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Congratulations to all of the Cheetahs who participated in the 2022 cross country season. We enjoyed seeing the athletes improve and reach their goals. The season concluded with a very successful postseason campaign for the 15 Cheetahs athletes who competed with our conference-wide team, the California Comets, at USATF Nationals in College Station, TX. A total of 9 Comets teams advanced through the qualifying rounds to earn their places on the start line with the best teams in the country, notching 6 top-10 finishes by the day's end. The Girls 8U team (which featured 3 Cheetahs athletes) emerged as the 2022 national champions, while the Boys 8U team and the Boys 9-10 team took home second and third place, respectively.
The sport’s origins date back to early 19th century England, when students played a game called “hunt the hare"—also known as a "hare and hound run"—in which one or two boys, or the “hares,” would get a head start and lay a trail of shredded paper. A few minutes later, a larger group—the “hounds”—would follow in hot pursuit across miles of boggy English countryside. The object was to catch the hares before they reached a predetermined location.