September 11, 2020 Fall Season Reset: Club Program Starts New Cycle, Adds New Athletes Monday
The Campolindo cross country and track teams continue to offer a robust after-school program for athletes through the fall, including both in-person and virtual activities. This small-group program follows "camp" guidelines provided by Contra Costa County and includes opportunities for athletes to improve their fitness and compete in a series of races held on the track and on the trail in a modified format.
NEW CLUB TRAINING CYCLE STARTS SEPTEMBER 14:
The new 4-week micro-cycle will be an opportunity for the club program to take on new participants and reshuffle training pods so that athletes are grouped by ability. Athletes who wish to be added to the program should review the instructions that follow and contact COACH CHUCK immediately.
Practice and competition attendance is mandatory for participants. Training sessions meet at times and locations indicated on the fall-sport camp UPDATED TRAINING CALENDAR. Times are staggered to ensure social-distance between UPDATED TRAINING PODS.
Be sure to read our MISSION STATEMENT, which explains our belief in an inclusive, supportive environment in which youth are provided with healthy challenge. Please also check out ATHLETE TESTIMONIALS that explain why joining the team can be a truly life changing decision. While the ongoing pandemic has required some adjustments to our traditional format, both coaches and athletes remain committed to supporting an environment that fosters physical and emotional health.
RULES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION:
Please note that this program will follow the same rules as our traditional cross country and track seasons. Be sure to review these rules, including the attendance requirement, on the TEAM HANDBOOK page.
If you have additional questions about this program, please contact COACH CHUCK immediately.
August 29, 2020 Rookie Improvements Light up Track Trial
The newest editions to the Cougar running family continued to demonstrate rapid improvement at Saturday evening's 1600 meter time trial effort under the lights at Bob Wilson Stadium. Frosh standouts Makena Weberski (24) and Shea Volkmer (24) topped the girls' performance list with new personal bests for the 4-lap distance, finishing 1st and 5th respectively in the 7th heat of the day.
The parade of freshman improvements also included a 6:08.1 effort from Kate Kabenina (24) and a sub 6:20 performance from Daisy Penney (24). Mia DeLuca (24) and Molly Stephens (24) also broke the 7-minute barrier by considerable margins to finish among the top half of the girls' field.
All told, 13 freshman girls showed progress over their previous attempt at the distance.
Reid Lalli (24) was the top performing freshman boy, crossing the finish in 5:36.0 to take 3rd place in his heat behind juniors Alejandro Canales (22) and Thomas Singh (22).
Veterans Owen Lekki (21), Connor McGhee (23) and Kevin Ma (23) posted marks that exceeded their 1600 meter performances from last fall. Lekki held off Alex Lodewick to win the final race of the day in 4:35.3.
August 8, 2020 Volkmer Vaults Passed Veterans in 8-Lap Track Effort; Martin Sets Personal Best
The cross country summer camp training program finished on Saturday with 30 athletes participating in a 3200-meter track trial at Campolindo High School. Highlights included a big personal record by veteran Bradford Martin (21), who improved over his previous 8-lap best by 6 seconds, and a feisty finish from Shea Volkmer (24), who joined fellow rookie Makena Weberski (24) under the 13-minute barrier.
July 23, 2020 Small Groups Keep Ball Rolling at LCP
Another day, another workout: Campolindo cross country kept its momentum going with a segmented fartlek workout on Thursday in Lafayette Community Park. Under a cool layer of fog, the training groups used the traditional half-mile loop to log a 35-minute workout following an easy 20 minute warm-up run.
July 13, 2020 Summer Training Hits Half-Way Point; 50+ Athletes Staying Safe, Happy, Fit
The Campolindo cross country summer program hit the 4-week mark over the weekend. Monday's workout at Wagner Ranch Elementary in Orinda enjoyed cooler temperatures and lots of smiles... and geese.
While the future of the traditional fall sport season is uncertain, the Cougar harriers are sure about their commitment to the process.
July 9, 2020
Mid-Summer Fartlek Workout Enjoyed by Group Training Session Participants
With just 4 weeks remaining in the traditional summer schedule, dozens of athletes completed yet another productive training session on Thursday at Lafayette Community Park. The workout consisted of a 20 minute warm up run followed by a structured Fartlek workout in which athletes changed gears in order to challenge their respective aerobic thresholds.
XCStats.com: This is our database for collecting athlete training and competition data as well as our tool for communicating to athletes and parents. All athletes must set up an XCStats.com account in order to participate in Campolindo cross country.
Facebook Group: The official team Facebook group is where you will find frequent announcements, notes about competition logistics, meeting times, helpful links to current articles and more. It is also a useful forum for asking questions!
HSU Distance Running Camp: This legendary week-long summer workshop is hosted on the Humboldt State University campus and provides an opportunity for athletes to learn from some of the top coaches and elite athletes in the sport today, all while enjoying the most spectacularly beautiful running trails in the world.