By Aaron Valdez
The scorching conditions this summer have most people opting to remain indoors with their air conditions on full blast.
However, the Apaches of the Arcadia cross country team have already begun training as the new season looms on the horizon.
This year, the Apaches’ ship will be guided by former assistant coach Chris Lee, who replaced Michael Feraco as head coach. As a 2013 Arcadia High School graduate himself, Lee was assistant coach under Feraco for his time as a college undergrad but spent last season as the head coach at North Torrance High School.
Lee said he was ecstatic when the opportunity of a head coaching position presented itself at his alma mater and he is ready to persevere the program’s longstanding traditions.
“We graduated a lot of kid on both sides (boys and girls) but our focus has never really changed,” Lee said. “We’re all about keeping that level of consistency and excellence and try to represent the school and the community well.”
As of now, the Apaches are training six times a week and have a handful of players that are primed to have a stellar season. Most notably, Joyce Wu, who is one of only seven varsity starters to return to the team, is beginning to establish herself as one of the team’s leader and will be someone to watch out for in the fall.