Watermelon Run Letter - 09/19/77

Dear Parents, I have included the results of our WATERMELON RUN held at Lynbrook on Friday. I am going to try and send as many results home each week as I can this year. Our squad is very small this year when compared to several years ago, so it will be easy to get them to you. We have two meets in September. Next Saturday morning at 10:00 am is the annual SUNNYVALE INVITATIONAL at Sunnyvale High School. On thursday, September 29th at 3:00 pm is the annual Stanford Meet on the Stanford campus. This year the course has been moved to the football stadium area. More information about this later. Just what does the information about the Watermelon Run mean? It is always difficult to judge how the team will be in November based upon the first run of the year; however, I believe that a few generalizations can be made. First and most important is the fact that we had some very fine juniors and seniors in 1974 when we placed 6th in the USA National Postal meet. This meet pits all the high schools cross country teams in the nation. Each school has to have five runners run two miles and the times are added up for the team total. Finishing 6th in the nation was a great honor; however, it was clear that we were in deep trouble because our underclassmen during this period of time were very weak. Today it is just as clear that we have some excellent underslassmen and do not have an experienced junior or senior varsity runner. In fact we do not have any seniors on the team with running experience. This is the first year in MANY years that I have not had at least two or three experienced seniors around. Consequently, we enter the Sunnyvale meet with as little experience as any school around the Bay Area. It would seem that the major problem for us is to get everyone healthy and running together before the big meets in November. The second problem would seem to be keeping them together, for if we can, we should be in excellent position for several years to come. I had several freshman, sophomores and juniors who did not run in the Watermelon Run for reason or the other. Getting them in shape wil really help all our teams. I believe that the results showed clearly that running during the summer gets one off to a good start in the Fall. Jesse, John, and the two Daves ran very very well. They had excellent times for any sophomore and freshman anywhere. Kalon Holdbrook, Joe Martin, and Peter Rubenser, three sophomores from last year's frosh championship team, are greatly improved. We will probably run a different varsity team each week, giving everyone a chance to run. John Deagen and Dave Johnson will run every once in awhile on the sophomore team. Lewis Krumm, a junior, ran well since this was his first cross country race ever. We are still working to improve our frosh team. I hope that we can improve this year as we did last year. If you would like any information or have any questions, please feel free to call me at my home telephone number 379-0474. Hope to see some of you at Sunnyvale. Verne Thornburg