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Top 5 Team in California


Consecutive Years Competing in State Championship


National Collegiate Athletic Association Members

Coaching Staff


Jamal Cooks, Ph.D. - Director of Cross Country / Track & Field

Hillary Kigar (ext 119) – Head Cross Country Coach
Assistant Coaches - Al Jackson, Carmen LaRoche


Varsity Women
The varsity women’s team has a long tradition of success going back to the early 1970’s. Bishop O’Dowd High School is proud to have one of the oldest and most successful women’s programs in the State. Since 1986, our dual meet record has been approximately 178-18. Since 1986, the Dragons have won league championships in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. The women have won four North Coast Section (NCS) Championships, and have earned six other finishes in the top 3 in the ultra competitive NCS. The women have had major success at the State Meet where we have finished 5th in 1991, 3rd in 1992, 3rd in 1993, 3rd in 2000, 6th in 2001, and 2nd in 2004.

  • 9th Grade - Discover and Explore
    When students enter O’Dowd, our counselors help them adjust to high school, begin goal setting, and become self-advocates. Students also begin the important process of resume building: recording the narrative journey of their experience which they update through all four year at O’Dowd.
  • 10th Grade - Explore and Engage
    Counselors guide students in a self-reflective process that asks: Who do I want to be? What do I want to explore? To support future planning, students attend our “Getting Ready for College'' and “College Fair” events. In addition, students learn time management and stress reduction strategies, and prepare for the PSAT.
  • 11th Grade - Engage, Research, and Plan
    As students enter their junior year, our counselors lead them through still deeper futures planning. Students in this phase start to differentiate themselves, asking: Who AM I? Who do I want to become? Throughout the year, our counselors support students to understand the college admissions process (including financial aid), begin to research colleges of interest, attend “Career Day,” and also engage in other key preparation, including taking the PSAT and creating a comprehensive high school resume.
  • 12th Grade - Plan, Apply, Choose and Celebrate
    When they reach their senior year, students work closely with their counselors to discern which next steps are right for them, which could range from traditional college to alternative pathways, including a gap year. Counselors guide students in their college applications, including advising on essays, financial aid, gathering letters of recommendation, and NCAA registration. In addition, the Counseling Department hosts a series of programs just for seniors, including a series of required College Flex Supports, our Essay Writing Workshop, Senior and Family College Night, and drop-in Flex Supports.
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