Xander Black Runs His Way to Success

By: Tara Dugel, PCDS

Looking for an alternative to traditional club sports?  Distance running and racing has been gaining popularity and momentum across the country, and Xander Black, a 6th grader at Phoenix Country Day School, has definitely been bitten by this running bug!

Xander Black is a member of Go The Distance (GTD), a running club for youth that focuses on cross-country, distance only races on the track, and road races.  He is fairly new to the running scene and started running with GTD about a year ago.  With natural talent, dedication, and previous experience as a soccer player, Xander has excelled in this sport.

Recently, his coach suggested that he register for the 8th Annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet that was held in Casa Grande on October 3, 2014.  It is a prestigious event and one of the largest cross county meets in the Southwest, attracting the best runners from all over the United States.  Xander finished 3rd in his division, a very impressive accomplishment!

What’s next for Xander?  He is diligently training and plans to participate in the upcoming state competition on November 15, 2014.  If he places in the top 20 in this event, he will qualify for and move on to regionals.  Similarly, if he places in the top 20 at regionals, he will qualify to compete in nationals, the crowning event hosted and sanctioned by USA Track and Field.  Good luck Xander…you can go the distance!




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