Former Bakersfield Californian reporter Marc Benjamin, now with the Fresno Bee, sent me this copy of The Bakersfield Californian’s November, 1996 in-depth profile of the McFarland High cross country program and it’s impact on the town and the lives of its young athletes. The series was written by Marc and Doug Church, two of the best reporters I ever worked with. It was photographed by Californian photographer Henry Barrios, and you just have to check out the photos of Coach Jim White riding along with the team, on his now very famous bicycle, thanks to the film. Henry is a quiet, shy and reserved photographer – the exact opposite of me! – and a phenomenal photographer. He’s probably going to be mad at me for bragging on him. The Californian’s series predates the Los Angeles Times profile by more than a year and the Sports Illustrated article by seven and one-half years.