Glendora Cross Country

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Report: Sierra #1 – Pow!

A big day for our boys Varsity team, probably the best single day our team has had, maybe ever.  Our team time of 81:47 (for the first five finishers) appears to be a new Sierra League course record.

We placed four in the top five and had six of the first eleven scoring only 22 points with Ayala, our nearest rival, coming in at 48.  The Daily Bulletin paper covered the meet (from Ayala’s perspective): “Ayala Has Catching Up to Do“.  You can view the paper’s photo album from the meet here.

Our top four performers, Anthony Castro, Austin Goodheart, Austin Mendoza and Kelly Hernandez all had performances that rank in the eleven best All-time for GHS on this course, and our numbers five and six, Neill Netzeband and Shin Yamamura, both PR’d.

On the girls side, we were missing two of our top five, but junior Allison Mayo stepped up to lead us with a 20:48 effort, an improvement of almost three minutes from this meet last year, and a time that ranks just outside our All-Time Top 10.

Allison was not the only one to make a commitment to training and make a big improvement.  We also saw big drops from Nick Orozco (2:29), Jon-Carlo Nunez (2:08), Chris Shaffer (1:59), with the biggest coming from Christina Villalobos, who knocked a whopping 4:03 from last year’s time.  Hard work pays off.

Glendora results are here.  Download GHS times and splits here: boys and girls.  Complete Varsity results here: boys and girls.  For the other three races, you can download a pdf of the actual race tags and timing tape here: frosh/soph_boys.pdf jv_girls_.pdf jv_boys.pdf

Preview: Sierra #1

Tomorrow, we begin our league competition as we race against Ayala, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar and Damien/St. Lucy’s in the first Sierra League Cluster meet at Bonelli Park in San Dimas.

We compete in one of the stronger XC leagues in Southern California.  The Ayala girls are ranks 9th in the CIF-Southern Section Division II and St. Lucy’s are ranked 4th in Div. III.  The Ayala boys were ranked in the top ten until this week, and our guys are just outside the top ten.

In this meet last year, our boys team, led by seniors Corey Bullock (16:09) and Chris Ramsey (16:16), won the meet – the first step to our League Championship.  The girls were led by Lauren Justus with a strong 19:07 second place effort.  Corey’s effort was 3rd GHS All-Time at Bonelli.  Chris was 4th and Lauren was 3rd best AT GHS.

This year, Lauren is the individual favorite and our girls team will be looking to move up to the top half of the league.  Our guys will be challenging Ayala for the team title, while Anthony Castro and Austin Goodheart will be looking to finish at the front of the race.  Ayala is a strong group with no standouts (so far).  Diamond Bar and Chino Hills are both developing teams with younger runners looking to break into the leaders.

Races begin with JV Boys at 4:15, JV Girls at 4:20, F/S Boys at 4:50, Varsity Girls at 5:20 and the Boys at 5:30.  Athletes will be released from class at 2:00pm and must be on the bus by 2:30.  Athletes may not drive themselves to the meet.  They may return home with their parents, but only after the conclusion of the meet, and only if they provide the coaches with a note requesting permission to do so.

Things You Need to Know

Beyond our scheduled races and training, here are three upcoming events you need to know about.

  • Following Saturday’s training, we’re having a team BBQ and swim party hosted by Eddie Griffin’s parents, Patti and Jim.  Their home is at 840 Easley Canyon Road in Glendora
  • Our next pre-meet pasta dinner will be Monday, September 28, following training at Allison Mayo’s house, hosted by her parent Sheryl and Robert.  There home is at 820 E Mountain View Avenue in Glendora
  • We host a snack bar at the Sierra League Meets, and could use a few more adults to help.  We also need people to bring gatorade, water, and fruit for the athletes at Tuesday’s meet.  If you can help with either or both, please contact Theresa Goodheart

Report: Rosemead

A number of Tartans began their GHS XC careers tonight at the Rosemead Invite, contested on a mostly flat 2.9 mile (at most) course.  This low key meet gave us a chance to compete out of the heat and gave a number of our athletes a chance to shine

Top performers were Allison Mayo, who ran her first truly complete XC race to finish fifth among junior girls and 16th overall, and Tim McDougall, who returned to form with a strong finish in the junior boys division.

