Congratulations to our varsity girls team for advancing to CIF Southern Section Finals today! They will compete next Saturday at 8:25am At the Riverside Cross Country Course. Go Vikings!!
A quick update for anyone planning to cheer on our Varsity Girls team on Saturday, the race time has been moved to 9:01am. Additional details at https://valenciaxc.com/event/cif-ss-prelims-tentative/.
Banquet RSVP and payment is due this Friday the 9th. Please make sure you have turned this as we have to give the venue a final count this week. If you are interested in helping out the board with setup or teardown at the banquet, please email email@example.com and your information will be passed on. We will have one more open invitational on Dec 1st for the Footlocker West XC Championships. This is open to all athletes and an optional event. Additionally, there is an open race that parents are encouraged to participate in to get a chance to see what it’s like to run one of the hardest courses in the country. Below is the information that you need to enter when registering:
Athletes need to register for their appropriate sex/grade level race. Parents, non-high school siblings, alumni all register in the open race. Bib’s and chips will be picked up on Friday prior to the race so that we don’t have to wait in the historically long lines the morning of. In order for one person to pick up for all runners, please answer questions 12 and 14 as listed below. If you have already registered, please let us know ASAP so I can request the registration be updated.
Question 12: ValenciaXC.com (Select N/A if you don’t see it in the list)
Question 13: ValenciaXC.com (If you could not select it in question 12)
Question 14: Eric Marti
Cost is $20 if you register by midnight this Sunday (Nov 11th). After that the price doubles to $40. Registration must be complete by Nov 17th to be included in group pickup. If you register after this date, you will be responsible for picking up your race materials yourself on race day. As this is not an in season race, team uniforms should not be worn. Athletes are racing as individuals.
It’s hard to believe, but we’re approaching the end of our 2018 cross country season. This week we have league finals on Thursday, starting at 1PM. Following the varsity races, at 4:30pm, there will be a league awards ceremony. All athletes are expected to stay and attend the ceremony, which should last about 30 minutes. Our pasta party will be Tuesday this week at the Price household.
Invitations to the end of season banquet will be handed out early this week to all athletes. Please make sure to fill out and return to Coach Pontius in his room as soon as possible. Please return your RSVP, even if you will not be able to attend so we have an accurate count for our food order.
League Finals Race Schedule
- 1:00pm – Boys JV
- 1:30pm – Girls JV
- 2:05pm – Boys F/S
- 2:40pm – Girls F/S
- 3:15pm – Boys Varsity
- 3:40pm – Girls Varsity
- 4:30pm – Awards Ceremony
Another friendly reminder for those that have not yet made their participation fee donation, please do so as soon as possible. These donations are critical to running the program. Donations help cover buses, meet registrations, team apparel, banquet costs for the athletes and team awards.
The team apparel site is up and items are available to purchase from PS Apparel. https://psappareldesign.com/valencia_high_cross_country/shop/home.
This Saturday, the entire team will be racing in the 71st Annual Mt Sac Cross Country Invitational. This is historically the largest cross country meet and one of the most challenging courses in the nation. Some of the items below are still subject to change as the meet has not posted 100% of the details as of yet.
We will meet in the student lot at VHS @ 5am for a 5:15am departure as our first race is at 7:30am. Due to the large spread in race times (7:30am first race, 12:32pm last race), if your athlete needs a ride, please have them coordinate with someone as not everyone will meet at 5am, nor will everyone necessarily stay until the last race.
Parking is usually $5 for regular and $10 for VIP. Mt. Sac has not yet posted parking details, but primary parking should be in Lot F which is entered on Bonita Ave from W Temple Ave. VIP should be Lot W off Mt Sac Way and W Temple Ave. Please check with the meet website later in the week for confirmation on pricing and available lots. The meet website indicates that there will NOT be a spectator charge this year. Timing chips do NOT need to be returned to coach, they are a souvenir and have an area to write in your placement and time on them. This is an excellent spectators course as you can easily see the athletes at 5-6 different points during the race.
Race Schedule (Colors are for wristbands as there are multiple races for the same division, class and gender due to the meet size):
- Boys – JV – 7:30am (Race 40 – Green)
- Girls – JV – 8:14am (Race 43 – Blue)
- Boys – Individual Sweepstakes (Varsity) – 8:56am (Race 46 – Yellow)
- Girls – Individual Sweepstakes (Varsity) – 9:14am (Race 47 – Blue)
- Boys – Freshman – 11:22am (Race 56 – Green)
- Girls – Freshman – 12:04pm (Race 59 – Blue)
- Boys – Sophomore – 12:18pm (Race 60 – Green)
- Girls – Sophomore – 12:32pm (Race 61 – Red)
Thank you to all families that have made their participation fees payments already. If you have not yet made your donation, please do so as soon as possible.
