Glendora Cross Country

No Fear No Pain No Defeat

Glendora Cross Country - No Fear  No Pain  No Defeat

Back to School… and Out for XC!

School begins tomorrow, so the training schedule will shift a little (see below).  But it is still an excellent time to come out for Cross Country.  We know there are athletes at GHS who really should be part of our team, and we made it a goal to add 20 new athletes to the XC family

So if you’ve been thinking about XC, it’s not too late.  We are one of the strongest programs at GHS (tops in the SGV, defending league champs, state ranked), but at the same time, our sport has no cuts and there is no bench.  Every athlete on the team gets to run in the meets.

If you want to join us, come out the GHS track any day this week or next at 3:00 pm.  Even on the days when we are not training then, there will a coach there to meet with newcomers.  For further details on what you need to do and bring, read this post below.

And for everyone else: here is this week’s training schedule

Monday: 5:00 pm at GHS

Tuesday: 5:00 pm at Bonelli Park

Wednesday: 3:00 pm at GHS

Thursday: 5:00 pm at Bonelli Park

Friday: 3:00 pm at GHS

Saturday: 7:00 am at Chino Hills State Park (Varsity plus select others only)

Updated 2009 Schedule

There was a change last week in the Sierra League cluster meet schedule which prompted us to make significant revisions in our 2009 racing schedule.  Our slate of Saturday meets is considerably changed from previous years.  The schedule is set up around two priorities 1) Racing our best in Sierra League meets 2) Giving our younger and developing runners multiple chances to race.

The Bronco Invite (9/12 at Prado Park in Chino) returns to our schedule (and to existence) after a two year hiatus.  It’s a rolling 5 kilometer course over a variety of terrain.  We compete as Varsity, JV, and Frosh/Soph Teams.

The following weekend (9/19) our team will split as we compete in two new meets.  Our top athletes (which means our varsity boys and Lauren) will travel overnight to compete at the Mt Carmel Invite at Morley Park in San Diego.  This is a top regional meet and it’s contested over the same course that hosts the Footlocker National Championships in December.  Later that evening, the balance of the team will compete under the lights on a flat 3 mile course at the Rosemead Invite, held at Rosemead HS and the adjoining park.  In both of these meets, we’ll compete by classes.

The following Saturday is open so we’ll be at our best for the first Sierra League Cluster Meet (Tues, 9/29 at Bonelli Park in San Dimas).  The second cluster meet will be two weeks later on October 13.  We’ll compete against the other five Sierra League teams as Varsity, JV, and Frosh/Soph teams.

On Saturday, 10/3 we’ll compete in the Brea Invitational (at Carbon Canyon Park) for the first time.  This meet has a unique format that puts each team’s #1-2 runners in the same race, then the 3-5 runners in the next race, and then 6,7 and everyone else in another race.  There is also a coaches’ race, about which Coach Ben is very excited.

The Bell Gardens Invite (10/17 at Legg Lake in South El Monte) has long been on our schedule, and is run over a fast, flat 3 mile course).

The following weekend begins the Mt. Sac portion of our season (we potentially run there four times) with the Mt. Sac Invitational (10/24 in Walnut).  This is a huge meet run over the toughest and most important XC course in Southern California.

The Sierra League Championship Finals (Tuesday, 11/3 at Mt. Sac) will be the last meet for most of our athletes, while our varsity athletes can advance to the CIF post-season by finishing in the top five as individuals or among the top three teams.

You can download a simple version of the schedule here, and as we get closer to the meet days, click the link 2009 Schedule where you’ll find information about transportation, directions, along with starting times and meet expectations.

We’re #59 in California

Dyestatcal, the definitive news site for high school XC and track in California, has been very slowly bringing out their statewide Cross Country Rankings for 2009.  Our guys have been the top team in the San Gabriel Valley for the past two years and we’re defending Sierra League Champs. Last night’s release showed that our boys team is ranked 59th in the state (the highest ranking of any GHS team)  Here’s what Rich Gonzalez of Dyestat had to say:

59. Glendora Tartans (Southern Section)
Rich’s Ranking Tier Classification: 5
Coach: Don Sumner
League: Sierra
2008 Finish: Placed 5th in its heat at CIF-SS D2 prelims, missing finals by 7 points.
Returnees: Welcomes back top finisher and 3 scorers among 5 from CIF Prelims
2009 Outlook: Projected to advance to the CIF-SS Division II Finals — a field so tight that all qualifiers stood reasonable chance to also make state — the Tartans instead could not step up during their biggest challenge and instead saw their season halted prematurely. Despite some key graduation losses, Glendora should remain a force in both the San Gabriel Valley and Division II. Anthony Castro,
who ran well in the clutch to pace the Tartans at CIF Prelims, Kelly Hernandez and Austin Goodheart are all key veterans, but the crew needs to improve on the quality of its depth in 2009.

Sounds about right.  So guys, let’s make sure there are no “premature halts” this year.

The 2009 Season Has Begun

Training has begun for the 2009 Glendora Cross Country team.

This year, the boys and girls teams have been brought back together under the direction of Coach Don Sumner, assisted by Kaitlyn Geiman, Ben Mejia and Bob Ramsey.

New runners may still join the team. While cross Country is a sport with no bench and no cuts, we are also one of the most successful sports at GHS. Our boys team are the defending Sierra League Champions, and this Fall, five graduates of our program will be competing on the NCAA Div. I level.

To join the team:

  • Show up for training (see the schedule below)
  • Show up with good trainers, appropriate clothes and water (cf. Shoe and Gear Guide)
  • Get a physical and complete the 09-10 GHS Physical Packet
  • Be ready to find out just how good you can be.

Summer Training Schedule

We use a variety of locations, terrains and surfaces in our training. You can find directions to all of our training sites by clicking Training Schedules & Locations

Mondays: 5:00pm at Glendora HS

Tuesdays: 5:00pm at Bonelli Park

Wednesdays: 5:00pm at Williams Elementary School

Thursdays: 5:00pm at Bonelli Park

Fridays: 6:30am at Bonelli Park

Saturdays: 7:00am at Legg Lake (8/8) and La Verne Trails (8/22)

Some of our team will be training in Mammoth Lakes 8/9-8/16 – for those not in Mammoth we will distribute a training schedule for that week.