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Mark Gardner
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Corona, California

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This Week with CXC

Race is at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut

7:23 am    Girls Junior Varsity and Girls Sophomores
8:00 am   Boys Junior Varsity
10:25 am   Boys Varsity
10:31 am    Girls Varsity
11:10 am    Boys Freshmen
12:01 pm   Girls Freshmen
12:55 pm   Boys Sophomores

Vista Running Center Invitational Info

We have decided to reward those that did their fundraising and send you all down to compete at the Vista High/Running Center Invite.  The bus will leave Corona High 6 am and it will take about 75 minutes to drive down to Guajome Park in Oceanside.    

First race is at 8:30 am and our last race will be at 11:30 am.  Please bring money for lunch as we will travel down to the beach in Carlsbad from 12:30 pm until 3 pm before we return back to Corona.  (Bring a swimsuit and towel, sun block as well) 

Coach Gardner will post the race roster up by the end of Wednesday afternoon.  If you feel there is an error, please email him at  We are concerned about the lack of attendance AND training from a number of our kids and that will be taken into consideration.

Additonal Info:


Big League Meet #1

We are all set to host the first league meet of the 2015 season at our home course, Butterfield Park.  We are limiting the amount of runners competing due to the extreme heat and humidity this week.  We are only allowing boys that broke 21 minutes at Woodbridge and girls under 25 minutes to compete.  Please understand that this is for the safety of the athletes and a precaution we have consistently taken over the past ten seasons...   

Athletes will NO LONGER BE RELEASED EARLY.  Athletes are to provide their own transportation down to Butterfield Park as we do not have a bus.  We expect all 6th period Cross Country athletes to be there to help with support, working the finish line or being a 'course marshal' where they help direct other runners during the race.  We will also need help handing out water to athletes competing during the race.     

WEDNESDAY'S TEAM DINNER: 2019 Lockwood Circle,  Corona 92881 


5:00 pm  Varsity / JV Boys
5:30 pm  Varsity  / JV Girls


Woodbridge Cross Country Classic

Competing at the 35th edition of the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic provided lots of highlights once again.  Our varsity boys persevered through some challanges, but still finished 24th place out of over 250 schools competing.   Senior Saul Gallardo provided us with THE highlight of the meet with his dominating victory in the Boys Senior race,  His 15:48 time ended up being our 4th fastest on the night.  After two frustrating weeks, we are proud that Saul has bounced back!   Meanwhile, we saw three girls break 20 minutes on the course while being led by senior Sani Shabgahi.  She finished in 8th place finish in the girls varsity race.   This was the most competitive we've seen our girls in quite some time - GREAT JOB!

With Uriel Medina and Enrique Villa shining on a big stage, we were the ONLY California school to have two juniors break 15:22 on this course.... We also have to commend juniot Blake Starbuck.  His 16:15 was run on only one shoe for over 90% of the race.... he's confident that he would have dipped under 16 with both shoes in tact!

Results Link:


Top 10 Boys
Uriel Medina - 15:15.1
Enrique Villa - 15:21
Moises Orduna - 15:41
Saul Gallardo - 15:48
Blake Starbuck - 16:15
Josh Madriaga - 16:23
Manuel Contreras - 16:37
David Sanchez - 16:38
Jason Spatter - 16:41
Erik Meckstroth - 16:51
Javier Vazquez - 16:53

Top 10 Girls
Sani Shabgahi - 18:30.5
Emiy Heaston - 19:44.1
Jasmine Garcia - 19:56.3
Isabelle Brito - 20:02.0
Neftali Escalante - 20:35.2
Samantha Cruz - 20:38.8
Evelyn Castro - 21:36.7
Caitlin King - 21:44.0
Emily Arvizu - 23:02.7
Whitney Schuring - 23:11.8 

Laguna Hills Invitational

Boys Bounce Back at Laguna Hills
The Corona Cross Country team returned back to the Laguna Hills Invite for the third season in a row.  A tough course that runs slower than the traditional Mt. SAC course, it's a great measuring stick of everybody's fitness at this time of the year.  After a horrendous week where we had to move every workout, we were proud of our kids to persevere through the humid conditions here.  A beach trip afterwards was a great reward to this tough week.  

After a disappointing 6th place outing at the Riverside Showcase, our varsity boys bounced back to compete at a much higher level.  Led by junior Uriel Medina's 15:50 time, our top boys ran to the 3rd fastest time out of over 50 schools.  The boys took 1st in the Div. I senior race after taking 2nd place as a team in the Div. I junior race.  With that being said, we ended up running the top time of all Div. I schools while finishing behind two of the top squads for their respective divisions.  Junior Enrique Villa and senior Moises Orduna finished in the Top 30 overall on the entire day to back up Medina's effort, which was the 7th fastest time out of over 1000 runners entered.  Junior Blake Starbuck proved that he is the real deal as he was our #4 runner for the 2nd straight week.  His incredible improvement should serve as a great example of what hard work, determination and consistency can bring.  His 16:38 effort was almost two minutes faster than on this same course last year!  He finished 63rd overall, regardless of all divisions.  

Our girls continue to improve as a group.  Working to move forward after two frustrating seasons, we are proud of how much more competitive this group is.  Senior Sani Shabgahi led the way with her Top 10 finish in the Senior race while fellow senior Isabelle Brito ran a great race, working her way from around 30th midway up to an 18th place finish.   Sophomore Emily Heaston raced to a 21st place finish in her Sophomore race while Jasmine Garcia paced the junior girls with her Top 30 finish.  Junior Samantha Cruz had by far her best yet with her 40th place finish in that same race!

