Glendora Cross Country

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Team Photos and Training Schedule

With the season entering it’s final phase, it’s time for team photos and our most important week of training.

Team photos will be at 3:00 pm at the track.  Please come dressed in your uniform – varsity runners, wear your varsity uniform.  Check your email for more details.  We will have a regular training session after the photos.

And in order to help us focus on this last week before league finals, we will be at Bonelli Park at 4:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday of this week, and at Legg Lake at 8:00 am on Saturday.  Wednesday and Friday will be at GHS at 3:00.

Mt. Sac: Our Best, but Not our Best

Saturday was a long day for the Tartans, with our JV guys in one the early races in the morning and our Varsity Girls running the last race of the day. In between, there were scores of excellent performances, topped by our Varsity Boys.

The guys Varsity ran in the top race of the meet, the Team Sweepstakes, and finished 13th overall, and 3rd among Div. 2 schools. We were the top Southern Section Division 2 team in the meet, with a school record team time of 80:34, and this was with a couple of our guys having a rough day.

Junior Kelly Hernandez and soph Austin Mendoza led the Tartans with big PR’s. Kelly was 15:42, which is third best All-Time GHS on this tough and very hilly 2.91 mile course. Austin was just behind in 15:49, which is equal fifth best A-T GHS, and was the sixth best time by a sophomore in this year’s meet. Shin Yamamura (16:32) and Neill Netzeband (16:53) both recorded Mt.Sac PR’s, and Nick Orozco ran his way back onto the Varsity with a 17:09 effort, a 3:17 improvement from his time in last year’s meet.

The girls were led by Lauren Justus, who continued to round into shape after her illness with a 19:01 for 7th in her heat. She was followed by Allison Mayo, whose 20:25 is 2:07 better than last year, and frosh Holli Morrow, whose first trip around the course was very fine 22:51.

Now it’s back to training so we can all make the most of our next crack at the famous Mt. Sac course: the Sierra League Championship Finals on Tuesday, November 3.

GHS Results are here. Complete meet results are here. Splitsheets for boys: 10-24-09-boys-mtsac.pdf and girls: 10-24-09-girls-mtsac.pdf

Lots of additional coverage at Dyestatcal, Flotrack, and Runnerspace, which has start/finish videos of every race.  And be sure to check out the coverage at the new regional XC & Track site.

Specifically, here’s Flotrack’s video of… the JV race, the boys Varsity race.

Preview: Mt.Sac – Our Guys Made the Sweepstakes

The entires for the Mt. Sac Invite were posted tonight and for the first time ever, our boys team will be taking part in the prestigious Team Sweepstakes Race.  We are one of only 19 schools, gathered from all over the state (and one from Arizona) to run in this featured race.  Because the CIF and State championships are run in divisions, this may be the strongest race in the State this year.  This is a tremendous vote of confidence in our guys – now all we have to do is live up to it!

Our race times are: Boys JV: 8:54am, Boys Var: 10:00, Boys Frosh: 1:45, Girls Frosh 2:09, Boys Soph: 2:48, Girls Soph: 3:04, Girls Var: 4:19.

Check the 2009 Annotated Schedule on the right for more info on the meet, including course maps and videos on how to best run the course.

Update:  This meet receives national attention, so spend some time with the coverage at Flotrack and Runnerspace.  Both will have live coverage and extensive video and photos after the race.  Also, local fav’s Dyestatcal will have extensive coverage here.

Report: Bell Gardens – Lauren Leads the Way!

Tartan junior Laruen Justus continued her recovery from illness with a strong solo win today at the Bell Gardens Invitational.  Lauren led from the start and ran mostly alone over the flat 3 mile course at Whittier Narrows Park.  Her 18:36 was easily the best of the day.

The meet is very generous with medals, so many of our athletes came home with something hanging from their necks.  Other notable finishes were from Allison Mayo (8th in the junior race), Maggie Su (15 junior), Nick Orozco (13th junior) and David Reber (9th soph).

You can view Glendora results hereThis meet doesn’t publish results on the internet, but Update: Complete results (for the first time!) here.  You can read some coverage here – this is a new site covering XC in the East SGV.  Split sheets are here: 10-17-09-boys-bell-gardens.pdf and 10-17-09-girls-bell-gardens.pdf

Update:  Awesome photo galleries from the Ziesmann’s: frosh, sophs, juniors, and everybody!

Report: Sierra #2 – Well we were just 17…

The Tartans competed in the second Sierra League cluster meet today over the 5000 meter course at Bonelli Park.  It was a rainy day, a new experience for many of our athletes, and many of those athletes had the experience of running faster than they ever have on this course.