Reminder that the League #1 meet that was scheduled this week has been cancelled. The pasta party this week is at the Makar home on Friday the 28th from 6pm-8:30pm.
On Saturday, all athletes will be competing in the 45th Bell-Jeff Invitational at Griffith Park. For directions you can use the address for the Greek Theater. 2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. We will meet at VHS student lot at 7:15am for 7:30 departure. Parking is historically challenging at this location and most likely be at various side streets along Vermont Ave leading up to the park. Below is the race schedule.
- Boys Varsity – 9:35am
- Girls Varsity – 9:55am
- Girls JV – 10:40am
- Boys Freshman – 11:10am
- Girls Frosh/Soph – 11:30am
- Boys Sophomore – 11:55am
- Boys JV – 12:15pm
We are a large school so will be in the “red” races if looking on their website. Also note that spectators are not allowed up the large hill across from the street from the start line, only coaches. Medals for the first 50 finishers in each race will be given out in the finish chute.
An email was sent out this evening with all of the details for the Ojai invitational from our updated email service. If you did not receive this email we most likely have not received your order form for the season. You can signup for the new listing in the right hand toolbar from the homepage of the site. Invite information has also been updated in the event listing.
If you had previously signed up under the old email system, you can unsubscribe from that list if desired as all posts on the home page will have a corresponding email sent. The new email list will show a MailChimp logo at the bottom of the email.
Congratulations to everyone on a great first meet Friday night!! Please check the calendar for this weeks schedule as there are a few deviations. Tuesday morning practice will be at 5:45AM for all levels do get in some speed work with lower temperatures. Thursday, practice will be at 6pm at the track. Our Sept booster club board meeting will be Thursday night at 6:30pm for anyone interested in attending. Friday night the pasta party is being held at the Marti home. The address is in the signup genius invite emailed out.
We do not yet have the race schedule for this Saturday’s meet in Ojai, but it will be in the morning. We will meet as a team in the student parking lot at the high school and caravan out there. Any athletes that need a ride can be dropped off to ride with some of the other athletes. As soon as we get the race schedule it will be posted.
- All athletes are not required to ride the bus for this invitational if they are racing in the evening. Those not riding the bus should attend their sixth period class.
- If you are going to take your athlete to the invitational, please plan on being ready for warmups no less than an hour before their race. Allow ample time for traffic, parking, getting into the invitational, and finding the team. This often takes longer than expected, especially for a large invite like this on a Friday afternoon.
- There is NO return bus due to the length of the invite. Please have your athlete coordinate with teammates if they need a ride home. For those not attending but picking up, we are not sure of the best pickup location, but assume it will be off of Rosemont Ave.
- The booster club will provide some fruit and granola bars for those that would like a snack after their race. There will be food and drink for sale on site. The following vendors are scheduled to attend: Carl’s Jr, Chick Fil-A, Speedy Dog, Bar-B-Q food truck, Taco Jaliscus, Ice Cream Tech and Super Bowls Acai Bowls.
- Parking is $10 @ Lot 10 or $20 preferred parking at Lot D. Exit Arroyo/Windsor from the 210 Fwy and head south. Right on Rosemont. Parking is at the bottom of the hill on the right for the two lots.
- Shirts will be sold by the invitational for $20.
We have our first meet this Friday at the Cool Breeze Invitational in Pasadena. There will be a bus to take athletes to the meet, leaving the high school at 1:15pm. Athletes should report to the bus directly after lunch, they should NOT go to 6th period first. There will be NO return bus from the meet. All race times are listed in the event on the calendar.
There will be no group practice this Saturday due to the late return time from Cool Breeze. Athletes should run on their own at some point during the weekend.
We will have uniform distribution for those that have paid at practice on Saturday morning. If you have not paid for your uniform yet, please get your payments to coach or bring it on Saturday morning. Cash payments can only be made on Saturdays to a board member with a receipt book. Only new athletes require a uniform, we are using the same uniform as last year. Attached below are links to both the 2018 donation form (All athletes) as well as a single page copy of our meet schedule as it stands now. Please remember to always check the website for the most up-to-date information regarding schedules.