Glendora Cross Country

No Fear No Pain No Defeat

Glendora Cross Country - No Fear  No Pain  No Defeat

There Is A New Glendora XC Website

The new website for Glendora XC (and Track) is, but the primary channel for team news is the Facebook page that is linked in the right sidebar of this page.

So this is now a legacy page that documents GHS Boys XC from 2008-2013 and the Girls from 2009-2013.

During this time, the boys and girls each won three League Championships, and after never having qualified for CIF Finals, the boys were CIF Div. II champs in 2009.  This began a streak of five straight trips to Finals, along with advancing to the State Meet in 2009 and 2011.  The girls advanced Finals in 2013 for only the second time in GHS history.

Our First League Champs - 2008

Our First League Champs – 2008

Thomas Finnigan (’08) and Lauren Justus (’11) both advanced individually to CIF Finals, with Lauren moving on to the state meet in 2009.  GHS Mt.SAC record holder Jeff Kirwin (’15) advanced to the State Meet in 2013.

During this time 16 GHS athletes moved on to compete in college:

  • Joey Divizia (’08) – CSU Fullerton & Adams State University (Colorado)
  • Thomas Finnigan (’08) – Loyola Marymount University
  • Corey Bullock (’09) – CSU Fullerton
  • Johannah Murray (’09) – Cal Poly Pomona
  • Christopher Ramsey (’09) – Yale University (Connecticut)
  • Austin Goodheart (’10) – UC Santa Barbara
  • Christian Arranaga (’11) – Cal Poly Pomona
  • Anthony Castro (’11) – UC Berkeley
  • Kelly Hernandez (’11) – UC Davis
  • Lauren Justus (’11) – Northern Arizona University
  • Jon Carlo Nunez (’11) – Cal Poly Pomona
  • Aaron Forburger (’12) – Davidson College (North Carolina)
  • Ryan Sanchez (’13) – San Francisco State
  • Taylor Butler (’14) – Hope International University
  • Mike Duke (’14) – CSU Monterey Bay
  • Emily Hoey (’14) – Tulane University (Louisiana)

The 2014 XC Season Starts… TODAY!

You want to run cross country.

We’re an excellent team – our boys and girls (3 times) are defending league champs.  Both teams were CIF Finalists last year (boys for the 4th consecutive season).  We’re also one of the most inclusive teams on campus, there are no cuts and no bench in our sport – everyone races.

It takes quite a bit of training to get good at our sport, so we begin practice at the start of the summer.  While you can join the team when school starts, you’ll be missing out on the best opportunity to improve (and a bunch of the fun) if you don’t start training in June.  We train 5-6 days a week in the summer and in the school year, and most of our competitions are on Saturdays in September and October.

Key Details


Summer Training Camp - Begins Monday June 30th for all athletes.  Cost is $100 which covers coaching and training expenses.  Details…

  • We train 5-6 days a week, and varsity athletes will have some double days.  (For practice schedule and locations, click HERE)
  • Athlete’s training will be gauged to their age, ability and fitness levels
  • Download and complete this form; bring it with you next training session: Summer Camp 2014


Mammoth High Altitude Training Camp - Sunday, July 27 – Sunday, August 3.  Cost is $400 inclusive – transportation, lodging, food and a training shirt – if paid by 7/18.  Late fees apply if payment is not received by the due date.  This camp gives us a chance to focus on being athletes and to get in a block of hard training.  Because our team is getting bigger, and there are a limited number of spots in the condos, and because the team is getting better, so the training is getting harder, there are some minimum requirements to attend…

  • The camp is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged, especially for varsity athletes
  • First year athletes are encouraged to take part, but they must meet basic fitness and training requirements.
  • Returning athletes also need to meet the fitness and attendance requirements.
  • All attendees MUST have the physical packet completed and turned in to Mrs Kirwin or Coach Kaitlyn (they will copy and deliver to Athletics Office) by July 21.
  • Downloads:


School Season and Mandatory Training Begins in August - The summer program is strongly encouraged but not required.  However, returning athletes must begin training when school starts and newcomers will be welcome the first few weeks of school.

All athletes MUST have a completed physical packet to compete during the season.


ORDER FORM - Please let us know how you plan to participate and what gear you need by completing an order form and bringing it to summer practice.

