News and Announcements

From: Courtney Corda
To: Courtney Corda
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 9:00 PM
Subject: XC Newsblast #8: Urgent! Photo Order Form Details, Pasta Feed, EBAL Center Meet, and Football Snack Shack Vols Needed

Dear Parents and Students,


Time sure flies! Busy week for us again...and thank you for your patience as I know many of you have emailed or texted or called asking the #1 question of the day:


WHERE IS THE PHOTO ORDER FORM?! Answer: Coach Jensen passed them out Friday at practice, but many kids didn't notice or forgot to get one. Today, Coach Jensen was not able to be at practice (and neither were the forms). And, unfortunately, Yary Photography doesn't have an online order form or a PDF of their paper form. BUT, the good news is that we have a PHOTO of the order form so that you can see the packages and prices. I've attached it here as a PDF. Please send in a check with your athlete tomorrow for the appropriate amount (if you would like to buy photos). Your student can place the check in the physical envelope and fill out the order form while they wait in line for photos. We will have the envelopes tomorrow!


Do NOT forget to wear your uniform to practice tomorrow for the photos!

(You must be in uniform to be included in the team photo)


PASTA FEED TOMORROW: After the team photos, the students will do a short run. When they get back, they will meet in the southeast corner of Oak Hill Park (the picnic tables nearest the Monte Vista tennis courts / parking lot) for our pasta feed. Thank you to all the parents who've volunteered so far to bring food/drink or to help. We don't want anyone to go hungry...and we still need about 6 pounds more pasta -- can you help? Please click here to sign up to bring two pounds of pasta or to helpThe pasta feed should be over between 5:30 and 6:00.



  • Location: Newhall Park in Concord. Spectators welcome! This will be our first chance to go head-to-head against ALL of the competitors in our league.
  • Dismissal: Kids will be dismissed from school at 12:36. Runners need to eat lunch, get dressed in their uniforms and proceed to the buses. Do not go to 5th period!
  • Buses: The buses will leave at 1:30 sharp. After the meet is over, students may return to Monte Vista on the bus or they are welcome to return home with their parents.
  • What to Bring: The usual! Uniforms, snacks, warm-ups...
  • Meet Schedule:
    • 3:30 Girls Frosh/Soph
    • 4:00 Boys Frosh/Soph
    • 4:25 Girls JV
    • 4:55 Boys JV
    • 5:20 Girls Varsity (top ten runners)
    • 5:45 Boys Varsity (top ten runners)
    • 6:30 Buses depart for MVHS


THIS FRIDAY is Cross Country Night at the MV Football Game: It's a Monte Vista tradition that different sports teams take a turn staffing the snack shack at Monte Vista's home football games. In exchange, we get a share of the profits to support our team. It's a fun night for volunteering and we need a few more good men and women to help out. Plus, you get free entry to the game (and it's supposed to be a great one). Please come out and help -- click here to sign up. 


THIS SATURDAY'S PRACTICE: There will be no organized practice held this Saturday. Instead, the coaching staff encourages our runners to sign up for the SRVEF Run for Education that takes place this Sunday morning. Represent your Mustangs and run a nice, flat course with friends! It's not too late to sign up and it will help our local schools.


Thanks everyone! Hope to see you parents at the meet on Wednesday. Go Mustangs!

Courtney Corda

Asst. Coach on behalf of all the coaching staff

P.S. A big thank you to all parents who attended the Oktoberfest and/or donated to our wine basket for the Oktoberfest. The wine basket sold for over $500! I will send a budget update next week.


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Clovis Invitational - Results

Posted by Mike Davis at Oct 7, 2016 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Both Mustang squads appeared in the special invitational 'championship' race today, facing off against ranked teams from all over the state.  The 5K course is the exact one most of these teams hope to see again - for the CIF State Championships in late November!   And today both squads proved that they belong in the middle of that conversation!

Full results here.    

The girls team placed 9th overall, running the second fastest Monte Vista team time in school history on this course (last years state meet team holds the #1 honor).  Sr Meredith Corda cracks into the top 10 with an amazing 7th place finish.  Her 17:55 time is #2 all time for MV!  In fact, 3 of her teammates also broke into MV's top 10 with Jr. Alex Wilson running 18:46 (#4), Soph Sidney Isom 18:59 (#8) and Frosh Kelli Wilson's 19:01 (#9).   Soph Lauren Cervantes and Jr Audrey Coney rounded out the varsity team today. 

