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Tuesday, December 2
Season Highlights Video

Overall it was a successful season that ended with our awards banquet on Tuesday, December 2nd that included awards for a number of the team and some fun ones also.  We also got to view a video of our season that's now be posted to Youtube and can be accessed at the following link by clicking here: UM XC 2014.


 Survivor “Lost” Award
Matt Clark

Hunger Games Award
Nate Bailey

Cheerleader Award
Becky Glaister

Pop Star Award
Adam Benouar

Pamplona "Bull" Award
Scott Robinson

Find your Happy Pace
Joslynn Smith


Most Improved Award

Sam Burdick
Natalie Gaudiana

Scott Robinson
Katie Morgan

Rising Star Awards
Brett Burink
Becky Glaister

Passion for Achievement Award
Isabella Ancona

Girls Most Valuable Runner Award
Allison Babbage

Boys Most Valuable Runner Award
Keis Verleur

Coaches Award
Michaela Yack 

Saturday, November 15
Sections Report

All the elements came together today for the annual Sac-Joaquin Sections cross country meet. Cool temperatures, partly cloudy skies a dust free course thanks to rains from two days prior are the type of conditions that benefit all and not just one so it clearly gave everyone a chance to do their best and leave any excuses behind.

For Union Mine's girls the external conditions were perfect but unfortunately internally and more specifically injury would be the one hurdle to keep this years team from yet another State championships birth. For the second year in a row this young team finished in 3rd place just missing the top 2 seeds but not without the team putting up a fight and one that saw five members of the team getting course PR's. What started for sophomore, Michaela Yack back on June 1st of this year when she logged the first mile of her 300 miles of summer training ended today with a 12th place finish overall and 1st for UM in a time of 21:06. Just five spots back in 17th was sophomore, Isabella Ancona across at 21:39 then followed in 20th by junior, Allison Babbage at 21:47. Three more back in 23rd was Sierra "Sisi" Heinrichs with a carrier PR of 21:55. The teams final scorer was junior, Katie Morgan also with a career PR of 23:19 and a 44th place finish. Again three more places back was sophomore, Breanna Winter, 47th at 23:39 and rounding out the lady D'backs was sophomore Becky Glaister.

When two of your normal top five scorers are dealing with aches and pain beyond what runners normally deal with it can affect their performance and today that hurdle was just too much for the rest of the team to be able to overcome. When you're a small team everyone of our top seven girls are important and you never know when a number 6 or 7 runner is going to be put in the position of needing to step up and become a scorer but today's effort by everyone showed the determination, depth and strength of this team and while we didn't reach our ultimate goal of State we did prove to ourselves and our competition that we are not a team to be ignored. With no seniors on the squad this full team and hopefully more will be back with a vengeance next year ready to take on all courses.

For the UM boys squad the 8th place finish pumped them up one spot from their 9th place Sub-Sections finish. In his final high school cross country race, senior Keis Verleur ended his season having been UM's top finisher in every race he competed. Like Michaela, Keis's season started back June 1st on his way to 500 miles of summer running that contributed to his consistent leadership for the team. His 25th place finish at 18:06 was a course PR. Up next was sophomore, Brett Burink in 29th place with a career PR of 18:13 and has been our most consistent team member when it comes to race improvement all season. Our third scorer and showing that focus and hard work does pay off with a 18:49 career PR and 42nd place was sophomore, Nate Bailey. Literally on his heal was junior, Adam Benouar across in 43rd place and also a 18:49 finish time. The boys final score came from junior, Austin Cordero with a 59th place finish and 20:21 time and moving up from our Frosh/Soph team to step in for members that were competing in a band competition today was freshman, Sam Burdick. Today's race and last weeks Sub-Sections are both Sam's first races of the season at the longer 3 and 3.1 mile distances and in both cases he ended with average mile paces faster then his two mile times. UM will be only graduating two from the team so high hopes for next season are still very much alive and we have worthy competitors ready to take up the torch.

While the Union Mine Cross Country team's season ended today, the positives that came out of it will live long in the hearts of it's outstanding student athletes.

Monday, November 10
Sub-Sections Report

Union Mine headed down to Frogtown this weekend to compete in the Sac-Joaquin Sub-Sections meet. Division IV had athletes from 32 schools that comprised 21 teams vying for 10 spots that advance the Sections finals that determine who qualifies for the State Championships, November 29th in Fresno.

The team arrived a bit battered and bruised with but ready for the challenge to move on. The varsity boys kicked things off first with the biggest challenge since their season rankings had them ranked 12th so moving up into the top 10 would require a team effort and everyone stepping up. When the results were tallied the boys took 9th place and a ticket for Sections and Keis Verleur scored a medal with a 24th place finish overall.

The girls team showed up with injuries that could dampen the day but their depth proved to fend off any doubts as they will also move on to Sections and challenge for one of the two coveted spots that move to State. A 3rd place finish and only 2 points shy of 2nd continued the girls quest to be the top team in UM’s history. The girls also walked away with 4 medals with Allison Babbage in 8th, Michaela Yack in 11th, Isabella Ancona in 16th and Sisi Heinrichs in 25th.

The last race UM competed in was our freshmen boys who were also stepping up by running in the Junior Varsity race. Short of a full team the boys still managed to qualify one of freshman to Sections. Sam Burdick was the 5th individual qualifier.

Saturday, November 15th at Willow Hills in Folsom will be the last race of the 2014 season for some but will give them one last chance for PR’s and pride.

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!

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