TRACK AND FIELD 2011
April 7, 2011
Ran Across This Today! (From the "Where Are They Now" dept.)
There's a future out there for some of our fabulous cross country alums. This year, Christina Buckley is a senior at Harvard. Check out her performance with the Harvard Radcliffe Veritones. Christina graduated from UC in 2007 after competing at CIF and State all four of her high school years and helping lead the girls to the 2006 CIF team title. Hard work: Priceless.
Don't forget that we have practice Friday morning at 8:30, rain or shine. If it's raining, then we'll be there.
April 3, 2011
Track Practice at 8:30 a.m. This Week
See you at the track for this week's wonderful array of track workouts that we have in store for you. We will be working hard Monday AND Tuesday, so prepare yourselves mentally and physically (eat and sleep a little extra) to succeed all week. We will be meeting at Mission Bay on Wednesday at the playground at 9:30 (Yes! an extra hour of sleep) for a short/medium recovery run and then our annual track team picnic/barbeque and capture the flag game. Bring a side dish and a drink for the picnic (everyone bring something this time!).
Congratulations to all of you that competed at Trabuco Hills and the Elite Invitational at Mt. Miguel. We had some wonderful season and LIFETIME PR's at both locations. Results are up at ATHLETIC.NET
March 30, 2011
This Friday is our fantastic annual trek to the Trabuco Hills Invitational Distance Carnival, one of the best meets of the season for our entire group. In the cool evening under the lights, expect to fly and run the fastest race of your life. We will be having another of our famous pot-lucks at trackside, so sign up with Jessy and Lindsay to bring a salad, fruit, or any or all the fixin's to build the best sandwiches on Earth. I'll bring the Gatorade.
It can get really cold at night, so bring a jacket. We will be running until after 10:00 at night, so bring all of your warmups, extra jackets, blankets... EVERYTHING!
Our first race is at 6:42 p.m. which means that we need to be there by 5:15 which means we need to leave by 4:00, which means we need to MEET AT UC AT 3:45 p.m. Easy math. Don't be late. Let's have a great week.
Parents: I need you to help drive to this great event, so plan on spending the evening with us watching some great races and eating great food. We should be home around 11:30 p.m.
Coming up Saturday: San Diego Elite Invitational... stay tuned (select varsity athletes only)
March 3, 2011
All races with starting times are on the PDF file above. Plan on being at Mt. Carmel HS at least one and a half hours before your race. Two hours would be better. If you are running the 4 x 800 or the girls 1600, then we will be meeting at UC at 10:00 a.m. Boys 1600 runners and others racing afterwards can just meet us at Mt. Carmel, but be sure to be there with plenty of time before your race. Everyone is welcome to come with the first "wave" at 10:00.
February 26, 2011
CHECK THIS OUT!
Our very own Mac Fleet leads off the Oregon Distance Medley team that runs the second fastest time in NCAA history at the MPSF Championships in Washington! WOW! Also, watch the women's 3k and you'll see another of our great alum stars Rowena Tam finish 8th place, running 9:29. Girls, that's about a 10:05 two mile! UC athletes are truly going on to greatness.
Track is Here! And so is Athletic.net
Athletic.net is the great new tool for the team, coaches and parents to check out every stat on our team, the teams in our league, in fact, everyteam in the county and beyond. It's a great site that Coach Hutsel updates regularly, so all of the last several years are already uploaded and updated. That's right: EVERY MEET, EVERY RACE. Believe me, you are there, so check it out. Most importantly, our schedule is now there (and copied below). There is also a convenient tab to click to the Cross Country schedule and season. Yes, all the cross country meets are here too.
New Website Coming Soon!
Look for a much more user-friendly site where you can find exactly what your looking for because it's located exactly where it should be. Imagine that! Divided into the five most important sections that make up our team, you will have handy a much better tool to keep following the great athletes at University City throughout the years. Interactive, fun, and always changing, this will be a great site for this next generation of UC runners. Thank you all for your support.
January 21, 2011
January 13, 2011
January 7, 2011
Happy New Year.
