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RCHS cross country coach celebrates ten years with team at state championship

RCHS Jaguars cross country boys varsity team members (from left to right): Jacob Blackburn, J.D. Gordon, Seth Huber, Andy Tinlin, E.J. Katsoulas, Conner Skoglund, Max Will, Lucas West, and Gabe Tauber (bottom).

By Elizabeth Wood West; photos courtesy of Penny Jordan

As Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, Cross Country Head Coach/Assistant Track Coach and Counselor Dan Davies has not given much thought to this ten-year landmark in his career with the school. Davies has been too busy working with his team, preparing them for competition at the 2012 Cross Country State Championship. Davies, a seasoned distance runner himself, knows the commitment, discipline, and hard work required to earn the right to compete at a cross country state championship.

Davies ran cross country and track for CU in Boulder during his college years and competed in other distance running venues. According to good friend and RCHS Assistant Cross Country Coach Alan Lind, Davies ran a personal best at the Twin Cities Marathon with a time of 2:25:25 (5:33/mile pace). Davies eventually transitioned from competitor to coach and counselor, and has worked in education for years. Davies has an uncanny knack for remembering all his athletes and can recall their personal race times and unique running styles, as well as the cross country meets his teams have attended, including the meet’s course characteristics and overall results. His love for working with kids is reciprocated by devoted current and alumni students alike.

Davies founded RCHS’s cross country program in 2003, competing in the 3A division. The girls varsity team qualified for the state championship in 2004 and has qualified a total of eight times to date.

The boys varsity team qualified for the state championship in 2005 and each year since, including this year. RCHS became a 5A division school in 2010, moving their athletes into the most competitive level of high school sports. Congratulations to Coach Davies and his Jaguars – ten years running strong!

RCHS Cross Country Head Coach and Counselor Dan Davies.

RCHS Jaguars cross country girls varsity team members (from left to right): Nicole Jordan, Amy Arbuckle, Sophia Katsoulas, Cassandra Hardy, Savannah Johnston, Sidney Fleecs, Phoebe Schneider, Gabby Alcala, Megan Cooney, and Casey Stazick.

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