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Weekend Update:  Stanford Invite and Frosh-Soph Classic

Weekend Update: Stanford Invite and Frosh-Soph Classic

Friday and Saturday gave us a very full 36 hours of track & field, with two events providing examples of why track is such a great sport! Friday night’s Frosh-Soph Classic, under the lights at Los Gatos High School, is one of the really good meets of the year.  This meet provides a chance for
Cooking Class!

Cooking Class!

On Friday April 5, Whole Foods of Cupertino hosted a cooking class for the Monta Vista track & field team…we had a dozen athletes come to a class focused on knife skills.  Chef Jamie helped us learn to use a knife more safely, and efficiently.  We learned a lot of cool knife tricks and in
Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

I would like to thank all of you who sent messages to check on my safety, and the safety of Bridget and her family, at the Boston Marathon last Monday.  The outpouring of concern and caring meant a lot to me.  I can’t thank all of you enough. Marathons are unique events, and the Boston
El Camino League Meet/Schedule

El Camino League Meet/Schedule

It’s Championship Season–time to lace our spikes tight, and see where all the work we have done this year has taken us! For those of us that are new to the local championship structure, here is a summary of what is coming our way… April 29/May 1:  El Camino League Meet (Trials and Finals), Cupertino
Fab Day at El Camino League Championships!

Fab Day at El Camino League Championships!

A tight race in the 65m hurdles. Wednesday was an excellent day for the Monta Vista track & field team, highlighted by six trips to the top of the podium; including the results from Monday, those taking home gold were: William Sheu Frosh-Soph Triple Jump Sanjna Bharadwaj JV Girls High Jump Julia Chang JV Girls
SCVAL Schedule/Hurdle Crew Volunteers

SCVAL Schedule/Hurdle Crew Volunteers

The SCVAL track & field championships are this Friday, May 10, with berths to the Central Coast Championship Meet on the line!  The top 6 SCVAL finishers in each event, plus any at-large qualifiers, will move on to the CCS Championships (at-large marks are available here; anyone achieving these marks at the SCVALs will move
Alumni Update

Alumni Update

Not many high schools can say that they have four graduates from a single class running in college, however Monta Vista can make that claim. Kevin Bishop is wrapping up his first year at Stanford University.  Kevin has been redshirting during his Frosh season at Stanford, and unattached he has run some good times, including
Thank You Hurdle Crew

Thank You Hurdle Crew

Thanks again to everyone who helped out with hurdles on Friday at SCVALs–Jeffrey, Akshay, a big & special thanks to Victoria, Nicole, Ariel, Sherry, Rhea, Ajay, Zach, of course coaches Irina and Matt, and Mrs. Flatow too.  I fear I forgot a couple people, and thanks to you if you helped! Monta Vista got a
Fab 5 Move On To CCS--Hey Wait!  It's SIX! (Update)

Fab 5 Move On To CCS–Hey Wait! It’s SIX! (Update)

UPDATE:   Sunny Shan is joining the CCS squad in the 800m!  After scratches were entered, Sunny will be joining the CCS team as an alternate, replacing Amy Lynch of Mountain View. That brings the total number of Monta Vista entries to six, our biggest group in three years.  In 2011, Monta Vista had one
Still Running!

Still Running!

Monta Vista track and field is still running, as one runner advanced to the final day of the Central Coast Section Championship. Jenny Xu will be running under the lights in Gilroy next week in the finals of the Varsity Girls’ 3200m race.  Jenny ran a smart and strategic qualifier race, finishing 11th with a

Team Photos

Hi All…if anyone is interested in downloading a team photo, there are three files here.  Enjoy!
Videos

Videos

I was cleaning out email from the season, and thought I’d give out links to a couple videos that are pretty fun… First, here is Coach Erica’s Jump Squad video from the awards banquet.  Coach Erica always does such a great job on these videos, this video is worth another viewing! Second, here is a

Shins

As we get started with a new cycle of training, one of the common problems that many runners have is shin splints.  This is most common in new runners, but shin splints can also be a problem for runners who are increasing their training mileage and intensity–as many of you are.  Check out this post.
Persistence

Persistence

“Water cuts through rock, not because of it’s power, but because of it’s persistence.”—James Watkins This is one of my favorite quotes…which may be why I love distance running so much.  Distance running, like life, rewards persistence and persistent people. At the beginning of each training cycle, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  At the
Distance Running At It's Best

Distance Running At It’s Best

Watch this video–and get ready for chills up your spine! Matthew Elliot came out of nowhere and took 4th in the 1500m at the USATF National Championships.  Matthew is not a pro runner; he teaches kindergarten through 3rd grade for special needs children.  He was not an elite runner; in high school, his best mile
Author, Author!  Kiersten Chuc and Emma Seyer's Article is Published

Author, Author! Kiersten Chuc and Emma Seyer’s Article is Published

This month’s issue of Track Coach Magazine–the technical journal of USA Track & Field–features Monta Vista’s own Kiersten Chuc and Emma Seyer! During track season, Monta Vista’s throwing stars submitted an article to Track Coach.  The article discusses how to inspire more women and girls to take up throwing events, from the point of view
We Love Hills

We Love Hills

I think most of us have a love-hate experience with our first trip of the year up Fire Trail to Fremont Older Open Space.  On the one hand, running up Fire Trail means that serious training is getting started.  But…this is HARD! The team looked strong, top to bottom, as we crested the hill towards
Watermelon Run

Watermelon Run

Monta Vista Cross Country held the annual Watermelon Run on September 29, and the team showed once again that 2013 could be another special year–and not only because the team was able to demolish 16 watermelons! The Watermelon Run is not so much a time trial as it is a chance to run hard again,
Earlybird Invitational kicks off the MVXC13 season!

Earlybird Invitational kicks off the MVXC13 season!

It’s always a great day to race! Sometimes at that first hot, dusty day in Salinas it’s hard for non-runners to believe that a race day is always a great day…however anyone who saw the excitement—and nervousness—that the MCXC13 runners felt on Saturday, September 7 at the Earlybird Invitational certainly saw that for all of
Week 5

Week 5

“Today I will do what you will not, so that tomorrow I can do what you cannot.” This week MVXC completed it’s 5th week of training.  For most of us, that means that roughly 1/3 of our season has passed. It’s kind of amazing to think what you have accomplished.  After we completed our last
Candy Crush

Candy Crush

MVXC had a big group of runners out for our optional Saturday workout on September 14–a huge number considering that the coaches had promised a hard, hard workout!  The group ran two to four cruise intervals each on the one mile Candy Crush loop–with only a one-minute recovery–and they looked good doing it!  Congratulations, all
Let's Play In The Mud:  Nike-De La Salle Invitational

Let’s Play In The Mud: Nike-De La Salle Invitational

Getting Ready to Race–Before the Rain Comes Down One would think that on a September Saturday in Concord, California, we could count on good weather.  If anything, we would be worried about the heat.  Nope!  We had a downpour that turned the course into a complete mud pit within thirty minutes! The Nike/De La Salle
SCVAL2 @Crystal

SCVAL2 @Crystal

Team this is just a quick post to tell you–you are doing great! Well, hopefully we don’t have to really tell you; hopefully we just are reminding you that you are making terrific progress this year.  Our second SCVAL meet at Crystal Springs really showed off how fit you are. Remember that we ‘trained through’
Artichoke '13 + Beach Party

Artichoke ’13 + Beach Party

MVXC started October with a bang at the Artichoke Invitational in Half Moon Bay. It was an unseasonably hot day in Half Moon Bay, which makes the statistics below even more impressive: –MVXC scored 15 PRs at Artichoke, which is a good number for this time of year–last year we had 17.  Our team is
Rock Mt SAC

Rock Mt SAC

Your coaches don’t have the words to tell you how proud we are of all of you! So this post can be short and sweet…because words don’t do justice to what you did. Some of our team’s accomplishments include: –14 total medals (vs. 3 in 2011); lots of hardware! –Boys team was 166 of 494
League Champs! X2

League Champs! X2

League Finals were an unprecedented success for the Monta Vista Cross Country team! Both the Varsity Boys and the Varsity Girls qualified for the Central Coast Section finals on November 16.  Both girls teams–varsity and junior varsity–claimed league championships in dominating fashion, with scores of 28 and 23 points, respectively.  The varsity girls’ won the
CCS CHAMPIONS!

