Thursday, November 29, 2012

Photos of CIF State Champs Posted

We have posted photos from State Champs courtesy of Graham Metcalfe.  It would be impossible to improve on the quality of these photos - the crowds and barricades made this an extremely difficult event to photograph!  Great job and thanks Graham!

You can always access the archive of photos and videos from past meets by selecting the "Photos and Videos" page in the shortcuts found in the right margin.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Saucony/Heart&Sole Runners of the Week!

Hey Pumas!  Heart&Sole gave Runner of the Week honors to everyone who finished in the top-10 among locals at State who hadn't yet received the honor thus far this season.
For the Pumas, this means that Cecilia Avelar, Harrison Luft, Samantha Perry and Colin Metcalfe were among those honored! 

Check it out!

CIF State Championships Recap

(from L to R) Alex Morrison, Zac West, Colin Metcalfe,
Harrison Luft, Nick Jensen, Colin Bartlett, Ryan Anderson
 Following is the meet summary for the Pumas efforts at the CIF State Championships last Saturday.
  • Click here to see MCHS all-time lists for CIF State Championships at Woodward Park.
Girls: Took 17th in a very competitive Division 2 field of 22 schools.Although the girls were the fastest Redwood Empire team at State and the team placed in line with pre-meet projections, the overall results fell short of what we planned for and what this team already showed it could do.  The good news is that this is a very young team, and almost all of these young women will get the opportunity to learn from their experience, improve their preparation, and make the corrections which should lead to more enjoyable competitive experiences and satisfying results in the future.

Some individual highlights... a very solid 19:14 effort from senior Brynna Thigpen (2nd fastest effort by a Redwood Empire girl, 22nd fastest performance by a Puma girl at State, and 8 seconds off her PR); a sparkling 19:48 from freshman Cecilia Avelar (equivalent to about 19:00 effort at Spring Lake and 47 secs faster than when she ran this course on Oct 6 at the Clovis Invite).  This makes Cecilia the 18th fastest Puma girl ever at State.  And finally, a very speedy and poised 20:23 by soph Sam Perry (equivalent to about 19:35 effort at Spring Lake and 25 secs faster than at Clovis Invite).  Way to go!

Our long-term program goal is to consistently finish in the top 10 teams in Division 2 at State (just as we did when we competed in Division 3).  We already have the team that can accomplish this - let's believe and go get it!

17. 424 Maria Carrillo ( 20:05 1:40:22 1:44)
1 45 Brynna Thigpen SR NCS 19:14
2 71 Cecilia Avelar FR NCS 19:48
3 82 Andrea Natoli SO NCS 19:59
4 104 Samantha Perry SO NCS 20:23
5 122 Shannon Palladino SO NCS 20:58
6 (127) Shawn Cichosz SO NCS 21:06
7 (128) Shaz Breedlove SO NCS 21:07

Boys: Took 11th in Division 2 among 22 schools.  

The Boys took a giant step forward and exceeded expectations with their performance (pre-meet rankings/projections slotted them somewhere in the 15th -17th range).  Not only did this team lower the previous Maria Carrillo team time record by 1:40, but each of the seven runners ran the fastest MCHS time for their team place.

The boys were easily the fastest team from the Redwood Empire, 4th among all NCS schools, 9th among all Northern California schools (this includes NCS, Northern Section, Central Coast Section, and Sac-Joaquin Section) regardless of division, and 35th among the 114 teams in all the 5 divisions at State.

According to our research, this was the Redwood Empire's 6th fastest team time ever recorded at Woodward Park.

Individual Highlights: Ryan Anderson took 13th in a stellar 15:40.  This is by far the best time ever run by a Puma boy at State (previous best, 16:05 by Steve Laurie in 1998).  Ryan's time ties him for 11th all-time from the Redwood Empire and was 52nd among all boys in all 5 divisions this year.

Harrison Luft became the 7th fastest MCHS boy at State with a scintillating 16:19 PR effort (equivalent to about 15:40 at Spring Lake) and tied for 50th all-time from the Redwood Empire.  Colin Metcalfe ran just off his 2011 PR, while Nick Jensen and Colin Bartlett moved to 13th and 14th respectively in the MCHS all-time list.  Zac West and Alex Morrison's efforts moved them to 21st and 22nd on the all-time MCHS list.  Awesome job Pumas!

11. 277 Maria Carrillo ( 16:26 1:22:07 1:08)
1 6 Ryan Anderson JR NCS 15:40
2 39 Harrison Luft SR NCS 16:19
3 68 Colin Metcalfe SR NCS 16:38
4 78 Nick Jensen JR NCS 16:42
5 86 Collin Bartlett JR NCS 16:48
6 (107) Zac West SO NCS 17:04
7 (110) Alex Morrison SR NCS 17:07

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Final State Highlights coming this week...

