We had a great trip to Fresno for the State Championships and all runners, running and not running, conducted themselves well. All runners gave their all on the course and we have lessons we have learned to help us going into Winter Training, Spring Track, and again next Fall in XC.
Check the Tab above for the rosters of selected runners. Coach Draughon is happy to have discussions with runners about why they were or were not selected, but those conversations should be between the runner and Coach Draughon, not parents.
Check the CA State Meet Tab above for all important information. All Top 16 runners should be in the GOHS front paring lot at 6:45 AM Friday morning, November 26th. Check the packing list, etc, to make sure runners are completely ready.
Alabama XC Nationals Teams will be announced after the State Meet, prior to boarding the bus to return to Temecula.
Check the CIF Tab above for the flyer with information about CIF Finals! We are excited to run!
All runners will be in matching uniforms for Saturday's Finals.
Runners for Finals were announced at practice on 11/15. Here are the runners rostered to run Finals. Annoucements about the roster for the State Meet will wait until we do our job at Finals.
Boys running Finals (alpha order): Mark, Ramses, Austin, Gabe, Cameron S, Carson, Brandon - Nick will be the first runner to take someone's place in case of injury or other need.
Girls running Finals (alpha order): Aishling, Kelli, Cailin, Ameya, Divine, Devlyn, Joelle - Hannah will be the first runner to take someone's place in case of injury or other need.
Our trip to Alabama for the RunningLane National XC Championships has been approved! Coach Draughon and Coach Corey will start working on the details for the trip. Athletes for this trip will not be finalized until after the State Meet.
A parent flyer has been added to the Tab above for the CIF Prelims Meet this Saturday.
An email update was sent to all CIF Team athletes' parents tonight. Saturday we run Prelims at Mt. SAC and hope all GOHS XC Families will be following the progress of the CIF Teams!
Ticket and other info can be found in the Tab above.
See the tab above for more information about the selection process and the list of selected athletes. Coach Draughon is the only coach who should be contacted about the selection process and that communication must be via email. No phone calls or texts will be used for communication from the coach about the subject.
Runners are encouraged to see Coach Draughon if they have any questions about the process. Selected athletes should report to the practice field at normal time this afternoon.
We will have a banquet to celebrate the accomplishment of the team and individual runners on either December 10th or December 11th. Please mark those tentative dates on your calendar as we work to solidify plans. This will be a nice event with the purpose of recognition and celebration! All Parents and Runners should plan to attend.
Once runners begin their rest period and will not be racing any longer, they need to WASH and return their uniforms to Mrs. Jordan in the PE office where they picked them up. Uniforms that are not returned will result in a charge on a student's school account. Any runners not in the Top 16 should return their clean uniforms to Mrs. Jordan by Monday, November 8th.
Winter Training will begin on Tuesday, December 7th. The cost will be $150 per runner and an email will be sent about schedule and other information. No Saturday practices during Winter Training!
Tuesday, 11/9, is the next school board meeting. Our trip to the RuningLane National Championships will be approved or denied at this meeting.
CIF Competition: We will meet at 2:45 on Thursday afternoon to announce the Top 16 Girls and Top 16 Boys who will continue training through the CA State Meet. Anyone not selected for the Top 16 will then be released to go home and begin their 2 week break.
Runners selected as the Top 16 will all travel to the Prelims, Finals, and State Meet, but not all runners will have the opportunity to run. Runners will be selected by Coach Draughon for each of the 3 races. If any Top 16 runner misses practices, Coach Draughon may choose to drop them from the Top 16 list. Only committed runners will travel. 11/13 and 11/20 the bus will leave school in the morning and return after the races. We will stop on the way back for lunch on each of these trips. Runners are expected to go with the team on the bus and return on the bus.
11/26 -11/27 is the trip to the CA State Meet. Runners who have been committed to training in the Top 16 will go on this overnight trip. There is no cost other than personal food costs. We will leave Friday morning and return late Saturday. The race is in Fresno, so the timing of the trip will be very similar to the Clovis Meet and we will be staying in the same hotel we used for that Meet. After the State Meet, all Top 16 runners will begin their 2 week rest except those who are chosen as the Top 7 Girls and Top 7 Boys to attend the RunningLane National Championships in Alabama and any other runners who are running Footlocker.
12/2-12/5 is the trip to compete at the RunningLane National Championships in Alabama. The Top 7 Girls and Top 7 Boys will be attending this Meet. Those runners are decided by Coach Draughon. Footlocker happens on 12/4 (same day as Alabama Meet), so the runners committed to Footlocker will continue to train with the Top 7 until they leave for Alabama.