CCS CHAMPIONS!

It seems impossible to try to find the words the express enough admiration for the Monta Vista varsity runners, and to describe the historic nature of their accomplishments at CCS finals, however let’s see what happens. On-line official results are posted here. MONTA VISTA’S GIRLS ARE THE CENTRAL COAST SECTION 1st DIVISION CHAMPIONS! Yes, for
MVXC Makes a STATEment

MVXC Makes a STATEment

The MVXC girls completed the greatest season (so far 🙂 ) in Monta Vista Cross Country history with a strong performance in the 2013 California State Cross Country Championships! Monta Vista took 12th place in an incredibly strong 1st division field.   Division 1 had some incredible teams this year, with Great Oak setting team
XC Records

XC Records

I finally got around to updating the cross country records page…which was a lot of work because the last couple years have done a number on the MV record book!  Check it out and congrats to everyone on the list!  (Let me know if I missed anything, please!)

All-Mercury News XC Team!

Congratulations to all four Monta Vista girls who were chosen to the all-Mercury-News cross country team!  Twenty-four girls from all around Santa Clara County were chosen, including four Monta Vista Matadors:  Bridget Gottlieb (who was chosen for the first team!), Jenny Xu, Madeleine Yip and Kelly Bishop.  No other team had more than two honorees,
All-Northern California and All-CCS XC Teams

All-Northern California and All-CCS XC Teams

The last awards of the 2013 Cross Country season are finally in, and Monta Vista athletes were recognized again! Two Monta Vista athletes were awarded all-Northern California status.  Bridget Gottlieb was selected for the all-NorCal second team, while Kelly Bishop was selected for the Freshman team.  These girls were selected from schools stretching between Monterey
Inspiration

Inspiration

Here are a couple videos of Monta Vista’s friend Josh Cox that should help you get pumped up for the start of the 2014 track season, and get ready to put in some effort! The first video shows one of Josh’s workouts a while back–a 15 mile tempo run!  It’s an amazing thing to watch…look
Track Gets Rolling!

Track Gets Rolling!

Even with the weather gray and rainy–yes we had rain, for the first time in a long time–the track & field team got rolling this week!  The first week of practice flew by, as we saw athletes who were just getting started as well as some ripped individuals who have been training for months work
Rain Is No Problem

Rain Is No Problem

Rain was no problem for these distance runners on the first week of the track season.  We were out at Linda Vista for some hill work, and then the next day caught a break in the weather to get in some tempo intervals on the track. I was on the phone with Josh Cox after
In the Weight Room

In the Weight Room

Monta Vista is lucky enough to have Coach Andy Arness on our team.  Coach is a real expert on using the weight room to train, not only for the throwers he coaches but also for jumpers, sprinters and runners.  Coach Andy is a great resource for athletes who really want to improve.  The weight room
The Trial of Miles

The Trial of Miles

I thought this was a stirring article that captures some of the beauty, ferocity, dedication, excitement of our sport. One of the books that the author refers to is Once a Runner.  This is truly a cult book for serious distance runners; I loved it and recommend it to everyone (I also recommend that you
Track Season Opens at WG Invitational!

Track Season Opens at WG Invitational!

The Monta Vista track season got real with our first meet at the 9th Annual Willow Glen Invitational! Despite a challenging weather day–we had rain in the morning and strong wind pretty much continuously–Monta Vista had a great day of competition.  The progress the team has made is amazing; only four years ago in 2011,
First Annual Festival of Flying 400s

First Annual Festival of Flying 400s

Monta Vista Track & Field added a new tradition to our program, with a Festival of 400s on March 5. Sprint Coach John McKeeman had fond memories of his high school team having a similar trial, and we thought that this was a great idea!  The 400 is one of the distances where sprinters, hurdlers

Weekend Briefs: League Meet and St. Francis Carnival

We fell behind in posting our last two meets–but better late than never! Monta Vista kicked off the league season in a double-dual meet against Fremont and Santa Clara on Thursday, March 15.  We had a beautiful afternoon to open our season and it was great to get out on our home track and compete!
Trying to Catch Up: Homestead, Azusa, Serra Throwers, De Anza and Wilcox

Trying to Catch Up: Homestead, Azusa, Serra Throwers, De Anza and Wilcox

Dear MV Track Family…I am woefully behind in posting updates!  Travel and prep for travel, running meets and trying to keep up with the team has kept me in the hole.  So here goes, a massive single attempt to get caught up for a brief time… Homestead at Monta Vista:  Because of weird quirks in

2014 MVTF Team Photos!

Hello Team, The photos from our team photo day are up and available for download.  In addition to the full team photo, many of you asked our photographer, Ezra Gordon, to take some other portraits and lots of those are here too.  All the photos are on the MVRunning Picasa web site and you an
Serra Top 7

Serra Top 7

Last Saturday Monta Vista had our last meet before the championship season begins, at the Serra High School Top 7 meet in San Mateo…and our kids look like they are getting into championship form! Despite the wind which slowed down several races, we had several nice PRs, including:  Donald Swen in the 110m hurdles, Bridget
Cross Country 2014--Closer Than You Realize!  Pre-Season Meeting Announcement

Cross Country 2014–Closer Than You Realize! Pre-Season Meeting Announcement

MVXC14 Informational Meeting Thursday, May 15 at 12:35pm (lunchtime) in the Leadership Room. Even though some of our athletes are still in the midst of the track and field championship season, it’s not too early to start making plans for summer running and MVXC14!  So let’s get together on Thursday, May 15 at 12:35pm (lunchtime)
El Camino League Trials Recap

El Camino League Trials Recap

Monday, Cinco de Mayo, Monta Vista Track & Field took part in Day 1 of the El Camino League Championships.  This was the trials day for all the running and hurdling events from 100m to 400m in length; the top 8 in each event move on to the Finals to be held on Wednesday.  Also

El Camino League Finals

Nice job MVT&F! On Wednesday May 7, the 2014 league track & field season ended with a strong showing by the Monta Vista team at the El Camino League Finals!  Monta Vista ended up taking home 49 top – 5 finishes compared to 38 in 2013.  First place winners included Emma Seyer–twice!–in the varsity discus
Banquet Recap/SCVAL Program

Banquet Recap/SCVAL Program

MVTF celebrated the end of a great season with our annual banquet last night…with more than 150 guests, we had great turnout!  Thanks to Veena Iyengar (Sanjna’s mom) for completely raising our game–we had such a fantastic night, great food and a great place! We had quite a few accomplishments to honor.  Among other things,
SCVAL Results:  And On To CCS...

SCVAL Results: And On To CCS…

Monta Vista had an exceptional night last Friday, advancing 16 athletes to the CCS meet! SCVALs is an interesting night; there are a lot of tough competitors in many events, leading to many PR opportunities.  At the same time, the main goal for many top athletes is simply to qualify on to the next meet–CCS.
MV Has Sweet and Bitter Day at CCS Trials

MV Has Sweet and Bitter Day at CCS Trials

Track is the greatest sport, yet sometimes can also be  the cruelest and least forgiving sport.  Monta Vista tasted a little of both at the 2014 CCS Trials. Way up on the plus side, Monta Vista had more individuals advance to the CCS finals in years!  Emma Seyer lead the charge by qualifying in both
Off To College!  MVXC/TF Signing Day & Senior Awards Night

Off To College! MVXC/TF Signing Day & Senior Awards Night

The Monta Vista Athletic Department hosted a ‘signing day’ for all Monta Vista athletes who are intending to compete in college on Thursday, May 29.  It was a really nice event and a chance to recognize our committed athletes! One of the fun things about this year was that track & field and cross-country had

MVTF14 Ends At CCS Championship Meet

A successful 2014 season ended at the Central Coast Section championships on Friday, May 30 at San Jose City College. Despite a spirited effort, Monta Vista came away with 4 total points and no medals.  Emma Seyer placed 7th in shot put, extending her own Monta Vista all-time record with a throw of 36’9.5″, and
Odds and Ends:  MVTF14 Wrap Up

Odds and Ends: MVTF14 Wrap Up

Before we are too far into summer, I thought I’d do one last post on some of the wonderful accomplishments of our 2014 season!  So, not in an particular order… Monta Vista Records:  All-time Monta Vista records were set both in the girls shot put and the girls 3200m distance!  Emma Seyer’s 36′ 9.50″ toss
How is your summer?

