Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
September 19, 2016
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Dear Storm Family,

Storm Team,
Congratulations on a fantastic week of training with the epic culmination of an incredible O'Melvany race!
Take a look at the all-time lists from last year and see how you stacked up.  The top 10 is being completely re-written!!

I want to acknowledge a handful of amazing performances: how about Baylin Bingham coming back from a lackluster performance at El Cariso to crush the all-time top 10 as the new #1.  I have to acknowledge this youth girl named Aleesa Stepan for what I like to call a break-out performance and week of training with a #6 on the all-time list.  Kelly Avila had a gutsy race after being sick for the week to complete the amazing midget girls powerhouse effort.  And last mention is Bart Pida for being stopped feet from the finish line to prove he was actually supposed to finish and not run another lap.  Bart, here's the lesson, you gotta work on your kick a little more so you look like you are finishing!!  Ha.  Partially kidding, since I didn't see it I am just making a joke out of it.  Great job man, and you are now #6 all-time, 1 second ahead of one of our greats Rylan Wadkins.

I challenged you last week to pick up the pieces from El Cariso, learn something from the race, and set your sites on your competition!  Everyone did that.  I had many of you tell me how you picked it up the second lap and I saw it in your times and more importantly your place.  On race day I challenged each of you to look at your teammates and tell them you were going to give 110% for them.  Alright, kind of corny for the youth... but it worked and when you know someone else is counting on you, your motivation increases dramatically.
So let's have another amazing week!  We're preparing for our home course and the league invitational.  Should we back down in training this week?  ..... good answer, no way!!  So what do we have in store?
Monday night we'll run flat and long so be ready, it's supposed to be hot again.  Tuesday we'll hit the hills but this time in a shorter interval set, not a continuous hill run.  Thursday we're going to run some tempo again mainly on flat parts of central park.  And of course we gotta keep up with core all three days.

Saturday was such a great day with the team.  I loved watching the younger kids staying around and cheering for the older kids.  You guys have figured it out.  It's no mistake how the gremlins progress to become superstars as youth.  And, the youth of today are paving the way for the gremie's and bantams and midgets.  Our team is so special.  Let's remember a couple things for the coming meets: I love our camp and being together so make sure you are working hard to help anyone sitting alone feel like a part of the family.  I wish I could sit with each of you at every race and hang out.  But that's what you get to do while I'm enjoying your kids.  Also at the end of the race do us a great big favor and if you haven't left, stick around for 5 more minutes to help get tents taken down and loaded.  Alan and Elaine show up, much to Alan's disgruntledness, before many of us are even awake.  They love to get the spot setup for us!  Let's not make them the last one's standing putting everything away.  Don't take this the wrong way, this is their passion.  I'd just love to see a handful more of us making quick work of it at the end.  So thanks for taking my encouragement in that!!

What's left, not much.  It's time to get some sleep and wake up ready to attack another great week!!
Thanks for your enthusiasm, you support, and sharing your families and kids with me!

  • Stormware can be purchased online on our website
    Click Here to See our online store.
  • We have a Cross Country Facebook Page
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  • We put together Animoto slide shows of the meets
    Visit our Cross Country page or scroll down on the front page to then click the video
  • Pierce College meet we need to have you sign a waiver that we much turn into them. See Elaine.
    Click here to download and return to Elaine. 
  • Coach Jeremy will need help this Saturday with course setup. 6:15 am setup crew arrive. This meet is an Invitational for all, and we will be awarding the top 8 medals and the top 3 Teams. So please  try and stay to enjoy the meet!  
  • Ribbons will be passed out each week after practice Please be sure to pick up your child's ribbon.  
Practice Schedule
Monday Sept 19 - West Creek Park - 6:00 pm - Meet near the Basketball Courts

Tuesday Sept 20 - College of the Canyons - 6:00 pm -
Just past baseball fields near Facilities building.

Thursday Sept 22 - Central Park - 6:00 pm - 
Near the Basketball courts.

Saturday Sept 24 - XC Meet at Central Park - 7:45am.
Our lap-a-thon was held last week at Central Park. We are still working on Tallying the number of laps the kids ran. 
The Lap-a-thon is a fundraising event used to support our program and our national athletes. 

The kids are encourages 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 as we get closer to the event).
Please click here to download the Lap-a-thon form and start raising funds.

I've added a Donation Button on the front page of the website and to this newsletter on the left side. If you have people who want to donate from out of state and they want to use a credit card, have them click the donate button. *(Forward a copy of this newsletter to them or have them visit the website). Please be sure to tell them to forward to you a copy of their receipt. so we can be sure to match it to your child. 
The deadline to turn in funds will be Oct 11.
Please visit our online store to order Stormware click the tab on our website. We also have decals, bows, and water bottles! 
Lost N Found
If you lost a water bottle, its in the Candy Box, if you forgot your chair, check with Elaine. 

If you have lost anything else, check with Elaine
Central Park Meet Saturday
This Saturday our meet will be at Central Park,  please try to arrive at 7:45. 

Coach Jeremy will need some help setting up the course in the morning, Setup crew arrive at 6:15 am. We will also need help with athlete tag pass out and Finish line and clean up!! 

See the front page of our website for a schedule of running events. This is a very fun meet and we will see some new teams!

Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club