San Francisco cross-country team keeps on winning 

Jim Tracy, the University High School girls’ cross-country coach, and his team were given the National Federation of State High School Associations Spirit of Sport award for Section 7 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah).

How does it feel to be honored with this award? Throughout the season, the team worked very hard every day. We were seen and recognized as real competitors.

University has won eight state championships, six under your tutelage. What does that mean to you? Actually, I had a hand in all eight, to tell you the truth. I was co-head coach for the first two. I once asked, “Why didn’t they win before I got there?” They said, “I guess we needed help’” [laughs].

You were diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in June. How did your team react? It wasn’t until September when I initially revealed the news to them. I told them that the season is about them. They said they were going to dedicate the season to me ... and I appreciated that.

How likely is a ninth title? Well, if all of the girls on team stay healthy, I think we’ll be the favorites.

aterrazas@sfexaminer.com

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