Catching up with Redwood HS runner, Fred Huxham...

Published by Scott Joerger
May 13th 2013, 2:48pm | 2678 views

Catching up with Redwood HS runner, Fred Huxham...


Today we chat with Redwood HS junior, Fred Huxham (picture to the left has coach Jake Schmitt, Fred and coach Laura Schmitt).  While the Sir Francis Drake duo of John Lawson and Clayton Hutchins may get most of the headlines in the MCAL, Huxham has done more than held his own in both cross country and track and field.  This past cross country season, Huxham finished in 2nd place at the NCS Division III race and followed that up with a 3rd place finish at the state meet.  During this track and field season, Huxham has established new personal records in the 3000m. (8:38.15) with his 3rd place finish at the Stanford Invitational and finished in a solid 6th place at the Mt. SAC relays behind an impressive group of national class runners in the mile (4:15.63)

1. How did you get your start in running?
I first started racing when I was five in Piper Park but I didn’t get into running until third grade. In third grade, my teacher Jed Tukman created an elementary school cross country team in addition to our middle school team. I raced all through elementary school and middle school, mostly competing in the school races, but also raced in the USA Track and Field and AAU cross country races.

2. What other sports have you played besides cross country and track and field?
I tried baseball for a year but didn’t enjoy it. In eighth grade I played soccer for a season, but didn’t continue playing because I wanted to run in high school.

3. What sports did you do during your freshman year? Highlights?
During my freshman year I ran cross country and track. Most of my highlights came from track because I got injured before the post-season of cross country. I ran a 4:26 1600 and 9:49 3200 at our MCAL championships. I also qualified for the 3200 finals at the NCS Meet of Championships.

4. What about your sophomore seasons in xc and track? Highlights? Track PRs?
During my sophomore year, the highlight of my cross country season was getting seventh at the Stanford Cross Country Invitational in 15:49 and also qualifying for the State Championships from NCS as a team. The highlight of my sophomore season in track was running the 4x1600 at the Mt. Sac Relays. My track PRs for that season were 4:22 in the 1600 and 9:33 for the 3200.
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