How is your summer?

In only four weeks, MVXC14 will hold the first practice of the season!  That’s right–the first official practice will be Friday, August 15 at 3:20pm! Hard to believe, isn’t it?–for many of us, summer seems like it has just gotten started!  I hope your summer has been filled with a lot of fun–summer is the
MVXC14 Week 1

MVXC14 Week 1

MVXC is off and running–both literally and figuratively! We had a really good week and checked off a few of the classics: –First time running Matadors’ Point… –First hill repeats… –Our annual senior run… –Quite a bit of core… –First time (this season) having the coach talk your ears off… –And for some of us,
First Run Up Fire Trail!

First Run Up Fire Trail!

Monday August 24 saw MVXC14 make their first trip up Fire Trail for hill reps on Matt’s Hill…this is always a trip of mixed emotions, as this is a bear of a climb (that we will have to do many times to come this season) yet at the same time it feels like the work
Watermelon 2014

Watermelon 2014

Monta Vista Cross Country athletes have been working hard all summer—and they got to show off their fancy new legs and lungs in the annual Watermelon Run on Thursday, September 28! The Watermelon Run is a true rust-buster, a chance to run hard and get used to race pace again.  We practice our pre-race routines,
Working on Labor Day!

Working on Labor Day!

Wow, our optional workouts were well attended this weekend!  Coach Flatow and Coach Johnson had almost a dozen kids each on Saturday (at Toro and at Matadors’), and 30 runners were out doing hills in Fremont Older on Monday!  What kind of high school student is going to choose to start their three-day weekend off
Earlybird 2014:  Oh My Goodness!

Earlybird 2014: Oh My Goodness!

Monta Vista Cross Country started the 2014 season with a bang, totally rocking the Toro Park course at the 20th Earlybird Invitational! The freshmen girls started off strong, with a team finish that was only 5 teenie, tiny points away from the podium!  Argh…but here is the thing about Monta Vista—we have demonstrated that over
Candy Crush

Candy Crush

Incredible workout this morning!  More than 20 MVXC runners were at the track at 7am and headed up for mile repeats on Candy Crush–a nasty little lollipop that the coaches designed last year!  Candy Crush is a great training circuit for Crystal in particular but also for just about any XC course; there are multiple
Central Park 2014

Central Park 2014

Monta Vista XC got back to racing at the Central Park race on Tuesday, September 23. The Central Park course is pretty tame by XC standards–a flat course around a park in Santa Clara.  However, racing is still racing, a chance to get back out there and see what we have got in the tank–and
Stanford!

Stanford!

On Saturday, September 27, Monta Vista made itself known–loudly!–at the Stanford Invitational. There were 227 teams with 2,502 athletes from all over North America–schools from Texas, New York, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Canada as well as the best schools across California.  Only one other school brought as many runners–28–as Monta Vista did! The Monta Vista boys
Rolling at the 2014 Artichoke Invitational!

Rolling at the 2014 Artichoke Invitational!

Monta Vista Cross Country runners certainly felt at home at the Artichoke Invitational on October 4!  We rolled into Half Moon Bay and in five races recorded this haul: >Three championships (Girls’ Varsity, Boys Frosh-Soph, and Girls Junior Varsity) >A runner-up (Girls’ Frosh-Soph, missing the championship by only one point!) >A third place (Boys’ Varsity)
Mammoth Track Club

Mammoth Track Club

The Monta Vista cross country team had the honor of hosting three elite members of the Mammoth Track Club at MV on Monday, October 8. American 50km record holder Josh Cox, NCAA track champion Josphat Boit, and ex-Oregon star Bria Wetsch all dropped by to share some inspiration with out team.  They talked about how
A Foggy Candy Crush

A Foggy Candy Crush

Running is not a sport for pretty boys.  Running is about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It is about getting
Making Our Mark at the Monterey Bay Invitational

Making Our Mark at the Monterey Bay Invitational

Monta Vista rolled down to Monterey in our fancy bus…lucky we got a nice big vehicle to haul back all our hardware, to go with all of our PRs! Most impressive were the improvements that Monta Vista runners demonstrated; 26 runners had run the Toro Park course previously, and 22 of them–85%!–improved their marks!  And
Baylands

Baylands

MVXC ran a split squad this week with half of our team running at the Baylands Invitational…while we didn’t have the full team at Baylands, the athletes that were there made a great effort to show well! Baylands is a true 5km cross country course, so it is a great measuring stick for runners comparing
A Stampede at Mt. SAC 2014

A Stampede at Mt. SAC 2014

Monta Vista Cross Country had another great trip to Mt. SAC–bigger and better than ever before! The Mt. SAC course is pretty special–it has been unchanged since the 1950s, with grandparents and grandchildren able to compare PRs across generations.  Over the years, the Mt. SAC invitational has grown to over 20,000 athletes competing in one
SCVAL Championships and FUHSD Championships

SCVAL Championships and FUHSD Championships

I’ve been sadly behind on updating our news–but that’s not for lack of news!  Though it is late I’m going to try to catch us up briefly. At the FUHSD Championships/Lynbrook on October 30, the Varsity girls defended their championship title and won for the fourth time in a row–the first time that has ever
Back to State!  CCS Success

Back to State! CCS Success

Monta Vista is sending more athletes to State than ever before, after a historic race in the Central Coast Section Championships at Toro Park on November 15th! In the girls’ D-I championship race, fans saw one of the great races in CCS history.  Our girls set a new all-time Monta Vista team record at Toro

Not Only Fast

The speedy Monta Vista girls not only found time for running 40-plus miles per week…they also hit the books and were selected to the Central Coast Section Scholastic Teams! The Central Coast Section, a region that goes from San Francisco south past Monterey to King City, recognizes the top five Varsity cross country teams with
NCAA Champions!

NCAA Champions!

Congratulations to the Johns Hopkins University women’s cross country team, and MVXC14 alum Bridget Gottlieb, for winning the NCAA National Championship!  Bridget was the only freshman on the team, and as fifth runner for Hopkins  her points were the difference in the win! We are proud of our Matador–I’m sure Bridget would appreciate a shout
California State Championships 2014

California State Championships 2014

 Start of Divison 1 Girls Race–See Jenny Go! The California State Championships are our Olympics–just being able to take part is an honor, and doing well is something to remember forever!  Monta Vista should be very proud today with what we have accomplished.  Read on…  Rohan at mile 2 Rohan Choudhury, Monta Vista’s individual entry
Monta Vista Places Two Athletes on Mercury-News Team!

Monta Vista Places Two Athletes on Mercury-News Team!

  Congratulations to Rohan Choudhury and Jenny Xu who were selected for the Mercury-News cross country honor teams…these are runners selected from all high school runners in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, plus schools in San Francisco that compete in the WCAL. Rohan was selected for the first time; this is a tribute to
Good Muddy Fun

Good Muddy Fun

It was great having three seniors and two alumni join Coach for a muddy run in Quicksilver; we slipped and slid for a solid nine miles of really beautiful running! This is what off-season running is all about–going out and bagging mileage, and enjoying the time you are doing it!  At the request of the
Track & Field has always welcomed athletes from other sports!

Track & Field has always welcomed athletes from other sports!

At our pre-season track meeting on Friday, Aarohi Palkar commented that track and field can be a training ground for athletes in other sports.  Watching the football playoffs this weekend, I realized that I saw an example of multi-sport athletics–Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. Sherman is one of the top defensive players in
CCS Alum Wins USA Half Marathon Championships!

CCS Alum Wins USA Half Marathon Championships!

Who knows who you might be racing against? Last Sunday Diego Estrada, a former student-athlete at Alisal High School in Salinas, won the USA Half Marathon Championship in his first attempt at that distance, winning the race in a fabulous 1:00:51!  Diego was a really strong runner during his high school days; he won the
Track & Field Gets Rolling:  Last Week, Next Week, and Alumni Update

Track & Field Gets Rolling: Last Week, Next Week, and Alumni Update

Monta Vista track and field 2015 got rolling on Monday, February 2!  As usual, the first week grinds off the starting line as we crunch through paperwork, get re-acclimated to the routine and effort of workouts, and get to know the track once more!  Here are a few photos and highlights and some upcoming events…
Second Week of Track:  Training, Off-Week, Parent Meeting...

