Glendora Cross Country

No Fear No Pain No Defeat

Glendora Cross Country - No Fear  No Pain  No Defeat

Preview: Baseline Championshp Finals

So here’s the deal.  Our girls can make history – as far as we know, no Glendora girls team has ever won an XC league championship and we’re in the drivers seat with our two cluster meet wins.  Our guys can get redemption after not competing very well at Baseline #2 and having a bad day at Mt.SAC.  And everyone has a chance to run their very best on the course that’s central to our sport.

The girls will be challenged by CIF-SS Div. I #10 Rancho Cucamonga, and hopefully we’ll both run well enough that Los Osos and Etiwanda will fight it out for third and the final CIF spot.  The Rancho boys are #1 in the League, in CIF, in the State and #4 in the country, so, um, yeah.  But Etiwanda has been right on our heals and it will take our best efforts to hold the second spot.

Release time from class is 12:10 and the bus will roll at 12:20.  Come to school dressed to compete, and make sure you eat at the morning break between classes and when you get on the bus.  Everyone will return to GHS on the bus.

Race Times

  • 2:00  Boys Frosh/Soph
  • 2:15  Girls JV
  • 2:45  Boys JV
  • 3:15  Girls Varsity
  • 3:45  Boys Varsity

You can download the Team Sheet, with lineups, schedules and other key info here: TS – Baseline Finals.11

Let’s do this.


Preview: Apache Invite

Sometimes, the best training for racing is, well, racing.

We added this meet to our schedule last year to give us one more race before our League Finals.  Run over the fast, flat course at Arcadia Park, the Apache Invite gives our athletes a chance to go fast before they return to the pounding and challenge of Mt.SAC.

Last year, (results here) our Varsity teams sat out the race, but this year the whole team will take part, and we’ll face Baseline rivals Etiwanda and 12 ranked teams among the 40 participating schools.  Nearly 2600 athletes will compete on this flat, fast course.  Our best results last year came from Nick Orozco (’11) 16:36 and Danielle York 20:39.  It will be interesting to see how many athletes we can get below those marks on Friday.

Race Times:

  • 2:00  Boys Frosh
  • 2:30  Girls Frosh/Soph
  • 3:00  Boys Soph
  • 3:30  Girls JV
  • 4:00  Boys JV
  • 4:30  Girls Varsity
  • 5:00  Boys Varsity

On race day, there will be live results here:

Release time from class is 12:15, bus departure time 12:30 , and the Team Sheet with lineups and times: TS – Apache – 11

Note: because of possible conflicts with GHS Homecoming events, athletes may return home with their parents immediately after their post-race run if 1) they have a compelling reason to do so 2) they provide the coaches with a parental note requesting to do this before they get on the bus.  Athletes without notes or who present notes at the meet will be required to go home on the bus.

Mt.SAC: Girls Break Through!

Mt.SAC is a big meet.  16,002 athletes completed their races over the two days of competition over the three big hills (or one, for our frosh and sophs), and that number included 73 Tartans.

Our top performance came from our girls Varsity Team.  Racing in the top Div. II, we faced a number of top divisional rivals and came in with a strong third place finish, defeating several ranked teams.  We were led by a huge PR by soph Cori Harral.  Her 19:24 time, #6 All Time GHS, was a massive 3:43 improvement from her time on this course last year – a great testament to hanging in there and letting your training add up!

Our team time of 97:36 was an excellent effort considering the afternoon heat, and our 42 second 1-5 gap was the smallest in the race.  Cori was followed across by frosh Micaela Lamb, her 19:33 Mt.SAC debut ranks her #11 AT GHS and is the #5 GHS frosh time on the famous course.  Soph Emily Hoey had a small PR despite the heat, and her 19:37 effort ranks #12 GHS.

The boys had a bit of a rough day, with most of the guys underperforming to expectations.  Senior Aaron Forburger was our top finisher at 16:24.

Our frosh and soph runners were disappointed to not be able to run the whole course. Because of the heat, the meet managers decided to shorted the course to one Valley Loop, and a run across the Saddle and then the usual finish over the Reservoir Hill.  The course was probably about 1.8 miles and so the times were very fast.

