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.