The boys team was paced by Sr Tristan Miller's breakthrough 5K performance.  His 15:55 time was good for #3 all time for MV, putting him behind only Mike Roderick from 2008 and last years record breaker Tim Chrisman.  Tristan's time placed him 33rd overall today - a testimony to the strong field lined up today.  Overall the boys placed a solid 14th, with Seniors Nick Vomund and Daniel Maneloveg coming in 2nd and 3rd for the team.  Soph Matt Kim continues to race strong, with a fine 16:36 time.   Jr Matt Johnson is 5th man today.  Ben Smiley and Brendan Lau complete the team.

Click on the Woodward Park link to see all the Mustangs who have run this famous course over the years (includes all State Meet teams and Clovis Invite  teams since 2007 (xc stats start for MV).

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Posted by Courtney Corda at Oct 5, 2016 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

From: Courtney Corda
To: Courtney Corda
Sent: Thursday, October 6, 2016 9:42 PM
Subject: XC Newsblast #7: Starry Night, SRVEF Run, Team Photos, Pasta Feed, Center Meet

XC Newsblast #7: Starry Night, SRVEF Run, Team Photos, Pasta Feed, Center Meet

Dear Parents and Students,



We are chock-a-block full of news in this edition, so please take a moment to skim the headlines. We have some very important activities over the next week and half!



Stanford Invitational and Scott Bauhs Invitational Results: It was an epic first day of October for the Mustang varsity teams as both the girls and the boys set new Monte Vista school records for the Stanford Invitational course! Over at Shadow Cliffs, the rest of the team ran in grade-based races at the Scott Bauhs race where we had several top ten finishers. For more details, see our team's main website:



Clovis Invitational: This weekend, the Mustang varsity teams head down to Fresno to compete in the Clovis Invitational, a major race that brings competition from far and wide to test out the same course on which the state meet takes place in November.



Special Workout This Saturday: This Saturday, all runners should do an independent run or workout since Coach Mandee will be in Clovis and there will be no organized practice at school on Saturday. Coach Jensen will explain the Saturday run/workout at practice and we will post it on our team's main website, too: Or, how about running in the Starry Night 8.5K race around Lake Merced in San Francisco instead? It will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Our Mustang XC alumnus Cameron Tremblay-Adams is with the organization and has invited Mustang athletes and families alike to register and race or to volunteer. (Flier attached).



The Run for Education: On Sunday, Oct. 16, lace up and run The Run for Education, formerly “Primo’s Run.” The coaching staff encourages all of our runners (and families!) to get out there and run this fun, flat race that benefits all of our SRVUSD schools. It is not an official team event (CIF policy states that no official team activities can take place on Sundays), but if students choose to get out there and represent their high school, wear their Mustang uniforms, and run together with their XC friends, then more power to them! (Note: varsity runners competing in Mt. SAC should speak with Coach Mandee before signing up for Primo's.)

  • Sports Basement Offer: Anyone registering for the 5k or 10k by this Friday at 11:59 p.m. will be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $100 gift cards to the new Sports Basement in San Ramon (details).



Booster's Oktoberfest--It's Not Too Late! There are still tickets available for the Monte Vista Athletic Boosters "Oktoberfest" party taking place this Saturday evening. What a great way to meet other MVHS parents, enjoy food and drink, and support Monte Vista Athletics.



Team Photos Next Tuesday & Team Pasta Feed:

  • Students need to come to practice in uniform next Tuesday.
  • Order forms to be handed out at practice. Ordering photos is optional but being in uniform for the team photo is required.
  • Following the photos, there will be a very short run.
  • After the run, the team members will feast on pasta at Oak Hill Park -- gotta load up on carbs before race day!
  • Pasta and other items are still needed for the Pasta Feed! Please, please sign up today!



EBAL Center Meet Next Wednesday, Oct. 12:

  • It will be in Concord's Newhall Park in the early afternoon.
  • There will be buses and athletes will be dismissed early from school (exact time TBD).
  • Parent volunteers are still needed -- please sign up! As a reminder, we are counting on all of our parents to volunteer for at least a couple of meet duties this season. If you haven't volunteered yet, please sign up.
  • We'll send more details early next week.



Save the Date: Don't forget to check the Calendar page of our team's main website: for a look ahead to upcoming races and events like our EBAL Championships on Nov. 4 and our Team Banquet on Nov. 8.


Go Mustangs!

Courtney Corda

Asst. Coach on behalf of the coaching staff

P.S. Take any good photos at Scott Bauh's meet? If yes, please email them to me for posting on our team's Facebook page.



