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Mt.SAC – Big Hills/Fast Times

Twenty-nine Tartans competed at last Saturday’s gigantic Mt. San Antonio College Cross Country Invitational on the famed three hills of the home of Southern California XC.  Fifteen of those athletes competed on the course for the first time, and all had the same comment – “Wow, those hills are big”.

Our top individual performance came from sophomore Anthony Castro, who became only the fifth Tartan athlete to break sixteen minutes on this course.  His 15:49, sixteenth place finish in the tough DII race makes him the fourth best All-Time GHS Performer on the Mt.Sac course.  Sophomore Kelly Hernandez had a big PR of 16:54 to be our fourth man, and this despite being knocked down in the opening meters of the race.  Our Varsity team performance was solid, not outstanding, but fast enough that all of our seasonal goals are still within reach.

Our top individual finishers were Anthony and freshman Austin Mendoza, whose 17:58 course debut also placed him 16th in the frosh race.  The biggest improvements from last season came from sophs Ryan Kabala (-2:30) and Chris Shaffer (-2:44).

This was one of the strongest XC meets in the courtry, and you can read about all of it at the big DyeStatCal coverage page, along with the video reviews at Flotrack.  You can find complete meet results here, and the results for our specific races here: JV, Varsity, Frosh, Soph.  GHS results are here, and you can down load pdf with all of our times and splits here: 10-24-08-mtsac.pdf

Next up is the Sierra League Finals meet on Tuesday, November 4th, again at Mt.SAC.  This will be the final meet of the year for our non-varsity athletes, and the chance to fulfill our first Varsity seasonal goal – a league championship.  Let’s be ready.

Preview: Mt. Sac!

This is a big meet.  Almost every school in SoCal runs here.  Teams fly in from around the state, even around the country to run here.  The meet is so big, it takes two days to run it – Divs III, IV, and V on Friday, the bigger schools on Saturday.  It’s so big, there are huge video boards near the start line showing different parts of the course.  It’s so big, the three giant hills on the course all have names.

Since almost everyone runs here at least once in the season, Mt. Sac is the standard for SoCal XC runners.  When most runners talk about their real PR, they’re talking about their Mt.Sac PR.

The best PR among our returning runners is senior Corey Bullock’s 15:57 (5th performer AT GHS) at last year’s CIF Prelims.  In this meet last year, Thomas Finnigan (’08) finished 4th in the Individual Sweepstakes race, in a GHS course record time of 15:16.  Neill Netzeband’s 8th place in the Div I sophomore race and Anthony Castro’s 3rd in the freshman race were the other top performances on the day.

This year, our JV’s will race at 7:14, the Varsity will be in the top Div II race at 8:25, the freshmen race at 10:45 and the sophomores go at 11:26.  There is both an admission and parking costing, which you can read about by following the “2008 Annotated Schedule” link on this site, where you’ll also find a load of information about the course.  Please Note: There is major construction and major traffic delays on the west side of the campus at Grand and Temple.  The means you should arrive from Temple, traveling west from the 57 freeway.

Mt.Sac is a tough course, but we’re a tough team, so this should be a great day for the Tartans.

Bell Gardens – Loads o’ PR’s!

An excellent day for the Tartans, as 17 of our 19 athletes set PR’s for flat 3 mile courses in the Bell Gardens Invitational at Legg Lake in South El Monte.

Our varsity runners took the day off to train, so the spotlight moved to our younger runners in the four grade level races  The top finisher was freshman Austin Mendoza who was third in a strong frosh field with big 16:39 PR.  We also had top 10′s from Tim McDougall, 17:14 (PR) for eigth in the soph race, and 18:05 for tenth from freshman Patrick Vincent in his first flat 3 mile race.

The biggest PR’s came from two of our beginning runners – senior Robert Haburn improved 2:36 and freshman Brian Loh improved 1:44 from their times at Woodbridge.

Complete GHS results are here, and GHS times with splits are here: 10-18-08-bell-gardens.pdf (This meet normallly doesn’t post their results on the internet, but we’ll link to them here if they do.)

Sierra #2 – A Step Back

A tough day for the Tartans as we dropped a place in all three divisions in the second Sierra League Cluster Meet at Bonelli Park.  A slightly longer course – because of construction at the west end of the course – probably added a few seconds to our times – but not enough to account for the differences from the first meet.

The Varsity boys fell to second behind Ayala, 28 to 34, followed by Diamond Bar at 91, Chino Hills – 118, Damien – 129, and Chino – 149.  So after two meets, the Tartans are tied with Ayala with 9 points, followed by Diamond Bar and Chino Hills with 7, Damien at 2 and Chino with 0.  The league title will now go to whomever wins the League Finals meet next month.