The track season will be here before we know it. The key word for this pre-season of base training is GROUPS. We will be running in them on key days: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Over time, we will know the strengths and weaknesses of each athlete in our group, and this will keep us together, almost magnetically and magically. What group are YOU in? Get in one, and keep your mileage progressing according to the schedule. Do not miss a single week.
Tomorrow's Saturday run is in the Blue Sky Preserve in Poway. We will be meeting at the park at the intersection of Valle Verde and Rancho Bernardo Road. Take the 15 freeway north and exit Rancho Bernardo Road going east. Continue east for a couple of miles and you will arrive at a stoplight at Valle Verde. Turn left into the park at the corner. We are meeting there at 8:00 a.m. sharp! I hope to see a great group tomorrow to run with. This is one of my absolute favorite runs and I will be running the Lake Poway segment with a large group. Get in it!
December 23, 2010
December 5, 2010
The 14th Annual Cross Country Awards Banquet will be December 15th, 2010 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 (click here for directions). We have an exciting agenda for the evening as well as a wonderfully catered meal from Ranch Catering. All UC cross country alumni are invited to attend for free. Don't miss this great evening.
The cost for the entire evening is $15.00 per person. Please send a head count with your child by Wednesday, December 8 so I can finalize numbers for dinner (and check made payable to UC Cross Country). See you all at the banquet! More updates Soon.
December 5, 2010
It looks like we won't be leaving from the school on Friday until 4:00 p.m. because of some late-afternoon obligations from runners and families. So, we will meet at school in front of the gym at 3:50 and try to leave by 4:00. This means we will encounter a little traffic along the way, but we will have the run out of the way and will just proceed to my parent's home in Costa Mesa. We will have dinner there and relax (sort of) with a mind-blowing game of Cranium to start the weekend off right. The adult team, with several new highly intellectual recruits, will be looking to erase their embarrassing defeat of a year ago and return to the podium to start off another great streak of epic victories. On Saturday morning, the last seeded race is at 10:40 a.m. so we should be home realistically before 2:00.
There are beds for the adults. The kids should bring a sleeping bag and claim the best floor space available. We have 16 athletes going (17 including me: Yes, I'm running the race!) so we need adults to drive and participate. Please let me know asap that you plan on going so we can make arrangements to get everyone there. Don't be shy about staying at my parent's home. They love having us over and we'll find room for everyone. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 22, 2010
Riess Haslam leads the division 3 CIF Championships coming down the Upas Street hill, heading into the "Meb Zone"! Congratulations to Riess and the girls team for qualifying for the state meet this coming Saturday. Check below for travel details.
November 20, 2010
THIS JUST IN!
Riess Haslam and the Girls Team Qualify for the State Championships!
On a frighteningly cold, windy, and wet early Saturday morning. the boys and girls teams put together their best races of the season. Junior Riess Haslam overcame a maddening late season illness that kept him out of the league championship race to finish 6th in the boys division 2 championship at 8:30 a.m. this morning to qualify as an individual for the state championships next week in Fresno. Not to be outdone, the entire girls team, running their finest team race of the year, squeaked by Canyon Crest, a team that had soundly defeated the UC girls three weeks ago, to claim the third and final berth for the state meet next week. The boys team, despite running without Nathan Jumps who missed the entire week of school due to illness, and frosh star Kevin Kahru, finished an astounding 7th place out of 23 teams to complete their best outing of the fall season. Riess, being very patient after a slow first mile, charged to the lead after the tough climb up the Upas hill and roared back down through the central area of the course. Hot on his heels, the always formidable Western League runners retook command of the race, Riess holding on for an All-CIF finish in 6th. In the girls race, sophomores Sophia Volk and Shelby Huffaker charged into the top ten with our strong chase pack of Jessy Hansen, Ashley Charles, and Roxanne Esquivel in close pursuit. With Shelby, still feeling the illness she had carried for several weeks, falling off the pace, Jessy Hansen then led freshman superstar Ashley Charles roaring through the pack ahead to close the gap on the leaders. The girls would place three inside the top 15 (All-CIF). Shelby Huffaker hung on to 21st place with Megan Gramlich closing out the scoring for the team and narrowly edging Canyon Crest by three points! Whew!
