Coach Enrique Henriquez believes that the mission of Moreau's cross-country team is to cultivate a healthy, competitive mindset of all sports, but especially to make running a part of a long-lasting journey into adulthood.
Cross country is a team sport where the team objective is to earn the lowest score possible (similar to golf), with 15 points being a perfect score. The team accomplishes this by finishing the fastest in order to place in the lower positions, such as 1, 2, or 3. The faster the team, the lower the score.
Our mantra is "IMUA!" -- a Hawaiian word meaning to persevere and never give up -- to fight on! We encourage our runners to continue fighting through challenges because teammates running in front of you, behind you, or by your side, need you to never give up. As a result, our team becomes close and competitive. Last year, our girls won the league championships and our boys placed second overall. Our team goal this year is to go to the state championship – both as individual runners and as a team.
I have stayed with cross country because it has enabled me to give back to a sport that has given me so much. I ran for St. Mary's College on a full athletic scholarship and have met some incredible humanitarians along the journey. Coach Phil Wilder served as my role model and mentor as he took me under his wings and helped me find myself in both teaching and coaching.
I am very lucky to have a loving and understanding wife who sees the big picture of what we do here at Moreau and my love for the sport of cross country. I just simply love having my own children growing up in such a positive and nurturing environment.
- Coach Enrique Henriquez