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This Week with CXC

October 20 - October 26

1st period Athletes:
Tuesday - 7 am and 3 pm only (Boys only).  Girls will be 3 pm only
Wednesday - 7 am only
Thursday - 7 am only
Friday - 7:15 am
***Team Dinner @ Betts' Home - Halloween Dinner
Saturday - Mt. SAC Invitational 
Sunday - Suggested 20-25 minute recovery run on your own

6th period Athletes:
Tuesday - 2 pm
Wednesday - 7 am  
Thursday - 2 pm
Friday - 2 pm
***Team Dinner @ Betts' Home - Halloween Dinner
SaturdayMt. SAC Invitational
Sunday - Suggested 20-25 minute recovery run on your own


For the Mt. SAC Invitational, they are having a cut off this season and we will not be able to bring the entire team.  As of right now, our top 30 kids for each gender will be competing.  We are trying to fit in 5-10 more. 

Oct. 25 - Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Invitational 
This is the largest invitational in the nation, as it begins at noon on Friday and concludes around 5 pm on Saturday.  There are three races on the course competing all at the same time, so it gets hectic.  This course is nationally known as one of the tougher courses around, but keep in mind that it is only 2.93 miles and there are more downhill footage than up hill.  Not all athletes will get to compete at this invite.  Boys must break 21 minutes and girls must break 26 minutes at the 2nd league meet.
: Mt. San Antonio College.  Take the 91 West to the 71 North.      There is a $5 parking fee. 
Transportation:  We do not provide a bus as we encourage parents to transport their own athlete and be there to support them. 
Awards: Top 20 per race receive medals.
Course Map: 

Race Schedule:
8:00 am - Boys JV 
8:08 am - Girls JV
8:22 am - Boys JV (#8-#14)
8:45 am - Boys Varsity (#1-#7)
9:46 am - Girls Varsity (#1-#7)
11:10 am - Boys Freshmen
11:46 am - Girls Freshmen
12:25 pm - Boys Sophomores
12:46 pm - Girls Sophomores

Boys Set School Record @ Woodbridge


In what is considered one of the fastest invitationals in the country, our Varsity Boys broke their own school record invite in a time of 76:01.  That is an average of 15:12 per boy and even the boys readily admit that they were not clicking on all cylinders.  We ran the 12th fastest time our of 253 schools.   

Despite fighting a cold leading up to the race, Liam Brooks toughed it out for a 14:37.7.  But, outleaning him at the finish was none other than his teammate, Josh Silva.  Silva clocked in with a 14:37.4!  Silva was very conservative the first half of the race, being as far back as 50th only to join Liam up in the Top 20 by the finish line.   Most impressive was the pack mentality we unleashed as our #3-7 all ended up being only 8 seconds apart.  Moises Orduna led that pack with his solid 15:34 performance.  Outkicking him in those last five meters was Gilbert Robles (15:33).  This was BY FAR, Gilbert's best performance of the year as we all know how much closer he can be to our front two.  All in all, we had 11 boys break 16:10!  In his first year of Cross Country, sophomore Uriel Medina roared to a 16:08 to lead our sophomores.  This race moved our boys up to #2 in Riverside County, #5 in CIF and #18 in all of California.   

On the girls side, senior Claudia Valdivia concluded a great week of training with a new personal best of 19:29.  Our young team continued with Sani Shabgahi, sick and unsure if she was going to race, still managed an impressive 18:27.  Fighting off a slow start to her season, Julia Harris is back with a solid 20:04 performance to lead our sophomore girls to a team plaque.  Senior Wendy Hernandez cranked out a new personal best as well in going 20:20.  Our girls averaged 19:48 per girl.  With every week, our girls continue to improve as a solid month of October awaits us around the corner.  We have developed a solid pack but need to continue moving up with every week.       

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 10/25 star Mt. SAC Invitational 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Mt. San Antonio College
Wed 11/5 star Big VIII League Finals 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Prado Regional Park
Sat 11/15 star Division I CIF Prelims TBA Mt. San Antonio College
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