More coming soon. Congratulation to all the athletes who competed today. We are very proud to see you perform your very best in the most important meet of the season.
November 13, 2010
December 4th Footlocker Western Regionals Sign Up Link
A Look Back at 2005
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 by the time they were seniors.
November 11, 2010
League Championships Are Tomorrow Beginning at 2:00 p.m.
IMPORTANT: We will be LEAVING UC at 12:30, so all drivers will need to be at school in front of the gym at 12:20. Athletes: You will be checking in to period 5 and then leaving for the championship just FIVE minutes into the period. Ask your teachers what you will need to do to make up any work missed. Be a good student and take care of this. Plan on running well. Hydrate, eat a big breakfast, and bring an excited, positive attitude to the meet. GOOD LUCK!
November 7, 2010
Results Coming Soon!
October 28, 2010
October 27, 2010
October 24, 2010
Jaguar Results HERE
It was an interesting day for us at Kit Carson Park on Friday. The hill was less of a problem than our starts for many of the Centurions on this day. Several athletes were able to move up through the field on the second half of the course and win medals. Congratulations. We must learn to start faster. The course pinched off and held many of you back way too far. Look at the results and understand what we need to do in order to finish in the top 3 at CIF. We would not have done it here, so there is much work to be done from ALL OF US!
October 19, 2010
Jaguar Invitational Information
Click on the image below to get a printable information sheet for the meet this Friday. We look forward to a great team day. Training has been going extremely well, so look for our boys and girls to race much closer together, looking for a much better team score. The hill on this course gives us a HUGE advantage because it is very much like the terrain that we've trained on in the canyons all summer. Look for some great individual performances as each team member competes for a chance to run on the top seven at the end of the season in the all-important championship races.
October 16, 2010
October 14, 2010
October 11, 2010
This Just In!
October 8, 2010
Directions to San Elijo Run
Take the 5 Freeway north to Lomas Santa Fe, just past the fairgrounds. Turn left and drive down west and down the hill. Turn right (north) on North Cedros, which is right at the train station. Continue north until you get to the far end of the the parking lot. Park and meet everyone there. This run is soft, flat and on great trails and wood chips, so don't miss this. See you all there.
October 7, 2010
October 6, 2010
Check Out the Morley Field Course!
It's time for some serious fun. The league meets begin tomorrow and we are ready to start the season off with a great series of races. Don't miss this first installment (first of five times on the course) of the famous layout at Morley Field. We race Hoover tomorrow, a school with great cross country tradition and a history of champions. We will have a chance to warm up around the course and really learn it well (we'll have to in case one of you is leading!). All of the boys will race together, giving us a great chance to see where we stand, at 3:10 p.m. The girls follow at 3:40. Remember that there are a number of races in between, so keep an eye out for your athlete, and ring those bells.
September 23, 2010
Parents Meeting Next Wednesday
It's finally here! We are going to have our annual UC Cross Country parents meeting where we'll talk about every topic you can possibly think of regarding this great sport that we do. Bring your favorite potluck dish (or bottle of wine) and we'll make a great evening of it, but don't bring your athlete. The agenda will cover:
This meeting is for all parents, new and veteran to the sport. We will begin with issues that impact the entire team, and then towards the end of the meeting, we will address the concerns of the new parents and discuss the sport and how it works. Please be at this meeting at least for the first topics where we will talk about fundraising and the new hoops that the district is making us all jump through to be drivers/chaperones. We have to get everyone on board here in order for our school to be in compliance. So drop me an email if you have any questions (scroll down to the bottom and click "contact Coach McCarthy" or follow the TEAM ROSTER link at left to the coaches page). See you all on Wednesday
September 20, 2010
September 19, 2010
Woodbridge Results HERE
Check out the complete results here and do some homework while you're at it. Who were the fastest runners and how did their teams do? How in the world did Arcadia AVERAGE 14:53 for each of their top 5 runners? How about the Great Oak girls averaging 17:17? Holy Cow we have some work to do. They started just like you did, and they stayed at it. For four years, improving every year with a dream in their heads to be the very best team in the state, the US, ... I'm still working on our team results and splits. They'll be up soon.