If you haven't caught up with the CIF State XC final results yet, here's a link to all the details and we'll have more highlights coming later this week:

A very impressive 11th place DII finish and all-time MCHS team time improvement of ~1:40 on the Woodward Park course for the Boys; this team ran great!!!   ...Boys were led again by Ryan Anderson who ran 15:40 for the 5K distance; only the best performance by any other boy athlete n the Redwood Empire!

The girls 17th place team finish wasn't consistent with their amazing season performances to date, but we still had some stand-out performances on the Girls squad led by "Gram" Brynna Thigpen!

...OK, so what's next?

Athletes will either start your 2 week break now, or some runners will be training on their own, meeting at our usual practice time through this week to prepare for the Foot Locker Western Regional on Saturday, 12/1/12 (we've already named the limited roster; please see Greg or Sheryl for details if you don't already have them!).   -However and since the season is officially done, we cannot actually have organized direct coaching/practice sessions, so please consider the following as non-mandatory and only training suggestions for those wanting to "stay sharp" for the Foot Locker race training on your own:
-Mon: EZ 1 hr. run
-Tue: 3200 on the track > 2-3 miles cool-down > stretch/roll
-Wed:  EZ 45 min
-Thu: EZ 20 min warm-up > 2 x 3:00 at ST pace > 1 x 600m at I pace > 5 min cool down > stretch/roll
-Fri: EZ 30 min

End of the MCHS XC season celebration at MCHS small gym is Saturday 12/8/12 6:00-8:30PM (including a final, final ~5 minute relay contest to determine the winner of the Crazy relays trophy between the Seniors and Juniors); see previous blog post for more information.

The Girls Team will be cooking/serving dinner to the Guys!     ...Details TBD

Lastly, the coaching staff is still hoping the XC team can put together a  roster for the coaches annual 3 on 3 B-ball challenge.    ...Hey Jordan, how's that going?   ;)

Any questions, or if you need any additional information, feel free to contact Coach Greg directly:

Cell Phone: (707) 291-2967

Friday, November 23, 2012

Pumas getting ready for tomorrow in Fresno

MCHS at State!

Follow State Meet Results on Saturday

Follow State Meet results on Saturday by clicking here.

Boys run in Div 2 race at 10:40am, girls run at 12:15pm.

Outlook: both the girls and boys teams are projected to finish in the 15th-17th place range in their races.  The boys are looking to improve upon their best team time at the State Meet (83:46 in 2006).  Look for Ryan Anderson to challenge the best Puma boy's time at State (Steve Laurie, 16:05, 1998).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Important Reminder - End of Season Celebration

A reminder to please send in your forms for the end of season awards dinner on December 8th!!
Deadline is December 4th!

Info can be found here.

State Meet Logistics Summary

Confirming headcount and logistics for State Championships in Fresno on Friday, November 23rd

Please let me know if there are any different plans/exceptions to what I’ve outlined below!   Note we’ll be using MCHS XC funds to cover Dinner on Friday + Breakfast on Saturday, so kids need to have their own lunch money for both ways!
Logistics on Friday, 11/23/12:
  • 10:30 AM = Leaving MCHS
  • 3:00 = Arrive at Woodward Park for shake-out run + starts (include ~1/2 hour stop for light lunch/snack en route)
  • 3:30 – 5:00 = Shake-out run on Woodward Park course
  • 5:30 = Dinner (Old Spaghetti Factory)
  • 7:00 = Check into Hotel (Holiday Inn, Fresno Airport); 15 minute meeting at 8:00 or 8:30 in Coaches room to get numbers + instructions for Saturday
  • 10:00 = Lights Out!
  • Drivers leaving MCHS 10:30 AM = room for 21 passengers total:
    • Lisa = (6 passengers)
    • Sheryl = (6 passengers)
    • Greg = (5 passengers)
    • Ruben = 4 passengers)
Team Headcount going down based on 20 total (7 racing + 3 alternates for each team):
  • Boys coming with us (9): Ryan, Nick, Harrison, Colin M, Colin B, Zac, Dante, Jordan, Spencer (?)
  • Boys meeting us at Woodward Park (1): Alex
  • - Can someone confirm if Michael K is interested in going (OK by me and we can make room for him)
  • Girls coming with us (7): Brynna, Andrea, Shaz, Shannon, Shawn, Sam, Abby
  • Girls meeting us at Woodward Park (3): Cecilia, Allie, Kelly
Logistics for Saturday, 11/24/12:
  • 7:30 AM = Boys wake-up (Ruben/Greg will have light breakfast waiting in the lobby)
  • 8:15 = Boys leave Hotel + Girls wake-up
  • 9:30 = Girls leave Hotel
  • 10:40 = Boys Race!
  • 12:15 = Girls Race!
  • 1:30-2:00 = Leave Woodward Park > stop for lunch > home by ~7:00PM
Looks like the weather is going to be great in Fresno on Fri/Sat. …I’ll be camping the next few days in Monterey and have limited access to my e-mail.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

