John Pitre (Trinity Valley ’20) selected to represent Texas in International Cross Country Competition

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via press release from Down Under Sports

Down Under Sports is pleased to announce that John Pitre, a Junior at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, has been invited to represent the State of Texas on the 2018 Cross Country National Team. John departed for Brisbane, Australia on June 26, 2018 and will compete for individual honors and a team championship title in the Gold Coast 5.7K Challenge as well as the All-American 5K meet. Down Under Sports Recruitment Coordinator Daniel Carolan states, “We consider all types of criteria, but generally speaking, we recruit like a college would and invite athletes based on their stats, honors, and what year they are in school.”

John began running cross country in the 8th grade at Trinity Valley. He has competed as a varsity athlete, on both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, his freshman and sophomore years. John qualified for competition at the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) both years in cross country and track. John also qualified for and competed in the Nike South Cross Country Invitational in 2016 and 2017. In the spring, John races with the Varsity Track and Field team in the 1600m. He also has competed in the 800m and 3200m events. John is currently coached by Cain Williams, James Scott, Carry Hansen, and Kyle Kennedy at Trinity Valley.

John is an Honor Roll and Headmaster’s List student at Trinity Valley and looking to study Engineering in college. He has expressed interest in attending Texas A&M University in College Station as well as Rice University. John is interested in continuing his running career in college.

Down Under Sports was founded in February 1989 based upon the dream of a New Zealander by the name of George O’Scanlon. George fell in love with athletics, especially American football (gridiron) as a young man growing up in his native country of New Zealand. His desire over the years has been to promote gridiron, not only to the people of New Zealand, but also to Australia where he lived for many years. That is why George started the Down Under Bowl which eventually led to the establishment of the Down Under Hoops Classic and the Down Under International Games. The Down Under Sports programs use the common language of sports to bridge the continents and provide a forum for athletes from around the globe to compete head-to-head in the sport
they love. During the past 29 years, Down Under Sports has had the opportunity to share the land down under with tens of thousands of individuals from across the United States. The Down Under Sports Program includes competition in cross-country, golf, track and field, basketball, football, and volleyball. Down Under Sports’ goal is to continue to provide athletes who excel in their sport the opportunity to experience the culture, beauty, and grandeur of the land down under all within the framework of spirited and intense competition.