September 12, 2010
How Cool Is This?
The 30th annual Woodbridge Classic will be moved this Saturday to Estancia High School, where, in 1982, a young Gimi McCarthy graduated after blazing many trails through the hills and bluffs of Fairview Park in and around the high school (that's the open bluff in the picture below!) DO NOT miss this classic event as we see our star runners perform against the largest fields of the states best athletes compete on a brand new and extremely flat and fast course around Estancia HS and the surrounding park. We will be meeting on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for this evening event. Also, we will be continuing our great tradition of creating a giant pot-luck table at the meet to feed our hard-working athletes throughout the night. For more intense meet information, go to 2010 on the left and click on "schedule". There you will find a link to the Woodbridge homepage. Our team information for the weekend, and a cool map of the course you'll find below. (the second picture below is me breaking 10:00 in the two mile for the first time on our home dirt track in a dual meet against Laguna Beach--yes, the same race where I came to a complete stop so I wouldn't have to lead!)
September 12, 2010
This Just In!
Click for the results of Friday's Mustang Invitational at Rohr Park in Sweetwater. Congratulations to the JV girls team finishing an astonishing 2nd place, placing 6 girls among the top 27 in a loaded field with over 200 runners!
Woodbridge Information coming Monday night.
September 8, 2010
September 6, 2010
Vaquero is a Big Success for Centurion Debut
The harriers of UC had a great opening season race on Saturday at Lindo Lake Park at the Vaquero Invitational. Showcasing a strong summer training base, the Centurion runners placed seven athletes among the top ten in their respective grade-level races. Junior Riess Haslam led the day, winning the junior/senior boys division 1 race, running away from last year's champion Lee McAlister of Helix and recording the fastest time of the day. The day's highlights included many first time medalists for UC in their debut races, signaling a great start to the season for this young team.
PHOTO ALBUM OF ALL RACES By Dennis McClanahan
(Photos above from left to right: Riess Haslam, Sarah Openshaw, Shelby Huffaker, Mikey Esquivel, Sophia Volk leads the division I frosh-soph girls race) Photos courtesy of Dennis McClanahan
August 30, 2010
The Season Begins This Weekend at Vaquero!
It's been a great summer, so let's go have some fun. This great 1.65 mile race (2.14 for the junior/senior boys) is flat and fast and will give us a good idea of how much work we've done, and how much we still have to do. It's a great early season showcase with zero pressure, so let's do this.
Click the Vaquero information sheet above for a printable large version. We must meet at school on Saturday at 6:10 so we can arrive at the meet with plenty of time to prepare for our first race. How did you do last year? Click HERE for the UC team results from last year, and click HERE for complete results of all races. This meet is always a great way to start the season, both for athletes and fans. We will need all the parent support we can get (as screaming fans and as drivers!)
August 27, 2010
Saturday Practice at Mission Bay 8:00 a.m.
We are off to a great start with only one week to go until our first meet at the Vaquero Invitational in Lakeside. Look for meet info in the next few days. Saturday's run will be at 8:00 a.m. (instead of the usual 8:30) at the runner's bathroom at the Information Center. Most of you have already been there and know where it is. We will have a great group Saturday, so bring a snack (for post-run) and join us for a nice run around the bay.
August 18, 2010
The 2010 Season is Here!
We have only 2 1/2 weeks until our first race at the Vaquero Invitational, and we will be ready for it. The 2010 cross country season has begun, so practices are now MANDATORY. If you have a conflict (soccer, etc.) just let me know ahead of time that you can't make it. I expect to see all of you at practice everyday. You must have the athletic forms filled out and signed by your doctor (physical) before the first race on September 4, so please arrange this as soon as possible.