Other medal winners (top 30 in their division) were junior Maggie Su (14th), sophs Elizabeth Duchetta (16th), Christina Villalobos (28th) and Nate Seaford (30th), along with freshman Garrett Hernandez (18th).

A note on times:  The course was advertised as 3 miles, and then revised to 2.9 miles and probably was a bit short of that.  To compare apples to apples, for instance, to compare these efforts to our Time Trial at Legg Lake, athletes should multiply their Rosemead times by 1.05.

You can view a photo album of the meet from Jurgen Zeismann here

Complete meet results are here, and GHS results here.

Report: Mt. Carmel

Ten Tartans made our team’s first trip to the prestigious Mt Carmel Invitational, run on Footlocker National Championship course at San Diego’s Morley Field.

We raced in the afternoon on an unseasonably hot day, and the course proved to be crowded and somewhat confusing.  Nevertheless, we had top ten divsional finishes from soph Austin Mendoza, juniors Lauren Justus, and Anthony Castro, and senior Austin Goodheart – one in each of the divisions we entered.  A very nice day for the Tartans.

Anthony finished 16th overall and Lauren was 18th.  The guys team finished 5th against a very strong field, and excellent result after a week of heavy training.

Now it’s back to work and on the the first Sierra League meet.

Complete meet results are here.

Preview: Rosemead and Mt Carmel

This week will see our athletes compete in two long established but new to us meets.  Most will compete in Rosemead Invitational at Rosemead High.  This has been described as a fun meet, run over a mostly flat 3-mile course and with the first race starting at 5:30, it’s run mostly under the lights.  Even with part of our team in San Diego, we should still be one of the better teams of the 31 entered in the meet, so we should bring home quite a few medals.  Update:  You can read the meet preview here.

A select group of our athletes will travel to San Diego to compete in the Mt. Carmel Invitational over the famous Morley Field XC course in Balboa Park, site of the Footlocker National Championship Meet.  This meet features San Diego’s strongest teams, a very strong group from the Southern Section, along with teams from Northern California and Arizona.  It will have a championship feel.

As our XC teams began to travel to overnight meets over the past several years, we’ve used a variety of criteria in deciding who would go.  This year, we wanted to use the travel meet to give our athletes with potential to reach the State Championship Meet the experience of traveling over night and competing in a big-time meet.  So this year, that means Lauren Justus among the girls and the nine runners who have shown the highest potential to be park of our boys Varsity Seven.

You can get complete logistical information for both meets, including meet websites, schedules, medaling information, and arrive and departure times by following the link 2009 Annotated Schedule on the right of this page.

Website Guide

If you haven’t clicked through all of the links on the website yet, here’s a guide to what you’ll find when you follow the permanent links on the right:

2009 Annotated Schedule: is now up to date, and will provide almost everything you might need to know about our upcoming meets.  You’ll find directions, links to the meet website, previous results, competition format, meet schedules and logistical issues all addressed.

2009 Roster: will be brought up to date soon, with features on our top athletes.

A Quick Guide to Understanding Cross Country: is just what is says, meant for newcomers to our sport.

All Time Best Performers List: keeps track of our best performers on the various courses we will run this year, and gives us a sense of where our current best athletes rank in the over 50 years of Glendora XC.  (Girls will be added soon).

How Much Should I Sleep, Drink and Eat: gives specific guidance on all three of these important issues, plus links to more detailed discussions and guides.

Shoe and Gear Guide: gives specific advice on our sports equipment, along with links to local running stores and online/mail order vendors.

Training Schedule and Locations: has a link to our most recent training schedule, along with directions to all of our non-GHS training sites.

