January 2, 2018

Here's To a Great Track Season

What better way to start the build up to a fantastic track season than to watch one of the greatest Olympic 800 meter races in history: The legendary Dave Wottle at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Check it out:

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

We've begun week three of the winter training schedule, and already the kids are fit and ready to move up the chart. Winter training is always a great time to run for the pure joy of running, without the pressures of competition, and at the same time dream a little about the great achievements of the future, thanks to the ambitious training schedule that we're following. Check out the banquet photos below that officially close out our cross country season. I'll be switching over to the "winter training" tab this week. Stay tuned.

December 18, 2017

Winter Mileage is Here!

Here is the winter training mileage schedule, which begins today! It is important that you choose the appropriate column that is right for you and follow through on it. If you are not willing to do this work, then don't bother coming out for track (unless you're out for a winter sport). Set your goals high and do this for YOU, not me. Remember to keep logging your mileage. The current mileage sweatshirts will be done VERY soon, and we will do something new for the winter mileage. Promise. In the meantime, if you are in town and would like to run with a group, the team is meeting each day at school at 8:30 a.m.

December 11, 2017

November 22, 2017

Photos From Mike Boisvert

The season is NOT over yet! We are preparing for a great run at the State Championships this weekend, so stay tuned.

to get updated state results from Record Timing. In the meantime, click below to see Mike's latest pics of the Western League Finals and the CIF Championships. Thanks, Mike, and all the other photographers that have contributed selflessly to a wonderful team.

November 20, 2017

Girls Finish Second! On to State. Alex Halter Qualifies.

Congratulations on a great run at the San Diego CIF Championships on Saturday. The girls finished second place in Division 3 and Alex Halter qualified as an individual with his seventh place finish in the boys D3 race. Here's a quick update on the what, when and where of the next two weeks:



California State Championships
Saturday November 25



Western Regionals

Saturday December 2


Wyndham Garden Hotel

5090 E. Clinton Way
Fresno, CA 93727

State Meet Information
(CIF State Meet Website)

UC Travel Information:

We will meet at UC at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 24. From UC, we travel to lovely Gorman, CA (where the season usually starts on our way to camp in August!) to meet up with Coach McCarthy and eat breakfast here at the Ranch House Restaurant.

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From here we travel to Woodward Park, Fresno, arriving around 2:00 p.m. Here we pick up meet information, jog around the course, buy whatever State Meet "goodies" we deserve (bring some $$. They don't give this stuff away!), and then laugh and relax as we go over any pre-race instructions we may have forgotten about.

After we leave the park, we'll head to the Wyndham Garden Hotel to check in and relax before dinner.

For Dinner, we're off to DiCicco's Italian restaurant at 7:30 for a fun and carbo-filled pasta feed before heading to a good night's rest before the big day.


Saturday Race times:
Boys 11:05 Girls 12:35



1101 North Grand Avenue
Walnut, CA 91789


UC Travel Information:

We will be leaving immediately after school (or as close to it as possible) on Friday, December 1 and heading to Costa Mesa, the home of Steve and Tere Ross (my Mom). Bring a sleeping bag and a pillow, and be prepared for another epic Cranium battle.

Home of Steve and Tere Ross
2084 Flamingo Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Get Ready! It's Coming

Click on the Footlocker logo at the top to see the official website for race times and entry information. We will have to get up pretty early to get to the meet on time (my mom lives 40 minutes from the course). We will park in our "double secret" free parking area in the neighborhood behind the course (directions to follow).

We should be home between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Does anyone still want to run who hasn't signed up yet? Registration went up last week from $17 to $40, but if you still want to run, it's worth it. You will need to register online (from site link/logo above) DEADLINE NOVEMBER 26th. You don't want to miss the potentially epic Cranium match Friday night.

Good Luck!

November 12, 2017

Awesome Photos from the Season

Check out these great photos from KC Alfred (password: UCXC) and Hilde van Daelen. Click on the photos below. CIF is coming up this Saturday! The boys team races at 11:15 and girls race at 12:50. I hope that you can all make it out to cheer on the teams as we set our goals on making it to the State Championships. Good Luck!


November 9, 2017

Last Chance to Sign Up for Footlocker

It's time to sign up for the Footlocker West Regional Championships. The deadline is Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. Click on the Footlocker logo above to take you to the Footlocker cross country page to sign up. It's a fantastic trip and a great opportunity to run the Mt. SAC course again, this time with 15 other western United States, where we can also watch (and compete with) the fastest runners in the western US. I'll have detailed travel information up after the CIF Championships next Saturday. Info for the CIF meet will go up Sunday night.

Sign up for Footlocker, even if you're not 100% sure you'll do it. It's only $17 and you get an awesome shirt with that. If you sign up after Sunday, the price goes up to $40.

WHEN YOU SIGN UP: Pick the grade level race that you'd like to race in (I'm in the "open" race), and then MAKE SURE that you choose the UCXC team from the scroll menu and list my name (Gimi McCarthy) as the contact person. This way, they can put all of our bibs and shirts together for one person to pick up on Saturday morning (the race is December 2). We will be leaving on Friday, Dec. 1 and staying at my Mom's house (bring sleeping bags). Girls upstairs, boys downstairs. Parents get the bedrooms. Don't miss this! The adults plan to win this year's Cranium Challenge!

