Glendora Cross Country

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Preview: Top Speed XC Classic at Bonelli Park

After what feels like a long two weeks, the Tartans will swing back into action this Saturday in the first ever Top Speed Running XC Classic at Bonelli Park in San Dimas.  Amazingly for a new event, the meet has drawn a very strong field of 24 schools, including Baseline league rivals Etiwanda, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland, along with top-ranked Claremont, and former Sierra League rivals Damien and Chino.

The first race it at 8:00 am, and the races run every half hour after.  We’ll race over a newly created course that is two 1.5 mile loops almost entirely on grass or dirt, and one that allows one to see most of the course from south hillside of the area we meet to train at.  The park opens at 6:30, and there’s an entry fee of $10 per car.  There’s further information (and an updated course map) on our 2010 Annotated Schedule, and you can (and should) download this week’s Team Sheet, with lineups, race times, and the runner’s itinerary here: TS-TopSpeed-Bonelli-10 (Corrected).pdf

And… Lauren Justus’ parents (George and Wendy) will be hosting this week’s spaghetti dinner immediately after Friday’s training session.  They live at 1020 Stonehedge Drive in Glendora.

Things You Need to Know – 9/29

Clovis Invite – with the postponement of the Baseline League Meet, this Saturday’s Top Speed XC Classic will be the final race we use to determine the top 14 boys and top 8 girls that will travel to Fresno on Friday, October 8.  The cost per qualified athlete is $50, and it’s important to remember that athletes must travel with the team.  Parents and families are welcome and encouraged to travel to the meet as well.  We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express, 650 W. Shaw Ave. in Clovis.  The phone is 559/297-0555 if family members would like to book at room to stay there as well.  More information is on our site at the 2010 Annotated Schedule.

Speaking of Team Rankings, here are the latest: Boys Rankings 9/29 and Girls Rankings 9/29

There are still a number of athletes who have not paid the $75 transportation and fundraiser fee for this year’s XC season.  Checks should be made out to “Glendora Cross Country Boosters” and either given to the coaches or mailed to “GHS XC Boosters, PO Box 1856, Glendora, CA 91741.  This fee must be paid for the athlete to compete in next week’s league meet.

And another reminder that, due to the high heat and the meet postponement, our Training Schedule has been seriously revised.  Athletes should download their own copy from this site at the link Training Schedule & Locations – and never count on word of mouth.

Baseline League Meet Now Wednesday October 6th

We’ve just received word that due to the high heat forecast, this Wednesday’s Baseline League Cluster Meet will be moved to next Wednesday, October 6th.

We also received word on Friday that the meet time is 2:00pm.  Our coaches have protested this early start but were told that it cannot be changed.  And so goes our first experience of adapting to the culture of a new league.  So with the meet time at 2:00, the athletes will be dismissed at noon and the bus will leave at 12:15

This change, combined with the record heat, and the fact that we are in the most critical training block of the season, means that the training schedule and times for the next four weeks have been revised.

You can download the latest training schedule at the link on the right column, Training Schedule and Locations

Practice for Saturday, 9/25

A small change in our schedule for Saturday’s practice that was announced at practice.

Our Varsity group will meet at 7:00am at Snow Creek Park in Walnut – meet at the far north end.

The balance of the team should meet at the GHS track (not Legg Lake) at 7:00 am.

Both groups should bring racers for these hard fast workouts

Things You Need to Know – 9/22

A New Training Schedule has been posted in the Training Schedule and Locations section of this website.  Please download and consult this schedule rather than relying on word of mouth.  And please note that the times and locations change each week.

About a third of our team has handled the $75 transportation and fundraiser fee for this year’s XC season.  Checks should be made out to “Glendora Cross Country Boosters” and either given to the coaches or mailed to “GHS XC Boosters, PO Box 1856, Glendora, CA 91741.  This fee must be paid for the athlete to compete next week

Today is the first day of Fall and we should now have more cool days than warm – so athlete’s should be sure to bring warm clothing to every practice and meet.  This means pants, a warm top, and a second shirt.  Every time.

If an athlete is unable to compete in a meet, the athlete should notify the coaches no later than five days previous to the meet – otherwise it will be treated as an unexcused absence.

Thursday’s (9/23) Session is 3:30 (for most)

Because of Back to School night, Thursday’s training session for most of our team will begin at 3:30 at Williams School.  Our top group (14ish guys, and 7 girls) will be training elsewhere.  We’ll name this group at Tuesday’s training and set the time and place for that session as well.

Look for a new training schedule later this week.

Woodbridge: Lauren was Awesome!

