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Bulldogs talk journey amid pandemic

Gridley High's cross country team is taking its mark and getting ready for the upcoming season.

Posted: Aug 24, 2020 6:38 PM

GRIDLEY, Calif. -- Gridley’s cross country team is taking its mark and getting ready for the upcoming season. One that may not even take place.

Action News Now’s Sports Director Vanessa Romo spoke to the Bulldogs on their journey to this season.

“It would mean a lot to me,” said senior Damian Mendoza. “It’s one of those things that I do on my free time and I plan to go to college so if I get a scholarship for running that would be amazing, that’d be awesome.”

Mendoza started running six years ago as a way to lose weight, but he ended up gaining a Bulldog squad. He is the captain.

“They’re always there, always supportive,” said Mendoza. “Just everything you want. They’re like my little family.”

Many Bulldogs say it’s a family they can always run to.

"I could just be free with all the outside problems and what happened in the past, it doesn’t really affect me because they’re all super supportive,” said Brian Brown.

Brown is an incoming freshman. He lost his home to the Camp Fire and his mother a year before. He found comfort within his cross country and basketball team. Now, he excels in the sports.

“I feel better when I run and if I am not active for a while, I don’t feel good,” said incoming freshman Sidney Allard. “If I run a lot I just feel emotionally lifted.”

Every runner is pushing themselves this season.

Sophomore Emmanuel Martinez runs a mile and a half to practice and back every day. He hopes the pandemic doesn’t make his hard work all for nothing.

“I would be super upset and it’s frustrating because I have been practicing for a bit and trying my hardest and I am scared to lose all that hard work,” said Martinez. Right now it feels good to practice so I am happy.”

The Bulldogs stopped practiced due to the bad air quality. It is unknown if they will have a season in the fall or spring.

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