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Legendary cross-country coach speaking at Sierra High on Monday
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Sierra High has a movie date with the winningest cross country coach in California Interscholastic Federation history.

Former McFarland boys cross country coach Jim White will speak to students and staff from Sierra High on Monday following a private screening of “McFarland, USA.”

If you thought Sierra High’s cross country and track programs were well-decorated, get this: McFarland won 15 section championships and nine state titles from 1980-2003 under White, who graduated from nearby Franklin High in Stockton.

That run of success became the impetus for the Disney movie starring Kevin Costner as White, a former football coach who relocates to a predominantly Hispanic town in Central California.

White takes notice of some of the boys’ exceptional ability to run far and fast, and together, they shake up the California high school running scene.

And now he’ll return to San Joaquin County, where he still has family.

White will join hundreds from Sierra High for a private screening at AMC Showplace Manteca on Monday evening. Afterwards, White will answer questions from the crowd.

The screening and Q&A was set up by athletic director Anthony Chapman and baseball coach Greg Wilson. White has agreed to make the appearance free of charge; his great-niece, Taylor White, is a freshman at Sierra.

The event is restricted to Sierra High students and faculty. The school began handing out free tickets on Wednesday. Sierra purchased the tickets — approximately 290 —using grant through the Friday Night Live program.