Our program is designed to create a love of long distance running in youth. We hope to provide a program that is fun, competitive and social. Cross county races are trail races on different types of terrain. It is a fall sport, practices usually beginning the second week of Cobb County schools and ends after USATF Jr Olympics in December. We participate in a series of developmental meets and end our season with the USATF Championship series.
Jay Mayfield has been a runner his entire life. From the early days of running around the outside of his family's house in Birmingham to try to expel some of his endless energy, to when he became a competitive runner in high school, Jay has always enjoyed running. Instead of attempting to run at the Junior College level, Jay chose to attend his parents' alma mater, the University of Alabama, instead. While at Alabama Jay continued to run as a way to exercise and relieve stress. Upon graduation, Jay moved to Atlanta and began working with Aon as a systems analyst. He married his beautiful wife, Megan, in 2004, and they began a family in 2006 with the birth of their oldest daughter, Hannah. In 2011, the Mayfield family of 5 moved to the East Cobb area, and immediately Jay began to search out prime running spots. In 2013, when his neighbor was looking to take a step back from coaching cross country, Jay saw an opportunity to share his love and passion for running with kids in the East Cobb area. This is Jay's sixth year coaching the team as an approved USA track and field coach, and he continues to enjoy challenging and motivating the runners. When not running, Jay enjoys watching and attending Alabama football games, reading and spending time with his family.
David Moore grew up in Kennesaw attending Sprayberry High School (class of 1995) and Georgia Tech. Shortly after graduating in 2000 with an Electrical Engineering degree, David moved to Marietta where he and his wife Tami are raising their two children, Zeller and Brighton. David grew up playing soccer where running was always a part of training that developed into a passion today. David and his children are avid runners and enjoy both track and field and cross country events. This is David's fifth year coaching cross country. He has also coached mid-distance running and relay teams for youth track for the past five years. David's favorite part about coaching is encouraging the athletes to improve and work towards their goals as the season progresses. Success isn't measured in the time you post of the place you finish -- sometimes we need to look at where a runner begins at the start of the season and the improvements they achieve. In his free time, David enjoys exercising, hiking and spending time with his family and friends.