Tops was frosh Andrew Rummens 3rd in his race at 9:14, followed by Daniel Castro in 7th/9:23.  In the soph race, Damon Payne was 8th/9:15 and Eric Netzband was 9th/9:17.

The juniors and seniors were able to run the full course, with senior Cameron Bullock finishing 3rd/17:26 in the boys JV race.  We put three girls in the top 10 of the JV race: soph Taylor Leech 3rd/20:23 (a 2:45 PR), junior Holli Morrow 6th/21:16 (a :34 PR) and senior Caitlyn Jansen 10th/21:45.


Training Schedule – Includes EVERYONE Running the Apache Invite

After today’s meet, as the coaches double checked our training, we decided that we could all best prepare for league finals and CIF by having everyone race at next Friday’s Apache Invitational Meet at Arcadia Park.  So here’s the schedule through Finals.

  • Monday – Oct. 24:  GHS 3:05 – 4:40
  • Tuesday - Oct. 25:  Bonelli 4:00-5:45
  • Wednesday - Oct. 26: Bonelli 4:00-5:45
  • Thursday - Oct. 27: GHS 3:05-4:15
  • Friday - Oct. 28: Apache Invitational at Arcadia Park
  • Saturday - Oct. 29: Legg Lake 8:00-9:30
  • Monday – Oct 31: GHS 3:05-4:15
  • Tuesday - Nov. 1: Baseline Finals at Mt.SAC
  • Wednesday - Nov. 2: GHS 3:05 – 4:30  Mandatory for the whole team.

Preview: Mt.SAC Invitational

When the coaches planned our training for this year, we were thinking about Mt.SAC.  When we did our first set of hill repeats in July, it was to get ready for Mt.SAC.  When we added more lunges and jumps to our auxiliary training this year, it was to prepare us for Mt.SAC.

And now it’s here.  Most of our team got to race last week on the famous and severe 2.93 mile course, but you don’t get the full impact of the place until you are part of the massive Invitational meet.  Nearly 600 schools will travel to Walnut to compete, with the smaller Div. III-V schools running on Friday, Div. I on Saturday morning, and our Div. II Saturday afternoon.

Our first race will be the Boys Soph race at 2:00pm and the JV Girls last at 5:29.  This meet is very crowded, and parking can be difficult, so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare.  Please Note:  There is an admission charge for spectators and a parking fee, and athletes and spectators can enter only through the gates of the football/track stadium north of the course.  Full Details at our Annotated Schedule.

You can download the Team Sheet, with essential race day info here: TS – Mt.SAC.11

Training: October 17-22

We’re in the home stretch, or to use SoCal XC terms, we’re on the Airstrip turning into the Gauntlet.  This is a key training week before Mt.SAC so we’re mixing things up a bit.

  • Monday Oct. 17 – Bonelli Park - 4:00-6:00pm
  • Tuesday Oct. 18 – GHS - 3:05-4:30
  • Wednesday Oct 19 – GHS - 3:05 -4:45 (Not on the List) 4:15-6:00 (On This List Both at @ GHS
  • Thursday Oct. 20 – Bonelli - 4:00-5:30  GHS - 3:05-4:35
  • Friday Oct. 21 – GHS - 3:05-4:20
  • Saturday Oct. 22 – Mt.SAC Invitational

Preview: SGV 1 on 1 at Mt.SAC

Cross Country in the CIF Southern Section is about running at Mt.SAC.  The famous 2.93 mile course, run over three big hills, is the XC standard.  We’ll run our league finals her later, and the huge Mt.SAC Invite, but this week most of our team will have it’s first crack at the course at the San Gabriel Valley One on One Challenge. 

This meet has a rather unique format, in which each team’s #1 runner races in one race, the #2′s in another, and so on through the top 5.  The rest of the team runs in Jr/Sr, Soph and Frosh divisions.  Our Varsity runners are training on Saturday, so many of our athletes will have a chance to move up.

The format makes the schedule pretty complicated, so pay close attention to the Team Sheet: TS – SGV 1 on 1-11

More important information at the Annotated Schedule on the right.