All new athletes are welcome and encouraged to come out any time. It is never too late to join this great team. We will slowly build you into a champion, so come out and join the fun. Click HERE for the athletic form that your family and your doctor must fill out before September 4.
Practices continue each day at 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are at the UCHS high school track. Tuesdays we meet at Rancho Penasquitos Canyon (PQ) and Thursdays we meet at Mission Bay at the Information Center at Clairemont Drive. Directions to PQ are below. The Saturday runs will meet in different locations and will be posted here. I look forward to seeing you all. Welcome to the team.
July 27, 2010
Running Camp Forms
July 23, 2010
Check this out!
Remember Tyler and his sister Nicolette from Running Camp 2008 and 2009? Well, fresh from the "Where Are They Now" Department, Tyler talks to Flotrack about his recent finish at the World Junior Championships. That's right. I said WORLD. Heh, cool. Click on the photo to watch his interview and watch a whole bunch of other stuff, too. Look for Tyler this summer at our very own 25th Annual Sequoia Running Camp in two weeks. Oh yeah, and don't forget the meeting next Monday! (see below)
July 15, 2010
July 15, 2010
Viva La Roja!
17 Days and 585 miles across northern Spain turned out to be one tough adventure for the 12 "Spanish Riders", pounding up and down some pretty treacherous trails along the Camino de Santiago, from Somport at the border with France to Santiago de Compostela along the same pilgrimage trail launched in the third century C.E.
June 21, 2010
Directions to PQ Canyon:
June 15, 2010
Running Log Central!
Check out the sample pages from my running log from September and October 1994. I was coaching at Point Loma at the time and training for the California International Marathon which was in week #48. I made this blank in 1991 to best capture the type of training that I was doing. This is how a running log is supposed to be filled out. I will not accept a running log that only has numbers. I expect you to take responsibility for your training and document every piece of it. This will be required in order to earn membership in the mileage clubs at the end of the summer, and to travel to Minnesota in September. As I have done here, be sure to include, times for each run, mileage, summaries, any extra activities, and most importantly, how you felt each day. Don't take any short cuts here.
What are we doing this summer? Check the schedules below:
Saturday Training Schedule HERE
June 9, 2010
Saturday Runs start this Saturday at PQ Canyon 8:00 a.m
Alright kids, the summer Saturday schedule is here. Saturday runs begin this weekend June 12 at PQ Canyon at 8:00 a.m. I expect a HUGE turnout for our team at this first event. Even if you don't need that many miles, we need to ALL be there to set the team in motion as we begin our great training plan for the upcoming 12 weeks. You've all talked the talk, now it's time to walk the walk. Let's get our team mentality off to a great start. We are off to a great start.
Download the Schedule HERE.
May 20, 2010
Guess what kids? It's time to sign up for the Rock and Roll Marathon water station again this year, and we're going to make this a ton of fun. The course has changed and we are on FIESTA ISLAND, which is a great place. We will be at 20.7 miles, so the runners will just be hitting the proverbial "WALL" and we're just the people to build that wall for them! So let's do it again. I'm going to need some great engineers to help build this thing, and we have to do it low budget all the way. IMPORTANT: sign up for the water station by clicking on the guitar below. It'll take you about 30 seconds. This is extremely important this year that EVERYONE sign up before next Friday May 28. After that date you will NOT get a T-Shirt. So I need all of you to sign up, even if you're not sure you can make it. This will at least guarantee us/you the shirt and other goodies.
I need some leaders to emerge for this great event to help make this one of the greatest marathon waterstations in history. We will be having a water station meeting in the yearbook room at lunch next Tuesday or Wednesday.
May 9, 2010
The championship phase of our season is upon us with the Eastern League Prelims beginning this Tuesday at Mira Mesa High School starting at 4:30 p.m. The best in the league will be running, jumping, and throwing their way into the finals taking place on Friday at Cathedral Catholic High School beginning at 3:00 p.m. This is a great meet that begins the qualifying process for the CIF Championships and ultimately the State Meet in Fresno. Come on out to Mira Mesa Tuesday afternoon to cheer on UC's best. We have a great well-rounded group that begins it's quest for a CIF podium spot as well as individual glory along the way.