We will have 2 buses leaving school at 11:45 to go to League Finals. We will only have one returning, so please plan acoordingly. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Draughon.
Please find the schedule in the Tab information above. Race start times have been slightly delayed after the initial Novice Race.
Everyone (Runners and Parents) should attend the meeting at the end of the Meet. If we do not have time to do it before Awards, we will hold it immediately afterward.
We also need to make sure we get pictures of all grade levels.
The tab above for League Finals shows the Roster for both teams along with information about getting to Galway Downs and the map of the course . The following Runners are being rested or are injured or not running (Please let me know ASAP if anyone on the injured/not running list is actually running the race. ) The rested Runners can be on the bus. Runners on the injured/not running list will not be on the bus, but are encouraged to come support the team after school.
The entire team will report to practice Monday and Tuesday afternoons before the Meet on Wednesday. Then the entire team will come to a quick meeting after school on Thursday where the Top 16 Boys and Girls will be announced and all other runners will begin their rest period and find out how to handle uniforms.
All other information about League Finals is included in the Tab above.
An email was sent tonight with information on multiple topics. Please contact Coach Draughon with any questions. This week's schedule (10/25-10/30) will be the same schedule. We will have practice each day after school (even if it rains) and we will have Saturday morning practice starting at 7 AM.
Information for the Meet is posted in the tab above. Our first race is at 7:43 AM (Freshmen Boys) and our last race will be at 9:57 AM (Sweepstakes Girls).
ALL runners need to meet in the front school parking lot at 5:00 AM Saturday morning. Buses will pull out by 5:15 AM so we can arrive at Mt SAC by 6:30 AM.
We will NOT be stopping for food on the way home, but we should arrive back at GOHS by about 12:30 PM. Plan individual snacks accordingly.
Any runner who has uniform questions/trouble should handle those with me Monday or Tuesday to make sure they have it sorted by Friday.
Runners are being given information at practices. It is their responsibility to communicate with parents. I do my best to control communication through email and the website, but runners are ultimately responsible for listening.
Saturday practices have been at 7:00 the last few times they have been held because of light. Runners have been told this and Remind messages have gone out with the information. If you are not on the Remind, please do that. You will save yourself many questions since I send out more info than you really want to know :)
This week, practices are preparing for Mt SAC and ALL runners should be planning to run at the Meet. More info will come out on Monday with definite times. I will post the roster this weekend, but ALL runners are running. EXCEPTION: If your runner did not run the league meet and did not discuss that choice with me ahead of time, they are not automatically running at the Meet. They need to see me on Monday to discuss their commitment to XC.
Buses will leave early Saturday morning for Mt SAC and will return sometime early afternoon. Progress reports go out this week. If a runner is in violation of CIF academic requirements, they will not be running with the team for the remainder of the season, starting October 22nd. I will notify any runners if this is something they need to worry about, but they should already know based on their grades in classes. All runners must be passing at least 4 classes with at least a 2.0 GPA to continue playing sports.
After Mt SAC, we only have one more League Meet - League Finals! That Meet will take place on November 3rd at Galway Downs. After that date, only the top 16 girls and top 16 boys will continue practicing as we prepare for CIF Prelim/Finals/State Meet. All other runners will begin a 2-week rest period on November 4th. More information will be coming about the Winter Track Club training opportunity to help runners continue their running and prepare for Spring Track Season. I am also the Head Distance Coach for Spring Track, so runners will continue the continuity of working with me as they prepare for distance Track events.
A photo of the roster is posted in the tab above for the Meet, along with a picture of the course map.
Saturday's Clovis Invitational was highly successful! Now on to the League Meet that will help us get to CIF.
Wednesday most of the runners will be running the Meet. I need to post the full roster, but I'm not going to do that until after the race tomorrow. Some of the Varsity Boys and Girls will not be running, so the Varsity roster will look a little different and give some other runners the chance to run Varsity, ALL non-injured runners will be attending the Meet. The Varsity runners who are not racing (because they are being intentionally rested) will be doing their workout from the Meet and supporting the teammates who will be getting the team to CIF.
Any injured runners who are not running will not be taken out of class to travel to the Meet at TVHS. They are welcome to get their own ride to the Meet and come to support the team after school is out, but they are not allowed to miss class to travel to the Meet if they are unable to run.
Wednesday, runners will get out of class at 1:00 to change and then we will leave on the buses at 1:30 to go to TVHS for the Meet. The buses WILL NOT be coming back to GOHS after the Meet, so parents should plan to pick up all runners from TVHS at the end of the Meet. The races at the Meet will be: Novice at 3:30, then JV and Varsity. Novice is decided by previous finishing times. Slower runners run the Novice race. The majority of runners will be running JV and only 7 runners run the Varsity race.
