Lynbrook HS - Update #1
Lynbrook X-C (Cross-Country)
June 06, 2000
Hello Fellow Runner,
Here's an update on what's going on since Track season ended, what's
planned for this summer and a little nudge to get you out there and running in
your "spare" time, not to mention to get you out for Cross-Country this fall
(hey, we have a good time). First off, for those of you who don't know me,
let me introduce myself to you (returnees can skip the following paragraph):
I'm Hank Lawson and I've been coaching X-C at Lynbrook since 1994.
Before that, I coached at Gunn High School from '88 - '92 and ran there from
'69 - '73. In between, I ran for De Anza JC, San Diego State, founded and
coached the Hewlett-Packard Track Team in the SF Bay Area, worked and ran for
Runner's World Magazine and my last stint was running/coaching at Maxtor
Corporation. I'm very involved in Community Theater along with being a sound
engineer at my kids school plays. I still run and race competitively (when
I'm not injured) and plan to run with you all this fall.
OK that's me in a nutshell. You can do the "300 Mile Club" again this
summer. This is where you have 60 days to run 300 miles (5 miles a day
average). Just keep a log of where you ran and how far each run is. You can
start any time between now and June 30th. Then, just turn your log into me at
the beginning of school and you'll get a "300 Mile Club" T-shirt. We had a
few runners do it last year, let's try and get some more this year. If
you're really ambitious, you can go for the "500 Mile Club" and get a "Custom
Design" T-shirt for your effort. Los Gatos is having their standard "All
Comers Meets" starting June 22nd at 6:00 PM and going every Thursday until
August 10th. It's $3.00 entry fee and you can run as many of the races as you
want. All sorts of ages and caliber of athletes show up to these races and
it's fun (plus, if you win your division, High School, you get your name in
the paper the next day, usually). At WV College every Wed night at 5:15 a
group of runners (headed by the Wilcox coach) work out on the track. Finally,
on Monday nights at De Anza College (5:30) I'll be working out with others
and would enjoy the company.
There are also a number of local Road Races that you can compete in. To
get a listing pick up a magazine called "The Schedule" in your local running
store, or if you have access to the web, they're at:
Speaking of cool Web Sites, check out the Lynbrook XC web page at
for all sorts of info on running camps, course records, past results, meet
We start X-C training on Aug. 21st at 9:00 (we meet at the Football shed
by the outdoor basketball courts). We'll start off with an easy 3 miles that
day and then work our way up from there. By the end of the season, you'll be
able to run 9 miles in the hills without breaking a sweat. Attached is a
PRELIMINARY race schedule. We'll have our standard Pizza Party, Rallye Run,
Hash Run, Ice Cream Run, Turf & Surf, and some others I hope. You need to
have your HEALTH CARDS in before you can OFFICIALLY run for the team. So
please get your packet and get your physical ASAP.
Here are a couple of trivia questions for you. What was Prefontaine's
High School PR in the 2 mile? What is the American record in the mile?
What ex-Lynbrook runner has a top 5 time at Homestead, Lynbrook & De Anza?
I'll be around most of the summer, trying to get in shape. I'll be
running at the Corporate Nationals in Washington (Aug 5th & 6th), with some
of the other area coaches. Have a good time and looking forward to X-C.
See you in the fall.
Hank Lawson (408) 446-9063 hm
(408) 699-2237 pgr