Senior Lauren Justus had her best performance yet to lead the Tartans in the huge Woodbridge Invitational, finishing 5th in the prestigious Sweepstakes race.  Showing what sustained and hard training can do, Lauren surpassed her track PR’s for the 1600 and 3200 en route to a 17:04 mark for three miles.

Our Varsity girls, running without Lauren, finished sixth in their race – we’d have been second or third with her.  Senior Allison Mayo raced particularly well, and frosh Tori Whitworth had a big 19:21 breakthrough (maybe it was the shoes!).

The Varsity guys had a bit of a rough night in the Sweeps race, missing David and Shin and having Austin fall and DNF.  We still managed a 12th place finish in the race, and our top three athletes, seniors Anthony Castro (17th/14:52) and Kelly Hernandez (47th/15:17) and junior Ross Brunett (58th/15:23) all finished in the Top 100 overall.

In the grade division races, the junior boys were second, with Cameron Bullock (15th/16:21) as our front runner, while the frosh guys were fourth led by Mike Duke’s excellent 16:12 second place effort.  We should note, too, that frosh Bryce Kasamoto finished as the fourth man on our varsity team, and his 16:08 made hi the second fastest freshman on the day, while Mike was sixth fastest.  These were great achievements in this big, big meet.

Complete results are here (pdf’s for each race – we’re in the Blue division)  Glendora results are here.

Take a look at our season stats – a red number indicates a PR for that distance – which shows that 35 of the 39 boys who competed last night, and all 17 girls, set new PR’s for a flat 3-mile course.

Split sheets are here:  Woodbridge Inv 9.18.10 Girls and Woodbridge Inv 9.18.10.boys Athletes, look carefully at your splits – the best boys ran their last two miles within 10 seconds of even, and the first mile about 30 seconds faster than the second.  The best girls were with 15 seconds on the second and third mile, and the first mile was about 40 seconds faster.  If your splits don’t follow this pattern, figure out how you can improve it.

Still more to come…

Preview: Woodbridge

The Woodbridge meet is huge.  Several hundred schools from at least four states take part.  It’s also pretty unique, with the course being almost completely flat and many of the races run after dark under special lighting.

We competed at Rosemead and Mt Carmel on this weekend last year, so the last time we were here was in 2008.  In that meet, our guys finished fifth in the rated race, the first really big team achievement for our program in some time.  We were led by then sophomore Anthony Castro whose 15:24 effort ranks 60th All-Time among sophs at the meet.  The girls, who had a bit of rough day, were led by then soph Lauren Justus in 18:24. Continue reading

We’re #1 – On Your Computer

After our guys’ nice performance on Saturday, we’ve returned to the top spot of the CIF-SS Div. II rankings, followed by Saugus, Loyola, Claremont, and Camarillo.  Baseline League rival Rancho Cucamonga is ranked 4th in Div. I.  Our girls are not ranked… yet.

Of course, we don’t run races on our computers and the only CIF rankings that really matter are the ones done at the finish line in November.  But this is still… nice.  You can download the complete rankings (and show that were #1 on paper, too!) here:  CIF SS XC Poll – 9/13/10

Things You Need to Know – Updated

This week’s pre-meet Spaghetti Dinner will be Friday after practice and will be hosted by Allison Mayo’s family.  They live at 820 East Mountain View (just west of Elwood) in Glendora.

Don’t Get Sick! There are several flues and respiratory viruses going around – don’t let them catch you!  Wash your hands several times a day, do not share water bottles, and bring sweats and second shirt to change into after practices and races.

Updated: As announced last week, this year’s team has a $75 Fundraiser and Transportation Fee.  The fund raising fee ($50) helps pay for travel expenses, snacks for athletes, coaching expenses, and subsidizes shirts.  The Transportation Fee is the result of Glendora USD’s decision to end funding for athletic travel – our fee for our weekday meets is $25 per athlete.  Please pay, in one check, to “Glendora Cross Country Boosters”.  The checks may be brought to practice or given to Wendy Justus, Lauren’s Mom, at meets.

Also at last week’s Parent’s Meeting, the coaches announced this year’s Attendance Standards.  You can download the standards here: Attendance Standards.

Take a minute to check out the San Gabriel Valley Track and Cross Country website.  This site offers the kind of  in-depth and hyper-local coverage of our sport that the newspapers cannot or will not provide.

Shoes! Any athlete who began training in the summer should be into his/her second pair of shoes by now.  Good shoes are expensive, but injuries cost even more.  Check our Shoe and Gear Guide for advice on how to get your next pair.