Our Varsity boys took another big step forward toward the Sierra League championship and beyond, finishing 1-2-3-5-6 for a score of only 17 points, five better than last time.  For the first time, the Tartans were led by senior Austin Goodheart who won in a fine time of 16:18.  The heavy rain during the varsity race kept the times down, with both Kelly and Austin M. falling during the race.  Nevertheless senior Neill Netzeband (16:40 for 6th) and junior Shin Yamamura (16:43 for 8th) managed course PR’s, with Neill entering the GHS top performers list for Bonelli at 15th.  (And to be fair, we should note that Ayala raced at Clovis on Saturday, while Damien and Diamond Bar raced at Mt.Sac, which made today’s meet a tough task for them).

The girls moved from 6th to 4th place in the Sierra League, helped by the return of junior Lauren Justus from illness.  Lauren ran a controlled 19:15 for third place, just off her course PR.  Junior Allison Mayo also had a strong race, turning in another course PR, 20:35 for 16th place, just five seconds outside of the GHS Top Ten.

GHS results are here.  Complete Varsity results and scores and top 15 for other divisions here:  league2resultsoverall09-1.pdf Split sheets are here: 10-13-09-boys-sierra-2.pdf and 10-13-09-girls-sierra-2.pdf.

We will update the article further tonight and tomorrow.  Please email photos to the address on the right.

Preview: Sierra #2

Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be our second Sierra League Cluster meet at Bonelli Park in San Dimas.  The meet will begin with the Boys F/S race at 4:15.

In the first Sierra League Meet, our boys Varsity team had a big win, setting a new course record as well.  The guys will be looking to repeat that performance.  Our girls will be looking to move up against the strong Sierra competition.

Important Note: Rain is expected for the meet, and we will run unless the rain makes the dirt hill so slippery that it becomes dangerous (which is very unlikely).  The rain makes it critical that every athlete comes prepared to handle the conditions.  Bring: extra shoes, extra socks, another shirt, towells, an umbrella, and anything else you can think of that you’ll need to get dry and warm after your race.


Report: Brea – Hot and Strong!

A great day for the Tartans today at the Brea Invitational.  This was a new meet with a tough, unfamiliar course that featured sandy footing, lots of rolling hills and one big hill – all of which we handled really well.

The boys varsity team finished second overall, behind state-ranked Div. 1 power Arcadia, and defeated several teams with post-season ambitions.  Anthony Castro was again our team leader, finishing 4th overall in a very strong 16:24.  The girls were led again by Allison Mayo, who rolled over this difficult course in 22:03.  While this course was 5000 meters like Tuesday’s Sierra League race at Bonelli, it was considerably slower – about 45 seconds slower for Varsity boys and probabaly about 1:05 slower for our top girls.

Despite the heat and the slower course, several of our newer runners actually ran faster than Tuesday.  Holli Morrow, Patrica Reyes, Camron Sharp, and Sebastian Lopez improved their times from Bonelli.  And we must take note of Ben Mejia’s (pictured above) dominating win in the coaches’ race.

You can view Glendora results here.  Complete results are here.  GHS split sheets are here:  Girls and Boys

Update:  You can view a partial photo gallery from Mr. Ziesmann here.  You can view another smaller gallery here, and a gigantic one here.  Race videos (!) are here.

And an Important Update: Our training schedule for the next two weeks has changed.  Please download a copy of the new schedule:  ghs-xc-09-training-2.pdf

Preview: Brea Invite

We want to give our athletes chances to compete and we want them to compete well.  This led us to make some major changes in our schedule, and one of the happy results is that we will be competing in the Brea Invite for the first time.

This a mid-sized (40 schools), and well-regarded meet run over a course that many people really like.  This meet also has a unique feature in how it’s run.  Rather than merely having one varsity and one frosh/soph race, each division is divided into two of three groups.  So in the varsity divisions, our numbers one and two runners (this week, Anthony C & Austin G. and Allison M. & Maggie Su), will run in one race, our numbers 3-4-5 runners will run in another, and numbers 6&7, plus any JV runners will run in the third race.

This may seem confusing, so we made up a sheet listing what race everyone is running, along with race times and arrival times.  You can download it here: ghs_at_brea.pdf

Please plan on arriving early, the park will be very crowded and will probably struggle to accomodate all of the athletes and their families.  You can find directions and other info by reading the 2009 Annotated Schedule on the right of this page.


Our pre-meet spaghetti dinner will be on Friday immediately after practice, hosted by Austin’s parents Steve and Theresa Goodheart.  They live at 172 Grand Oaks Dr. in Glendora.