  • In order to race, you need shorts, singlet and warmups
  • Items that are useful but not necessary are training shirts, shoe bag, backpack
  • It’s nice to show your loyalty on race day with a parent shirt (also known as sibling shirts, grandparent shirts, uncle shirts, sister-in-law shirts, etc)
  • All uniform and gear orders MUST BE PLACED BY AUGUST 22.
  • Downloads: 2014 Uniform and Gear Order Form




And then there was one…

One week after Prelims, the boys and girls teams arrived back at Mt SAC to compete for a spot in the State finals at Woodward Park in Clovis.

The girls ran first, and despite running their fourth fastest team time (on this course) in the last four years, finished out of the qualifying, in 15th place. The young ladies persisted through at least two (and maybe three) seasons of just missing out on the finals, finally making it on what was the last season for most of the athletes. Congratulations to all of you, but especially the seniors: Emily, Alyssa, Cori, Chloe, Tori and Taylor (and those who didn’t race Saturday, too) – you leave the team better now than when you arrived. I can’t think of a better legacy.

Just a few minutes after the girls finished, the gun sounded for the boys’ race. When a training plan works out, the team is running their best at the end of the year – which is exactly what happened Saturday. The boys ran their fastest Mt SAC team time of the year (and second fastest in the last four years) but finished 10th and do not advance. Well done.

And yet, there is good news to report. Jeff Kirwin finished THIRD, yes third, overall in a GHS course record 14:55 (first Tartan to run sub-fifteen, don’t you know) and will advance to the State Championships as an individual. Congratulations Jeff, you have worked hard to develop your gift and we wish you the best in Clovis. We may not be there in person, but we will be there in spirit (pounding the refresh button on our iPhones and laptops).

CIF Prelims

We’re going to do this quick and dirty… with just the facts.


CIF-SS Prelims at Mt SAC – Saturday, November 16

Girls race at 2:04 pm

Boys race at 4:00 pm

Top FOUR teams and top SIX individuals advance to CIF Finals (also at Mt SAC) on 11/23.

Click HERE for complete schedule (heat sheets)



Enter through the main gate, admission is:

  • $7 – General Admission
  • $5 – HS student with ID
  • $5 – Children 3-13
  • FREE – Under 5 (so… not you)


Parking is $10 for the close lot and $5 for the NOT close lots.
Good luck Tartans.

We are the (Baseline League) Champions


And you better believe we’ll keep on fighting, as long as we’re eligible to race.

Last Wednesday (I know, we’re really quite quick with the race reports sometimes), Glendora claimed FIVE Baseline League championships, including:

  • JV Girls Team
  • JV Girls individual (Micalea Lamb)
  • Varsity Girls Team
  • Varsity Boys Team
  • Varsity Boys individual (Jeff Kirwin)


Frosh/Soph Boys

  • Team placed 5th
  • Top 20 (because it’s a bigger field) finishes by Matt Joy (18) and Michael Hernandez (19)


JV Girls

  • Team drops a 1-2-4-6-7 finish on the field to claim the JV league title with just 20 points (lowest on the day), besting RCHS (52) and Etiwanda (74) – that’s 5 in the top 9 and all girls in before any other team had even 2 runners in (in XC we call that dominating your race)
  • As the winner of the race, Micaela Lamb is JV League Champ
  • Other top 20 finishes from Savannah Yi (2), Kathryn Cisneros (4), Kayla McGarrell (6), Lauren Kuehfuss (7), Sofi Rodriguez (9), Rebecca Ruiz (10), Mary Young (11), Madison Ko (13) and Emily DuPont (18)


JV Boys

  • Team placed 3rd behind Etiwanda and Los Osos (27, 44, 56)
  • Marcos Perez (3), Gregor Derstepanian (12), Richard Johnson (13), Josh Jackson (16) and Eric Netzeband (17) score Top 20 finishes


Varsity Girls

  • Team THREE-PEATS as League Champs by 21 points over Rancho Cucamonga (32-53)
  • Team time was over a minute better than last year’s league championship time
  • Top Ten finishes by Emily Hoey (2), Cori Harral (5), Taylor Butler (6), Alyssa Perez (9), and Tori Whitworth (10)


Varsity Boys

  • Team places 5 in the top 9 (and another 1-2 finish) to win the League Championship by a commanding 43 point margin, beating Etiwanda (70) and Rancho Cucamonga (73)
  • Team posts the best regular season time at Mt SAC in the last 4 years
  • Jeff Kirwin claims the title of LEAGUE CHAMP by finishing first
  • Top Tens (other than Jeff) for Parker Seale (2), Sam Johnny (7), Damon Payne (8) and Oliver Kashyap (9)




