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Tartans Lead SGV Trib All-Area Team


The San Gabriel Valley Tribune has published it’s 2009 All-Area team for Cross Country and it includes quite a few familiar faces.  Juniors Lauren Justus and Anthony Castro were selected as Athletes of the Year.  Kelly Hernandez and Austin Goodheart were also selected for the first team, while Austin Mendoza and Shin Yamamura led the second team.

Unlike previous years, the article accompanying the lists that does a nice job of breaking down the season, with quotes from Lauren, Anthony and Coach Don Sumner, who was selected Boys Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.  But the Trib also continued it’s now annual tradition of excluding deserving Glendora athletes in the name of “balancing” the lists.   For a more representative list of XC honors – go back and review the Mt.Sac XC awards.

Banquet and City Council This Week

Our annual team banquet is this Thursday, December 10th, at the Legion Hall in Finkbiner Park.  Monday is the absolute deadline to make your reservation.  The dinner is free for team members and $10 each for family and friends.  Full details: GHS Cross Country Banquet.pdf

Also this week, the Glendora City Council will be honoring our championship boys varsity team during this Tuesday’s meeting.  The meeting begins at 7:00 pm on December 8th in the City Hall Council Chambers at 116 Foothill Blvd.  UPDATE: You can view video of the meeting and ceremony here.

So, When Do We Start Track Season?

With today’s Footlocker West meet, cross country season has ended for all of our athletes.  So what’s next?

Our annual training plan calls for our athletes to take at least two weeks off from training between XC and track seasons.  This should be an active rest period – play soccer, ride your bike, play hoops in the driveway – your rest comes from getting away from structured training rather than merely laying around.

Athletes that will be competing in the distance events in track (800, 1600, 3200) will begin regular training again on Monday, December 21st.  Remember that being a distance runner is an almost year-round calling.

So if you have had at least two weeks off from training, you should begin running again on your own over the next two weeks.  Week 1: Run 30 minutes + 4 buildups three days a week.  Do one of our strength routines on each of those days too.  Week 2:  Add a fourth day like the other three.  Run on soft surfaces and find some teammates to run with.

Note: if you’ve run off and on since the end of the season, count any week where you ran three times or less as a rest week.

So now we’re part of the track team – so look for updates on the team website:

Post-Season XC Action!

While the official XC season ended for most of our athletes ended with November 3rd’s Sierra League Finals, several of our athletes competed in open XC meets.

On Sunday, November 15, soph Ross Brunett and and juniors Jon Carlo Nunez and Christian Arranaga took another shot at the 2.91 mile Mt.Sac course in the Southern California Association – USATF Championship meet.  Ross was 15th (18:04 PR) and Christian was 21st (18:57) in the Intermediate Boys  (born 1993-94) Division, and Jon Carlo ran a 17:59 PR to finish 10th in the Young Mens (born 1991-92) Division.  Full results are here.

The following Sunday, all three traveled to Escondido to compete in the USATF Region 15 XC Championships, along with athletes from all of Southern California as well as Arizona and Southern Nevada.  Ross was 30th, Christian 44th and Jon Carlo 26th in their divisional races.  Full results here.

The final XC competition was at today’s Footlocker West meet at Mt.Sac.  This is a qualifier for the Footlocker National meet but also has races for all levels of athletes.  In previous years, many of our athletes ran this meet, but since this year’s season extended all the way to the State meet, only three Tartan’s lined up.  Sophs Ross Brunett (19:29) and Chris Vega (20:41) took on the longer 5000 meter course – they’re times convert to 18:18 and 19:25 on the traditional 2.91 mile course.  Race Results are here.

Coach Ben Mejia also ran in the Footlocker Open race. Unable to find the form the led to his win in the open race at the Brea Invite, Ben finished 18th in 17:29 (16:24 converted).  Race Results are here, and complete meet results are here.

And with that, we’re done.  With XC.  Now it’s time for track season!

SGV XC Awards – Thursday at Mt.Sac

On Thursday night will be the second year of the revived San Gabriel Valley Cross Country awards at Mt.Sac.  These awards are based on the best times achieved on the Mt.Sac course by the athletes of the 33 schools in the East SGV.  Awards are given to the top 5 performers in each grade level.  The top boy and girl will be Athletes of the Year, and teams with the top cumulative team time will be given the top team award and their coaches will be awarded Coach of the Year.

The Tartans will be well represented.  Juniors Lauren Justus and Anthony Castro are Athletes of the Year.  Our guys will get the team award – our best was almost five minutes better than the second team – and Don Sumner will receive the Coach of the Year award.

Austin Goodheart is second among seniors, Kelly Hernandez and Shin Yamamura are second and third after Anthony on the juniors list, and Austin Mendoza is the top sophomore.  You can view the complete list here.

The ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM in the Founders Hall in the middle of the main campus.

Directions:  Please enter Mt. SAC at the main parking lot entrance off of Grand Ave. Drive to the information kiosk and tell them you are there for the cross country awards ceremony. They will direct you to the free parking lot area reserved for that night.