Glendora Cross Country

No Fear No Pain No Defeat

Glendora Cross Country - No Fear  No Pain  No Defeat

Today’s Practice 10/30 & Monday’s

…is on for the Varsity (Top 14 & 9) at Legg Lake.

Everyone else should run 25-40 minutes on their own, but may come to Legg Lake to do it if you like.  You will probably feel tired at the beginning, but make sure you do at least 25.  If you feel OK at 25, go up to 40.

Run 25 minutes on your own on Sunday

Monday’s practice is at 4:00 pm at GHS, followed by a spaghetti dinner at the Brunetts – 18704 Leadora Ave in Glendora

Preview: Apache Invite

This meet is designed to help the athletes go faaast!!!  After the soft grass and steady slopes of the Baseline League meet and the gigantic hills of Mt.SAC, our athletes will encounter a completely flat course over firm, short grass.  This will be a great course for spectators, too – the three one mile hour glass shaped loops provide numerous opportunities to see the athletes during the race.

This is another new meet for our team, so there’s no history to account, and whichever boy and girl run the fastest will be our school course record holders!

You can download the teamsheet, with the race schedule and team line ups here: TS-Apache-10.  More info is at the 2010 Annotated Schedule link on this page.

Because this is Homecoming weekend, athletes may leave with their families immediately after their cooldown rather than the usual 90 minutes, but they must provide the coaches a note asking to do this before getting on the bus.

Mt.SAC: A Really Good Day for the Girls.

A big, big day at Mt.SAC, highlighted by the girls Varsity Team’s 13th place finish in the Individual Sweepstakes, and a new GHS Mt.SAC team record of the 97:22, breaking the old record of 97:40 set at the 2004 CIF Prelims UPDATE: a really good performance, but further research has shown the that record is actually 96:06 run in 2005 at the Invite.  The Tartans were led once again by strong 6th place/17:53 course PR from Lauren Justus and a huge 19:32 Mt.SAC debut by frosh Tori Whitworth, a mark that makes her =8th on the GHS All-Time Performers List.  Lauren remains second on the list.

This article will expand, but for now, you can find complete results of every race here (all pdf’s), and archived video of most of the races at Runnerspace.com

Split Sheets: MtSAC Invite 10 Boys and MtSAC Invite 10 Girls

Preview: Mt.SAC Invite

When we began training in July, every step was taken with this course and this weekend in mind.  Saturday’s Mt. SAC Invitational is run over the famous 2.93 mile and severely hilly course in Walnut, and it’s the standard for XC in Southern California.  This is the first of what we hope will be four meets at Mt.SAC – the Invite, League Finals, CIF Prelims & CIF Finals.  But it starts here.

And it starts early.  Our first race, the JV guys, will be at 7:10am.  This is a massive event, held over two days, with nearly 20,000 athletes coming from all over California and from many states.  Races go off every six to seven minutes, so we have to on our toes.

Last year in this race, we showed the first clear signs of the ability that would take us to the CIF Championship when Kelly Hernandez and Austin Mendoza became only 7th and 8th Tartans ever (at the time) to run under 16:00 on this famous course, and the guys set a new team course record.  Lauren Justus led our young girls team in the heat of the afternoon.

This year, we’re really honored to have both our boys and girls Varsity teams in the prestigious Sweepstakes Races.  The time schedule slows for these races so they’re the only events on the course, and the teams are introduced before the race.   We are one of only 12 schools who have qualified both boys and girls teams for these events.  This is the first time our girls team is in the Sweeps, and the third time for our boys.

All of this comes at a cost – admission is $7, kids are $2 and seniors are $5 – and it includes a program.  Entry is through the stadium gate at the north end of the facility on Temple Ave.  Parking is $5 in Lot F across the street from the stadium, and the stadium adjacent Lot R is $10.  Athletes enter free with their numbers, which will be passed out Friday at practice.  You can see this will be very crowded, so please come early.

Be sure to check this site’s 2010 Annotated Schedule for even more info, and explore the meet website (linked above).

And please download this week’s Team Sheet – which has our team’s schedule, the team lineups, Top 10′s and the athlete’s personal time schedule – here: TS-MtSAC-10-Corrected.  And here’s a map of the course and facility: MtSAC Map

Live Results will be posted here and there will be live and archived video coverage at Flotrack and Runnerspace.  Update: Here’s an awesome course preview from Flotrack

Baseline #2: 2nd Twice & Another CR for Lauren

The Tartans finally competed in the new Baseline League on Wednesday, running their only cluster meet of the season on the slow and somewhat hilly 3 mile course at Red Hill Park.  Our Varsity teams were second twice, both times to Rancho Cucamonga, whose boys are ranked 4th in California and 13 in the nation.  Their girls are defending league champs and set a course record today.

But that was not the only CR on the day as senior Lauren Justus set her third course record of the season as she won by over a minute in 17:51, breaking the old record of 18:20 by Rancho’s Melissa Telon, who is now competing at Azusa Pacific.  She was followed to the line, all with PR’s, by senior Allison Mayo (19:28) and frosh Emily Hoey (19:32) Chloe Arriaga (19:34) & Taylor Butler (19:38) - all of whom closed well over the last mile to clinch the second spot – which is the highest league finish by the Tartan girls in a number of years.