Second Week of Track: Training, Off-Week, Parent Meeting…

Holy smokes, what a week! Workouts Continue We continued to work ourselves into shape with another solid week of training.  The sprinters and jumpers were ambushed a bit on Thursday as jump coach David Pride and sprint coach Leah Tapscott collaborated on a killer workout including plyometric jumps, depth jumping, hurdle mobility drills and short
Olympian at Monta Vista

Olympian at Monta Vista

On Tuesday, March 3, Monta Vista had the great honor of hosting Stephanie Brown Trafton–a USA champion in the discus, former USA record holder, a three-time Olympian, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal winner! Steph is a wonderful person, in addition to her marvelous athletic achievements.  When I listen to Stephanie I feel certain that
Come Out Firing!  Willow Glen Invitational Opens 2015 Track & Field Season

Come Out Firing! Willow Glen Invitational Opens 2015 Track & Field Season

There is nothing quite like the sound of a starters’ pistol to signal the coming of Spring!–at least in the mind of a track and field athlete.  At 9am on Saturday, March 7, the gun sounded to start a 3200m race at the Willow Glen Classic track and field invitational, and after five weeks of
El Camino League Action

El Camino League Action

It was cold at the end, but the boys saved some of their best for last. The three-way meet between Monta Vista on March 10, Homestead and Fremont that opened El Camino League competition lasted into the night.  At the end, the Monta Vista Varsity boys and frosh-soph boys had victories over Fremont, joined by
Santa Clara HS Dual Meet

Santa Clara HS Dual Meet

Yesterday’s meet at Santa Clara was kind of a test of how much you like track & field.  The meet was well run (Coach Julie L’Heureux runs a great meet and we were done at 6pm, under three hours from the start), so we were moving all the time.  But the meet was hand time
St Francis Invitational!

St Francis Invitational!

The St. Francis Invitational is a highlight of every track season–from the unique track with the huge oak tree inside the oval to the great competition on the track itself. And Monta Vista came with some very scintillating performances, lead by the varsity girls distance medley relay team (1200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m).  The DMR is
Lots of Meet & Alumni News

Lots of Meet & Alumni News

We have lots of news to get caught up on! Azusa Distance Meet of Champions On Saturday May 28, 18 Monta Vista distance runners lit up an already hot track, recording 14 PRs in a single day!  Highlights included seeing Isabel LaPlain get under 6 and Jeffrey Xu under 5 in the 1600m for the
Catching Up With Track Action

Catching Up With Track Action

A bunch of odds and ends of results that have happened while we have been on break and the first week back, as your coach recovers from the ‘trauma’ of a wet and cold Boston Marathon… Top 8 Meet Monta Vista did not bring all the team to the Top 8 meet–while this is a
League Finals

League Finals

Monta Vista hosted our league championship meet for the first time this century…and we did a great job both as hosts and competitors! Monta Vista ended the day with 38 athletes on the podium (top 5 finish).  Some of the highlights included double distance medals for  Rohan, Kelly, Akshara and Bennett, first place honors for
SCVAL!  And on to CCS

SCVAL! And on to CCS

The Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) championship meet is always an exciting affair–every race is high quality, and tension and motivation is very high, while we are all at the peak of our training levels.  The quality of the SCVAL meet is similar to many state meets! Monta Vista saw several PRs recorded.  Our
MVXC Alum Wins at Bay to Breakers!

MVXC Alum Wins at Bay to Breakers!

Monta Vista alum Sunny Shan (2014), current Mt. Holyoke College student-athlete and a member of the 2013 Central Coast Section XC championship team, placed first in her age group in the Bay to Breakers road race on Sunday, May 17! Bay to Breakers is a 12km road race with more than 50,000 runners!  Sunny was
Another MV Alum Shines:  Bridget Gottlieb, All-American!

Another MV Alum Shines: Bridget Gottlieb, All-American!

On May 21, the distance runners of MVTF went to the track and gathered around our smartphones to watch streaming video of the NCAA Championships in Canton, New York, to see Monta Vista’s own Bridget Gottlieb earn NCAA National All-American status in the 10km race! Bridget was the only freshman who was accepted to the
CCS Semis/Senior Awards Night

CCS Semis/Senior Awards Night

CCS Double-Qualifier Kelly Bishop / Competing at Leagues OK, OK…I have been behind, and you are right, I should post about the CCS Semifinals before the Finals occur tonight! The quality of the Central Coast Section meet cannot be understated.  Our section meet could compete with the championships of many states–seriously.  So just getting to
Four Weeks Before First Practice!  What To Do?

Four Weeks Before First Practice! What To Do?

It’s four weeks until MVXC15 starts rolling!  Oh my gosh, where did the time go!  For all of you runners out there–new or returning–you may be wondering, what should I be doing for the next four weeks?  Well, we are here to help! Most importantly–DO NOT PANIC!  The worst thing you can do for yourself
Why Consistency Matters

Why Consistency Matters

‘80% of success is showing up.’ –Woody Allen Many runners struggle to be consistent with their training.  It’s hard for anyone in the modern world to be consistent with training, and high school athletes face some particular challenges.  First of all, we are simply younger and are still learning the discipline and self-regulation needed for
Easy Runs

Easy Runs

We take our easy runs for granted.  Many high school and college athletes—and athletes your coach’s age!—think that an easy run day is a day to just shuffle along the road, or even think that an easy run is a run that an athlete can skip.  Au contraire, mon ami!  You are so very wrong! 
Reach

Reach

“It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” whispered the heart. I hope you all try for a goal that is a bit of a reach this cross country season.  Really try for the goal–not just idle wishing about ‘wouldn’t it be great if I could do
Run Tall

Run Tall

Often we get the question from athletes, ‘what can I do to improve my running form?’ In most cases, we don’t want to tinker too much with your natural running form.  Go watch the runners at an elite race such as the Olympic trials, and even at this level you will see a wide variety
Drink Up!

Drink Up!

It’s not a surprise–the hotter the weather, the more an athlete will sweat. What we don’t always appreciate is how much the original state of hydration will determine how much heat we can tolerate. Here is the bottom line—if you are well hydrated before you start exercising, you are infinitely better off than if you
First Week!

First Week!

94 athletes drilling at the start of practice. MVXC15 has a full week in our running logs!  As of the end of the week, we have 94 athletes signed up on the roster*.  The team has taken it’s first spin out around Matadors’ Point, the varsity athletes and other runners who ran good base mileage ground
First Climb Up Fire Trail!

First Climb Up Fire Trail!

Up Regnart–that is just getting started! MVXC15 made the first–but definitely not last!–climb up Fire Trail on Monday! For new and for returning runners, the first time we grind up Regnart and then Fire Trial is a bit of a tester, but this is also something that veteran runners secretly look forward to.  Running up Fire
One More Opportunity to buy 'California' MVXC Shirts

One More Opportunity to buy ‘California’ MVXC Shirts

If you have seen the gray ‘California’ MVXC shirts, and were wishing you had one of your own, you have one more chance this week… These shirts are a fund raiser for our travel team.  To support our team’s great trips–this year, we will have athletes competing at Nike Portland, and almost half the team
Off We Go!  Watermelon Run kicks off the 2015 XC Season!

Off We Go! Watermelon Run kicks off the 2015 XC Season!

Since time immemorial–or at least the last ten years–the 2.6 mile Watermelon Run has kicked off the Monta Vista Cross-Country season.  So on Thursday, September 3, 90 nervous harriers toed the line in the dust of Stevens Canyon and prepared to see what their summer running had done for them.  It was a great day,

Alumni Update: The 2015 College XC Season Is Off And Running!

Whitman College Cross Country Team 2015 It’s barely September, and already Monta Vista cross-country alumni are starting to make a mark on college teams from coast-to-coast! At UC Irvine, Pearl Law (MVXC12, and older sister of current MVXC team member Ruby Law), opened her season as the Anteaters’ fifth runner with a 19:52 over the tough UCI Invitational course.  Just
Hello, Earlybird!  MVXC15 is here!

Hello, Earlybird! MVXC15 is here!

