12.08.2011

BANQUET INFORMATION!

The team banquet is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 at Marina Village 6:00 P.M.
This banquet is for all family members, parents, siblings, cousins, friends, donors, alumni...EVERYONE
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This will be one of the greatest evenings of the year. The 15th Annual Cross Country Awards Banquet will be December 14th, 2011 at Marina Village, Seaside Room at 6:00 p.m. SHARP. Please join us for one of the most fun evenings of the season to celebrate the great achievements of our UC cross country athletes. Marina Village is located on Mission Bay, near the Hyatt Hotel and Quivira Basin (map below). We have an exciting agenda for the evening as well as a wonderfully catered meal from Ranch Catering. Don't miss this great evening.

The cost for the entire evening is $14.00 per person (alumni will be free guests of the team). If $$ is a problem, let me know. I want everyone there. We currently have 210 confirmed for this huge event. Wow! Please have payment to me by Monday, December 12. Checks should be made out to UC Cross Country. See you all at the banquet! More updates Soon


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12.04.2011

Footlocker West Regionals

Victor Bennett Makes the All-West Frosh-Soph Team (10 states!)
(Click photo to see Jennifer Haslam's pics of the weekend)

11.20.2011
CIF Championships

Riess Haslam is CIF Individual Champion!

 
Haslam Joins Selective Greats in UC History

Senior Riess Haslam ran away with the division 3 CIF individual honors at Morley Field yesterday to put an exclamation point on the first race of the championship season when he ran away from El Capitan's Daniel Gomez on the final climb up the Upas Street hill. Riess took a look around and with a great late-race surge after the tough hill, put 100 meters on Gomez to seal the division 3 title. Next up, Riess will join junior Sophi Volk at the State Championships this weekend in Fresno where he'll vie for top individual honors in the state. Riess now joins past greats Riley Booker (2005) and Mac Fleet (2008) as CIF champions for UC. Both Booker and Fleet went on to win individual state titles.

Click on the CIF logo at left for results and photos.

11.18.2011

League Finals Photos

Enjoy these great photos of the day from our super-star photographers that have been taking pictures all season.

   
Pam Kelly's Pics
 
Jennifer Haslam's Pics
 
Kelly Hansen's Pics

10.25.2011
3rd League Meet

Boys and Girls Teams Rout Serra!

This is the way to do it! Hold out an athlete or two to train and recover and let the younger athletes step up and cover the course for the team. That's just what juniors Dan Cunningham and Ben Phillips did for the boys, and freshman Ann Kelly did for the girls along with her entire supporting cast. Both teams dismantled the Serra varsity squads for a decisive win. Be sure to check out your results below (click for a full size PDF). Also included are the Cathedral Catholic results from two weeks ago.

                 
         
  Boys Cathedral 10/11   Boys Serra 10/25   Girls Cathedral 10/11   Girls Serra 10/25  

10.25.2011

         
     
  Sophia Volk's Stanford Pics   Jennifer Haslam's Cathedral Pics  
     
  Kelly Hansen's Stanford Pics   Pam Kelly's Serra Pics  

10.11.2011
2nd League Meet

Boys and Girls Teams Run Up Against Cathedral!

Both teams ran with a lot of heart and gave the Cathedral Dons a good race. Riess Haslam, together with Cathedral's top runner, towed the lead pack through the first mile at 5:00 flat and kept the heat on throughout the next two miles. Riess closed with a 5:07 last mile to smoke the field, winning in 15:41 for the 3.05 mile course. Dan Cunningham followed in 5th with a great PR of 16:26, keeping the race competitive from the start. In the girls race, a lead group of 15 runners roared through the first mile in 6:12 and kept pressing into the second mile. When the pack emerged from behind the velodrome and the dust began to clear, Jessy Hansen and Megan Gramlich had taken command of the race and would not relinquish their 1-2 hold on the lead. Both would stick close to the finish, carrying the torch (cowbell?) for UC. The Cathedral Dons roared back this day, filling in many key spots for a sound victory.

Here's the latest. Click on: (updating right now)

                 
           
Boys League Meet Results
Italy Meeting Thursday (10/13)

Interested? Curious? Come to Lindsay Williams' home at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at 4550 Berwick Dr. 92117. Bring a light snack to share and I'll show you how this wonderful trip works. This is trip #6 and could be the best one yet? Not sure if you can make it? Come anyway just to see what it's all about.

