Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
September 21, 2015
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Dear Storm Family,

So how was the first meet?  I hope it was incredible for everyone! I missed you but, I read through the results and can't be more pleased with how the team did.  Check this out, of 10 divisions we placed top 8 in all but one.  And we have a strong representative in up and coming Jenna, who is right on the verge of cracking into that elite group.  What does the top 8 mean?  Allow me to explain the basics for a full understanding.  It took me 3 years to fully understand this so if you are like me, you might want to keep a copy of this below.
  1. Top 8 ranking matters for post season qualifying.
  2. For post season, our conference makes an all-star team for each division of the top 8 runners. 
  3. Top 8 automatically get invited, however there are times when athletes choose not to compete in post-season
  4. There are 2 qualifying races in November, both of which are posted on our site and unfortunately are on Sunday.
  5. The national USATF Junior Olympics are held in Albuquerque this year, easy drive or flight.
  6. The team and conference provide some funding assistance which usually is at least $300 per athlete.
  7. In order to race in the post season you must first compete in 3 races during the season
  8. Of the races you compete in, you must place an average of 1-8 to be considered for first team.
  9. Pay close attention to your position after this first race and realize the following
    1. If you are top 8, start thinking if you want to run post-season. 
    2. If you were just outside top 8 realize the season has only begun and I see athletes every year drop big time between now and the end, and move up the rankings.
    3. Set your goals right now and let's see what happens.
What if you aren't in the top 8?  Number one you want to improve every week.  In cross-country that means place.  So go after the next athletes in front of you.  If you are a new runner keep putting in the hard work and allow your hard work to build for the future.  If you want to become a top 8 runner, learn what they do, how they train, push yourself and you never know what you can accomplish.  We also are looking for the most improved, the spirit award, and the top athlete so there is more to recognition then place.  You are all awesome!!!

So, with 6 races left in the season, let's rock and roll.  At this point you need to be racing every race with all you got.  Some weeks we will go into the race a little tired and that is ok.  Other weeks we'll back down a little to give you a fresher feel.  For this week, we'll keep pushing with more speed and hill work as we setup to race our home course this Saturday.  That's right we are hosting the invitational this week.  Parents, please look for more information as to some help we will need for the race Saturday. 

I wanted to highlight my experience last weekend and what it means for you up and coming storm kids.  I was out of town in Seattle to be with Elijah and Saugus varsity cross-country runners racing in the annual Sundodger Invitational hosted by University of Washington.  As I watched the races I was so proud of what Storm continues to produce.  5 of the 8 represented girls are past Storm athletes and 3 out of 8 boys.  In the high school league it's safe to say 50% of the top 20 athletes are past Storm.  The legacy is strong and it's up to you guys to continue it!!

I'm looking forward to being back this week!  Come out ready to work!!

See you soon!
Coach Jeremy
Jelly Beans, Jolly Ranchers 
We need parents to help with the distribution of  Jelly Beans and Jolly Ranchers at the end of practice, if you can help, please see Elaine. 
This Weeks Practice Locations & Times
Cross Country will practice at the following locations:
Monday - West Creek Park - at 6:00 - 7:15 pm
24247 Village Circle
Valencia, CA 91354


Tuesday - College of the Canyons - at 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Near Baseball Diamonds Behind Track Stadium (purchase day parking pass at kiosk for $3.00, COC does issue parking tickets from time to time.)


Thursday - Central Park - at 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Near Basketball Courts


Saturday - Meet @ Santa Clarita Central Park - Setup at 6:30 am - 8:00 am Walk-Thru
Race Results
The Results from the meets are located on our website on the Cross Country Page.

From the main menu click the cross country link at the top of the page. 

Our Lap-a-thon was held on Saturday September 12 at Central Park.

The Lap-a-thon is a fund raising event used to support our program and our national athletes. The kids are encouraged to seek donations either of 2 ways a per lap amount such as $3 or $4 dollars per lap or a flat donation of $5 or $10. All kids who raise at least $40.00 will receive a special Lap-a-thon prize. The kids will also be entered into a raffle on a 1 ticket per dollar raised and other prizes will be awarded at the end of season banquet. (more details on that later).

If you missed the lap-a-thon run on Saturday, you can still raise funds per the flat rate receive the free reward for the $40.00 raised.

Op out fee is $40.00

Please Click Here to Download the Lap-a-thon Form and start raising funds.

The deadline to turn in funds will be Oct 1.
CPK Fund Raiser
We will have our CPK fundraiser on Tuesday September 29, we will be sending out a flyer next week, this is an all day event, simply bring the flyer with you to CPK any time all day, and they will donate proceeds to Storm Track Club.

Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club