This team is awesome! MVXC15 ran it’s traditional opening race at the Earlybird Invitational in Salinas on Saturday, September 12. We saw 79 purple-clad runners show their stuff on the trails and the hill on the three-mile Toro Park course—and we looked great! The freshmen girls were the first MVXC15 group out on the trails,
Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Short attention span writing/reading for MVXC in the week of September 14… Snack Shack: Thank you to all the parents and athletes who volunteered to run the snack shack during the football gave against Jefferson High School!  Your efforts were appreciated by all of us…and your coach thought it was hilarious when you made side comments
Portland XC Story and Photos

Portland XC Story and Photos

Monta Vista Cross Country made it’s first ever trip out of state, to the Nike Portland XC Invitational, on September 26.  This trip was fantastic! The race is on the course used by Nike NXN for the last several years.  Run entirely on grass, the course is laid out inside the Portland Meadows horse racing

Get your sleep to be a Warrior

This kind of energy has to come from somewhere! I read an article this weekend about Andre Iguodala, NBA championships hero for the Golden State Warrior.  Iguodala tracked his game performance in relationship to his sleep and found that: When Iguodala slept more than eight hours on the night before a game, he played 12
Opening of the SCVAL Season

Opening of the SCVAL Season

MVXC15 had it’s first league cluster meet of the season on Tuesday the 29th, and the team was rolling! It’s always hard to tell where a school is in the league during cluster meets, as different teams come to the race with varying agendas–to truly flat-out race, to ‘run through’ the meet, or use the

Artichoke!

MVXC had a memorable time at the 44th annual Artichoke Invitational–the coach only has one single complaint–read on! The frosh-soph girls lead off the day, with Claire and Sarah hammering at the front of the pack from the start of their race.  Under constant pressure from the front runners, the lead pack broke up quickly, and
SCVAL2/Crystal Preview

SCVAL2/Crystal Preview

Tuesday October 6 saw Monta Vista make it’s first visit of 2015 to the historic Crystal Springs Cross Country course. Crystal is such a wonderful course…we are really fortunate to have this as our home course.  Many high school cross country runners have four year careers and never run on as great a course as Crystal,
Central Coast Section Recognition for our Frosh-Soph Boys' Team

Central Coast Section Recognition for our Frosh-Soph Boys’ Team

This note on the CCS web site says it all! One of the parents volunteering at the Crystal meet sent us the photo of the boys greeting the finishers after the race; neither Coach Flatow nor Coach Johnson told the boys to do this or even knew that they were doing this, both of us were off
Baylands 5km

Baylands 5km

We have always liked the Baylands XC course–this is a flat and fast 5km course, in an SF Bay environment that we don’t get to run in very often.  Each year when we come run here, I think that I want to come back and have workouts here more often (and actually this year I did–last
Mt SAC 2015

Mt SAC 2015

MVXC had a fifth straight successful trip to the Mt SAC Invitational, the biggest XC race in the world. Over two days, 15,877 high school runners competed, and 41 of those athletes represented Monta Vista! Monta Vista fielded six complete teams, and those teams recorded a runner up, a third place, and three fourth-place finishes!  That
Double District Champions!  Plus Senior Run and Alumni News

Double District Champions! Plus Senior Run and Alumni News

Victorious Varsity Girls Team — Fifth Straight Win! MVXC had a day of historic proportions at the Fremont Union High School District Championships at Lynbrook on October 29! The Monta Vista girls won the FUHSD Championship for a record fifth year in a row!  The team was lead by Kelly Bishop’s third place finish and
SCVAL Championships!

SCVAL Championships!

I am finding it very difficult to accept that our season is coming to it’s climax–we are all running so well, who wants to stop?  Hardly anyone I think! Monta Vista had a great show at the 2015 SCVAL Championships!  The team highlights were having both boys’ and girls’ varsity teams qualify for the CCS
Central Coast Section Meet 2015

Central Coast Section Meet 2015

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.   
– T. Alan Armstrong Monta Vista cross country rolled into Crystal Springs ready to compete.  MVXC has some of
MVXC15 Awards Banquet

MVXC15 Awards Banquet

Monta Vista Cross Country had what may be our best Awards Banquet yet on Thursday, November 19, thanks to some fantastic hosting from Ceci Imamura and Monica Loke (aka Jason and Ryan’s moms)! We honored our award winners, and bid goodbye to our seniors–while we are happy for them, we are also going to miss
Well Done, All Turkey Trotters!

Well Done, All Turkey Trotters!

Coach Flatow after the Turkey Trot with two illustrious MVXC alumni, Sunny Shan and Bridget Gottlieb–between them, they have NCAA All-American awards, All-Conference Awards (NEWMAC, Centennial and Seven Sisters) to go with a CCS Championship for MVXC! Quite a few members of the Monta Vista running family were out at the 2015 Silicon Valley Turkey
It's a wrap!  California State Championship Meet Completes a Great Season

It’s a wrap! California State Championship Meet Completes a Great Season

“It’s important to know that at the end of the day it’s not the medals you remember. What you remember is the process — what you learn about yourself by challenging yourself, the experiences you share with other people, the honesty the training demands — those are things nobody can take away from you whether
Brent Selected to All-Mercury News XC Squad!

Brent Selected to All-Mercury News XC Squad!

Monta Vista’s Brent Mogensen was selected to the All-Mercury-News Cross Country Team for 2015!  The Mercury-News team is a significant honor for high school athletes in all sports. Brent had a great senior year.  At CCS finals, Brent’s 15:42 clocking on the Crystal Springs course was the 9th fastest time for the day; that outstanding performance
MVTF16 Pre-Season Meeting (Slides, Review)

MVTF16 Pre-Season Meeting (Slides, Review)

I cannot promise you that it will be easy. I can promise it will be worth it. It was so fun for your coach to see a packed classroom of athletes last Friday!  It’s very exciting to start thinking about a great track season. I truly love our sport.  We are so fortunate to be a member of one
Track and Field Training Gear

Track and Field Training Gear

  The 2016 Track and Field on-line gear store is now up and running for orders!  Here is what is waiting for you… Training Shirts:  You can order short sleeve technical training shirts, in either men’s or women’s styles.  This year, by request, the shirts will be an iron gray color.  Your first shirt will
Week Number One is in the Books!

Week Number One is in the Books!

MVTF16 has logged our first week of training!  We had a really good week of training with plenty of strides, core work and knocking some dust off the medicine balls.  This looks like a really fine group of athletes and we are all excited about the season! For many of us, this is a week
Loving the Long Run

Loving the Long Run

As most of you know, your coach still trains and competes in road races, including marathons.  I’ve told you about my running group that meets at 5:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as Saturdays (I am usually with MVXC or MVTF on Saturday mornings the last few years, but some of my friends and I
3rd Annual Monta Vista 400 Shoot-Out!

3rd Annual Monta Vista 400 Shoot-Out!

Is it possible that the first day of the year a starter’s gun goes off is the official start of summer? Well, maybe not.  After all, indoor track has been going on in the frozen Northeast for months!  But still…for us Californians…the first time we fire a starter’s pistol, track season feels ‘real’! The 3rd
A Rainy Rustbuster

A Rainy Rustbuster

El Niño, could you have waited six hours? Monta Vista got in a soggy season opener–well, some of us did.  The Willow Glen Invitational, usually a solid meet to start the season, turned into a rainy mess by the end of the day, and the meet was called after the 800m race. Up until then,
The SCVAL season is rolling!  MV@Toga Recap

The SCVAL season is rolling! MV@Toga Recap

The MVTF16 league season got started with our dual meet at Saratoga on March 10.  While the weather threatened, and we did see some rain, the team competed hard and earned a lot of success! Dual meets kick off with 4x100m relays and while we had some challenges with the hand-offs, all of our pristine
Rock The Relays!  De Anza Invitational 2016

Rock The Relays! De Anza Invitational 2016

Wrap your mind around this: Monta Vista Track and Field won medals in every relay race we entered! Yep that is right..let’s review. Frosh-Soph Girls’ Sprint Medley:  Check! Even after dropping the baton on the first handoff, Lauren had the presence of mind to make a legal retrieval and get the baton back to Reema,
Fremont, Santa Clara, and Monta Vista Meet!

Fremont, Santa Clara, and Monta Vista Meet!

