Daily News has stories on NXN/Sarah Baxter and Footlocker/Samantha Ortega
Dan Agnew/The Signal: Orega makes Foot Locker Nationals
Ventura County Star on Sarah Baxter.
-8 at 8:11 a.m. in Eugene. We're heading out for breakfast. Maybe 4 inches of snow on the ground. Because we only get a few snows during the year, the streets are not plowed, there being liitle to no equipment to do so.
Golden Valley's Veronica Lopez was 5th in the f/s race at Foot Locker. See Comments.
Erik Boal/Daily News on Sarah Baxter, Simi Valley, NXN, Samantha Oretega. Here.
Live Footlocker webcast here. 7:15 a.m.
NXN webcast here. Girls race at 10:05 a.m.
On the risky, dirty, and dangerous world of supplements. See here and here.
Flotrack has Jim O'Brien on video.
In the unlikeliest of places—Ohio's Amish country—a high school basketball coach changed a community's ideas about race, and about life. Story.
Sarah Baxter, 3rd, out-kicked in the last 400. Alexa Efraimson wins. Elise Cranny 2nd. Wayzata (MN) girls are NXN champs. F-M 2nd. Davis (UT) 3rd. Gig Harbor (WA) boys are NXN champs.
Samantha Ortega 4th overall at Footlocker West Regionals. Complete meet results.
Samantha Ortega qualified for the Footlocker National Championships, December 14th, Balboa Park, San Diego. More.
West Ranch's Taylor Hernandez and Caillie Binnie competed in the f/s West Regionals. Taylor finished 10th and Caillie 26th. And report it was seriously cold. Both ran varsity this year, and will be major scorers next year on a team likely to return to D2 and challenge for state. Papa and paparazzo Bob Binnie has f/s photos. Taylor Hernandez sports bib 1378, Caillie Binnie 695. Both very fast, smart, strong, and lovely, as are all Foothill girls xc runners.
Cheers for Jacob Velarde, 4th at AAU Nationals. Link.
It's snowing in Eugene. And likely on the NXN course in Portland, about 120 miles north from here.
Toni Reavis: Nike Cross Nationals 2013 Preview
More on Mike Brannigan, the autistic runner who will be racing at NXN. Link.
39% less risk of injury in runners who use multiple shoes. Link. Corollary propositions. Cross training and running on a variety surfaces -grass, dirt, chips, hills - reduce incidence of injury.
Brando provides SCV bests at Woodward Park. Boys. And girls. And cheers the Saugus boys.
37 scientifically proven ways to... Be happy. Eating elk is optional.
About two inches of snow, and still coming down. I have an appointment this morning with an opthamologist. Can't see taking the risk.
Do Race Tactics Matter? Does it get sunny in Santa Clarita?
Is cross country losing its grip? Link.
Some SCV preps will be competing tomorrow at the Footlocker West Regionals, presumably in the open race. Including Samantha Ortega. Registration closed on 12/1/13. We hope to have photos by one or more of our local dads. ...BTW, why not moms too?
Six inches of snow in Eugene, now with light flurries only. It stopped in Portland later in the morning, though there may be more up there tonight. Sunny tomorrow in both burgs. Later today I'm going xc skiing, first time ever. Starting in the back yard, advancing, I hope, to the street and down to the river trail.
Following a 10 minute lesson on the internet, I went xc skiing for about 30 minutes. It's easy. Quite similar to running. Will do more tomorrow. The snow will be around for a few days. No snow predicted for Portland, but the race temps will be around 30. The snow will have been cleared from the course. Good to go. ...There is a 90% chance of light rain tomorrow at Mt. SAC , 2:00 a.m. through the morning hours.
We're awaking to sub 20 degree temps. The house is well-insulated and heated, but there is something within that compels me to have an abundance of the hardest and therefore best woods for our wood stove, and firing it to the max in the early morn.
Michael J. Joyner, M.D., on the joys and risks of extreme sports, and the sub cultures therein. Link.
LetsRun: The Week That Was.
More on Mike Brannigan, the autistic lad who is racing this week at NXN. Link.
Why do high school phenoms crash and burnout in college? Link.
AP Sports Pictures of the Year. Note how many involve celebrations. Is that more interesting than the action?
Ultrarunner Hal Koerner has a formula for fitness and life that keeps him winning and smiling. Link. Partly because ultras are more fun than racing a marathon. Invariably, the first thing I hear from my post-race marathoning friends are complaints about the weather, course, their pacing, their nagging cough and injury... BTW, visit Ashland, Oregon. Just over the border, off I-5, and lovely. It's about Shakespeare and Southern Oregon University.
College Sports Spending Is Insane
Is there a link between ingesting caffeine during a marathon and death soon after? Read.
Some guy wins the first ultramarathon he ever raced. Read. It's not some small town neighborhood event. It's been around for 50 years.
Flotrack's Run Junkie, crazed on caffeine and Sarah Baxter, chatter on about NXN, here and
Study proves what we already knew about energy drinks. Link.
Alex Hutchinson, the Sweat Science guy, scores his 2013 science predictions. Here.
Don't miss. Brenda Martinez profile.
New York Times: Slow walkers die sooner. Link.
Walk breaks work for runners. Link. If racing and out of breath, that's a clue.
