Sunday, January 13, 2013

3 weeks to Track Season!

...Only 3 weeks left to the start of the MCHS Track Season!    

Coaches Challenge: Keep a running log and keep up with the Old Man's weekly mileage, (I'm trying to maintain between 27-35/wk): 

Greg's Training Log last 5 weeks:

Dec 10) 4.25 + 0 + 0 + 5 + 4.25 + 6 + 4.25 = 23.75 (1st real training week for ~2 months w/achilles tendonitis)

Dec 17) 7 + 0 + 5.5 + 5.5 + 7.5 + 0 + 7.5 = 33.00 (EZ 8:00-8:30 rainy, hilly, slippery runs w/Leanne)

Dec 25) 7 + 0 + 7.5 + 0 + 0 +6.25 + 5 = 25.75 (EZ 8:10 2 runs in SR, 2 runs in SLO with Leanne, 3 days off -sick)

Dec 31) 9 + 4 + 8.4 + 0 + 7 + 5.13 + 0 = 33.53 (EZ 8:10 3 runs in SLO, 2 runs in SR)

Jan 07) 7.25 + 6 + 0 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 0 = 34.25 (EZ 7:45-8:00, includes fitness std. 1600 and 5 x 800 at 6:00 pace) 

...I'll be ready in February, will YOU?!   ...Don't think you have the time?   ...Really?!   -This schedule only takes ~6-8 hours out of my 7 day week.   ...NO EXCUSES, GET OUT THERE AND RUN!!!

Parents:  The response has been very limited from our last post asking for donations for our Feb 2nd Crab Feed Silent Auction; if you're interested in donating items, we need 'em!   Contact: 
Jennifer Jensen (Nick's mom) cell: 478-2006
 Melanie Bartlett (Colin's & Allison's mom) cell: 799-7306

Runners: I need 5-7 volunteers to help with 1 hour of cleaning up duties for the Crab Feed on Sat, Feb 2nd starting 9:30PM; contact Greg if you're interested by end of this upcoming week!

Parents and Runners signing up for MCHS Track FYI:  If you were already cleared for XC, all you have to do is turn in a $50 transportation fee check and you're good to go!   See Coach Michael Pointer Room #N6. ...If you're not planning to run track, expect some up-close and personal razzing from Ruben, Sheryl, Michael and myself for sure ;)  ...If you're really into XC, but not as much into Track, remember Track is a very key conditioning component for staying active and properly prepared for XC ...SO, WHY NOT TRACK?!

Run Happy :)  ....GO PUMAS!    ...Go Niners!

Coach Greg
Cell: (707) 291-2967

It's not too late to get your Crab Feed tickets on-line at:
In our next Post: Videos to help improve your Running Form

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Donations needed for MCHS XC Crab Feed Silent Auction Basket

Hello, Cross-Country Parents & Runners!

As most of you know, the Puma Athletic Committee (PAC) is having their annual Crab Feed & Silent Auction Fundraising event on February 2.  What you may not know is that each team is required to provide a gift basket for the silent auction.  90% of the money earned from the basket(s) goes directly into the Cross-Country team account.  To fill the basket, we need donations!   Do you or someone you know have something you can donate?  No item is too small.  

The deadline for basket donations is Monday, January 21.    

Please contact me to arrange pick-up or delivery or with any questions.

FYI - Last year we made $1000.  Wine was hugely popular, as well as the "Romance" basket with a Valentines Day theme.

Thanks in advance for helping to beef up our account for next season!

Jennifer Jensen (Nick's mom)
cell: 478-2006

Melanie Bartlett (Colin's & Allison's mom)
cell: 799-7306

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year!

...OK, so it's been 3 weeks since the last post, what's been going on?!


Top Scholar Athletes: 
-Varsity Girls: Samantha Perry, Aloysia Ahern
-Varsity Boys: Michael King
-JV Girls: Paige VanDenburg, Madeline Dippel
-JV Boys: Jeffrey Marin
Boys Roadrunner Award: Ryan Anderson, Jordan Scobey
Girls Roadrunner Award: Brynna Thigpen, Andrea Natoli, Abby Orgish
Boys Coyote Award: Nick Jensen, Harrison Luft, Ryan Nguyen
Girls Coyote Award: Shaz Breedlove, Castine Jaffe, Carolina Avelar
Boys Most Improved Award: Anthony Sarto, Gabe Schoenbach, Kevin Moe, Jeffrey Marin
Girls Most Improved Award: Ellie Petty, Allison Bartlett, Tessa Nicklas, Shawn Cichosz
Boys Coaches Award: Harrison Luft, David Eik
Girls Coaches Award: Brynna Thigpen, Sam Perry, Haleigh Frye
Alex Hartz Spirit of Running Award: Lucas Azcarraga, Kelly Fitzgerald
Inaugural Alex Morrison Golden Anchor Award: Alex Morrison

2013 MCHS XC Team Captains Announced: (Harrison and Brynna = retired)
Boys: Nick Jensen, Dante Hay, Ryan Anderson, Lucas Azcarraga
Girls: Kelly Fitzgerald, Sophia Mahoney, Shaz Breedlove, Clare Gilmartin

Note: If you couldn't make the awards ceremony, see Kara Myers to get your block award or e-mail/text Coach Greg to coordinate getting your awards and 2012 team picture.

JAN 1st, 2013 EGGNOG MILE:  ...Where were you?!   -Harrison has been working on his "toughness training" during this off-season.   ...He says to Pointer, "Bring on those intervals, It can't hurt this bad!!!"   

MCHS Alumni and now collegiate runners, Gus Greenstein and Daniel Hauptman looking good in January 1st Resolution Run:  

Hey!   ...Have any pics of you and your buddies training in the off-season?   eMail to Greg and you may get posted on our blog ;)

...OK, so now what's coming up?

Monday, January 7th: Running Club with Mr. Pointer!   -Get back into your training groove on M-W-F starting right after school.

Saturday, February 2nd: PAC CRAB FEED FUNDRAISER  The PAC (Puma Athletic Committee) is a great supporter of MCHS XC and this is a great event/sure to sell out, so get your tickets now if you want to attend!
Date: February 2, 2013
Where: St. Eugene Becker Center (2323 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa)
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
Cost: $50 per per Adult....($65 for King Crab Seating, wine and more...)
Normal Seating: First come First Serve
-WANT TO HELP CONTRIBUTE TO OUR MCHS XC TEAM BASKET FOR THE SILENT AUCTION?   Contact Jennifer Jensen if you want to help sponsor/donate items:

Count-down to first day of MCHS Track & Field Practice (Feb 4th) = only 4 weeks!

...Stay Tuned!  Our next post will include important information to sign up for the 2013 Tahoe Camp + videos on form drills to improve your running form/mechanics!

Hope your Holidays were full of fun and joy and oh yeah, a few miles :)

-Coach Greg
Cell: (707) 291-2967


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