Monta Vista hosted a three-way meet at Monta Vista on March 22, here at Monta Vista.  Three-way meets are fun for the athletes as there is a little more excitement, and the increased competition can often lead to some good performances.  It was certainly true for Monta Vista this week!  I went back and counted 53 personal
Monta Vista Track and Field Hosts An Olympian!  TJ Clinic

Monta Vista Track and Field Hosts An Olympian! TJ Clinic

On Monday March 28, Monta Vista was honored with a visit from Erica McLain, 2008 Olympian, a three-time USA champion, and a two-time NCAA champion in the triple jump (check out her bio).  Erica took the afternoon off from Facebook, where she is currently in charge of Messenger, to give a clinic and some tips
Behind On My Posts!  Weekend (short) Update

Behind On My Posts! Weekend (short) Update

Argh!  Our home meet with Mountain View starts in a few hours and I have not written about our weekend yet.  This lack is driving me crazy, so I’m going to get something posted to relieve the stress and cross something off my list! 🙂 Roughly half of our team competed at either the Firebird
MVsquared:  Mountain View at Monta Vista Dual

MVsquared: Mountain View at Monta Vista Dual

Wednesday March 30 saw Monta Vista host Mountain View for the first time on our new track…and it was a successful day for our home team! While our varsity team once again struggled, the Monta Vista frosh-soph boys and junior varsity girls kept there perfect league records alive with victories!  An important thing to remember…we are
Weekend Update:  Stanford!

Weekend Update: Stanford!

Monta Vista had four athletes accepted at the prestigious Stanford Invitational, highlighted by our rocking distance medley team.  On Friday, we sent Kelly Bishop, Maddy Yip, and freshmen Sarah Feng and Alisha Gao to compete against some of the best teams on the West Coast!  Our ladies represented Monta Vista well, running a combined 12:32
Whoa!  5-0, 5-0

Whoa! 5-0, 5-0

Wednesday, April 6,  Monta Vista Was at Cupertino for our fifth dual meet of the season (counting our tri-meet as two).  The Monta Vista varsity girls recorded their first league win of the season!  Our field events were particularly strong including sweeps in both the triple and long jump, with Giselle Kaneda and Jessica Ji
Weekly Update/April 23

Weekly Update/April 23

What a great four days of track and field action!  Let’s hit the highlights… Wednesday at Wilcox: In Monta Vista’s last dual meet of the season against Wilcox, our varsity teams both fell once more, so our boys end the season winless and the varsity girls are 1-5.  However both our frosh-soph boys and JV girls
League Trials Success/Finals Information Update

League Trials Success/Finals Information Update

Oh my goodness, our athletes looked great on Monday! Monday was the El Camino League Trials day for all events 400m and less in length, and also finals day for FS/JV field events and the FS/JV 3200m.   Monta Vista has already scored 18 all-league awards in the junior varsity and frosh-soph divisions (including five
Uniform Return

Uniform Return

Sadly, the 2016 track season is coming to an end; and that means it’s time to return uniforms. Uniform return will be Monday, May 9, immediately after school ends.  Please bring your uniform to Mrs. Flatow in the student parking lot, at the trailer near the tennis courts.  Your uniform should be clean and undamaged;
El Camino League Finals Recap

El Camino League Finals Recap

It’s been a hectic week but this post is needed!  What a great meet. El Camino League finals were this week!  Both our junior varsity girls and our frosh-soph boys won championships, finishing off unblemished seasons!  Our varsity teams finished with respectable fifth place finishes.  The Monta Vista teams had wonderful seasons, as well as preparing
SCVAL Finals; Banquet

SCVAL Finals; Banquet

Monta Vista continued a great season at the SCVAL Championships last Friday May 13–and it’s not over yet! Certainly highlights were the five athletes who have advanced to the CCS championships: Kelly Bishop, who ran a 2:19.57 in the 800m to advance to the CCS championship meet for the third straight season. Sarah Feng in the 3200,
CCS Championships:  That's a Wrap for MVTF16!

CCS Championships: That’s a Wrap for MVTF16!

The Monta Vista track & field team concluded their 2016 season in style at the Central Coast Section Championships on Friday, May 27. Senior James Migdal lead the way with a 6’3″ personal record on his very last high school competition!  His performance was the highest jump by any Monta Vista athlete in the last
MVXC:  Stronger Together

MVXC: Stronger Together

What does this man have to say about MVXC team spirit and success? I believe that being connected to other people matters a lot, and not only for the quality of our lives. Being connected to others also contributes to the success of individuals and teams in many professions. I was listening to Bill McDermott talk
Summer 2016:  Off and Running!

Summer 2016: Off and Running!

NEXT WEEK THERE WILL BE RUN GROUPS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT 7AM AND AT 6:00PM, meeting at the MV track.  Come to whichever one is more convenient for you! Graduation was a week ago, all our finals are in the books, most Monta Vista students have now logged a solid week of rolling out of
Relentless Effort Will Reward You

Relentless Effort Will Reward You

It was great seeing so many of you running this week, as I dropped by some of the workouts at MV at 7am and at 6pm.  I got in some nice mileage with both groups, and people are running great!  Some observations… There are people running together both at 7am and at 6pm.  Both times
Everyone Wants To Win On Race Day

Everyone Wants To Win On Race Day

If we walk down to start of any cross-country race, and asked every runner if they would like to win or not, you’d probably get a similar answer from each athlete on the line: “Well, sure I’d like to win.  If you’re asking me.  If you are giving me a choice.  Why not?” The question I’d then like
Rochelle Kanuho

Rochelle Kanuho

I think this article is incredibly inspiring and wanted to share this with MVXC. As I was running my own workout this morning, I was thinking about Rochelle…there were three things about this article that struck me: Overall, Rochelle had challenges in her life–not just running–that most of us can’t even imagine.  Most people never
Don't Think Of It As Work

Don’t Think Of It As Work

  Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running. -Sarah Condor A week from this Monday, I’ll see all of you for the first practice of the 2016 Cross-Country season!  It is unreal how fast this summer is going…yet
Dammit, MV

Dammit, MV

  The Dammit Run in Los Gatos is not a perfect indicator of how the season will go for MVXC…however it is a great indicator of who has worked hard and is ready to challenge themselves, and also a great indicator of runners who like to race! Monta Vista boys took three of the top
Here We Go!  Day One

Here We Go! Day One

“The most important thing I learned from running is that there is only one runner in this race, and that is me.”   ~George Sheehan Today is the day!  First day of practice…I hope that all of you are as excited as I am. We had a great week of pre-season, optional practices last week.
Desi Linden:  Olympian (and friend of MVXC)

Desi Linden: Olympian (and friend of MVXC)

Here is a really nice article on Desiree Linden’s Olympic marathon.  Desi is an intense, intelligent competitor and a great athlete, she ran such a smart race at the Olympics.  Desi ended up in a  bad spot for much of the race yet she kept driving and executing.  I think her ability to give her
Week One In The Books

Week One In The Books

“An athlete who tells you the training is always easy and always fun simply has not been there.  Goals can be elusive which makes the difficult journey all the more rewarding.” ~Alberto Salazar Week One can always be a challenge–it’s a hot week, and many people joining the team are not quite ready for that
First Time Up Fire Trail

First Time Up Fire Trail

We record many ‘firsts’ during the initial weeks of an MVXC season, and the first time up Fire Trail is one of the big ones.  For new runners, the climb can feel like it is going on forever…and can lead to a bit of a crisis of confidence as the hill seems to go on
Why Those Saturday Threshold Workouts Matter

Why Those Saturday Threshold Workouts Matter

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~Aristotle I was logging the team’s Saturday workout results, and
Watermelon Madness

Watermelon Madness

The final day of August, 2016, saw Monta Vista run the 11th consecutive recorded Watermelon Run…one of the key dates of our early season training and the first time what MVXC goes out at something that feels  like race pace! This season’s Watermelon results were historic for the boys, as the top five boys’ times

MVXC Opens 2016 Campaign at the Ed Sias Invitational

Monta Vista cross-country opened it’s 2016 campaign with stirring performances at a meet and course previously unknown to us, the Ed Sias Invitational at the Hidden Valley Course, hosted by Campolindo High School.  MVXC had a solid opening day that we hope to build on over the coming months–if we continue to build upon this start, MVXC
What a Weekend at the Three Course Challenge!

What a Weekend at the Three Course Challenge!