And further down on the right, you’ll want to especially take a look at Dyestatcal – which is the definitive website for XC and track in California.  They do an excellent job of covering our sports.  Glendora XC Statistics links to our page at, and has all of our results from the past several years and several nice statistical features.  Also take a look at the SGV Tribune sports page – they occasionally cover our sport, and their blog has a weekly XC update.

Report: Bronco Invite – We Won!

The Tartans opened the 2009 season with a victory in the boys varsity division at the Bronco Invitational at Prado Park in Chino.  Led by junior Anthony Castro‘s second place finish over the somewhat slow 5000 meter course, we defeated two teams above us in the state rankings: Granite Hills (30) and Brea Olinda (49).

Anthony’s 16:29 effort places him sixth on the GHS All-Time Performers list for this course, while junior Kelly Hernandez‘ 16:44 for 4th place overall put him 9th AT GHS.  Soph Austin Mendoza made the most of his varsity debut by running 16:48 for 7th overall and just outside the GHS list.  (Note: this year’s course seems to be about 25-30 seconds slower than the previous version).

Junior Lauren Justus ran a great race to finish second and lead our girls, who finished 6th.  Lauren’s 19:15 placed her third All-Time GHS on this course.

Soph Cameron Bullock, making his XC debut, led the Frosh/Soph guys to a third place finish while finishing fourth overall himself.  The JV guys finished third, led by junior Tim McDougall’s 10th place, while frosh Holli Morrow ran herself onto the varsity seven in the girls JV race.  Since only four girls competed in the JV race, we did not count in the team scoring.

So, a great start for the Tartans.  Six of the eleven girls who competed earned medals, as did 21 of the 30 participating boys.  First meet, first win.  Now on to Mt Carmel and Rosemead.

Full meet results are here, GHS results here

Times and split sheets here: 9-12-09-bronco-boys-pdf and 9-12-09-bronco-girls-pdf

And you can view a very nice photo gallery from Jurgen Ziesmann here

Preview: Bronco Invite

Here we go, our first official meet of the year.  We will opening our season along side seventeen other schools.  Here are the details:

Saturday, September 12 – Bronco Invitational – at Prado Regional Park in Chino.

The Course:  5 kilometers and rolling, mostly over grass and trails.  Course map: prado-course-map-pdf

Participants: Entire team – we compete by Varsity, JV, and Frosh/Soph for boys, Varsity and JV for girls.  We will post the team lineups by Thursday of race week. (Internet problems solved!) Download team lineups here: bronco-9-12-pdf

Prizes: Medals to Top 50 in each race, team trophy to the winner of each CIF division – we’re division II.

Race Times: Varsity: Boys – 8:00am; Girls – 8:30am  F/S: Boys 9:00am.  JV: Girls – 9:30am; Boys – 10:00am

Arrival Times and Departure Procedures: Varsity athletes should arrive, at our team tent, by 7:00am.  F/S by 7:30, Girls JV by 8:00 and boys by 8:30.  Everyone will stay until the conclusion of the awards ceremony following the final race of the day.

Race Notes: There is a charge of $10 per car (in cash) for entrance into Park.  This is our first time attending this meet, so there will be a lot for us to discover about food and rest rooms and the best places to set up.  Athletes and their families should look for the large, red Glendora EZ Up tent which is where we’ll meet.  This meet is being run after a two-year hiatus by new people, so we’re not sure what to expect.  Newcomers should ready for big crowds and a somewhat chaotic feeling around the starting line.

Training Schedule

It seems that the worst of the fires are behind us, so we should be able to return to regular training.  For this week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday we’ll be at GHS at 3:00 and Wednesday, we’ll be at Williams at 3:15 (Be on time).

Next week, we’ll begin a regular weekly schedule that will last about four weeks.  You can download a copy of the schedule here: trainingschedule-1-pdf

The schedule will also be posted, along with directions to all of our training sites at the link Training Schedule and Locations on the right side of this page.

Look for information about our upcoming meets early this week.