Albert Caruana on XC State Titles, 4x8 Relay

Albert Caruana's boys and girls cross country teams at Crystal Springs Uplands School in the Central Coast Section won both titles in Division V at the CIF-State Championships in late November, a first in any sport at CSUS and the only program to sweep the titles this XC season.

We chat with the esteemed Coach Caruana - also a longtime contributor to MileSplit - about this past cross country season and his team's amazing accomplishment. We also talk track and 49ers football in this zoom interview. 


0:00 - Introduction

0:16 - CSU Wins Both XC Titles at State

1:00 - Thoughts on that accomplishement

2:30 - Many years of going to the State Meet ... a lot went right

3:08 - Unsure of having a girls XC team in the fall

4:00 - From nothing to something special

5:30 - Strong returning girls group

6:20 - Boys have won eight straight CCS titles

8:30 - Returning boys group

8:55 - Bottling '22 success for the future

10:30 - Thoughts on the addition of the 4x800 meter relay to the CIF-State Meet event schedule

12:10 - How will State 4x8 qualifiers be determined in the CCS

13:30 - One sad part about the addition of the 4x8

14:00 - Any negatives about adding another event

15:01 - Nice to have another distance event at the State Meet

15:35 - In-season invites adding the 4x8

16:30 - On TF season at CSUS and CCS

18:01 - Strategy of loading up on the 4x8

18:22 - Coaching flexibility - Track is a long season

19:55 - Event progression and the 300m Hurdles

20:35 - Specialized technical events

22:10 - On the SF 49ers heading into the NFC title game.