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Union Mine Running Sports
Cross CountryTrack & Field
300 Mile Club
100 Mile Walk for Health

No benches, no half-time, no time-outs
Our field of play? tracks, trails, hills & rocks
Good training for any sport; Great health for every life


Tuesday, August 26
2014 Cross Country Meet (Race) Help

At our 3 League Meets this year each school is responsible for providing help with various aspect of the race so things run smoothly and everyone is able have a pleasant experience and we all get to get home as soon as possible after the meet is complete.  This season Union Mine's responsibility will include help as Finish Chute Workers and Scoring the meet.

If you are able to attend our meets we are looking for parents to assist us in these areas.  If every parent could volunteer for at least one race event during the season then nobody would be burdened with doing more then one race.  We will need 3 to 5 people per meet, 2 at the chute and 2 scoring helpers.  Please check off below which meet you can work and thank you in advance for your service.

League Meet Volunteers
1) SVC League Meet Helper
   SVC #1 Sept 10th Rancho Seco Park
   SVC #2 Oct 1st Hagen Park
   SVC Championships, Oct 22nd Willow Hills

Monday, September 8
Girls Shine at Lagoon Valley Classic

Going into any race with both veterans and yearlings can have you pondering the possibilities of both victory and defeat. Add to that mix a tough course with hills bearing nicknames like "Big Mamma" and "Little Sister" and you're left focusing on "doing your best" and letting the results speak for themselves. We've trained for courses such as today and while still early in our season at some point you have to come and do battle. Such was today's Lagoon Valley Classic that had 21 Union Mine harriers heading into a race with a total field of 56 high schools.

The Frosh/Soph Girls took off first with Natalie Guadiana and Joslynn Smith attacking the 2 mile course, both of which they had ran last year so the challenge early was to better their times from last year and success was theirs with each achieving PR's on the course. Next up was our Frosh/Soph Boys that had hoped to compete as a team but one of our athletes wasn't able to join them so it was a battle of personal bests as none of these first year competitors had seen this course but only heard of it's tales of woe. Like the girls they took the challenge and for them it was a team effort as KC Morgan, Rees Verluer, Sam Burdick and Ben James crossed the finish line with only a 40 second spread between them.

Next up were our Varsity Girls of Allison Babbage, Michaela Yack, Isabella Ancona, Becky Glaister, Sierra Heinrichs, Ashley Bell, Katherine Morgan, and Breanna Winter. A young team without seniors that saw a trip to State just slip from their grasp last season but it did nothing to diminish their hunger to taste the possibilities of what a new season might lay in their hands this year. Not one of the girls missed their opportunity to show how hungry they are for success and how a small school from the foothills can earn a spotlight for all their efforts that are earned each day in practice. In the drought stricken fields of Lagoon Valley Park when the proverbial dust had settled came the results and Union Mine's Varsity Girls had finish in 2nd Place out of the 26 schools present in their race and 1st Place of the Division IV schools. Congratulations to each and every one of them on a job well done and for the PR's that each of them set on this course. You earned the medals you were given today so wear them with pride.

The challenge was set, the inspiration present, and the desire for the Varsity Boys to show that their training was worth the effort came as they lined up for their race. Keis Verluer, Brett Burink, Adam Benouar, Nate Bailey, Austin Cordero, Aaron Jonas and Scott Robinson responded to the gun and away they went. Once again it was 26 schools out to do battle on the trails and hills and for today the boys of UM Cross Country were worthy opponents with all achieving PR's on this tough course and earning a 10th Place finish among the schools in their race and a 4th Place finish against the Division IV schools. They also had the 4th smallest spread between their 5 scoring runners with them all crossing the line with a 1:22 minute spread.

Again a job well done by everyone and I'm proud of you all as I know your parents, family and Union Mine are.

Saturday, August 9

(See 2014 XC Schedule & Format in Handouts tab) 

Daily "ALL ATHLETE" team practices are held Monday through Saturday.

Daily Practice Time Schedules:

Monday – Friday 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm
(end time is approximate)

Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Folsom locations, Varsity Required
(end time is approximate)


Regardless of weather conditions,
school activities, political events,
social circumstances, or acts of
flesh eating zombies,
practice will ALWAYS be held!

Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Sat 9/20 star Bret Harte Invitational 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Calaveras Country Fairgrounds, Frogtown
Sat 9/27 star Stanford invitational 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Stanford Cross Country Invite (Golf Course)
Sat 9/27 star All Nations 3k & 5K JV-Frosh/Soph Race 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Shingle Springs Rancheria
Wed 10/1 star SVC Meet #2 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Hagen Park
Sat 10/11 star Clovis Invitational TBA Woodward Park
Sat 10/18 star Bella Vista Bronco Invitational 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Willow Hills Park (FWH)
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