The Orange Crush Running Team was established in the spring in 2005 by a couple of hard working coaches in Katy, Texas that have always wanted to go the extra degree to improve the individual athlete not only in an athletic sense, but also as a person. Since then, our training program has helped TEN girls’ teams and TEN boys’ teams develop training levels that have helped them towards qualifying for the state cross country championships and reaching the pinnacle of high school running competition. We have also helped many less experience runners get in better shape and develop healthier habits. Character development and individualized training are core to our program.
Three things to start every day:
A Desire to EXCEL
The Five Key Quotes:
Go with GOAL ORIENTED PEOPLE
GOAL ORIENTED People Find a Way
Extra Effort is the KEY to SUCCESS
Don’t Waste a HEARTBEAT
Everyday is a Great Day
Coach Scott Kenney ran high school cross country and track at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, IA. He then went on to run four years of varsity collegiate cross country and track, earning Academic All-American honors. From 1999 to 2005, Coach Kenney coached boys’ & girls’ distance athletes at the junior high level, assisting a number of athletes to amazing accomplishments including a 4:42 1600 for 8th grade boys and 5:25 1600 for 8th grade girls’. He has coached at the high school level over the past 12 years producing a number of state and regional qualifiers/champions in cross country & track & field. From 2005 to 2011, six girls’ cross country teams have qualified for the state cross country championships in the seven years he was head coach for a local 6A high school.
Coach Pollack played football and threw the shot put and discus at Hauppauge High School in New York. After High School Coach Pollack went on to Canisius College in Buffalo New York where he was a varsity letterman for both the football and track teams, with his College throwing career finishing with a third place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. Coach Pollack moved to Texas in 1995 and proceeded to coach both football and track. In 2003, Coach Pollack became the head boys track coach at Hightower High School in the Fort Bend Independent School District. In his seven years at Hightower, he helped guide the Hurricanes to 4 District Championships, 2 Regional Championships and 1 State Championship in 2007. His 2007 4x200 meter relay squad owns the National High School Federation record of 1:23.92. In 2010 Coach Pollack moved to Katy, and began working as an assistant football and track coach. Coach Pollack was elevated to the Head Girls Track and Field and Cross Country job for the 2012-2013 school year, and helped continue the tradition of greatness in cross country by making it to the state meet, while helping the Track and Field team win its first district championship in 5 years.
Coach Marvin Rathke is known to many people for this ability to motivate and get athletes to attain levels of achievement many thought impossible, such as the 2007 4A State XC Championship and the 2008 5A State Runner-Up team. In nine out of the past eleven years, athletes that have run Orange Crush have also competed at the state cross country championships as well as numerous distance runners and hurdlers to the regional and state meet. However he is lesser known to the distance running world for his implementation of reindeer milk into the endurance athlete’s diet which has demonstrated great qualities in allowing for speedier recoveries and higher training levels out of young distance runners.
Coach Jessica Ratcliffe ran high school cross country and track at Coppell High School in Coppell, TX. She then went on to run Cross Country and Track at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX where she earned all-region honors. Coach Ratcliffe has been the assistant girls cross country and track coach at a local high school since she graduated Southwestern in 2008. She has assisted in a large number of cross country and track athletes achieve the highest accomplishments in the regional and state levels of competition.