All Time Top Ten

  • Parker Seale improves to #7 all time on this course
  • Emily Hoey jumps to #5 and Taylor Butler is off the bubble, moving from 15 to 12


Important Links


Significant Time Improvements

I’m going to miss this space – we’ve seen some amazing growth this year, improvements that don’t “just happen” but that require persistence and continued hard work (sometimes in the face of adversity)

Over 0:30 improvement – Taylor ButlerAlyssa PerezGregor DerstepanianBradford KiddMarcos PerezParker Seale

Over 1:00 improvement – Michael Hernandez

Over 1:30 improvement – Watts Waddington

And then there are SEVERAL times that defy generalization: Julie Miller (2:06), Katrina Reynolds (3:18), Kathryn Cisneros (3:24) and Nicole Fuentes (5:06) – hmmmm where have we seen these names before


Athletes of the Meet

Andrew Kalaiji – Andrew always has a great attitude and positive comment before and after races.

Emily Hoey – Although it’s still a mystery where she gets her speed (it’s certainly not genetic), Emily has raced well this season.  She always trains and races to be the best she can be and is a perfect example of the work ethic needed to be a great athlete.

Baseline League Finals – Wednesday at Mt SAC

flatsLeague Finals – top 3 teams get automatic bids to CIF Prelims.  We expect to be there.

Our girls are the two-time defending league champs.  Based on the results of the two cluster meets, they are favored to bring a three-peat home to Glendora.

Our boys will be favored as well – looking to claim a Baseline League title for the first time since we rejoined this league.

You’ve got the course map and directions already, but here it is again, along with the schedule… as best we know it.

In cross country, there is no luck.  There are, however, days when preparation meets opportunity.  Wednesday is one of those days.  Have faith in your training.  Be confident in your ability.  Grab that opportunity.

See you at the finish line.

Apache Invitational – The Results



Although we’ve raced here before, it’s been at the three mile distance.  Last year, the race was changed to 5000 meters.  The spectating is still good (though you don’t see the runners as often as we promised – sorry) and we’re pretty sure we set lots of 5k PRs.  The Varsity took the day off, so several of us ran up a level, which made high finishes a little harder than usual.


In schedule order:



Frosh Boys


  • Team placed 6th


Frosh/Soph Girls

  • Team placed 6th


Varsity Girls

  • Team placed 11th


Varsity Boys

  • Team placed 11th


JV Girls

  • Micaela Lamb WON the race!
  • Kayla McGarrell took 5th, Madison Ko placed 13th


JV Boys

  • Michael Yu ran solo (it’s not easy to run without a team)


All Time Top Ten

  • Since this is the first time we have raced this course at 5000 m, the Top Ten has not been altered (this may change, and we will alert you if it does)


Important Links


Athletes of the Meet

Congratulations to…

  • Micaela Lamb on a great comeback; though it has not been an easy season for her, she has refused to give up and is showing signs of the great running we know she is capable of

    Eric Netzeband for another great effort; we like that Eric not only brings great energy to the team, he can run fast, too

We Do More Than Just Run Fast…


We may not catch all that is going on (we barely catch the finish times at the races…) but once in a while we stumble across something to celebrate that isn’t measured in meters or minutes.

Congratulations to Jocelyn Hii who was named one of just two National Merit Scholar finalists from GHS.

Congratulations to Richard Johnson and Zach Ryan on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Wait is Over – Mt SAC is HERE!!!

logoThis is it.  The self-proclaimed (and, so far as I know, undisputed) world’s largest cross country invitational.  You haven’t raced XC until you’ve raced Mt  SAC.

For the first time EVER, both the boys and the girls have been accepted to the TEAM SWEEPSTAKES races.  And in a new policy that allows D2 teams to race in the morning session with their sweeps teams, our D2 Tartans will race against D1 teams.  This is cool, because the temps will be cooler and the competition will motivate our athletes to run their best.

If you’re not at this meet on Saturday, you’re missing out.  In fact, you can’t really call yourself a fan unless you cleared your calendar the day the schedule was first posted.

Almost everything you need to know can be found HERE.

If it’s not there, you have to ask yourself, “Do I REALLY need to know that?”  And if you REALLY think you do, use THIS.



UPDATE: Click on RACE DAY RESULTS for, well, race day results (hint, you’ll have to scroll down just a bit).