It is always a goal that the primary lesson learned in cross country can be applied to all our lives: that hard work and dedication are the surest ways to success and fulfillment.”
—Kimo Higgins, head coach
Having your head in the clouds isn’t such a bad thing if you’re on the HPA cross country team. With the benefit of training on one of the most challenging cross country courses in the state at a high elevation (2,670 feet above sea level) with hilly terrain, the program has captured a dozen state titles—seven for the boys and five for the girls.
The HPA program strives to make good runners great. However, coaches are well aware that in a school of our small size, cross country may not be an athlete’s primary sport. In fact, our varsity teams last year featured a state champion swimmer and handfuls of state champion soccer players.
Coaches promise to do their best in maximizing every athlete’s fitness, strength, and speed for whatever athletic challenges await them in the future. Furthermore, they are perfectly willing to work with runners who have legitimate cross-training commitments such as club soccer or club swimming.
“Do not say, ‘I’m not a long distance runner so I can’t do cross country,’” girls head coach Kimo Higgins urges. “You might surprise yourself.”
BIIF: 2016, 2015, 2014, ’13, ’12, ’11, ’10, ’09, ’08
Recent player accolades
Maile Lawson, sixth overall at BIIF Championships
Jordan Perry, fifth overall at BIIF Championships