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McFarland High: Running for their coach, their families, their town

The boys from McFarland were the unlikely champs of California cross-country. Their story is extraordinary not only for their athletic achievement, but for what they had to overcome to even be in the running. Their 1990s journey is chronicled in "McFarland, USA," a Disney film starring Kevin Costner.

  • Column One: A labor of love for boys of McFarland

    Grueling season: McFarland cross-country team toils for 6th straight title

    Like so many dreams that come and go here, this one began with the harvest under a brutal sky. It was a late afternoon in August, 103 degrees outside, and the boys from the McFarland High cross-country team had been at it since 5 in the morning. They had spent the day in long sleeves and bandannas...

  • McFarland cross-country runners' quest touches strangers

    McFarland cross-country runners' quest touches strangers

    The mailbox at the small, tired house on Cliff Street began to fill up last week -- letters from around the state sent by complete strangers. How some of them got here was a small miracle. They bore no address or ZIP Code. Only "Jim White, Coach, McFarland, CA." Inside were checks for $20, $100,...

  • McFarland's cross-country team: Letters to the editor

    McFarland's cross-country team: Letters to the editor

    Thank you for "A Labor of Love for Boys of McFarland" (Dec. 1) by Mark Arax, and for the photos by Genaro Molina. Thank you for paying homage to the McFarland team and their coach, Jim White. They are the gold standard for cross-country running. For four years my son has run for Maranatha High...

  • McFarland cross-country team wins its 7th California title

    McFarland cross-country team wins its 7th California title

    Winter comes to this beleaguered farm town the same way every year: The last vineyard is picked and the jobless rate soars to 30%, rain falls, fog descends and the boys from McFarland High -- running for a town's pride -- try to bring home another state championship. This winter, the cross-country...

  • Quick facts: California's changing rural areas

    Quick facts: California's changing rural areas

    A recent study of farm communities found that large numbers of migrant workers have settled permanently in California's rural corners, making the transition from illegal migrant to legal neighbor. Here are some of the findings by university researchers and sociologists: * 90% of the nearly 700,000...

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