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Weekly Bulletin #9 - Week of 10/26

posted Oct 24, 2009, 1:12 PM by PMS Coach
Dear Piedmont Middle School 7 & 8th Grade Parents of Cross Country Runners:
First let me review the schedule for this coming week.  On Monday (10/26), we have a meet at Mills College.  Directions are attached.  The list of 7 & 8th graders scheduled to run is listed below.  This is our last meet before the championships.  If your child is scheduled to run in this meet and for some reason they can't, please let me know.
Tuesday is a regular practice, and then Thursday, the run to Fenton's, an event many kids have been looking forward to all season.  Please make sure your child has $10 for whatever treat they want to get, or if they have earned a Fenton's gift card, they can use that.   Also, if possible, can you please meet your child at Fenton's and drive them home.  If you can't we will run back to the track afterwards, but they may not be home until after 5 p.m.
I was proven wrong this past week, as we had a meet cancelled due to rain.  I can't remember the last time that happened, but due to slippery trails it was probably best.  The meet will not be re-scheduled at that location.  
Also, our championship meet is next week (Thursday, November 5th) and this is what we have been training for all season.   It is important that every child who can run in this meet be there, you never know what can happen, and the meet can be decided by the slimmest of margins.  The top 10 runners in each race are suppose to receive a trophy and every child will get a participant ribbon.  I would like to do a walk through of the course next weekend if there is sufficient interest.  The location is Kennedy Grove in El Sobrante about a 25 minute drive.  For those who are available, we can car pools and I understand if you can't.   Please let me if you are interested and what day, Saturday or Sunday, works best for you.
This past week, the kids ran in a meet at Rancho Laguna on Thursday.  Official results are not available yet, check the website, www.pmscc.com, as they will be posted there.  Preliminarily it appears that the 7th grade boys course record was broken by Thomas Horn and his time was 7:47.  Jack Flynn was just a few seconds behind him and he also broke the record.  Space does not permit to list all the PMS boys in the race, but I was pleased with the turnout and how well they ran despite several who were recovering from colds.  On the girls side, only 4 PMS girls ran in the race with Sofia Lautt leading the way in 8:34 followed by Chole Jiang and Sydney Williams.  Sydney had the misfortune to turn an ankle but still gamely limped in.  Lauren Ratzer also ran, but incurred a fall during the race and although she was shaken by it, was fine afterward.   Photos can be found on-line at:
As previously mentioned, the kids have a chance to participate in the 1st Annual Bay Area Middle School Cross-Country Championship.  The details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Time: 1st Race = 3:50 PM
Location: John Muir Middle School, 1444 Williams Street, San Leandro, CA  94577
Race Distance: 1.0 Miles
However, I need your "show of interest" to determine if we have enough kids who want to run in this meet.
Please go to this link: http://www.pmscc.com/parents
Click on Bay Area XC Meet Show of Interest and indicate if you are interested or not.
Don't forget to check out the PMS Boosters news: http://pmsboosters.blogspot.com

Len Goldman      
7th & 8th Graders - Meet on 10/26
7th Graders
Chase  Betta Y
Max Bocheff Y
Max Canty-Hilchey Y
Sarah Ching Y
Pierce Constanti Y
Graham  Dean Y
Jack Fynn Y
Nick Gross Whitaker Y
Thomas Horn Y
Michael Kuroda Y
Sofia Lautt Y
Reid McCarty Not Sure
Robin Ouborg Y
Angel Rael Y
Andrew  Strauch y
Miles Von Herrman Y
JJ  Zhu Y
8th Graders
Corey Collier Y
Jacob Epstein Y
Anna  Harleen Not Sure
Andrew  Jara Y
Chloe Jiang Not Sure
Peter Lally Y
Lucy Skugstag Y
Henry Taylor Y
Forest  Wakeling Y
Kevin Wu Y