5:00--Varsity girls: Hannah, Meilani, Devlyn, Lauren, Mitzi, Avery, Maelin
5:30--Varsity boys: Gabriel R, Austin, Cameron K, Jordan M, Logan, Michael R, Troy
So the Meet should conclude by 6:00, but all runners will need to assist with cleanup by the end of the Meet and all runners are expected to run a Cool Down run after they race.
There is a $5 fee per bus or car for the parking at Woodward Park.
Please check the Clovis Tab above for all the Clovis information. More specific information was also sent via email on 10/4.
PSG Officers will be available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 7:00-7:15 AM and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons around 5:00 PM to collect Meet donations and permission slips. Everything will be explained to runners on Monday afternoon during practice.
Practice this week is normal Monday through Wednesday. Thursday afternoon we will have a normal practice plus a team meeting for all runners attending Clovis.
Friday, any runner who has 1st Period XC PE will be meeting at the covered lunch tables near my classroom and will be working on assignments from other classes. The team will be leaving at 6:45 AM that morning for Clovis.
An announcment will be made on Monday afternoon about Friday and Saturday practice for all runners not attending Clovis.
The XC Schedule has been updated and is located in the tab above.
When someone approaches me about service hours opportunities for runners, I will post them in the tab above.
If you are interested in helping with the 5K, please contact Rafael Cassilas at 951-970-7374.
If you are interested in the Fall Festival service, please contact Adrienne Cruz (Devon's Mom) at 410-533-4209 with your name, availability, and any questions you might have.
The meet roster is posted above under the tab for the Meet. Girls and Boys Invitational Races are combined with the senior races. There is a possibility that the Devlyn Torza and Mia Rodriguez will be running the Sophomore Race instead of the Invitational, but I won't know that information until later today or tomorrow. If a runner is on the list and is not planning to run. Please notify me today.
The following spreadsheet shows info about accomplishments at Woodbridge, including final results for all scored races. It also shows the new training group assignments, and the roster for Clovis - which is an overnight trip.
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1H1KktYYy8lGnFzTqAxcVhPimnMF0N0Z_Loy4lfaxErw/edit?usp=sharing **There is a possibility that the results of races in Dana Hills could cause a change in the Clovis roster. If so, I will announce the change by Monday morning after Dana Hills.
Saturday, 9/25, we will be traveling to Dana Hills to compete in the Dana Hills Invitational and then to enjoy the beach together for a few hours. We will discuss the details of who is running the meet races at practice, but all runners are invited to participate in the beach party. PSG will need support and help from runners' families. We will meet at 5:00 AM on Saturdat at GOHS to leave for the Meet and we will arrive back at GOHS by 5:30 PM Saturday afternoon. See the tab above for more information and links.
Woodbridge info is mainly linked in the tab above. Remember $20 per car and no parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.
This week's schedule is slightly different because of the changes to the school week on Thursday and Friday and Woodbridge on Saturday.
**First period: Boys in Group1/2 who will need more mileage this week must get their extra recovery mileage in on M/T/W mornings. No extra mileage on Th/F this week!
M/T/W: Rolling starts at 2:50 on the practice field. Practice starts at 3:00. **Top 18 Boys have a meeting during lunch today.
Thursday: Rolling starts at 12:50 with practice starting at 1:00. This is a modified day, so plan food accordingly. Runners will need a well-timed snack instead of a full lunch right before practice. This day we will also have tem meetings. Boys Team will meet at 1:00 BEFORE the practice and Girls team will meet at 2:30ish AFTER their practice workout.
Friday: Practice will beging at 6:30 AM!! Practice will end by 8:30 AM. There is no afternoon practice at school this day.
Saturday: WOODBRIDGE INVITATIONAL - Coach Draughon will post the schedule by Monday afternoon. All races take place Saturday afternoon and evening. NO TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED to this Meet so plan accordingly.
Thank you for supporting the 40th Woodbridge Cross Country Classic presented by ASICS. Your support is greatly appreciated and special to our heart!!!
Our staff is working very hard to provide an enjoyable experience for you and your athletes. Please review the information below and share this information with each of your coaches and every family on your team. It is imperative that everyone (coaches, athletes and parents) is aware of this information!
