft Cross Country takes part in the Fall Semester. The team competes in 3-mile courses, and most of the races are down the street at Pierce College which is a convenient training location for the team. Athletes start with base training (starting from running 4-8 miles and capping miles from 10-14 a day) from June to August. September-November is competition season, where we lower the mileage and pick up the speed. 


During the summer, we encourage athletes to meet up for team practices 3-4 days a week in June and 5-6 days in July. Practices take place in the morning to beat the heat and meetups range all around local parks and trails. New athletes who have shown consistent running and are capable of keeping up with the team will be invited to our training camp at Mammoth Lakes in late July.

 

During the school term, student-athletes practice during 6th period and continue on until 5:15 pm. Athletes continue to train 5-6 days a week. In the case of any restricting weather conditions of extreme heat above 104 degrees and lighting conditions nearby, the team attempts to reschedule to morning practices (6 am) or indoor training. 

 

Taft Cross Country Expectations 

 

Complete training for cross country involves running, weight lifting, plyometrics, yoga, and visualization. This program strives to develop the athletes’ bodies as well as their minds. We encourage athletes to take pride in the term “student-athlete”. The team is highly acknowledged for having the highest collective GPA while competing at the Division 1 level.

 

Student athletes please join the Remind app for all communication needs

remind Group 

 

Student Athletes join the strava club app (communicate with coaches first)

https://www.strava.com/clubs/TAFTXCTF 



Recent Taft Toreadors accolades 

  • 2021 Boys and Girls Div 1 LA City Section 7th place
  • 2022 Boys and Girls Div 1 LA City Section 5th place
  • 2022 Liz Sanchez-Tapia 10th overall at LA City Section and a trip to CA state championships
  • 2023 Girls Div 1 LA City Section 4th place
  • 2023 Kennedy Brannon 10th overall at LA City Section and a trip to CA state championships

 

Complete the Paperwork in order to practice and compete

STEP 1

All athletes will now get cleared through https://www.homecampus.com/select-state or scan the QR code on the left.

  • Click on "California"
  • Create an Account
  • Start a new clearance - Make sure to select 'Taft" and the correct year (2023-2024)
  • Then complete ALL sections.

 

Once you complete the athletic clearance you will get emailed a confirmation letter. THIS DOES NOT CLEAR YOU. It simply states that this part of the process is complete.

 

STEP 2

Complete the Pre-participation and Physical Form

 

TURN THEM IN DIRECTLY TO Mr. Loza in B100 or to his mailbox in the Main Office - ORIGINALS ONLY

 

Pre-participation Form Checklist:

 

  1. Fill out completely and EXPLAIN ALL THE "YES" ANSWERS in the space provided or add additional paper if needed.
  2. Make sure it is signed by both the parent/guardian and student-athlete.

 

Physical Form Checklist:

 

  1. Make sure the entire form is filled out and the doctor signs AND stamps the physical.

For the Physical form in English, Click Here.

For the Physical form in Spanish, Click Here.

 

Athletic Packet PDF.pdf 

Physical paperwork English_Spanish_pdf.pdf 

About Taft Cross Country

Taft Cross Country takes part in the Fall Semester. The team competes in 3 mile courses, and most of the races are down the street at Pierce College which is a convenient training location for the team. Athletes start with base training (starting from running 4-8 miles and capping miles from 10-14 a day) from June-August. September-November is competition season, where we lower the mileage and pick up the speed.
During the summer, we encourage athletes to meet up for team practices 3-4 days a week in June and 5-6 days in July. Practices take place in the morning to beat the heat and meetups range all around local parks and trails. New athletes who have shown consistent running and are capable of keeping up with the team will be invited to our training camp at Mammoth Lakes in late July
 
During the school term, student athletes practice during 6th period and continue on until 5:15pm. Athletes continue to train 5-6 days a week. In the case of any restricting weather conditions of extreme heat above 104 degrees and lighting conditions nearby, the team attempts to reschedule to morning practices (6am) or indoor training.
 
 
Taft Cross Country Expectations
Complete training for cross country involves running, weight lifting, plyometrics, yoga, and visualization. This program strives to develop the athletes’ bodies as well as their minds. We encourage athletes to take pride in the term “student athlete”. The team is highly acknowledged for having the highest collective GPA while competing in the Division 1 level. 
Student athletes please join the Remind app for all communication needs
https://www.remind.com/join/thsxc23
Student Athletes join the strava club app (communicate with coaches first)
https://www.strava.com/clubs/TAFTXCTF
 
 
Recent Taft Toreadors Accolades
2021 Boys and Girls Div 1 LA City Section 7th place
2022 Boys and Girls Div 1 LA City Section 5th place
2022 Liz Sanchez 10th overall at LA City Section and trip to CA state Championships