Jan 24, 2013 2:53 PM by Andrew Masuda
The Central Coast's Phillip Reid is set to represent the United States at an eight nation cross country meet in Jamaica this weekend. Reid is the assistant cross country coach at Arroyo Grande High School. He will don the red, white and blue at the North America, Central America, Caribbean Cross Country Championships in Mandeville, Jamaica Saturday.
The meet, better known as NACAC, will be Reid's third time representing the United States. The former Cal Poly Male Athlete of the Year was a two-time Big West Conference cross country champion.
Reid is thrilled for another opportunity to inspire his student-athletes to chase after their dreams, similar to what he is doing as a professional athlete.
"Maybe it's running, maybe it's not running, maybe it's getting a great score on the SAT or the ACT, but it's a great feeling to represent the country and be able to share that with my students and my athletes," said Reid in the middle of a practice at the high school.
Reid finished eighth a few weeks ago for Team USA at a meet in Scotland where the Americans finished first in the team standings. He says American athletes are treated similar to rock stars at the meets.
He's an inspiration on many levels for his student-athletes. "Oh his stories are amazing," said senior runner Blake Maule. "All of his international travel and hearing about racing professionals like Bernard Lagat and stuff, my idols, it's cool."
Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Canada and Jamaica round out the eight countries sending athletes.
Reid runs in the Men's 8K race on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. California time.
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