Bulletin #5

posted Sep 28, 2008, 4:31 PM by PMS Coach   [ updated Sep 28, 2008, 4:34 PM ]
Dear Piedmont Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Parents and Cross Country Runners:
The PMS cross country team team hosted a league meet on September 25 at Temescal Regional Park in Oakland and a record 238 runners from 12 schools participated!  I would like to thank all the drivers, meet volunteers and kids who ran in the meet, it was really great.  Four different races took place during the afternoon, starting with 6th Grade Girls.  The one mile race took the girls on a circuit of the park and the highest finisher for PMS was Angel Rael in 4th place with a time of 7 minutes and 42 seconds.  PMS fielded a team of 8 girls in this race and unofficially tied with Albany for the team win.  Next up was the 6th Grade Boys race, also one mile.  Piedmont scored a 1-2 finish with Andrew Strauch first in a time of 7 minutes and 12 seconds, and Jack Flynn second.  PMS placed five boys in the top 11 runners to easily win the team title.
The 7th & 8th grade girls race was next on the agenda, race 1.25 miles.  PMS had five girls in the race, and the team's first finisher in 10th place was Amber Ellis in a time of 8 minutes and 33 seconds.  The last and largest race of the day with 87 runners, was the 7th & 8th grade boys race.  This was also the most competitive race of the day with the winner from Benicia winning by one second.  Piedmont's top finisher was Matt Leong in 5th.  Attached is a spreadsheet with the results, note there is a separate worksheet for each race.  Results can also be found on our website at:  http://sites.google.com/site/piedmontxc/meet-results
If you have trouble opening the attachment or with our website, please e-mail me. 
Some pictures from the meet are also available: http://picasaweb.google.com/leonardmgoldman/MeetAtTemescalParkOn92508#
Gold Medal Award certificates (the kids suggested renaming this award) for their performance at this meet will be awarded to Jack Flynn, Sofia Lautt, Matthew Leong, and Jiselle Soss.
Next week, we have a meet on Thursday, October 2 at Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito.  Our team parent coordinators are in the process of calling parents to arrange for drivers and snacks to the rest of the meets on our schedule, your support is much appreciated.  Please remind your child to walk to the Piedmont Community Hall parking lot right after school that day.  At the end of this message is a list of the kids running in the meet.  If there are any changes please let me know, note there are several children who I am not sure of their plans.
Directions to Prospect Sierra are attached and a map of the location can be found at:
Please note, when you arrive at the location, meet in the bleachers of the park. The tentative schedule of races is as follows:
  - 4:15 to 4:30 -- 6th grade boys race  
  - 4:30 to 4:45  -- 6th grade girls race
  - 4:45 to 5:05 -- 7th & 8th grade boys race 
  - 5:10 to 5:30  -- 7th & 8th grade girls race
A couple of items regarding the upcoming week.  There will be an "auction" of running related items on Monday and Tuesday, so the kids should bring their "play money" to practice to bid on the items.  I understand on Thursday the 7th graders have their "Medieval Banquet."  Based on past experience, if your child is running  in the meet, they shouldn't over indulge and eat to excess.  Enjoy the experience and eat, but remember they will be running in a race in about 4 1/2 hours from the time of the meal. 
Finally, I wanted to alert everyone and I will remind the kids, I will be on vacation from October 9 through October 27.  Steven Merigold will be in charge while I am gone, he has assisted me the past 3 years and of course we have a number of other coaches who will be there.  My wife and I have scheduled a trip to Italy, this is my first Fall vacation since I started coaching cross country 6 years ago.  I will be back for the final week of the season and I am confident that everything will go smoothly.
Any questions, please contact me.  Thanks.
Len Goldman
7th & 8th Graders
Grant Gadbois
Matthew Gologorsky
Ben Kerley
Aden Kinne
Jiselle Soss
Alex Strauch
Henry Taylor
Corey Alt
Matthew Bleich
Amber Ellis
Julian Frost
Jack Hamner
Madeline Hsu
Luke Johnson
Skyler  Stefke
Kyler Stewart
Jane            Linhares - Not Sure
Alex            Soghikian - Not Sure