Cross Country - Middle School
Middle School Head Coach: Jean Dallenbach
Assistant Coaches: Aslyn Van Cleave
Cross Country Program Overview
The Cross Country seasons begins in August with daily practices and progresses through the end of October when the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Championships takes place. The team consists of student athletes devoted to being the best in the classroom as well as on the running course. The Barons compete on most Saturdays throughout the season in multiple invitational meets against some of the best competition in the area. Training consists of a mix of distance running, pace or tempo runs, intervals, weight training and hill workouts. The development of race tactics and strategy, as well as using mental imagery to promote confidence in members of the team will help us compete with the best in our district. As coaches, our focus is on developing passion for a lifetime of running, health and wellness. We pride ourselves on teaching our athletes sportsmanship, teamwork and to be each other’s biggest fans. Our enthusiasm is extended into the entire Saint Mary’s Hall athletic community. Go Barons!
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|Coach Jean Dallenbach joined the Saint Mary’s Hall track and field coaching staff in 2020. She participated in cross-country and track in high school and college in North Dakota and Minnesota. She was inducted into her high school’s Hall of Fame for her accomplishments in cross-country. Dallenbach taught elementary school as well as fitness classes for over 20 years. She was chosen as teacher of the year at one of the elementary schools where she taught and received 3 superintendent awards. Continuing as an avid runner, she has run several marathons as well as many ultra-marathons. Coach Dallenbach brings her love of working with kids, fitness, and running to SMH as the middle school cross-country and track coach, as well as assisting varsity cross-country. She and her husband, Jeff, have 5 wonderful children. Dallenbach looks forward to continued growth of the young athletes and on-going success with SMH track & field and cross-country.
Aslyn Van Cleave
|Coach Van Cleave returns to SMH in 2022.