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Arroyo’s O’Rourke Inducted into Cross Country Hall of Fame

Mother Joan O'Rourke, Father, Mike O'Rourke, and son, Michael O'Rourke

By Anne Donofrio-Holter

El Monte

Tim O’Rourke, Arroyo High School technology training leader and media center specialist, has been inducted into the California High School Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame at Mt. SAC College.

In his 22 years at the helm of both the Arroyo High School track and cross country programs, O’Rourke’s teams won one national championship, two state championships, six CIF southern section titles, 52 varsity league championships and 64 lower division league titles.  Currently the director of the LA 84 track and field and cross country coaching education programs, O’Rourke has written three books on coaching track and cross country, and he is one of the leading clinicians in the nation.

When he retired as cross country coach at Arroyo in 1998, Arroyo had not lost a varsity dual meet in 14 years, and the junior varsity had been undefeated for 20 straight years. He is the only athlete/coach in the history of the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational to have run on a Grand Sweepstakes Championship team and the come back and coach a team to also win the Grand Sweepstakes Championship.

In addition to receiving numerous coaching honors from the El Monte Union High School District and other local groups, he was named the Gatorade National Coach of the Year in 1995 and the California Track Coach of the Year in 1997.


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