Santa Clarita Track Club Cross Country Newsletter
Newsletter Monday August 27, 2007
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 What a great week we had! It's exciting to see the kids run a little further with each practice. It's amazing how quickly kids progress in just a few short weeks.
I wish all the parents could have been out on the hills Thursday night at COC. We actually had to work to hold the kids back before starting each of the intervals. That's the kind of work ethic that will take us a long way this season!
This week we'll begin to settle in to a more typical workout schedule. Here's what the week will include...
Monday- Heritage Park
This will be an easy, conversational run. We'll push the kids just a little further in distance. We'll try and get each group to the next 1/2 mile marker on the paseo.
Tuesday- Saugus High Track
We'll be running mile time trials tonight. Come ready to run an all out mile! We'll use these times to group the kids for future track workouts and tempo runs.
Thursday- College of the Canyons
Back to the hills. This work will be so important as we approach our second meet at Pierce College and our third meet at Mount Sac. If you didn't know, Mount Sac is the equivalent of Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium for XC. We want to look good on those famous hills!
Saturday- Central Park
This will be a tempo run. A little stronger than easy but not quite race pace. Most of the kids were running this pace this past Saturday.
Speaking of's going to be very important, as we begin some more challenging workouts, to understand the difference between easy, tempo and race pace. We'll be talking about running on a scale of 1 to 10.
*Monday should be easy. That means a 6 or 7 out of 10. You should be able to have a conversation during the entire run and not have to walk.
*Tuesday night's mile time trial should feel like a 10. This is the night to leave everything on the track.
*Saturday's tempo run will be about an 8 on our scale of 1 to 10.
I'm looking forward to another great week! Until then...
Yours in Running,
Coach Darren
Practice schedule: We will be keeping the following practice schedule and locations for the next several weeks unless notified otherwise.
Monday: Heritage Park* 6:00-7:15 p.m.
*Please park in the lot off of McBean Pkwy and Fairview.  There is ample parking there.
Tuesday:  Saugus High School Track 6:00-7:15 p.m.
Wednesday:  NO PRACTICE
Thursday:  College of the Canyons 6:00-7:15 p.m. 
Saturday:  Central Park 8:00-9:15 a.m.
This is your last week to order STORM Spiritwear!   Outfit your entire family in STORM T-shirts, warm-ups and hoodies!  Get 'em while they're hot! Click here for an Order form.  Please see Karen O'Neil if you have any questions.
Skittles & Jolly Ranchers: If you have not done so, please remember to contribute two bags of candy per athlete.  The kids really look forward to them.  Thank you.
Registration:  If you have not yet registered, please download the sign-up paperwork, complete all forms at home, and return them to Lisa Moser by no later than August 30th. 
Thank You,
Kwan Beilin
Volunteers Still Needed!!
Your involvement with the team directly impacts the success of your child's experience this season.  It is expected of EVERY family to volunteer their time in some way to this program.  So far, we have only a handful of parents helping out on a team of 80+ athletes. You all have been great in the past and we need you to step up and help again. A huge thank you to those of you that have already done so!
This is our one fundraiser.  Without it, we will be forced to limit our expenses for awards, team parties, and post season.  We will also be forced to dramatically raise our registration fees next year. The absence of a lap-a-thon coordinator affects us all!
  • Works with the Cross Country General Manager to set date and site for Lap-a-thon
  • Sets up a system for recording laps
  • Records laps of each child with help of volunteers
  • Procures music for the event
  • Procures prizes for winners


  • Work with the General Manager to determine where volunteers are needed on meet days
  • Enlist the help of parent volunteers for various duties
  • Act as the point person for volunteers and the meet director

TEAM PARTY COORDINATORS -Frankians, Tottens, and Howe Family

  • Determine date and place for party
  • Procure permit for party
  • Order food for party
  • Help coaches hand out awards
  • Put together a possible memory book.


  • Set up the team communication box with each family's name
  • Bring the communication box to practice routinely
  • Distribute Award Ribbons or other communication in the appropriate files


Gremlin Girls-Vacant
Gremlin Boys-Kellie Verdugo
Bantam Girls-Heather Milliken
Bantam Boys-Vacant
Midget Girls-Vacant
Midget Boys-Rick Larimore
Youth/Int. Girls-Russ Phillips
Youth/Int. Boys-Linda Peckam
  • Gather athletes in age group (GG, GB, BG, BB, MG, MB, YG/IG, YB/IB) prior to meets
  • Distribute race tags
  • Help warm up the age group and get them ready for the start line
  • Help with cool-down after the races.
There has been a lot of changes to the calendar and I am trying to keep it updated as the changes come in. I have added date and time stamp to the top left side of the calendar to help you know if your copy is current. 

Please make sure you sign up for email on our website, that is the best way for us to let you know what is going on and where we are practicing each week.
Our meet schedule has not yet been approved by the Conference, so it is subject to change.  Dates they are still working on is the Meet on Sept 22.
The posted location may change.
Have a great week!
Sept. 10th or 11th possible Lapathon date

We will have a mock Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Sept 15th at
Central Park.

SCTC has the first XC Meet at
Simi Valley -Corriganville on Saturday, Sept 22nd (tentative).
"If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win" - Carl Lewis
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