Runners have been hearing announcements about Track practices starting soon. Those are NOT for distance runners. I am the Distance Coach for Track and we will have a program available for XC runners AFTER the XC season to help them prepare for and transition into Track. All information about the distance Track program will come from me, not from Coach Garcia, who is the head Track Coach. He and I have a great working relationship. He will handle everything EXCEPT the distance program.
I have added the snack list to the Cool Breeze info above. If a runner will not be attending the meet, I need them to personally tell me today.
I have put Cool Breeze information in a separate tab above. In that tab, you will have access to the bus and guest parking information, parking costs, the course map, and the race schedule. T-shirts will be avilable for sale and food trucks will also be there. PLEASE READ/PRINT what you need from the above information tab. Athletes who are freshmen and sophomores will mostly be running the freshmen and sophomore races. A few sophomores may be pulled up to Varsity races. Those decisions will need to wait until I have received information about our selection for Seeded Varsity Races.
This week's schedule: Morning class info on Canvas for runners.
Monday - TEAM PICTURES will be at 3:15 at our practice field. Athletes need to bring their uniform to school, but DO NOT wear team uniforms for practice or to school. Runners can change after school. Practice will begin AFTER team pictures, so practice will go longer this day.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - Normal practice days with Thursday also being a team meeting about the race and details for Friday.
Friday - Runners will be leaving school early to attend the Meet. I will post the time here as soon as it is confirmed. They need to get a good night's sleep Thursday night, eat a good breakfast Friday, pack uniform, shoes, and other clothes needed for a long afternoon/evening at the Meet, and pack a good lunch for Friday. Runners should have their rollers and other running accessories also packed for the Meet. Runners are expected to be at the Meet for the entire time and to cheer and support all Great Oak runners in all races. Runners are encouraged to be part of the team and return to GOHS on the bus at the conclusion of the Meet. IF a runner needs to leave, with a parent, at the end of the Meet, then Coach Draughon needs to be contacted and the runner cannot leave until Coach Draughon sees the runner and parent, together, and the parent has signed the Coach's release form. Coach Draughon will not do this until the end of the Meet. Runners who cannot yet run a full 3 miles will not be allowed to compete in a race, but all runners will attend this Meet to support the team and find out why running really is so much fun!
Here is the information about our XC participation in the Fall Rally scheduled for this coming Monday night. The actual rally starts at 7, but you will see teams are asked to come at 6:15.
We would like to still maintain the rally tradition, and attempt to maintain the family theme amongst the sports theme while also compiling a performance/show to keep the audience engaged. Our general outline will be:
On the day of the Fall Night Rally (Monday August 23rd), we intend to have a drumline parade through the school with the fall teams and performers following behind. Please choose 5 athletes to represent the team and advertise the Fall Night Rally for the student body. Please gather at the beginning of lunch on Monday @12:30. We ask that participants of the teams meet in front of the boys locker room for the parade. The teams may change into uniform if they would like to. Most importantly we ask for them to act appropriately at the parade and the rally.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
The information is in a tab above if you did not receive it
The information is in a tab above if you did not receive it. A few email addresses are coming back with errors, but I do not have time to track them down right now. Please let me know if you are not receiving emails - after you check your junk email.
This is fantastic news!! PLEASE encourage all runners to follow rules, wear masks in large settings of people, and get ready to run fast! By Saturday morning, Coach Draughon will announce the list of selected runners chosen to run at Big Ditch. We can only take about half the total team number.
This coming Friday (8/20) at 4:00 PM, we will hold a second 1-mile time trial for all freshmen and new runners. Parents are invited to attend and support runners! All upperclassmen/experienced runners will also be supporting the time trial. Go Wolfpack XC!
We are excited to kick off our FanAngel fundraiser for the 2021 Cross Country season (this fundraiser is similar in concept to what we have done previously with the SnapRaise platform).
The link below is ONLY for your athletes to create their profiles and enter their supporters' email addresses before launch. After profiles are created and we are ready to launch everyone will be sent a unique URL within a printable flyer to promote their portion of the fundraiser personally.
(for creating profiles and entering emails)
Please see the attached parent letter (see PSG EMail) with further information and a video with step by step instructions. Please note that Chrome, FireFox, Safari and Edge are the preferred browsers.
Please reach out to Danielle Bauer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.835.5140) with any questions.
This Thursday August 19th Papa's Pizza Grotto on Pechanga Parkway will be hosting an all day fundraiser - flyer to follow closer to the event.
The tabs above include information from the Friday meeting with Coach Draughon. Contact Coach Draughon directly with any questions.
