Glendora Cross Country

No Fear No Pain No Defeat

Glendora Cross Country - No Fear  No Pain  No Defeat


Gotta be quick:


Updated rankings here:


Southern Section by Division – Boys up one spot to Number FOUR

State by Division – Boys at Number FIVE (all the teams ahead of us are in the Southern Section and this is a week old and due for an update later today, so draw your own conclusions…)

State Super 25 – forget division, forget section – if we raced against EVERYBODY, this is where one man thinks our boys would finish



Still waiting to see those girls get noticed.  Get at it, ladies, you’ll be there soon.

A Little Business and a Little Fun

Billy Ray

Nothing says “a little business and a little fun” quite like a mullet.

And when you think mullet, you gotta think Billy Ray Cyrus.  He probably wasn’t the first, but he was the one that got this party (or business) started.  Who’s your favorite mullet-sporting celebrity?  MacGyver?  Michael Bolton?  Andre Agassi (the teen years)?  Bowie?  All good choices, but they don’t make the top 3.  Stay tuned for that…


So here’s the business:

There’s a PARENT MEETING tomorrow evening at 6:30 at the GHS Track.  It is important that you attend.

The team fundraiser has been launched (and will be discussed at the meeting), you will find info to the right under the heading GHS XC INFO, there is also a link in the HOT LINKS page and HERE.



And here’s the fun:


Huge THANK YOU to Olympic Gold Medal Decathlete Bryan Clay for stopping by the spaghetti dinner on Friday night.  Bryan told stories about his career, making smart choices, the importance of teammates and answered questions.  If you don’t think GHS XC athletes can be quiet for an hour, ask anyone who was there.  It was a very special time for the team.

We’ll keep you up to date on the Bryan Clay Foundation’s Fit for Fall Run so that you can help us say thank you by running or volunteering.

Team with BC

Bryan Clay (center) with 2013 GHS XC Team


And for those of you who hung around to find out, the rest of the top three celebrity mullets of all time belong to:




Mrs Brady


All judging is final – your comments will not be posted.

Critical Update


Seven is the number this week.  The number of:

  • Seas
  • Continents
  • Wonders of the world
  • Deadly sins
  • Varsity runners that will be crowned (singleted?) on Saturday (on both the girls and boys teams)
  • Important schedule/calendar items you need to know (see below)


  1. Practice on Friday (8/30) has been rescheduled to 4:00 pm at Bonelli; because you need time to get to…
  2. The Spaghetti dinner Friday evening is at the Johnson’s; flyers will be e-mailed and distributed; parents are not required that evening as previously advertised so they can stay home and hide your…
  3. Uniform/singlet, which should NOT be worn this Saturday at Legg Lake…
  4. If you don’t have a uniform/singlet (or any other gear, really) to wear to Legg Lake, you better contact Mrs Kirwin by 8/28 (that’s tomorrow) because you WILL need a uniform for…
  5. The Fastback Shootout, originally scheduled for 9/7 has been rescheduled for 9/14 (bummer, I know… I’m out of town that weekend); first meet info will be discussed at…
  6. A mandatory parent meeting is scheduled for Friday, 9/6 at 6:30 pm (park along Palopinto and meet at the bleachers on the south side of the track); if you arrive early you can watch…
  7. Practice on Friday 9/6 has been relocated to GHS (no time change)


That’s it.

For now.

See you Friday.  And Saturday.



You Should be Running!

Don’t fight it.  Resistance is futile.  You know you want to run cross country.

We’re an excellent team – our girls are defending league champs (two times) and the boys were CIF Finalists last year and State Finalists in 2011.  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 24th for new athletes, June 21 for Varsity athletes.  Cost is $80 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 through July 13, click HERE)
  • Training locations are GHS, Bonelli Park, and Marshall Canyon.  (For locations and contact info, click HERE)
  • Athlete’s training will be gauged to their age, ability and fitness levels
  • Download and complete this form; bring it with you on June 24: Summer Camp 2013


Mammoth High Altitude Training Camp - Wednesday July 31 – Wednesday August 7.  Cost is $360 inclusive – transportation, lodging, food and a training shirt ($400 if full payment not received by July 3, 2013).  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)
  • Downloads: GHS XC Mammoth Camp 2013 Info   GHS Mammoth Medical Release 2013 2013 GHS Physical Packet


School Season and Mandatory Training Begins August 14th - 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.

