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This Week with CXC

Record setting temperatures will force us to improvise this week.  Please understand how we need you all to be flexible.  It will get up to 102-103 degrees and then with thunder storms on Wednesday, it's still expected to reach into the high 90's! 

September 15 - September 21

 1st period Athletes:
Thursday - 7 am workout (shorter + weights) + 3 pm workout (longer run with threshold)
Friday -  7 am workout
***Team Dinner at the Enriquez' home  (5:30-8:00 pm)  3500 Santa Thomas Circle
Saturday - Woodbridge Cross Country Classic
***We will have one bus- you must reserve a spot ($5 donation). Bus leaves at 2:30 pm.  All athletes must be there by 4:30
***We plan on returning to Corona around 11:30 pm

Sunday - Suggested 25-30 minute recovery run on your own

6th period Athletes:
Thursday - 2 pm workout (it will still be in the 90's - you must prepare)
Friday -  2 pm workout
***Team Dinner at the Enriquez' home  (5:30-8:00 pm)   3500 Santa Thomas Circle
Saturday - Woodbridge Cross Country Classic
***We will have one bus- you must reserve a spot ($5 donation). Bus leaves at 2:30pm.  All athletes must be there by 4:30 
***We plan on returning to Corona around 11:30 pm. 

Sunday - Suggested 25-30 minute recovery run on your own


Sept. 20 - Woodbridge Cross Country Classic
This is the 2nd largest Cross Country Invitational in the USA.  We compete on Saturday afternoon/night against some of the best competition in California.  For the first time, the meet will be held at the Orange County Great Park, which is the now the site of the retired El Toro Marine Base.  There are two races on the course the entire time and it can be quite the circus.  Most of the meet is run 'under the lights' which helps provide an electric atmosphere for the kids!  This is considered the fastest course in the nation by some experts.  Even after the athletes race, we encourage to stay until the last races are conducted around 10 pm!   Some races will feature up to 300 athletes!   Race rosters will be given out on Wednesday with course maps. 

: Orange County Great Park:  Take the 91 west to the 241 South.  We will have more concrete directions when they let us know.  It's off of where the 233 and 5 meet in Irvine. 
Race Schedule:  JV Girls - 4:42 pm; Freshman Girls - 5:06 pm; Sophomore Girls - 5:30 pm; Freshman Boys -5:54 pm; Sophomore Boys - 6:18 pm; Junior Boys - 6:42 pm; Senior Boys - 7:06 pm; Varsity Girls (Top 7) - 8:42 pm; Varsity Boys (B) - 9:14 pm; Varsity Boys (A) 9:54 pm
Transportation:  We will provide one bus (enough for 55 kids).  We encourage parents to transport their own athlete and be there to support them.  We ask for a $5 donation for those taking the bus.   The bus leaves at school at 2:30 pm. 
Awards: Top 100 in each race receive medals.  Six team trophies per race.
Course Map: 


Laguna Hills Invite Heats Up


With the heat pressing hard on us folks in Corona, it didn't exactly get much better in Laguna Hills, despite being only ten miles away from the ocean.  Temps crept up into the 90's before we left and that was before 11:30 am!  All the same, our kids will able to endure the conditions and an altered course that made for uch slower times than 2013!

Our varsity boys walked away with the 3rd fastest team time of the entire invite.  With several top ranked squads not competing with the full arsenal, we moved back into the rankings after a week on the outside. We were only about 13 seconds per boy behind Madera South who came in as one of the top ranked squads in all of California.  Liam Brooks and Josh Silva ran two of the fastest times of the entire invite in route to their dominating 1-2 finish in the Boys Senior Race.  Moises Orduna had his best race to date while sophomore Uriel Medina had THE performance of the day in breaking 17 minutes for the first time. 

Our girls continue to improve and prepare for a solid month of October awaiting us.  Sani Shabgahi continues to improve with her impressive 6th place finish in the Girls Junior Race.  Meanwhile, Wendy Hernandez, Evelyn Castro and Caitlin King had their best races to date. 

We travel on down to the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic this Saturday!  This is one of the largest and most competitive invites in the USA. 

2014 Racing Season Officially Begins

Saul Throws Down His "A" Race

Boys Humbled at Palos Verdes
Most of our varsity boys traveled down to the Pacific Ocean to take on two of the giants of California in regard to Cross Country.  Saugus is the defending Division II State Champs while Palos Verdes were the 3rd place at the Division III state meet.  In looking to claim our own piece of that pie of success, our boys will be ranked amongst some of the best in Division I going into the 2014 season.  With that background set, our boys were quickly reminded on why those other two are successful every year!  Despite graduating five of their top seven boys, Palos Verdes did not show any hospitality to our boys by soundly thumping us on their home course.  Meanwhile, Saugus, led by one of the best runners in all of California, did not give us any respect either by easily outscoring us after five runners!  Keep in mind that we did not have several of our top boys while another is still working his way back into shape.  But, even with our very best in there, Palos Verdes still had our number!  Senior Liam Brooks' kick at the end almost yielded him a 2nd place overall against this elite field of athletes.  But, the highlight of the day was the performance from junior Saul Gallardo.  After coming out of the gates as the top freshman in the league two years ago, Saul has endured multiple setbacks.  But, this was his VERY best performance to date and now catapults him back into our top seven going into next Friday's race!  A trio of juniors followed in Jason Spatter, Josh Madriaga and Moises Orduna finishing out our scoring. 

Photo Album:  

Girls Look Solid while Young Ones Impress at Riverside "Friendly"
In a meet that was intended to be run on another, newer course, plans changed leading up to the meet.  Having to resort back to run on La Sierra's home course, it was anything like a 'resort' for our squad.  With dirt to spare, along with a wind that tried to blow away the 100 degree heat, our athletes did a GREAT job overcoming the conditions to get in their first race of the 2014 season.   Our returning girls treated the 'race' as a workout and looked solid all throughout.  All in all, it was a very encouraging afternoon despite the conditions.


2014 Race Schedule Breakdown

Our entire 2014 race/meet schedule is completely broken down below.  Some of the ...

Rainbows Win Red & Gold Meet XI

Motivating for Life

Athletes - simply click onto the title and go to the map of Corona. Follow the directions and you'll be able to map out how far you've run through the streets of Corona!  Enjoy and have fun! It will all make you more aware of all of your runs!

You can also click onto Running Routes in the land hand column to see previously marked out runs.

The Value of Chocolate Milk

A great must-read article about the value of using chocolate milk as a post-workout drink to get the very most from your training.

ALL ATHLETES: Bring a postworkout drink (Gatorade, Powerade, chocolate milk) and a sports nutrition bar to all workouts to ingest once we are done. 

Running Pacing Calculator

Plug in your goal time for three miles. It will indicate what level of fitness (VDOT) that will correlate to. Go to training and you will see what your target paces should be to realistically put yourself in position to go obtain that goal time (3 miles). Varsity boys should ALL be looking to be between VDOT 63-68. Varsity girls - we would love to have seven girls get to be near 48!!!



Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sat 9/20 star Woodbridge Classic 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM The Great Park, Irvine
Thu 9/25 star Big VIII League Meet #1 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Prado Regional Park
Sat 10/11 star Inland Empire Championships 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Glen Helen Regional Park
Thu 10/16 star Big VIII League Meet #2 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Butterfield Park
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