April 17, 2010
Jaguar Invitational Today at Valley Center High School
Today will be a great chance for some of our up-and-coming athletes to showcase their progress as we take on some of north county's best athletes at the newly renovated oval at Valley Center HS. Running events for the distance crew begin at 9:30 with our 1600 meter runners and concludes at about 1:00 p.m.
Click HERE for directions to Valley Center HS
March 29, 2010
Track Practice at 8:30 a.m. This Week
See you at the track for this week's wonderful array of track workouts that we have in store for you. Tuesday will be our toughest day of work, so prepare yourselves mentally and physically (eat and sleep a little extra) to succeed all week. We will be meeting at Mission Bay on Wednesday at the playground at 9:30 (Yes! an extra hour of sleep) for a long run and then our annual track team picnic/barbeque and capture the flag game. Bring a side dish and a drink for the picnic (everyone bring something this time!).
This Friday is our fantastic annual trek to the Trabuco Hills Invitational Distance Carnival, one of the best meets of the season for our entire group. In the cool evening under the lights, expect to fly and run the fastest race of your life. We will be having another of our famous pot-lucks at trackside, so sign up with the captains to bring a salad, fruit, or any or all the fixin's to build the best sandwiches on Earth. I'll bring the Gatorade.
Last year half the team almost froze to death because they didn't bring a jacket. We will be running until after 10:00 at night and it WILL be cold, so bring all of your warmups, extra jackets, blankets... EVERYTHING!
Our first race is at 4:46 p.m. which means that we need to be there by 3:45 which means we need to leave by 2:30, which means we need to MEET AT UC AT 2:15. Easy math. Don't be late. Let's have a great week.
March 8, 2010
Track Schedule 2010 is HERE!
February 26, 2010
Saturday Run at San Elijo 8:00 a.m.
Take I-5 north to Lomas Santa Fe. Exit Lomas Santa Fe and turn left (west towards the ocean). Continue west and then down the hill. Turn right at N. Cedros. Continue north past the Solana Beach train station and park in the farthest north end of the train station parking lot. The run begins from there and heads into the San Elijo preserve heading east and into Rancho Santa Fe. This is definitely one of the best runs in San Diego County, so don't miss this. We will attempt to continue our Saturday run schedule at different locations around the county as long as we have no meets on Saturdays. See you tomorrow.
February 24, 2010
February 17, 2010
Cross Country Star Hits the Big Screen!
February 14, 2010
February 12, 2010
Saturday Run at Blue Sky!
This is definitely one of the most beautiful trail runs that we do all winter/summer. We are all in great shape and need to continue our Saturday runs and maintain our WEEKLY MILEAGE. To get to Blue Sky, take I-15 north and exit Rancho Bernardo Road. Go east until you get to Valle Verde. We are meeting at the park on the left at the corner of Rancho Bernardo Road and Valle Verde. 8:00 a.m sharp
January 22, 2010
January 18, 2010
Mac Fleet Runs 1:49 in his first collegiate 800 at the UW Indoor.
Pretty cool. The kid runs down two Stanford teams to give his team the lead for good. Not a bad first race. Check out the video.
January 5, 2010
Happy New Year!
I am happy to report that I have purchased a new computer after my little homeowner misadventure, so I'm back in business. This website needs to be straightened out some, and you can expect to see some changes in the new year. A new look is on the horizon with new and simpler links, better archives, a much more user-friendly interface with your every day needs in mind. Sound cool? Stay tuned. In the meantime, there will be new updates on happenings in and around the running group this winter. Keep training and keep following us on this great journey that running gives us every day. It's a new year, so set some outstanding goals both short and long term, and lets get to work.
Saturday Winter Training Schedule (click here for these great 8:00 am runs with a huge group)
December 18, 2008
from the "THIS JUST IN" and the "WHAT THE HECK TOOK SO LONG" categories:
Tom Antl's Running Camp Video of 2007
Sequoia National Park