The Three Course Challenge might be the nuttiest invitational ever!  This is certainly the most challenging high school cross country course that we have ever seen–by a huge margin.  (No other course we  is close to being as hard.  Not Crystal, not Toro.  3CC makes Mt. Sac look like Lynbrook.)  And…this is as much fun
Oregon Coast Beach Run:  Cue Vangelis

Oregon Coast Beach Run: Cue Vangelis

(It will help your mood to play this music while you are reading this post 🙂 ) Running on the Oregon Coast with my cross country team is going to be one of my best memories for a long time…it was a gray, cool morning, the tide was going out, the beach was pretty much
MVXC Runners Look Like Stars at Central Park!

MVXC Runners Look Like Stars at Central Park!

Monta Vista Cross Country opened up the league season with stirring performances at the Central Park meet on Tuesday, September 27. The boys’ teams all came out strong, with the Varsity boys (second to Palo Alto out of the 14 teams in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League), Sophomore and JV boys (also taking home
We Love Artichokes

We Love Artichokes

Monta Vista Cross Country must love artichokes.  How else do you explain the running we did on Saturday, October 1?  Oh…maybe our team came out ready to really work hard and compete, and we did–from first to last, MVXC gave a great effort, testing ourselves and fighting for every spot and every second! The Artichoke
Crystal Preview Meet Brings Success

Crystal Preview Meet Brings Success

The Crystal Preview meet is an important milestone every year for Monta Vista Cross Country.  The meet falls about half way through the season, so we are starting to get really fit.  The Crystal Springs course is one of the best cross country courses in the USA, yet the course is also a challenge, testing both
So L.A.!  Mt. SAC recap, Baylands, and the SCVAL Cup

So L.A.! Mt. SAC recap, Baylands, and the SCVAL Cup

“Success rests in having the courage and endurance, and above all, the will to become the person you can be.” –George Sheehan There is nothing quite like the Mt. SAC Invitational. Walking into the Mt. San Antonio College stadium at dawn, seeing thousands of athletes getting ready to compete, will make anyone feel excitement deep
An Observation about Pacing

An Observation about Pacing

  “It’s almost always better to finish a race wondering, ‘I wonder how much further ahead I would have finished if I had gone out a little faster?’, than ‘I wonder how much further ahead I would have finished if I had not gone out too fast and died like a pig?’“ ~Dr. Jack Daniels, ‘Daniels’ Running
MVXC Boys and Girls Earn Trip To CCS Championships, JV Girls Win League at SCVALs

MVXC Boys and Girls Earn Trip To CCS Championships, JV Girls Win League at SCVALs

With both the Monta Vista girls’ and boys’ varsity teams punching their tickets to the Central Coast Section championships, the SCVAL championships were a success—but the story was much more than only the varsity teams. The day started with the junior varsity girls. In the prior year, the girls had seen their four-year streak of
Thankful

Thankful

As I prepare to get on the road to Fresno for the State Championships tomorrow, I took a look at yesterday’s Turkey Trot results and was amazed at the number of the MVXC runners, alumni and athletes who ran.  It was extremely cool to see all the athletes out there, and when I got home and
MVXC16 Wraps With A Fine Showing at State!

MVXC16 Wraps With A Fine Showing at State!

The MVXC girls wrapped up our XC season with some really good work at the State meet! On a chilly and blustery day that threatened rain constantly, the girls went out and showed the results of three months of hard work. The California State meet is the Olympics of high school cross country; it’s truly
Quicksilver EOF Run

Quicksilver EOF Run

  Some hardy souls joined Coach on an end-of-finals run last Friday…braving a chilly morning and a muddy, hilly route (with only a bit of rain) we all recorded more than 7 miles and more than 1000 feet of climbing to kick off the holiday break! We are all in a lull in our training
Don't Procrastinate!  First Track Practice is in Five Weeks

Don’t Procrastinate! First Track Practice is in Five Weeks

Here we are in the middle of winter holidays and it is gray outside.  We are feeling the laziness of that time after finals and before school starts.  It is warm and cozy in bed in the morning. How can it be possible that the first track practice will be in only five weeks?  I
MVTF17 is rolling!

MVTF17 is rolling!

Vintage MVTF Pride!  (2013) With a record number of athletes–137 boys and girls have signed up for the team and been cleared to join–Monta Vista track and field is seriously rolling!  We are now in week three of practice, athletes are starting to get into a rhythm, and most of the first-workout pain is starting to
MVTF News and Reminders for Winter Break

MVTF News and Reminders for Winter Break

Hello, MVTF! We are about to start Winter Break…and here are some updates and things to remember! Please join the Monta Vista Athletic Boosters: MVAB does a lot for Monta Vista Track & Field, from supporting travel to buying equipment. MVAB has never said ‘no’ to any request for financial support. During cross country season,
Break Week Sprint/Jump Workouts are Downloadable

Break Week Sprint/Jump Workouts are Downloadable

Sprinters and jumpers, coach John McKeeman has your winter break workouts for you!   The file is downloadable below. We will be holding optional workouts at 9am from Monday through Friday every day during the Winter Break for the entire track and field team.  Whether you can make the optional group workouts or not, we
The Fourth Annual 400 Shootout:  Preview!

The Fourth Annual 400 Shootout: Preview!

The Monta Vista 400 Shootout is fast approaching!  This is the first time that MVTF will all hear the sound of the starter’s gun fire and we roar around the track.  Let’s get ready for the first event on the MVTF calendar! What is the 400 Shootout?  At the 400 Shootout, every member of the
Just Because It Is Hard, That Does Not Mean You Cannot Do It

Just Because It Is Hard, That Does Not Mean You Cannot Do It

We have had some really wild weather the last week, and many times that made working out in the rain less-than-fun…yet many of our athletes were out there working hard, despite the elements. I’m not going to be too hard on the people who didn’t show up.  But I do admire, respect and appreciate the
Buchanan Distance Classic/Monta Vista 400 Shoot Out

Buchanan Distance Classic/Monta Vista 400 Shoot Out

Dear Monta Vista track and field family– I apologize for being so far behind in my posts!  Rustbuster and a lot of other planning really ate me up.  So I’m going to try to catch up today…I do apologize as you guys have been working hard and the team does deserve the attention of mvrunning
First Annual RustBuster Invitational!

First Annual RustBuster Invitational!

Monta Vista hosted our first ever track invitational on Saturday March 4, and it was a smashing success! Evergreen Valley, Fremont, Gunn, Half Moon Bay, Menlo-Atherton and Milpitas brought their squads to compete at the RustBuster Invitational.  It was something to see if you were there all day…before 6am there was no one on the
Monta Vista @ Saratoga Dual Meet

Monta Vista @ Saratoga Dual Meet

Monta Vista opened it’s home dual meet season at Saratoga, and while the overall results were not exactly what we wanted, the team showed that by the end of the season Monta Vista would be a force in our league. Monta Vista’s frosh-soph boys held off the Falcons for a team win, while our other
Hello, St. Francis!  (PS:  We would like to add to our workout shirt stash)

Hello, St. Francis! (PS: We would like to add to our workout shirt stash)

MVTF has a fond spot for the St. Francis Invite.  The tree in the track is part of it.  Short drive is also attractive.  The meet feels big time.  And…we often increase our stock of workout shirts!  Yes, the St. Francis Invitational awards shirts for the top three places…I won’t say they are free because it
MV takes on MV + Fremont

MV takes on MV + Fremont

Tuesday, March 21 saw Monta Vista take on the other MV (Mountain View) and Fremont in a three-way meet at Fremont High School. The weather really cooperated; after a cold Monday and a very rainy morning, the sky opened up and we had truly delightful track weather for most of the afternoon.  Monta Vista Athletes
Catching Up With News

Catching Up With News

Your correspondant is way, way behind with MVTF news.  I’m really sorry!  OK, so here is some short attention span news updates for the last two weeks… Firebird Relays:  Monta Vista had many highlights at Fremont’s Firebird Relays on March 25.  Eliot Lubomirsky had an open 400 PR of 52.57, one of the fastest MV
Break Week Workout Schedule/Distance Workout Plan/Updated to include Sprint Workout Plan

Break Week Workout Schedule/Distance Workout Plan/Updated to include Sprint Workout Plan

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before. ~Herodotus We have all put in a great amount of work over the last two months…and in the next few weeks we
Serra Invitational; Boston 5K; Welcome Back to School...