Pictures from Last Week

Click above to see Jennifer Haslam's great photos from the La Jolla, St. Augustine and OLP meet last Tuesday. Our team showed up for this first meet of the season on fire with both varsity teams notching their first wins of the early league meet season.

   
Girls League Meet Results

10.8.2011
         
       
       
 
(click above to see past trip itineraries)
 

Italy 2012

It looks like the group is a go for 2012. Are you interested in joining this fabulous group as we travel the Italian peninsula the way only Coach McCarthy can travel? We will literally embed ourselves in the Italian lifestyle as we experience the wonders that only this country can produce. Check out and join the Italian Runners website (click upper left photo) and a few images from the trips of the past.

We will be having an information meeting this Thursday at Lindsay Williams' home at 6:00 p.m. Save the time and date. More info will be posted tonight and tomorrow as it develops.

         

10.5.2011

UC Cross Country Honors a Great Man

Steve Jobs changed our lives. Every day we listen, we watch, we create, we dream, much the way that he wanted us to dream. Our music is with us everywhere, we build websites, we create movies like professionals, we blog, we chat, we text. Every minute, it seems, we use an Apple device that makes our lives richer, bolder, and much more colorful. There is no going back to the days of analog phones, T-squares, adding machines, cassette recorders, or 8 millimeter film splicers. Our digital world at home and in our schools will never forget Steve Jobs. Thank you for what you've done for us and our children.

10.4.2011
First League Competition: This Just In!

Boys and Girls Varsity Teams Beat La Jolla, St. Augustine and OLP!

The actual score sheets are copied below. congratulations to everyone that ran well representing UC today. This was a great way to show off 100 great athletes in UC colors. Check out the race results below. I will have race details and archived information put together by tomorrow on this site for you to see how well you have improved. I am thrilled to see so many kids run well for their first time on the Morley Field course. Pictures are on the way.

           
 
JV Girls

Despite a few glitches finding their way around the course, these girls ROCKED IT! What a way to start things off!

 
JV Boys

In a much tougher field and with their ranks severely reduced, the novice boys struggled a bit, but came away with good early-season marks.

           
           
 
Varsity Girls

Pack running destroyed our opponents! This is the way to do it. Outstanding focus on the team concept will work well at CIF.

 
Varsity Boys

Some great moves in the middle of the race kept them "in it". One great move by one runner won it for us. Was that you?

           

9.30.2011

Great Stanford Pics

     
 

Admiring Rodin

One of the great trips of all time, the UC Cross Country Team just returned from a fantastic 3-day weekend in the San Francisco bay area, including a break-out performance by our young team at the Stanford Cross Country Invitational on Saturday on the Stanford Campus. And what trip to this storied university would be complete without a visit to the legendary Rodin Sculpture Garden, featuring the "Gates of Hell", inspired by Dante's Inferno? A short walk deeper into the campus center brought us to the chained figures of the "Burghers of Calais", a landmark piece by Auguste Rodin. Click the photo at left to see Jennifer Haslam's great pics of the trip to get a good overview of just how great the trip was.

     

9.6.2011

Vaquero Results and Pictures!

We had a great day at the Vaquero Invitational on Saturday with some super surprise showings from the some of our newest stars. It was a perfect showcase to let the legs roar after a long summer of many, many miles of running. Results are here, including the divisions two and three races which took place after we were done. Click the large photo of the lake to see results for each race. Click on our runners below that and you'll see Jennifer Haslam's great photos of the day. I am very encouraged with these results. Our team is strong, and we now know where we need to improve to take us up one more notch (or perhaps two!).

A Picture Perfect Place to Open the Season

9.3.2011

Morley Field Page Is Looking Good!

This page should be up and running by this afternoon. Just remember that we are meeting on Monday at Morley Field at 8:30 in the morning. This is a KEY workout for the week, so don't miss this (unless you already told me you couldn't make it). Great job in the races today. I will have results and photos, and even a video up as soon as I get it all. I'm thrilled for our team and proud of you all. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out the new Morley Field link on the left.

 













This Video is Too Cool to Ignore!
Somehow I'm going to keep this video as a permanent inspiration for hard work, determination, and just down right coolness. Watch this over and over again like I do.


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