Santa Clarita Track Club
Newsletter for October 19, 2009
In this Issue
Scholastic Achievement Award
O'Melveny Park Meet
Photographers Needed
Quick Links...
Hey team,
MT SAC was a huge success for the team.  A lot of victories and overall a pretty good time.  That was a tough course but I think you guys showed those hills who is boss.  I'm sure you all were having nightmares last night about the infamous poop-out hill!  Anyway, I was very proud of what each of you accomplished and thanks again to all the supportive parents and coaches!
I want to touch on a couple points this week: the light situation with training and end of the season fatigue.  First, the sun is going down a lot earlier every week so I want to make sure we get started right away and I'm going to try to maximize the light on the trails as much as possible.  I'll try to mix up the practices but inevitably we'll be doing a lot more laps around the parks for the final weeks of practice.  Safety is the number one concern so parents joining us and athletes as well, please be aware of all the runners.  Runners especially try to stick in groups of 2-3 at least.  Also runners, when we are at the park for practice DO NOT LEAVE THE GROUP UNTIL A COACH CONFIRMS WHERE YOU ARE GOING.  Don't play on the playground, do that before practice starts or after WITH YOUR PARENTS PERMISSION ONLY!!  Make sense, good.  We don't want to lose any of you guys so please, please, please stay with the group.
Second, it is the end of the season with only 2 meets left.  This is a critical time to keep focused.  There is still time to improve so keep working hard.  There are 3 things I desire for all of you through the end of the season: stay healthy, don't get injured, and improve on your overall place in the races.  So take your vitamins and get some good sleep, don't mess around skateboarding and doing things that would be easy to twist an ankle or injure you some other way, and work hard in practice to improve in the races.  Both remaining courses are hilly and fun and I look forward to seeing you guys improve some more.
Finally, thanks to Kirk Nelson for coming out to help you guys with your running form.   Please take a minute to shoot him an email, I'd love for him to tell me tomorrow that he got over 50 emails from you guys.            
Thanks again for a great year so far, you all make it fun and worth it!!!
Coach Jeremy
Scholastic Achievement Award

In an effort to emphasize the importance of maintaining scholastic ability in conjunction with athletic ability, The Santa Clarita Track Club, Inc, in cooperation with local school districts, awards a scholastic achievement medal to all active athletes that maintain a 'B+' (3.5)  grade point average or better during the season.  The medal is engraved with the student's name, year and symbol of the sport in which he/she is participating. A special President's award medal is presented to players that maintain straight A's

You must submit the following Scholastic form before the deadline in order to get the medal.
The Deadline for turning in your forms to be eligible for the award is this week on Thursday, October 22nd at the end of practice.
Conference Championship T-Shirts Orders

This week is the SCYTFC Cross Country Championship Meet and the conference is taking orders for T-shirts as post season fundraiser.  If you are interested in getting a T-Shirt please order one from me this week at practice.  The shirts are $12 each and I will be submitting a team order at the meet this Saturday, then they will deliver the shirt to us at the final meet at Pierce College on November 7th.

David Summer
Practice Schedule October 19 - October 25
   October 19th at 6:00pm - Heritage Park
Tuesday:  October 20th at 6:00pm - Central Park
Thursday: October 22th at 6:00 pm - Bridgeport Park
Sunday:  October 24th - O'Melveny Park
Directions to O'Melveny Park from SCV Interstate 5 South
Interstate 5 South to Balboa Exit
(note that the 14 South  Balboa exit is closed, there is however an exit from the southbound truck route, it's on the right side, amost a straight shot, turn left and follow around to Balboa Rd, I think this is called The Old Road, it goes from Calgrove thru San Fernando)
Turn right on San Fernando Rd
Turn right onto Balboa Rd
Turn right onto Balboa Blvd
Turn right onto Sesnon Blvd
O'Melveny Park is on the right hand side about 6 tenths of a mile down the road.
O'Melveny Park Meet
Volunteers Needed to Help
Our team is responsible for timing this week conference championship meet and I need your help to accomplish this.  I will train you to use the stopwatches and will be around to make sure all is running smoothly.  Please see me at practice this week.

David Summer

This weekend's meet is on Saturday October 24th, at O'Melveny park, due to the construction at the 14/5 interchange, the south bound 14 Balboa exit is closed, however there is an exit to the old Road off the south 14 Truck route, this exit is before you go under any of the bridges from the 5/14 interchange, and goes down to the old road. you can then turn left and follow this road around to the Balboa Road and Bee Canyon area where O'Melveny park is.
The directions are above in the weekly schedule section of the newsletter.
TextMarks Alert Notification
I know we had some confusion as to where practice was last Thursday night when we changed from Bridgeport Park to Heritage Park.  To avoid this I came across a text option where we can text to your phone last minute Alerts if you register at: or
Just Text from your mobile phone
To:41411 Send Message: STORMXC
This will register you for the Storm Cross Country Alert Message which is currently this weeks practice schedule and locations.  At any time you can opt out of the text messages by replying "LEAVE STORMXC".
Photographers needed
I need your digital pictures for the following meets, Corriganville, Arroyo Verde, Mt SAC meets, I was not at some of these and we need the pictures for our memory DVD, please be sure to take a lot of pictures of the kids at the meets and practice, and turn them in to Alan. I have thumb drives or blank CD's if you need.

Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club