More on NCS

The MCHS Boys warming up for their race on Saturday

All the time stats went out the window at NCS on Saturday.  The course conditions made it all about competing, perseverence, and well... enjoying getting really dirty!

News coverage by Press Democract.

Terrific photos by San Jose Mercury News gives you a sense for what it was like out at Hayward on Saturday

Saturday, November 17, 2012

On to the State Championships!

...Last Week of the season , preparing for State Championships:  Nov 19th - 24th! 

> Note switch in workouts from previous blog post for Mon/Wed workouts
> If you cannot make these workouts, please text/e-mail Greg and he'll provide you pacing guidelines

Mon, Nov 19th: 8:30-9:30 AM Cowbell workout (meet at MCHS will probably run at Montecito Park)
Tue, Nov 20th: 60 Min EZ run on your own
Wed, Nov 21st: 8:30-9:30 AM Tempo Run at MCHS track
Thu, Nov 22nd: Happy Thanksgiving! 45 min EZ run with 6 x :20 strides on your own

> Fri, Nov 23rd: Everyone leaving MCHS at 10:30 AM
-Arrive at Woodward Park, Fresno ~3:00-3:30
-Check into Hotel 5:00-5:30, Dinner 6:00 or 6:30, Lights-out 10:00
-Hotel details: Holiday Inn, Fresno Airport, 5090 E Clinton Way, Fresno CA 93727

Sat, Nov 24th: State Championships!
-Boys race 10:40 AM
-Girls race 12:15 PM
-Everyone should be back home by 6:30-ish, depending on traffic

Sun, Nov 25th: Rest! deserve it ;)

Any questions or need more information?  

-Coach Greg
cell: (707) 291-2967



Both the girls and boys teams won NCS titles today!  Terrific racing in a rainy, muddy mess. This is a repeat of 2005 when both teams also won the Div 2 crowns.

Ryan Anderson won the individual Boys D2 title, becoming the first Maria Carrillo boy to win the section championship since Steve Laurie in 1998!

For the girls, this was their 6th section win in the last 9 years.  This was the third team win for the boys.

Click here to see results!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Info for NCS Championships at Hayward

Click here to see live results of the NCS meet at Hayward on Saturday morning.

Also, you can receive text message updates throughout the morning by texting the phrase RTUPDATES to phone number 41411.  Just reply to the same number with phrase STOP when you want to stop the updates.

Follow this link for directions to Hayward High School.  Parking is very limited - try parking in the neighborhood near 5th and E St, then walking to the campus.

Catching Up with MCHS Coach Greg Fogg

Click here to read profile on Greg in Cross Country Express

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Checklist for NCS Weather

For NCS on Saturday: Race packing list
• long sleeve warm-up
• warm-up jacket and/or rain jacket
• warm-up pants /sweats
• 3 pair of socks (1 warm-up pair, 1 light-weight/thin race pair, and one pair for post-race)
• gloves
• knit cap
• warm clothes to change into after the cool down
• (and of course all of your usual stuff)

Timing of things
1. Make sure that you attach you timing chip to your races shoes and your number to your race singlet as soon as you get it.
2. Put your race shoes and race singlet in a place where they will keep dry until you finally put them on
3. Once done with your warm-up and once you have put on your race flats and singlet, put on your long warm-up pants and a warm jacket of long-sleeve jersey to wear to the start line - the idea is to keep warm once you have warmed up - duh.
  • Shed the top last - right before grouping up in the start box.
  • Alternates will be at the start line and collect the pants and long sleeve tops/jackets in a trash bag just before the start
4. Have fun!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Tree Fundraiser - Last Chance!

Last chance to submit orders for Christmas trees, wreaths or garland!

Return forms no later than this Thursday, Nov. 15, to any coach or Nick Jensen. Call Jennifer Jensen with any questions at 478-2006.

Click here for more info on Christmas Tree Fundraiser and forms.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Plans for the next two weeks NCS and State Championships!