In the JV race, we were second to Rancho but just three points (42-45) and placed three in the Top 10: frosh Danielle York (5th/21:11), soph Holli Morrow (7th/21:29) and senior Stefanie Scott (8th/21:31).

The guys Varsity competed well to run second, only 12 points behind Rancho (44-56) and 17 ahead of 3rd placed Etiwanda.  We were led again by our usual top trio of Anthony Castro (4th/15:30), Kelly Hernandez (4th/15:40) & Austin Mendoza (14th/16:07).  But the key to our placing was our two freshman, Mike Duke (15th/16:18) and Bryce Kasamoto (16th/16:18) taking the next two spots, with big PR’s for both of them.

The JV guys dropped a dominating 16 points on the field, that’s a 1-2-3-4-6 finish by junior Aaron Forburger (16:36), soph Garrett Hernandez (16:41), frosh Damon Payne (16:52), junior Cameron Bullock (16:53) and senior Jon Carlo Nunez (17:09).

In preparation for adding a Frosh/Soph Division, the meet organizers broke up the boys into two divisions, and after the sort, our JV guys finished with with XC minimum of 15 points and 8 of the first 10.  In the F/S race, Garrett would have won and Damon would have been 3rd, with frosh Eric Netzeband 10th in 18:10.  In the F/Steam competition, we just lost to Rancho, 34-37

All of our hard work is paying off – and so now it’s on to Mt.SAC!

Glendora results are here.  Complete Results are here (with guys broken down into JV and Frosh/Soph):   Baseline #2-10 Complete (Excel File)

Split Sheets: Baseline #2 Red Hill 10 Girls and Baseline #2 Red Hill 10 Boys

Preview: Baseline #2 (which is really #1)

Since we never ran the first meet, that meet’s preview still works….

This one counts.

Every race matters, but some matter more.  Our team goal is to compete for championships and it begins with our League title.  This is our first year in the Baseline League, where we’ll face the challenge of competing against much larger schools.  Upland is a traditional power, Etiwanda is on the rise, Alta Loma has good athletes and Los Osos is very strong, especially on the girls side.  But the biggest challenges with come from Rancho Cucamonga.  They’re the defending league champs for both the boys and girls, and both teams are very strong this year – we were second to them on Saturday.

We’ll compete championship style – racing against all six teams at once, with the results counting for 25% of the league championship (the balance coming from the second cluster meet and league finals).  Racing begins at 3:15 at Red Hill Park, across the street from Alta Loma HS.  Full meet information, including directions, and athlete expectations at the 2010 Annotated Schedule.

You can download the athletes’ Team Sheet here: TS-Baseline #2-10

Things You Need to Know – 10/19

Team Photos - will be Thursday, 10/21.  Athletes should come in their full uniform, and must have their picture taken, whether or not they choose to purchase photos.  Team photo will be at 3:15, but team members who can arrive earlier are strongly encouraged to take their individual and buddy photos then.

This also means that Training for Thursday, 10/21 will be at GHS, after photos are finished.  This is a change from our published schedule, which has us elsewhere.

Our Team Banquet has been scheduled for Wednesday Thursday, December 9th Tuesday, December 7th.  Please save this date, and make plans to attend.

Bell Gardens – Girls Keep Moving Up

Most of our team took part in the this low key event, raced on the flat 3 mile course at our frequent training location at Legg Lake.  Despite our varsity athletes coming off of a very heavy training week, almost every Tartan athlete PR’d, with four of our girls entering or moving up on the GHS All-Time Performers list.

The biggest breakthrough came from frosh Taylor Butler, whose 19:05 makes her 5th GHS AT on this course.  She was followed by senior Allison Mayo and frosh Chloe Arriaga, both at 19:18, which makes them joint 7th.  Frosh Tori Whitworth is 10th AT after her 19:22.

The split sheets show the tremendous progress our athletes have made since we last ran on this course on September 4th, and especially since this meet last year.  The nine girls who ran here last year improved by an average of 1:51, with a range from 4:35 to -:02, while the 15 guys improved an average of 1:42, ranging from 3:52 to -:25 (and that athlete’s been sick).

For another point of comparison, in this same meet in 2006, the 7th ranked boy on our team ran 17:51, and the 7th girl was 22:53.  Those times would have ranked 20th for the boys and girls yesterday, and that’s with six typically higher boys and two girls not participating yesterday due to family travel, coaches decisions, and going off the course and being DQ’d.

Glendora results are here

Split sheets: BG Legg Lake 10 Boys and BG Legg Lake 10 Girls

This meet has only produced full results once in it’s history.  We may have full results and full coverage tomorrow – or never.

Preview: Bell Gardens Inv @ Legg Lake

Other than the Mt.SAC Invite, our team has the most history at this meet, running almost every year for over a decade.  In last year’s race, Lauren Justus finally shook off the effects of an illness to win the junior race by a big margin.  Then junior Allison Mayo and soph David Reber had Top 10 finishes.

This year, almost our entire team will run the race, which is on a flat three mile course over which we often train and where we held our season opening intersquad Tartan Top 7 earlier this year.  Races are by classes, beginning with the Senior Boys at 8:00am.  There is no charge to park or to enter the park, and this meet features really good carne asada in the snack booth.  It’s a smaller meet, much closer to the Bronco meet than Woodbridge.

You will find more details at the 2010 Annotated Schedule page on this site, and you can download the Athlete’s Team Sheet here: TS-Bell Gardens-10