October 14, 2017

Oops! Forgot About These. Check Them Out

October 13, 2017

Times from Cluster Meet #2

The blue times indicate PR's for the course, which was HUGE for cluster meet #1. That kind of improvement is tough to sustain, but we did quite well as a team for Cluster Meet #2. Only the JV athletes ran, but some PR's were still huge. Congratulations to everyone on the steady improvement throughout this tough period of training. During the JV competition, the varsity athletes ran one of the best team workouts of all time on the new CIF course loop, setting in motion the course to success at the CIF Championships.

New: Check out the great photos by Mike Boisvert on the right column. Thanks, Mike, for all the hard work and beautiful photos!

October 6, 2017

Course Map for Tomorrow

So.... it's evident I haven't been to this meet in several years. The course is totally different, but still looks awesome. There has been some construction on the site, so changes were inevitable. Check out the map below. The hill is the square in the bottom left corner, so just after the mile mark. This makes it much more like Bronco. We LOVE courses like this, so expect greatness.

October 4, 2017

UC Girls Win Cluster Meet #1, Dethrone Coronado as League Leader

Out of 54 total runners that competed yesterday for UC in the inaugural Western League Cluster Meet on the Morley Field Course, 47 athletes ran lifetime PR's and Elise Boisvert missed the course record by only four seconds in her impressive win. Storming in close behind, Ella Ruff, Renee Torre, Isabelle Shepherd and Kendall Quesenberry rounded out the scoring that would knock the Coronado girls team off the league favorite podium and their #2 county ranking. The UC athletes demonstrated tremendous teamwork in all six races, pushing each other to impressive lifetime bests. Click the link below for a cool look at the scoring breakdown.


September 23, 2017

Morley Field Today at 9:00 a.m./Parents at 10:30

We are meeting with the kids today at 9:00 to run over the Western League course so that all of us can be comfortable with it again and ready for competition beginning October 3. After we do some running on the course, we'll need to do a little work on some areas that took a little wear and tear during the heavy rains this winter. Please bring a rake and gloves, if you have these items. Shovels might help too.

Parents: We are meeting at 10:30 to jog the course so that you can learn the course that the kids will be running during our league competitions. Plan to join us with some running shoes on, and experience what the kids have become so expertly skilled at! Hope to see you here today. For directions to Morley Field, click the blue "CROSS COUNTRY" tab above, and then the blue "morley field" tab on the left side of the page. In the meantime, here is the course below.

September 14, 2017

Woodbridge Driving Information/Race Schedule

We are ready for an exciting evening of races at Woodbridge on Saturday . Most of us will meet at UC at 12:30 p.m. in front of the gym for our drive up to the Silverlakes Sports Park in Norco (directions below). There are three groups listed below with meeting times in black above the group. We need to make sure everyone has a ride and minimize the logistical nightmare of everyone driving at a different time. The race schedule with our tentative entries is listed below.

We are ready to run fast and this is the place to do it. This is one of the most exciting invitational meets in the country and a great learning ground for all levels of competitors. Remember: Don't perseverate on the outcome; it's all about the process. Translation: Your coaches will give you a specific plan. Focus on just that plan: what you have to do during the race. Enjoy the process. See you all Saturday. How many of you will come up to me before your race and say, "Coach, I'm ready!"?


New Course Map
Potluck Sign Up
Race Schedule/Driving Schedule
Old Guy fighting for the win in 1st Annual Woodbridge Invitational in 1981. 2nd--15:21
Directions to Silverlakes Sports Park

August 27, 2017

Vaquero Results!

Click on the image below for all the results from Saturday's races. Our team is beginning to look great after a strong season of summer running. The sheets below are training

tools for us to better get an idea of where we need to close ranks in order to be a more effective team. The results show a nice combined result for the girls (boys were unable to merge because of the different distances). Look where you finished and see who you raced with or close to from our team. These races should give us a better idea of who we should be training with, or who we WANT to train with to jump up a notch or two. Congratulations on a great first day of racing. I will be switching over to the Cross Country tab (blue pages) in the next day or so, so stay tuned for that. See you all on Monday after school.


August 23, 2017

Vaquero Meet Information for Saturday

Here is the meet information for this Saturday. Please meet us in front of the gym at 6:10 a.m. Saturday morning (I know I originally said 6:15, but those 5 minutes will make a difference).. We will carpool to the meet, which is relatively close by. We do need parent drivers to transport the kids, so plan on participating in this wonderful event. Athletes: check out the sheet below as a guide to where you might fit in to the front end of these races. We have to set our goals high, don't we? Remember that this year, our goal is to focus on "PROCESS" and not "OUTCOME", which means you are thinking more about HOW you are going to get there, instead of WHERE you would like to, or need to finish. That means I want to see some BIG risks taken BEFORE half way in the race. No thinking allowed after that point. Let survival instinct get you to the finish line!

August 22, 2017

A Look Back at 2005 (Great Athletes in the Making)

This was the year of the freshmen with Mac Fleet, Masami Okada, Adam Scherling and Guadalupe Gonzalez among many others taking starring roles for the varsity squad. Injury would cut Mac's season a little short, but the boys would lay a foundation that eventually grew to superstardom and a #1 county ranking by the time they were seniors.

The varsity boys roar through the mile mark in their dominating win against Scripps Ranch. Freshman Mac Fleet won the race in 16:37

Freshman Guad is only the sixth best frosh on the emerging team. Senior Guad is 3rd best in San Diego County and tenth at state. Freshman Macky wins the varsity meet at Morley Field against Scripps in 16:37. Senior Mac is county champion, state champion, and eventual national champion in track.

State Rankings October 9, 2017

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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