  • Please select summer camp and/or Mammoth camp
  • 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)
  • Even if you are not running in the summer or going to Mammoth, it is wise to order your uniform now – prices will go up for two items on July 1 and sometimes the supplier runs out of stock.
  • Downloads: 2013 Camp and Gear Order Form


Season Schedule - Download this season’s PRELIMINARY schedule HERE


Save the Date


If you’re thinking about running cross country for the GHS Tartans next year, you don’t want to miss our information session cleverly disguised as a BBQ in the park.  And the best part is… we’ll provide the food!

Join us at Finkbiner Park (head to the bandshell and look for the red E-Z-Up) on Saturday, June 1 from 11 am to 2 pm.


Hear all you need to know about:

  • Summer running camp
  • High altitude training in Mammoth
  • Uniforms
  • Practice locations
  • Uniforms and team gear
  • How to volunteer

More info to follow soon – but mark those calendars now – we want to see you there!



Important Schedule Items

Three VERY important items you should know about (two of which have been previously communicated):


1. Picture day is Tuesday.  That’s tomorrow.  Athletes need to wear clean uniforms for picture day.  All other info will be handed out at practice.

2. We will NOT be competing at the Apache Invitational at Arcadia on Friday.

3. League finals are on Tuesday, October 30 (this is a change from the original schedule).

A little housekeeping

We’ve got a few miscellaneous items to pass along – nothing new to add to your schedule, so we’ll call it housekeeping…


First, we neglected to properly acknowledge runners who landed on the All Time Top Ten list.  Most specifically, the new #1 on the girls list for the Cal Poly course, Micaela Lamb.  Joining her on the list are Emily Hoey (3), Cori Harral (4), Tori Whitworth (7), Megan Trono (8) and Taylor Butler (9).  And on the boys’ list, Ryan Sanchez (4), Mike Duke (6), Jeff Kirwin (9) and Oliver Kashyap (10).  All times were adjusted from 3 miles to 5000 meters to compare to the course as run in past years.


If we awarded a Booster of the Week award, the Seales would have been run away winners last week.  Please thank them for their creation/donation of the finish line recovery station.  You certainly saw the GLENDORA banner; did you also see the water, ice and cool towels they provided as our athletes finished?  Great idea!  Thank you, Seales.


League Finals, previously scheduled on 10/31 has been moved to 10/30.  Turns out you’ll have to create a better costume than CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER AFTER A RACE.


This week’s CIF Southern Section poll is posted.  See it HERE.

We have new t-shirts.  They look like that over there (except they have collars) and you can purchase them from Mrs Kirwin for $15.


Finally, the Chief Communications Officer will be unable to post updates most of next week.  All available information for next week’s meets will be posted by Tuesday.  No additional info will be posted until after both meets are completed.  Thanks for understanding.

Tartan Top 7

The 2012 Glendora XC team will have our first formal competition with our inter-squad Tartan Top 7 meet, on Saturday at Legg Lake in South El Monte.

All athletes (not just varsity athletes, ALL ATHLETES) should report to the park by 7:00 am. The first race is scheduled for 7:50.

This meet allows us to determine our Varsity sevens for the Bronco Invite next weekend, gives our entire team a chance to race – because racing is the best way to get better at racing.  The race is three miles on flat, winding decomposed granite paths.


Parents are needed as course marshalls – please see Coach Kaitlyn the morning of the race.


There will be a small shared meal after the race (contact Mrs Kidd to donate food), and we’ll also our distribute our white varsity shirts for the first time.




GHS XC Alumnus Chris Vega has been battling leukemia for the past year.  Our team has helped ease the Vega family’s burden with donations of money and gift cards as well as positive thoughts and prayers.


About a week ago, after several months of progress that had everyone expecting Chris to return home soon, he contracted pneumonia, and subsequently his overall health took a drastic turn for the worse.  The last couple days have brought news of steady improvement, and hope of continued healing.


Since Chris remains in critical condition, his family is spending nearly all of their time by his side.  So let’s mobilize once again to let Chris and his family know how much we care.  The team will be collecting money at Saturday’s race – any amount will be gladly accepted.  Gift cards to local restaurants help the family eat on the run between home and hospital; so those are helpful, too.  And bring a Sharpie, because you’ll want to sign the cards we’ll send to Chris.