How long will I/you live? Calculator
Flotrack: NXN workout with Sarah Baxter's primary competition, Alexa Efraimson.
Brando cheers the Saugus girls. Me too. But more, I cheer the accomplishments of SCV cross country, probably best year ever, even before most of you were born, and the rest still sleeping with a Binky. Across the board, high school and college, girls and boys, men and women, there is glory abounding. Take a victory lap, and the rest of the week off.
My one concern as a coach working with Pre was that he understands that his accomplishments as a prep runner were just a beginning, a plateau from which to reach future greater heights. Don't peak out after high school, or I will have disserved you was my plan. He assumed this responsibility in typical. ~Coach Walt McClure, Marshfield High School, Coos Bay, Oregon
How to be a "running poser"
10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working-Out
Signal honks for Saugus' Big Day at the CIF XC Finals.
Who is Fernando Cabada? Once the pride of Buchanan High School in Fresno, now 31, he's surviving on modest race winnings, a 2:11 guy who needs to be at 2:09. Read
Q&A with Zola Budd. Still barefoot. Still racing.
Yo Mama Is So Lazy...
You probably need to join a gang. Link. Otherwise, it's just not that fun.
Mt. SAC is preparing for a 62 million facelift. Story.
Flotrack: Preventing common injuries in HS athletes. Good for the rest of us, too.
Flotrack/Santa Barbara TC: 250m Hills - 200m track intervals. See Read More to see what's in store tonight for the Oregon Track Club Masters at South Eugene High School, in partial darkness, in 35 degrees.
Dan Agnew/Signal: With streak over, focus is on the future.
Samantha Ortega interview on video.
Roger Robinson's rambling discussion on Korir, Kenya, elite marathoning, etc. Here.
Q&A with Kate Van Buskirk. Enlightening. How many runners do you know who suffer from foot and other lower leg issues? And maybe you?
Cycling star: I love the freedom of running. Do different stuff. Including mountain running. Like...
Run and support the Beast Charity Run. Give something back and to those in need. Be a real sport, ye of strong, but flinty hearts.
30 Minute Holiday Workouts. Good the year 'round.
To me, the characteristic that sparates Pre from the rest of the field was his pride. It was so keen and intense within that it was frightening. To be the best was his only goal. His drive to push harder in group workouts, or on his individual long runs was his strength. Man imposes his own limitations. Limitation was not in Steve's frame of reference. He was constantly extending the boundaries of his frontier. ~Coach Walt McClure, Marshfield High School, Coos Bay, Oregon
Oregon Track Club's December newsletter.
Isamu "The Original" Murakami has two stop vid slideshows from the D2 races. Boys. And girls.
Watch Nick Symmonds set the American Record in the Beer Mile. Link. That blue track is at Lane Community College, and open to the public. Plenty of breweries in town, and you can bet he will get an appropriate sponsor.
No. 1 son did a video of Thorn Point Lookout. ...I'm partial to the one on Slide Mountain. About three years ago, I did that with Dennis Olsen, Dan Bakholdin, and Jeff Vannini. And two other times. It's memorable, for sure. Anyone who has run the Beast has that inside, quiet pride of going by, looking up and saying, "Yep, done that." Even more impressive is to drive by Pyramid Lake, look to the top of the highest peak and see the Slide Mountain Lookout. How sweet would this be? You're driving the Foothill League xc champ up the 5, maybe on a scholarship at UO. Casually, you look over, point way-upwards, and say: Can you see that? Dad did that. You?
Erik Boal/Daily News: Simi Valley's Sarah Baxter finnally gets to share state title with teammates, Saugus run for eigth championships comes up just short
Saugus boys: The Movie
SCV News: Olympic Gold Medalist Visits La Mesa XC Team.
Update on Kayla Montgomery. She was 11th yesterday at the Footlocker South Regionals, the fastest South non-qualifier ever for nationals.
CIF-State boys D2 video
CIF-State girls D2 video
Now back in Eugene.
CA teams at NXN:
Girls- Great Oak, Simi Valley, Davis Sr. (At Large)
Boys- Arcadia, Madera South, Dana Hills (At Large)
Favorite books in November:
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
The Bartender's Tale
Never Go Back
Don't Tell Alfred
CIF State Championships today at Woodward Park. Follow here.
DyestatCAL now has combined boys and girls results here.
PrepCalTrack indicates Saugus will not make NXN. Link.
It's official. Signal certifies Saugus boys win, girls second. Story.
Some of our Foothill favorites, insisting on one more race, ran the open race at the Footlocker West Regionals. Results will be posted here.
We saw Stadium High School in Tacoma. Considered a "rough" school, it is over one hundred years old, housed in a beautiful structure originally built as a weekend resort for the rich folk in Seattle, but never occupied as such. Instead, it was converted into a high school. Amazingly well preserved and maintained. Spotless and no graffiti. Check the athletic stadium. The four lane track is an incomplete oval.
Ventura County Star has the story on Sarah Baxter and her Simi Valley mates. Link.
Dan Agnew/Signal: Saugus dynasty starts and ends at once.
Erik Boal/Daily News previews the Saugus boys
PrepCalTrack: Road to State guide
Can a girl with MS qualify for Footlocker nationals?
Can extreme exercise slow the aging process? Link.
CIF-State Champs live on Flotrack