Thanks to the Smith Family for hosting a party for all boys on the XC Team as we start our season! August 21st - Runners Only!! Here is a link to the invitation. All boys are asked to bring something (see list on invitation). LINK TO INVITATION
Use the following link to share this through multiple Social Media sources. LINK Invite friends and neighbors to participate and support our Teams! The flyer is also located above in the Upcoming Fundraisers Tab.
Please go to the Upcoming Fundraisers tab above for all the details. Orders placed now can be picked up on 8/16 or 8/20. This can be shared with others on Social Media!! Invite friends and neighbors to participate and enjoy the opportunity to have the dinners packaged for them!
Coach Draughon is working with GOHS Counseling to handle the first period running PE list. Hopefully it will be cleaned up by the end of this week.
August 13th at 6:00 PM at the Senior Lawn (changed from the PAC so masks are optional)
Come meet with Coach Draughon, and the rest of the coaching staff, to learn more about the season. This is an important meeting and all parents of runners are asked to attend. ***This is a good time to donate water, small gatorades, chocolate milk, etc for the XC team to have available in Coach Draughon's classroom.
Thanks to the Ropacki Family for hosting a party for all girls on the XC Team as we start our season! August 14th- Runners Only!! Here is a link to the invitation. All girls are asked to bring something (see list on invitation). LINK TO INVITATION
You should have received an email update late in the evening. The contents of that email are also located above.
Monday-Friday 7:30 on back fields at GOHS - normal location. Saturday 6:30 at Butterfield Stage Park
Temecula XC Camp all week with normal practice times and locations. BUT this morning (Monday) there is a Flash Flood Warning. No Practice this morning.
You can read the email above above if you did not receive it. XC Camps next week! Temecula Camp has same practice locations and times as the last two weeks. If your Runner is new, scroll down in these announcements to get that information.
If you did not receive the email (only sent to parents), please email Coach Draughon: email@example.com
If you did not receive the email update, please use this form to add your parent email address: LINK
Runners should be using their rollers for routine maintenance EVERY DAY to help avoid injury. LINK
Locations and Times are exactly the same this week for practice and will continue to be exactly the same until the week school starts. Great first week of practice! We can still add new runners, so invite your friends to join you! They just need Athletic Clearance before they can start practicing.
Monday - Friday (2 workouts each day): 7:30 AM at GOHS and then an afternoon workout you do on your own (assigned by coaches)
Saturday (1 workout): 6:30 AM at Butterfield Stage Park
Click the link below for the Google Form if your Runner will be attending Mammoth Camp. If your child has not received an invitation to attend Mammoth, he/she will not be receiving one. All Runners not attending Mammoth Camp will be attending the Temecula XC Camp.
Tuesday, July 13th, at GOHS in Room 511; 6:00 PM
Look under Records in the menu bar of the top of the screen. Then select Time Trial. A few more invitations to Mammoth will be extended at the end of practice tomorrow (7/13).
GOHS Practice Location - Back Practice Fields behind the tennis courts and the pool. You can probably get in to the senior lot (now labeled C) because water polo practices very early. This entrance is on the road behind the school. If not, then park in the junior parking lot (labeled B) which is right outside the stadium. The entrance to that parking lot is from the street in front of the school.
7/12: Time Trials at Butterfield Stage Park
7/13-7/16: Regular XC Practice at GOHS on the Back Fields 7:30 AM -10:30 AM; Eat Breakfast and Bring Water!! Bring a towel for the ground and your phone.
**Top 16 Boys and Top 16 Girls will meet at 6:15 AM Tuesday morning for practice! Do not be late. Meet in the junior parking lot. We are leaving campus and will return before the start of regular practice. Come dressed to run.
7/17: XC Practice will be at Butterfield Stage Park at 6:30 AM!
Workouts are explained at practice. If you miss practice, communicate with Coach!!
Flyer is available in the tab above. Please support team fundraising efforts.
All information has been sent in emails and is also located in the tab above. Send questions to Coach Draughon.
Because there are limits to numbers for Remind accounts, Coach Draughon has created 2 Remind accounts for XC. One is for the Runners and 1 is for Parents. When messages are sent, Coach Draughon will send to both accounts so parents can also get the information.
Runners ONLY Remind: Text @gohsx to 81010
Parents ONLY Remind: Text @gohsxcpar to 81010
Scroll down to see a list of runners who have been cleared through the Athletic Clearance process as of 7-11. Runners will NOT be allowed to run in the Time Trial without Athletic Clearance.
Please check the list carefully. If "NO" is recorded in either column attached to your runner, please handle ASAP or contact me (Coach Draughon) with questions.
I also sent an email update on 6-30. The wording of the email can be found above.
The schedule has bee updated. Check it out at the link in the above menu.