Venerable Petaluma High School track coach Doug Johnson chided me recently for knowing very little about the sport of cross country. The architect of a strong Trojan program began to cite winning times and great seasons of the past.
In an effort to fire off an intelligent comeback, I countered by saying, “Just one minute here. I know all about the McFarland runners.” It caught his attention and I regained a measure of respect. Johnson, too, recalled some of the exploits of the Cougar cross country team.