Practice and competition plans for the next two weeks, covering NCS and State Championships! 

...I know there are quite a few Parents where the NCS and State Championships post-season is a totally new experience, so please do not hesitate to contact Coach Greg ( or Cell: 707-291-2967) if you have any questions about any of this activity!   -Our goal is to continue working out during this time frame, but to be reasonably flexible and accommodate everyone's Holiday plans.   -Please make sure to contact Coach Greg if you are going to miss any practice sessions!   ...OK to do some workouts on your own if you have Holiday plans, but still need to contact Greg! 

1) MCHS XC travel extends to the top 7 Varsity + the next 3 alternates (no JV)
2) Only the top 3 teams in the NCS Championships will qualify for the State Championships in Fresno; both our teams are ranked 1st going into the NCS Championships, so we feel good about our chances and planning for both teams going to Fresno!
3) There will be several changes in our "regular" 3:00 or 3:30 practice start times due to the Holidays as noted below: 

Next Week, preparing for NCS Championships = Nov 12th - 17th: 

Mon, Nov 12th: 8:30-9:30 AM Interval workout at Montecito Park
Tue, Nov 13th: 5:00 PM Tempo workout at MCHS Track
Wed, Nov 14th: 3:30 PM (regular time practice) 
Thu, Nov 15th: 3:30 PM (regular time practice)
Fri, Nov 16th: 3:30 PM (regular time practice)

Sat, Nov 17th: NCS Championships at Hayward High School leaving MCHS in two waves: 
-First wave = Boys leaving MCHS 7:30 AM; racing 10:40 AM
-Second wave = Girls leaving MCHS 8:15 AM; racing 12:15 PM
-Everyone should be back by 3:30 (may be 4:30 if we stop for lunch)
NCS Championship Bulletin link:
Sun, Nov 18th: EZ 4-6 mile run on your own

Last Week of the season, preparing for State Championships = Nov 19th - 24th: 

Mon, Nov 19th: 8:30-9:30 AM Tempo workout at MCHS
Tue, Nov 20th: 60 Min EZ run on your own
Wed, Nov 21st8:30-9:30 AM Interval workout at Montecito Park
Thu, Nov 22nd: Happy Thanksgiving! 45 min EZ run with 6 x :20 strides on your own

Fri, Nov 23rd: Everyone leaving MCHS at 10:30 AM
-Arrive at Woodward Park, Fresno ~3:00-3:30
-Check into Hotel 5:00-5:30, Dinner 6:00 or 6:30, Lights-out 10:00
-Hotel details: Holiday Inn, Fresno Airport, 5090 E Clinton Way, Fresno CA 93727 

Sat, Nov 24th: State Championships! 
-Boys race 10:40 AM
-Girls race 12:15 PM 
-Everyone should be back home by 6:30-ish, depending on traffic

Sun, Nov 25th: Rest!

Any questions or need more information?   

-Coach Greg
cell: (707) 291-2967

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Results of Mile Time Trial - Nov 7

Sixty five of our runners decided to jump in on a post-season 1600m time trial yesterday.
Thirteen girls finished under 6 minutes, fourteen boys under 5!

Click here to see results.  Many personal bests were established!

Click here to see last year's time trial results.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

More NBL Superlatives

A final wrap-up with a summary of some "under the radar" accomplishments from the NBL Meet.
  • By running 16:17 while winning the JV race, Colin Bartlett ran the fastest JV time at NBLs when run at Spring Lake  (previous best, 16:40 by Chris Bendana in 2005).  Spencer Jones (16:23) and Jordan Scobey (16:24) also ran faster than the previous best.
  • Allie Ahern's 19:55 effort in taking the Girls JV race was also the fastest JV time on record (previous best 20:21 by Jenna Lundgren in 2007).  Sam Perry ((19:56) and Abby Orgish (20:12) also finished under the previous standard.
  • Not surprisingly given the above, both JV teams put together the fastest JV team times ever recorded, and by very large margins.
    • Boys team time of 1:23:22 beat the previous best of 1:24:29 set by MCHS last year
    • The Girls' 1:40:45 crished their previous best of 1:44:16 set in 2009.
  • The JV Boys time would have placed them in a tie for 4th in the NBL Varsity race this year.
    • Combining SCL and NBL results, 29 boys from all schools ran 16:24 or faster - 10 of them were Pumas.
  • The JV Girls' time would have placed them 3rd in the NBL Varsity race this year, and 3rd among all Sonoma/Mendocino County high schools.  Only Casa Grande's varsity from other schools was faster this year.
    • Combining the 2012 SCL and NBL Meet results, a total of 46 girls from all schools ran faster than 21 minutes at Spring Lake - 18 of the 46 were from one school: yep, MCHS!  Next best was 7 by Casa Grande. 
    • Out of 20 total girls breaking 20 minutes, 8 were Pumas
  • MCHS girls have won the last 10 consecutive JV titles, and a Puma girl has taken first 9 out of the last 10 years.
    • Kayla Hordyk was winner in 2011!
  • MCHS boys have won the last 9 consecutive JV titles, and a Puma boy has taken 9 out of the last 10 JV titles.
    • Gus Murray was champ in 2011!
  • You can see more history by the Pumas at NBLs by clicking here.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