Serra Invitational; Boston 5K; Welcome Back to School…

Hello MVTF!  A quick set of updates… Serra:  On Saturday, April 15, more than a dozen Monta Vista athletes headed up to Serra for an invitational that often yields some PRs (the meet is late in the season when we are all pretty fit, and does not have the tactical considerations that championship meets have–Serra
Why do my shoelaces come untied?  Here is the science!

Why do my shoelaces come untied? Here is the science!

Even pros can have their shoe laces come untied. OK these two articles made me laugh…some physicists and engineers did some work to figure out why your shoelaces come untied when you run.  Pretty fun stuff! The twin gods of science and running! In any case…it never hurts to double knot before a race. NY
Top Performances at Top 8

Top Performances at Top 8

Monta Vista came to play under the lights at Top 8, and with some great weather and solid competition we had a memorable night on Saturday, April 23. From top to bottom, Monta Vista scored good performances.  A highlight was Eliot Lubomirsky’s PR in the 400m, recording a 51.14–just a blink from recording a 50-point!  Both Andy

Day 1 of Leagues

The first day of League Championships is done, and Monta Vista has done some good work already! Day One focuses on the laned events, with trials in all the individual laned events (sprints and hurdles).  The top eight athletes move on to Finals races on Wednesday.  Qualifiers included Evelyn How, who will be the second seed
MV Makes Statement at Leagues...on to SCVALs!

MV Makes Statement at Leagues…on to SCVALs!

Monta Vista track and field made a huge statement at leagues,  and on May 12 will bring the largest MVTF contingent to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League qualifier meet in at least a decade! Over the two days of the El Camino League Championships, Monta Vista athletes racked up a total of 59 medals (finishers in the
MVTF Rolls at SCVAL Championships

MVTF Rolls at SCVAL Championships

The Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championships are one of the most competitive meets around, and always a great night of track!  The 2017 edition was no exception. Leading off in the very first heat of the meet were Monta Vista’s 4x100m girls’ relay team, who set the tone for the evening with a one-second
CCS Wraps Up Our Season!  Trials and Championships

CCS Wraps Up Our Season! Trials and Championships

Monta Vista athletes wrapped up a memorable year during the week of the Central Coast Section Championships, featuring stellar performances! CCS Trials Saturday May 20, 2017 Monta Vista sent twelve athletes to the Trials meet in Gilroy, California.  As usual, the girls’ 4x100m relay team set a great tone for the team in the very first
Effort Matters (Some Lessons from MVTF17's 4x400 Relay)

Effort Matters (Some Lessons from MVTF17’s 4×400 Relay)

How many people start something new, full of excitement and good intentions, and then quit when the first reality check comes in (the first math test, the first time trial, the first evaluation or problem or challenge)?  How many kids go out for a sport and then quit before the season is over?  How many people
Relay Around Lake Tahoe:  Now THAT is some REAL Summer Running!

Relay Around Lake Tahoe: Now THAT is some REAL Summer Running!

“To me, the essential difference between a jogger and a runner was not ability or training; it was an entry blank.” ~George Sheehan Dr. Sheehan believed that racing and becoming a competitive athlete was an essential part of running.  I think that this part of our competitive spirit is something that is part of real runners; not
Breaking News!  It Gets Hot In The Summer.  (Haha)

Breaking News! It Gets Hot In The Summer. (Haha)

Yes, it gets hot in the summer…no big news to any of you who have been running the last few days! Your best defense against hot weather is hydration.  Being well hydrated is more than stopping at every drinking fountain for a sip.  Read the MVXC blog post on hydration and learn what to do,
Coach Pete Farwell (Williams College) Visits MVXC

Coach Pete Farwell (Williams College) Visits MVXC

Coach Pete Farwell, Williams College’s long time and highly decorated cross country and track and field coach, visited Monta Vista for an open clinic on June 26 and 27.  Coach Farwell covered a lot of ground in only two days:  Drills and warm up, stretching and flexibility, workout pacing zones, discussion of racing tactics and what
Being Reliable

Being Reliable

On Tuesday mornings, my run group meets at 5:30am.  Still a little sleepy, we have a quick talk and pick the route we will run.  We then do a quick check on who is there and ready to go.  Depending on who might be missing, we have a quick discussion…for example, if Mike is missing,
Steepling!

Steepling!

Congratulations to Sabrina Hung for completing her first steeplechase! On July 8, Sabrina went down the road to De Anza College to compete in the Junior Olympics.  Sabrina ran the 2000m Steeplechase, and she won her age group–OK, she was the only competitor in her age range but that his not her fault, you can

Cross Country 2017: Clearance Status/First Week Practices!

Hello Runners, I can’t tell you how much I love our team!  It was great seeing so many of you at Clearance Day today! Clearance Update As of 2:21pm on Thursday, 23 boys and 16 girls had completed all their on-line registration and turned in their physical paperwork and are now OFFICIALLY signed up for
Summer Running Memories

Summer Running Memories

There is a pretty sweet summer running video that has been posted!  This video made me smile…I hope watching this gives you some good memories of the summer, and makes you excited about the start of the season! Thanks for everyone who put together the video.  Very cool! (If you are suddenly feeling like you
Week Zero/First Day of School/Getting Cleared

Week Zero/First Day of School/Getting Cleared

Monta Vista Cross Country has ‘Week Zero’ in the books!  From Monday, August 7 to Saturday, August 12 MVXC17 had twenty to fifty runners come to our practice sessions with a lot of good energy.  We had our first set of hill repeats at Linda Vista, our first tour of Matadors’ Point, and for the
MVXC logs it's first week of 2017

MVXC logs it’s first week of 2017

Hill Reps at Linda Vista Park We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling
First Time Up Fire Trail!  2017

First Time Up Fire Trail! 2017

Top of Fire Trail:  Cheer Tunnel Each season, the first trip the complete MVXC squad makes to climb Fire Trail is a milestone.  Including Regnart Road and Fire Trail itself, the total is about one mile in distance and 400′ of elevation gain.  That might not seem like a lot.  However on a hot day, for
Saturday Morning Matador Miles

Saturday Morning Matador Miles

Saturday morning workouts can be fantastic…they are optional workouts, so the athletes show up with 100% commitment, and the cool 7am start feels so good after a week of running after school in the oppressive August heat. The kids showed up on Saturday with a ton of energy.  We ran one of the MVXC signature workouts, Matador
It is Watermelon Week!

It is Watermelon Week!

Who will be in the upper left this season? Watermelon Run day is coming! This week, MVXC gets out and runs our traditional Watermelon Run.  The Watermelon Run feels like the official start of the season–we get out and run hard and have marks that can be compared back for many, many years. The Stevens Canyon
Hot Watermelon!

Hot Watermelon!

The temperature on Watermelon day: 2013:  78° 2014:  77° 2015:  88° 2016:  75° 2017:  95° Yikes. Yes, it was a difficult day for the Watermelon Run, yet MVXC rose to the challenge and with zero complaining (beyond a few accurate comments that man, the air feels heavy) we did get our practice competition in. Thursday was
Simple Ain't Easy:  How to Beat the Heat

Simple Ain’t Easy: How to Beat the Heat

“Hey, man, simple ain’t easy.” -Thelonious Sphere Monk 1917-1982 It has been incredibly, stupidly hot yesterday and today (Saturday September 2); at my house right now it is 106°.  No way do I want to go out running right now, and I don’t want any of you running outdoors either (it’s not safe to run in
MVXC17 Selects Team Captains!

MVXC17 Selects Team Captains!

Monta Vista Cross Country has selected an excellent group of captains to lead the squad in their 2017 campaign. From the girls side of the team, senior Akshara Majjiga along with juniors Sanjana Borle and Anjali Thontakudi were selected as our team captains.  Akshara will be a captain for her second season, while Sanjana and Anjali

Earlybird Preview

After an absence of a year due to last year’s course closure, Monta Vista Cross Country returns to Earlybird to open the 2017 cross country competitive season!  Here is everything you need to know, and just as importantly what you want to know, to get ready for our season opener. Logistics:  What you need to know.
MVXC Opens 2017 Season At Earlybird!

MVXC Opens 2017 Season At Earlybird!

Monta Vista cross country started the 2017 campaign with top-to-bottom strong performances at the Earlybird Invitational! Earlybird has a compete-by-class format and the day started out with our freshmen.  Our freshman girls lead off with a sparkling team effort lead by Sylvana Northrop’s 12th place/20:07 effort on the 3 mile Toro Park course.  Other freshmen standout