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2016 Scott Bauhs and Stanford Invitationals

Posted by Courtney Corda at Sep 30, 2016 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Scott Bauhs and Stanford Invitationals:  Record setting day for the Varsity Squads at Stanford as the girls are 4th and the boys 14th in the "seeded" invitational section of this huge meet.   Sr Nick Vomund paces the boys today.  Sr Meredith Corda take 3rd place in the race - and overall on the day - running an amazing 17:29 time for the full 5K.  This ranks her #2 in CA and #32 in the nation!  Results here and on xc stats.

At the Scott Bauhs Invite at Shadow Cliffs, the rest of the team lined up for what was the first 3 mile race of the year for many.  Ethan and Austin Pendergraft and Elijah Sheppard run the fastest boys times on the day, while Melanie Kim, Olivia Bame and Paige Moldenhauer are the fastest girls.  Results on XC stats.

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Sixth Newsblast

Posted by Courtney Corda at Sep 27, 2016 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
XC Newsblast #6: Scott Bauhs Invitational, Stanford Invitational Meets This Saturday!

Dear Parents and Student Athletes,


Hey, Mustangs and Mustang parents, it's homecoming week! It'll be a busy weekend. Here is all our team news.


No School / Captains' Practice this Friday: There will be no school this Friday. The team captains will lead practice from 9-11 on Friday morning (usual meeting spot on the track).


Scott Bauhs Harrier Invitational at Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton this Saturday:

  • The  Course: The Scott Bauhs meet lets our runners preview the course that we will run for the EBAL Championships, which is very helpful for both new and returning runners. The course is 2.95 miles for all races -- good practice for the 3-mile races at the upcoming EBAL Center Meet on Oct. 12.
  • SAT Absences: If you are taking the SAT on Oct. 1 and will not participate in the Scott Bauhs meet, please reply to this email RIGHT AWAY and let us know if you have not already done so. Please bring your SAT ticket/receipt to practice on Monday.
  • Departure Buses: All athletes need to be at school and ready to board the buses at 6:45 a.m. Don't be late! Athletes are NOT allowed to drive themselves to the meet (district policy).
  • What to Bring: Wear your uniform, of course, and also wear or bring your Monte Vista warm up suit (or plain black sweats). Unpredictable fall weather has arrived and we need to be prepared to stay warm. Also bring plenty of water and race-friendly snacks.
  • Race Schedule / Assignments: Races are held by class, with the Frosh Boys race first at 9:00 a.m.  As of the writing of this email, some of the other races have been combined (e.g. Junior/Senior girls) and the timeline for the meet is still in flux. The last race is expected to be the Senior Boys at 1:00 p.m. (Note: varsity athletes who are running at the Stanford Invitational are not attending this meet.) 
  • Dismissal / Return Buses: Athletes are required to stay until the conclusion of the meet. The buses will be departing at approximately 1:45. Athletes may also chose to go home with their parents after the meet.
  • Parents! $6 Parking Fee: The meet is held at the Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area in Pleasanton. Parents who are planning to come watch the meet should be aware that each car entering the park will have to pay $6. If you don't mind a ten minute walk to the park, you can park for free at the BMX park on Stanley Blvd or on Old Vineyard Ave/Park Access Road. Parking in both of those areas is limited.  
Varsity Competes at Stanford Invitational: Our varsity runners (boys and girls) will be competing at the Stanford Invitational on Oct. 1. We will send additional information separately to those families regarding logistics for that meet. In short, the boys' race will be at noon and the girls at 12:30. The bus will depart Monte Vista at 8:30 sharp. Athletes need to arrive by 8:15.
Volunteers Needed: In the immortal words of Roseanne Rosannadanna, “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.” Yep, we still need more help. Next up is our team pasta feed (Oct. 11) and our team’s turn to run the football game snack shack (Oct. 14). This event is a fundraiser for cross country and is a very social and fun way to volunteer. Details for both events are on our Sign Up Genius page. We need about 7 more XC parents. Thank you to ALL who have already volunteered. The team could not manage without the help of all of you great, active parents!
Go Mustangs!
Courtney Corda, Assistant Coach on behalf of coaching staff
P.S. Ever wonder the right way to use a foam roller or how they help runners?
P.P.S. Don't forget the Booster's Oktoberfest party. This will be a very fun evening and a great way to meet other sports parents at Monte Vista. Get your tickets today (sales to XC parents proceeds to go to help MVXC)!