Marc Bloom on the wonders of freshmen

It's hard to imagine anyone who knows high school cross country better than Marc Bloom.

And yet, freshmen are an eternal source of new, exciting and unpredictable content. Bloom is coaching a group of freshmen girls at Hillsborough, N.J., and he details the effort in this month's installment of the Peak Performance series. It's an entertaining, informative look at cross country's ninth graders -- so full of promise and so short on experience.