Top 10 Girls
Sani Shabgahi - 20:05
Isabelle Brito - 20:53
Emily Heaston - 21:01
Jasmine Garcia - 21:18
Samantha Cruz - 22:01
Evelyn Castro - 22:05
Neftali Escalante - 22:10
Emily Arvizu - 23:03
Caitlin King - 23:05
Whitney Shuring - 23:59 

Top 10 Boys
Uriel Medina - 15:50
Enrique Villa - 16:11
Moises Orduna - 16:15
Blake Starbuck - 16:38
Jason Spatter - 16:46
Manuel Contreras - 17:11
Erik Meckstroth - 17:23
David Sanchez - 17:25 
Santiago Vega - 17:49
Collin Velasco - 17:54


Red & Gold XII - Closest Victory Yet...

Running Bananas Pull Off Narrow Victory Red & Gold XII 
Led by Enrique Villa's 1st place finish and anchored by Jasmine Garcia 37th place finish, the Running Bananas claimed the team victory in THE closest three team finish in the history of this 12 year meet!   With freshman Mario Linares stepping it and finishing 10 spots higher than he was seeded, they scored 99 points.  But, finishing 2nd place with 100 points was Team #7.  Tied after four scorers, it came to both teams' #5 to decide the final outcome!  But, actually, Team #5 was in first place after four scorers!  They had 60 to the aforementioned 62 points...but as it tends to happen, it came to each #5 scorer to decide the final outcome.  The teams are equitably seeded by the coaching staff.

We want to thank the parents, supports and alumni for attending.  This was run on the 2.5 mile version of our course!  

Team #1 - 1-14-21-26-37 = 99 points
Team #7 - 8-12-19-23-38 = 100 points
Team #6 - 5-10-17-28-41 = 101 points
Team #4 - 4-20-24-34-35 = 117 points
Team #5 - 6-15-16-40-43 = 120 points
Team #9 - 7-9-25-32-49 = 122 points
Team #3 - 3-22-29-33-39 = 126 points (faster #6 scorer than Team #8)
Team #8 - 11-13-27-31-44 = 126 points 
Team #2 - 2-18-30-36-42 = 128 points 

After four scorers:
Team #6 - 60
Team #1 - 62
Team #7 - 62
Team #9 - 73
Team #5 - 77
Team #4 - 82
Team #8 - 82
Team #2 - 86
Team #3 - 87


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2015 Cross Country Schedule
Aug. 20    Red & Gold Meet XII
Sept. 5      Riverside City Meet
Sept. 12    Laguna Hills Invitational
 Sept. 19   Woodbridge XC Classic
Sept. 24    League Meet #1      Butterfield Park, Corona
Oct. 10      Clovis Invite   (Top 7-14 per gender)
Oct. 15      League Meet #2
Oct. 17       Inland Empire Champs (those that didn't compete at Clovis)
Oct. 24      Mt. SAC Invite
Nov. 3       League Finals   Butterfield Park, Corona
Nov. 14     CIF Prelims
Nov. 21     CIF Finals
Nov. 28    California State Championships


Thursday, June 11
Commit to Your Best

Once again, it is time to start another Cross Country season!  I love this sport and I love the attitude all of you bring to our program!  What starts off as 80-90 individuals eventually molds into one tight family.  First of all, I want each and every one of you healthy and fresh all season long.  That means a gradual start to a successful season.  Some runners experience injuries throughout the course of over training before their body is prepared to do so.  Meanwhile, it is also common that veteran runners experience illness as they do not prepare their bodies for the physical stress they endure.  Now it is time to start preparing for the upcoming season!  A sensible training program will help prevent injuries and illness.  First and foremost - get a great pair of running shoes.  Once you have your training shoes, you are prepared to run.  Each week, we will gradually increase how much you run.  For some of you, running for 30 minutes straight will be a challenge.  But, watch as you work your way up to 6o+ minute runs!  By the end of July, you should be ready to run comfortably and be on your way to a healthy and extremely, exciting, worthwhile season.  For you new runners (and some returning), set a high goal of being able to run a healthy pace for 60 minutes by the middle of August. 

Veterans, you must start gradually and you need to make sure that you get enough sleep.  Eight hours of sleep is a minimum for all runners.  We will place a greater focus on nuritional needs this season while you all already know that you should be bringing in as many ounces of water that equal half of your body weight. 

Setting goals and achieving them are what Corona High Cross Country is all about!  As we continue to keep the expectations and goals of our runners and teams high, this year will not be any different!   Some of you that are new to the program WILL contribute to the success of this program!  We've had new runners make on impace on our varsity squads almost every season.  Beginning runners will also experience some of the greatest improvements in the program.

So, what do we expect from you?  We expect you to give your absolute best effort.  BE POSITIVE, improve yourself daily and grasp every opportunity to be better in every way!  We look for you to develop into responsible and mature student/athletes that ALWAYS look to excel past your own expectations!  Cross Country demands a work ethic,..but so does a successful LIFE!  This will be a very exciting year and you can have the time of your life.  Begin that preparation for success today and you will truly amaze yourself with your results.  I look forward to your contributions and I know the hot days of August and September will quickly disappear into the championship days of November!  Get excited, get prepared and have some fun on the run!  Then, you will certainly COMMIT TO YOUR BEST! 

Coach Gardner
Corona High Cross Country

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Want to Know How Far We're Running?

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!!!



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