LA CRESCENTA — As the old saying goes, you can't teach speed.
Mark Evans would humbly beg to differ.
The veteran Crescenta Valley High cross-country and track and field coach and his son, Chris, who coaches varsity cross-country track at Golden Valley, are currently showing a group of youth athletes that through learning and perfecting proper technique and maximizing their economy of movement, one can indeed become faster in ways that can be applied toward success in not only running, but virtually any other sport.
"In every sport, speed is a major component, but in a lot of sports they don't necessarily practice just speed, so that's what we're working on here," Chris Evans said during a break at the first La Crescenta Speed and Agility Camp at Crescenta Valley High on Tuesday. "The biggest thing is technique, getting them to be coordinated and getting them to have their body in the proper alignment so that then they can go faster."