Cross Country Express interviews Steve Reinertsen. Author’s Note added

Branson’s Cross Country coach Steve Reinertsen interviewed by Cross Country Express. See link below for interview.

Author’s Note

I could not help but note that former Branson runners were overlooked in the interview and I feel that these exceptional athletes earned the right to be part of Branson’s cross country history.

I took over the Branson cross country program from Steve when he stepped down in 2008. I had the privilege of working with Branson teachers Kristen Villhauer and Hilary Sturtevant for the next 6 years. The girls did not have a complete team at this time and it was a rebuilding year for the boys’ team but we were able to build up the boys and the girls teams over the next 6 years. Each year we had Branson runners qualify for the State Cross Country Championships and during this time we coached 2 of the best runners in Branson history.

In 2003 Liz Gill placed 4th at the D5 State Championship Meet, at the time this was the highest finish by a Branson male or female cross country runner.  Liz went on to compete at the Dl level at Columbia University.  Liz and her 2006 Columbia Cross Country teammates are being inducted into the Columbia Hall of Fame this weekend. In 2008

Steven Iglehart made Branson history when he finished 2nd at the D5 State Championships running the 5km in 15:32 which is the fastest time by a Branson runner and the highest finish by a Branson male runner.The previous best time of 16:49 was run by Alex Varner in 2002.  Steven also competed at the Dl level for Columbia University.

Hilary and I retired from Branson cross country at the end of the 2008 season due to our increasingly busy schedules. It was difficult for us to leave the Branson program as the boys and girls teams were both thriving at the time.

Sarah Dill took over the program in 2009.  Steve Reinertsen returned to coaching in 2010 with an amazing freshman class led by Julia Maxwell and Anna Harleen.

Linda Gill

Clovis Invitational

Clovis Invitational    Woodward Park   Fresno CA    Sat. Oct. 11

In the Championship Boys Race Andy Ehrenberg of Redwood ran a strong race to finish in 25th place running 15:38.74.

In the Championship Girls Race Redwood’s Glennis Murphy  ran well to place15th in 18:21.99 with her teammate Mary Monda Oewel placing 24th in 18:31.05. The team placed 7th.

Full results

Serra/Crystal Springs Invitational

Serra/Crystal Springs Invitational      Belmont, CA      Sat. Oct. 11        2.95 miles

Tamalpais won the Girls Varsity race led by Kate Miekley in 10th place running 19:33 . She was followed by Bella Amyx in 14th place.

In the Boys Varsity race the San Rafael team placed 2nd and the Drake team placed 3rd. San Rafael was led by Nassim Kabbara finishing in 2nd place running 15:39. Leading the Drake team was Jeremy Leary who finished 11th in 16:10.

In the Boys Gold JV race Sam Brickner of Drake finished 5th in 17:43.

Full results can be found at


College Update

This fall Marin has several athletes competing at the DI college level. Clayton Hutchins at Cal Poly, Julia Maxwell at Stanford, Dan Milechman at Harvard, Fred Huxhum at Washington (currently racing unattached). John Lawson is on the CAL team but not competing at this time. At the D3 level Anna Harleen is racing for Williams.

Clayton Hutchins (Drake) had a great run at the Stanford Invitational and led his Cal Poly team with a 9th place finish, running 23:51 on the 8km course. His team placed 4th. Julia Maxwell (Branson) running her first college race for Stanford placed 19th in 21:34 over the 6km course. The Stanford team placed 1st and Julia was the 4th runner for her team.

Anna Harleen (Branson) competed for Williams in the Gold Division at the Paul Short Collegiate Invitational and placed 99th running 21:45 on the 6km course. Anna was the 2nd runner for her team.