MCHS All-Time Spring Lake Lists Updated

Check out the updated all-time lists! 
See where you rank or start setting goals for next year!

Click Here to See the Lists

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fantastic Improvements at NBLs!

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever"  - John Keats
These words came to mind as we looked at the results from yesterday's meet - that was certainly a thing of beauty. And it was truly a joy to see everyone's hard work paying off.  The coaches are very proud of your efforts!

Great job everyone for setting a high standard this year and consistently working toward it as a team!
It's a good time to remember that we are not any more talented than other teams.  Any sustained success we enjoy comes from consistent and focused work on improvement expended over a very long period of time.

So... here is the info everyone has been waiting for.  Who gets socks?  Well, lots of people, actually.

A Few Highlights -
  • 54 of our 73 runners that ran yesterday achieved lifetime PRs!  The average improvement was a little over 3%- this means the typical person was dropping about 40 seconds off their previous best time - wow!
  • It was great to see our novice runners succesfully complete the transition from a tentative "finisher" mentality to an aggresive and confident "racer" mentality -- welcome to the sport of cross country!
  • A few "milestone" improvements we'll call attention to
    • BOYS:
    • COMPLETELY SKIPPING THE "19's" - Quinn Gavin and Gabe Schoenbach came into the meet with PR's in the 20's - they decided they might as well just skip the 19s and get into the 18's as soon as possible - Gabe improved 6% and ran 18:53, Quinn improved 9% and ran 18:20!
    • BREAKING 18: David Eik, Lucas Azcarraga, Antoine Thibault, and Ean Franceschi made big steps forward with efforts dropping them from the 18's to the 17's.  16's are just around the corner now! 
    • BREAKING 17: Ryan Nguyen - achieves Varsity Letter!
    • BREAKING 16: Nick Jensen - he's a big boy now! his name goes on the board
    • GIRLS:
    • BREAKING THROUGH 22: Clara Daly, Ellie Petty, and Tessa Nicklas - WOOHOO!
    • BREAKING 21: Gracie Issel (!), Haleigh Frye, Allison Bartlett, and Emma Wright - each earns their Varsity Letter!
    • BREAKING 20: Sam Perry - nice!
    • BREAKING 19: Shaz Breedlove - your name goes on the big board!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pumas Make it a Clean Sweep at NBLs!

Pumas swept all four divisions at NBLs today! We will be adding to this post through the evening.
Varsity Girls
  • Girls win their 10th consecutive NBL pennant!
  • Team led by fantastic PR 18:20 effort by Brynna Thigpen - closing over 150 yards in last mile to finish a close second.  Time is 33rd all-time, 9th fastest Puma girl ever!
  • Girls team time is 15th fastest ever at Spring Lake, 8th fastest ever MCHS team!
Varsity Boys
  • Dominating team effort!  Team time of 79:09 sets school record and is 6th fastest ever team all-time!
  • Huge PR for Ryan Anderson of 15:13 coming in 2nd - effort equals 10th fastest time ever! #2 ever at Maria Carrillo behind Steve Laurie (15:01 in 1998)
  • All 7 boys finish in top 13! 
JV Girls:
  • Set the tone for the entire afternoon by leading off with the the top 19 places in the first race (wow!)
  • Team time beat all the Girls Varsity teams except ours and Casa Grande's
  • Had 11 girls under 21:00 - only 17 varsity girls from all other NBL teams broke the 21:00 mark!
  • First two finishers - Allie Ahern and Sam Perry are the only two girls on record to ever break 20:00 in the JV race
  • Team took 10th consecutive title!
JV Boys:
  • Team time matched the 4th place team in the Varsity race
  • Led by fine time of 16:17 by Colin Bartlett
  • Jordan Scobey ran 8th fastest freshman time ever - 16:24
  • 9th consecutive NBL JV team title
  • 4 guys under 17:00, 10 guys under 18:00!
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