In 17 years of coaching cross country at University High School, Jim Tracy had won seven state championships, the most in California history.
As his team started its quest for an eighth title, Tracy was diagnosed with ALS — Lou Gehrig’s Disease — an incurable and fatal condition that causes muscles to gradually shut down. The girls on the team were devastated, but motivated by their coach, who chose to stay on and lead them through the season.
Before November’s state championship meet, captain Holland Reynolds rallied the squad with the phrase “Let’s do it for Jim.”
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” will profile how each runner did something remarkable, hoping to send Tracy out as a winner one last time. The segment will air Sunday at 6 a.m. and re-air on “SportsCenter” later that day.