The Frosh/Soph Team fell to third, tying for second on points with Chino Hills, but losing on the basis of the better sixth runner.  The JV’s had a rough day, despite Joel Gillett’s win with a course PR 17:19, and fell to fifth in the league.

Individually, senior Corey Bullock once again led the Varsity with a second place finish, as did freshman Austin Mendoza in the Frosh/Soph division.  On a day without a lot of standout performances, the biggest improvement came from soph Kelly Hernandez, who, while holding his spot in the Varsity with a 16th place finish and an 1:32 improvement, proved that it is indeed easier to run without a respiratory infection.  Other big improvements came from soph Victor Solorzano (23:22, -1:25) and freshman Chris Vega (20:18, -0:37).

GHS results are here.  GHS times with splits are here:  10-14-08-sierra-2.pdf Complete varsity results are here: sierra-2-boys-full-results. Top 15 and teams scores for all divisions here: league2resultsoverall

So, back to training.  We have three weeks left to League Finals, the final meet for most of our athletes, and the most important meet so far for the Varsity.  Go get it, guys.

Monday & Legg Lake Meet

Just a reminder to our athletes that we will train at our normal time, 3:00pm on Monday, even though we’re off school that day.  Afterwards, we’ll have our pasta dinner at Corey Bullock’s house – 1138 N. Englewild Dr.

There is a revision in the news about next Saturday’s Bell Gardens Invite at Legg Lake.  This meet is now open to any non-varsity athletes, including juniors and seniors, who wish to run.

Clovis: Cold (Weather) & Warm (Results)

Thirteen Tartans ran in the intersectional Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park on a cold morning in Fresno, with the Varsity finishing 15th in the loaded Championship Race, while the Frosh/Soph team was 13th in the Large Schools division.  While our performance wasn’t all we’d hoped for, we still did well relative to our League, CIF and State goals by beating Ayala and finishing fifth among our CIF-SS Div II rivals.

Individually, senior Corey Bullock and sophs Anthony Castro and Kelly Hernandez put in strong performances.  Corey led the Tartans with 15:55, 32nd in our race and 52nd overall, followed closely by Anthony’s 16:04, 51st in our race, 78th overall, and 12th among sophomores.  Kelly led the frosh/soph team and ran his way back onto the Varsity by finishing 32nd in 17:17.

A special word of thanks to Theresa Goodheart for coordinating the trip.

GHS results are here, and the pdf with times and splits is here: 10-11-08-clovis Complete meet results are here, and there’s extensive coverage on DyeStatCal.com – a link to video of the varsity race, in which you can see Corey, Anthony and Chris several times, is here.

Preview: Clovis Invitational

Thirteen Tartans will travel on Friday to Fresno to compete in Saturday’s Clovis Invitational, held at the famous Woodward Park course, site of the California State Meet.

This is our second trip to the meet.  Last year, we finished 14th in the prestigeous Sweepstakes race, while Corey Bullock and Anthony Castro turned in very strong performances.  Corey’s 16:09 placed him 40th in this elite race, and Anthony finished 4th among all freshmen at the meet.

We’ll race in sweepstakes race again this year, and we’re returning with even higher expectations.  As you can read in the meet preview, our race is loaded – nine of the top ten DII teams in the state will be in our race, along with six of the top D I schools, and several strong DIII teams, along with our Sierra League rivals Ayala.  We’re not mentioned in the preview, but we’re hoping to run well enough that they’ll have to write about us in the meet report.

Our Frosh/Soph team will run at 7:45, while the Varsity will go at 10:10.  This meet always gets big coverage from the prep Track and XC website DyeStatCal.com, so check the site for stories and video of the races later on Saturday, and you can check the meet website for results shortly after each race.

Sierra #1 – 10/2

Thanks once again to Steve Brunett for the photos

News: Bell Gardens – Back On et al

We’ve added a traditional meet to our schedule – the Bell Gardens Invite at Legg Lake, on Saturday, October 18th – but just for the non-varsity sophomores and freshmen athletes. (ed: non-Varsity juniors and seniors are eligible to run).  Last year, we felt like we raced a little too much in the middle of the season, and so we dropped the Legg Lake meet from the schedule.  But on second thought, we realized that our developing runners often, um, develop best from racing, so the meet’s back on.

In other bits of news, our Varsity team is once again ranked seventh in the CIF Southern Section Division II weekly poll.  This is a nice bit of recognition, but in the only standings that matter, we lead the the Sierra League with five points to Ayala’s four and Chino Hills three after the first cluster meet.  (Cluster meets are scored 5pts for 1st down to no point for 6th, and league finals is double points).

Also, take a look at the SGV Tribune Prep Sports Blog – Bob Ramsey is writing a weekly Cross Country update for the site.  Please visit the site and leave comments – new posts go up on Mondays or Tuesdays – the more interest we show, the more likely the paper is to cover our sport.