Preston Norris, senior at Las Lomas, originally committed to Cal Berkeley to run track and cross country but is now officially committed to Colorado State. He runs the 1600, 3200, and the 5k events. One of the main reasons Norris decommitted from Cal and committed to Colorado State was that “there was a change in the coaching; the coaches are retiring.”
Tony Sandoval is retiring from being apart of the track and field crew after 37 years. Sandoval has coached multiple national champions and Olympians throughout his career at Cal. “It’s been an honor and pleasure to coach and mentor at the University of California, Berkeley,” Sandoval said. “I have proudly watched young athletes persevere through adversity to become fine men and women who graduate and begin successful careers. I’m thankful for the outstanding friendship and professionalism from some truly outstanding administrators, staff, and track & field assistant coaches, both as a head coach and as a fellow assistant.”
Brian Bedard, head coach at Colorado State is currently in his 31st season coaching. In beginning of the 2017-18 season, Colorado State’s men were ranked number 6 nationally, which was their best ranking in program history. They ended the season placing ninth in the USTFCCCA, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Bedard has been coaching at Colorado State since Fall of 1988. He was named Women’s Midwest Region Head Coach of the Year in 2013 by the USTFCCCA. In addition to the great coaching staff at Colorado State, the environment and facilities at CSU are amazing. CSU just finished the two year long process of updating and remodeling their track and field. Coach Bedard says, “This is the best facility in the region; there’s nothing like it in the area. It was a long, sometimes-frustrating process, but the finished product is great.”
Preston also considered that Colorado is more rural than Berkley. “Colorado has a lot more places to just be free on your own, more nature, and mountains. It’s really beautiful there and I guess Cal is more city [urban], so it’s just kind of preference.”
Also, the altitude of 5,003 ft is great for training. When training at higher altitudes the body produces extra red blood cells, which then aids to giving more oxygen to the bodies muscles. So when racing and running at lower altitudes one will have more endurance and better oxygen flow. Norris is excited about this opportunity and despite the last minute swap, feels confident in his decision. Las Lomas will be losing an amazing athlete as Preston Norris goes off CSU but everyone is proud to see him go.