Wow, was that a windy meet or what?
Despite the wind, it looked like a lot
of our athletes still were able to
qualify in events. I saw a few club
records get broken and have updated the
website to show those new records.
I want everyone to have a great week,
work hard, as this weekends meet will
show who is going to League Final
There will be no practice this Thursday
due to a school event at Valencia HS.
Have a great week
OUR LAST HOME MEET ~ Seize the DAY!
Our track meet this week is at
home ~ Valencia HS. This is the
last qualifying meet for our athletes who
wish to compete in the Individual Event
Championships. (see League Finals
article below) We look forward to
seeing all of you this Saturday!
As always we will need
everyone's help! Set-up will be a big part.
Parents; volunteers are needed to arrive at
7:00am to help out. If you have a truck I
could use you early at 6:30 in the parking
lot, Alan will be timing the foothill league
championship meet Friday night and will not
have a chance to load his truck like he did
last time, so we will need to pick up the
tents and other equipment from the storage
across the street.
There is a seeding meeting for league finals
next Tuesday evening, if you have obtained a
qualifying mark,(see link) Qualifying
you earned the right to participate in
League Finals on Sunday, May 20th. You will
be seeded into the event according to your
best time, jump, or throw. (see link for
Whole Team If you are listed in the top
10-12 athletes in a event,(see link) Eastern
League: Individual there is a good
chance you will be invited
to compete in that event, we must know your
desires after our home meet this weekend,
May 12th, Saturday.
Open finals meet will be Saturday May
19th, athletes who do not
have a qualifying mark attend this
meet. Please note some events are more
populated than others so... you may
still be invited
to the League Championship meet
depending on which event you have found
success. This is particularly true with
~(example; 4x400 last event of the day)
often comprised of some members with
qualifying marks and some members
without qualifying marks. If
invited we must know if you want to go
to the Championship Meet (5-20-2007)or
the Open Meet (5-19-2007). You may not
participate in both meets.
Note, if you choose the open meet, that
will be your last meet. If you choose
the League Championship meet, there is a
possibility that you might end up
invited to the Individual Event
Championships in Moorpark, Saturday,
Our coaches will be happy to help you
with your decision and any questions you
may have about these events.
night, April 23rd we ran for 1 hour while a
DJ played music! Our
fundraiser was a success. The athletes did
an awesome job and we saw everyone having a
Thank you to everyone who
participated and turned in their Lap-a-thon
This fundraising event
is extremely important to our team.
Funds are still being accepted, but won't
count towards the prizes. As a
grand prize the top athlete
who raised the most funds by the cut off
date will get 4 tickets to Disneyland (2
adult, and 2 children).
be given in each age group based on
the most funds raised and
turned in by May 3rd .
Prizes will be awarded
May 17th at our last team practice.
Board of Directors Nominations
Our board of directors are
YOU the parents who
actively want to contribute to the
success and decisions affecting our
The club is seeking nominations for the
board of directors, we will be having a
General Membership meeting at
the May 17th practice to
elect a slate of candidates to the board .
We hope you are interested in one of the
positions or know someone that would
contribute to success of our club as part of
our Board of Directors. Please contact Alan
We plan to be voting
on new board members before the end of our
spring track season.
Click here for more information.
Self Awareness and Word Play
a recognition of our strengths and
weaknesses. Developing self-awareness
can help us to recognize when we are
stressed or under pressure. Researchers
have found that even more than IQ, your
emotional awareness and abilities to
handle feelings will determine your
success and happiness in all walks of
life. Self awareness is only a curse
if you focus on your failures.
Words" an article by Gigi
Douban in Runner's World Mag. (May 2007)
claims "Self-talk can be a
motivational tool for athletes.
Mantras--those short power bytes you
play over and over in your head--can
help you stay focused and centered.
"The purpose of having a mantra is to
evoke a certain feeling or sensation
that will pull you along," says Gloria
Balague, Ph.D., a sports psychologist.
Even tried-and-true mantras may not
always work. Your go-to mantras, "pick
it up" or "push harder," might inspire
you when you stand a chance of picking
it up or pushing harder. But giving
yourself orders that you physically
can't obey is more likely to discourage
you than move you. "Telling yourself
something that you don't believe isn't
going to help," Balague says. "You
cannot lie to yourself successfully."
Instead, focusing on things you can
control ("one foot in front of the
other," "run tall," or "breathe easy").
These messages can ease
performance-related stress and relax
your body, helping you run better.
Gabriel Jennings Team Running
USA member, 1500 meters ~When
Jennings, 28, was running for Stanford
University, he memorized the Declaration
of Independence. "During a run, I'd just
repeat it," he says. Today, he reads a
poem a day. "Often I'll take a stanza
and run to it."
Find your words and you'll
pick-up the pace!
Have a great week,
Santa Clarita Track Club