Alameda Asteroids Blast off for Regional Race

Rich Lapachet  The Alameda Asteroids competed in the regional championship Nov. 3. They were dressed in neon green shirts.

Alameda Asteroids Blast off for Regional Race


The Alameda Education Foundation’s (AEF) middle school cross country club, the Alameda Asteroids, completed their season last month with a strong showing at the regional championships on Nov. 3. 

The championship meet was held at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley. The school recently built a new spectator friendly course for foot races. 

The sixth-grade boys’ team came in second place. Six medals were presented to the students at the awards ceremony. The Asteroids received three first-place medals, one fifth- place medal and two sixth-place medals. About 440 students took part in the championship meet.

Over the season, the Asteroids ran in four meets, competing in the Southern Alameda County Middle School Athletic League, which includes 13 East Bay Area middle schools from San Leandro, Castro Valley, Union City and Newark. The Asteroids hosted one of those meets at Crab Cove, which included 412 student-athletes.

For many students, the AEF cross country program is their first foray into sports. Cross country enables them to discover new talents and perseverance and grow as athletes.  It also enables middle schoolers to get a taste of competing on a regional level before they reach high school. Students learn to challenge themselves, set goals, move out of their comfort zones and work hard toward a set goal. Many parents report that their students continue running after the season is over and that this experience gives them the confidence to take on other challenges in their athletic, academic and social lives.

The Asteroids cross country club is an enrichment program run by AEF. More than 40 sixth through eighth graders from Alameda middle schools participate in cross country. The team is coached by Debra Cramer. In addition to cross country, AEF manages about 400 enrichment after-school classes and camps annually in athletics, arts, technology, science, foreign languages and more. 

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