Class of 1979
Cross Country, Track & Field
Rebekah Ann Schmidt literally ran through her high school career at Half Moon Bay High School. As a freshman in 1975, Becky was the first female cross country athlete but she had to run on the boys' team because the CCS and the North Peninsula League had yet to establish a girls' division. Becky and the boys on the frosh squad won the NPL championship. She went on to win the Northern California two-mile postal and the Pacific Association AAU cross country championship for girls 14-15 years old. As a sophomore Becky and her male frosh-soph teammates placed 2nd in the CCS Championships. She returned to the CCS in track to take 3rd in the two mile to qualify as Half Moon Bay's first female student athlete in the State meet. She was named Top Female Athlete at HMB High that spring.
In her junior year Becky led her all-female team to first place in every cross-country race up to the CCS finals where the Cougar "Kittens" finished 2nd. On the track, Becky posted personal bests of 11:01 for the 2-mile and 5:17 for the mile. In her senior year, she led her team to the CCS cross-country championship. She crowned her career with victories in the track & field league championships in the 880, 1-mile and 2-mile. She was named Most Inspirational Athlete and Most Valuable athlete at HMB HS that year. Rebekah Schimdt was a great runner and a great leader. She set the pace, showed the way and helped establish the great Cougars distance running tradition.