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Coach's Message

Notre Dame Cross Country is family of student athletes, coaches, parents and alumni who all work together towards a common goal. The Running Knights’ program has developed significantly over the past few years because of a supportive team framework and the commitment of all involved. Our slogan is “There is no substitution for dedication.” Cross country is the fastest growing high school sport in America largely because anyone who wants to run and compete can! There is a place for any runner regardless of ability and we welcome everyone. It helps that we are very competitive in one of the toughest conferences in Southern California and are competing at a State level.

Our mission is to develop each runner to the best of their ability as an individual, student and athlete.  We practice at Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, Balboa Park, on the track at ND, and at the Victory Trail Head on Saturdays, where many parents join us by taking long walks on the beautiful trails on Ahmanson Ranch.  Our races are primary at Crescenta Valley Park, and Mt. Sac College in Walnut. The State Championships are held at Woodwark Park in Fresno in late November.  Every week an e-mail of the team’s schedule and our activities is sent out to all in our family. We are looking forward to a great season.

NDXC is going to be a lot of fun!

Coach Jon Sutherland


The Running Knights (nicknamed NDXC) have high hopes going into the fall 2015 cross country season. The boys squad made it to CIF Finals in 2014 and are led by returning letterman Kristian Ruegg, Brennan Lagerstrom (1st team All-Mission League), Enzo Wright, Alex Tovar, and Ryan Armstrong. The girl's team finished second in the tough Mission League and qualified for CIF for an unprecedented ninth year in a row. Freshman Mariah Moro advanced as an individual to CIF Finals and finished 19th. Returning for the '15 season are school record holder Audrey Ellias who missed the 2014 season due to injury, 1st Team all Mission League runners Mariah Moro, Elizabeth Coda, and Juliette Fedoroff.

The NDXC team goal is to make the CIF State Championships with both the boys and girls teams. "I believe 2015 will be our best chance," Coach Jon Sutherland said. "We have a boy’s team coming off a strong season and the most talented girl’s team ever."

In the past nine years the boys have qualified for the State Meet twice (10th in 2009 and 4th in 2010) and the girl’s team made it for the first time in ND history (10th 2012). The boys have produced three first team All-State Runners, Charles Maginnis V (5th in 2007), Will Conway (CIF Champion and 3rd at State in 2010) and Matt Bloch (5th in 2011).

The Running Knights have a very competitive schedule racing at the Stanford Invitational, Mt. Sac, Cal Poly SLO Invite, the Mission League Meet, and hopefully the CIF and State Championships.

Over the years the JV teams have grown and become very competitive and have developed many runners into varsity competitors.

“My goal,” Coach Sutherland said,” as a coach is to provide and positive quality experience for all involved, the student athletes, parents, alumni, the athletic department, and friends. Together we can achieve our goals.”

The 2015 team captains are Elizabeth Coda and Juliette Fedoroff for the girls with Enzo Wright and Kristian Ruegg for the boys in what could be the best season ever in NDXC history. .

Go Running Knights!