Top MSHS runner won it all in Cross Country – here's how he's preparing for track and field

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News
Mount Shasta High School runner Drew Hering finished in first place at a cross country race in Etna in March, 2021.

Runner Drew Hering did nothing but win during Mount Shasta High School's recent cross country season. The Bear junior will attempt to continue his winning ways during the track and field season, which kicked off over the weekend.

Hering won all six races MSHS participated in. This includes placing first in the Shasta Cascade League Championships on March 19.  

Hering's used to success: as a freshman runner and again his sophomore year, Hering made state in Division Five. He placed 74th as a freshman, and 59th as a sophomore. There was no state meet this season due to COVID-19. 

Drew Hering

During Saturday's Shasta Cascade meet in Yreka Saturday, Hering set a personal record mark in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:38 to place first. He finished second in the 800 meters. 

Hering said he's happy to be running again after COVID-19 shut down the season last spring. A fierce competitor, Hering said it was great to have a season – even a short one.

Due to COVID restrictions, there were no large meets this season against top competition. Instead, the Bears ran with schools mainly in Siskiyou County, and Trinity High School.  

“I appreciated they were able to give us something,” Hering said. “I like being pushed. I did miss all the competition."

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On that note, Hering's favorite cross country race took place in Yreka on Feb 26, when Yreka High School runner Henry Baun pushed him. The race went down to the wire, but Hering eked out a first-place finish. He ran a 17:35.35, while Baun was less than a second behind at 17:35.95. 

"That was fun” Hering said. I liked that he was right there with me the whole time.” 

Hering said he also enjoyed running against Weed High School's Ryan Mitchell, who was normally finished second in the races they competed in together this season.

Jerry Oldham, the athletic director at MSHS and the head cross country coach, said he's impressed with Hering’s commitment as a runner. He said Hering's a great leader and helps his fellow runners strive to be the best they can. 

Drew Hering runs in a race in 2019.

“Drew is very focused, no matter what he is doing,” Oldham said. “He’s very committed and just loves to run and compete.” He added it's nice to have someone on the team the younger runners can emulate.

“He always strives to be better,” Oldham said, "He's a likable person. He is very charismatic, friendly and humble.” He added that Drew had a mentor himself in Alexis Ramirez, who graduated from MSHS in 2000. Alexis now runs Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. 

Hering admits that his favorite sport, pure enjoyment standpoint, is soccer. He is also a member of the MSHS soccer team, which contends for a section title each year, but there's been no announcement if there will be a season this year.

While running can be a challenge, Hering said he enjoys working hard. “I am pretty good at being able to push myself,” he said. "It is rewarding for me to run and to see the results of all the work I put in."

Hering said he would like to run in college if the opportunity presents itself. He is thinking of majoring in something in the engineering field. “I like to be challenged and want to be challenged some more in college,” he said.

Hering is preparing to run in the distance races in track and field this year, in the 800 and 1600 meters, and of course he'll strive to do the best he can in every race he competes in.

MSHS was slated to host The Mt. Shasta Twilight Meet at MSHS Saturday, but it has been called off due to track safety issues, Oldham said. The Bears will take part in meets on April 30 and May 8 at West Valley High School in Cottonwood.

For complete results from Saturday's track and field meet, go to https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/422326/results.