Post SCVAL XC Season Evaluation Meeting
November 27, 2006
Wilcox High School 4PM
The following coaches attended the meeting:
Paul Armstrong-Cupertino Walt Van Zant-Wilcox Tom Newman-Los Gatos
Bridget Hall-Milpitas Julie L’Heureux-Santa Clara Evan Smith-Mt.View
Paul Jones-Palo Alto Hank Lawson-Lynbrook Kenrick Sealy-Homestead
Peter Jordan-Saratoga Ernie Lee-Gunn Uko-Los Altos
Pat Kitson-Fremont Monica Townsend-Los Gatos
Matt McGinn, the AD liaison for cross country, also attended the meeting.
2. League Meet Team Winners:
Congratulations to Gunn, who won the team championships for all of the
El Camino divisions except varsity girls, Los Gatos, who won the team
championships for all of the DAL divisions except the FS boys, Mt.View,
who won the El camino varsity girls, and Monta Vista, who won the DAL FS
boys team championship.
3. CCS Finals:
Congratulations to the Homestead and Monta Vista boys, who finished 4th
and 5th in division 1, the Los Gatos, Gunn, Santa Clara, Mt.View, and Palo
Alto boys , who finished 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 8th in division 2, the
Cupertino and Saratoga boys, who finished 6th and 9th in division 3, the
Monta Vista and Homestead girls, who finished 3rd and 4th in division 1,
the Los Gatos, Gunn, Mt.View, and Palo Alto girls, who finished 1st, 2nd,
3rd, and 6th in division 2, and the Saratoga girls, who finished 2nd in
division 3. 12 of our 14 boys teams and 11 of our 14 girls teams qualified
for the CCS meet.
Congratulations individually to Simon Bill, who finished 8th in the
division 1 boys race, Matthew Petrillo, Phillip MacQuitty, Kindu Ejigu,
Robbie Reid, Andy Burich, Jon Berthet, and Vince Rodriguez, who finished
1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th in the division 2 boys race, Brad
Jacobs, who finished 7th in the division 3 boys race, Jean Feng and Emily
Evans, who finished 7th and 9th in the division 1 girls race, Allegra
Mayer, Mary Reynolds, Kael Townsend, Alice Ivanhoe, Joanne Reid, Erin
Fabris, and Jill Goodwin, who finished 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, and
10th in the division 2 girls race, and Sumika Shiokawa and Katie Nast, who
finished 5th and 10th in the division 3 girls race..
Two boys and four girls teams qualified for the State Meet.
4. State Meet:
The Los Gatos girls and Los Gatos boys were our top teams at the State
meet, finishing 6th and 7th in division 2. The Gunn boys finished 21st in
the division 2 boys race, the Gunn and Mt.View girls finished 17th and 18th
in the division 2 girls race, and Saratoga finished 15th in the division 3
girls race. Vince Rodriguez was our fastest boy with a 16:01 and Kaela
Townsend was our fastest girl at 18:46.
5. Comments Regarding the League Finals:
All agreed that Evan Smith and Jeff Payne did an excellent job of directing
our league finals this year.
The directors for our meet next year will be Los Altos and Fremont.
We considered whether we should start the league finals an hour later next
year because it will still be Daylight Savings Time at the time of the
league finals. This will mean that most of the students can stay in class
an hour later. However, it will also mean that the Santa Clara and Wilcox
students will be at the meet an hour earlier because they must leave at
12:30 because of bus scheduling conflicts. We had a tied vote on whether
to delay the meet an hour. Thus, the motion did not pass. However, we
will reconsider this issue at our pre-season meeting next year.
It was proposed that we hire an outside service to prepare the league
finals results. Bob Rush is willing to do this for $900 for the two
leagues. Tony Nunes, the league commissioner, has said that the league
office cannot afford to pay this amount. We had a lengthy discussion
regarding this issue, including comments that we ask the commissioner
for $300 rather than $900 and ask the schools to individually contribute
the remaining amount and the comment that we determine whether we can get a
better price from someone other than Bob Rush. There was much sentiment
for having Rush do the timing because he has contributed so much of his
time to the Crystal Springs course. All coaches except the Wilcox coach
voted to pursue the issue of having an outside service time the race and
prepare the results.
6. Comments Regarding The CCS Meet:
The meet was well run but there were a few complaints. One coach was told
at the entry gate that he had to pay to get into the meet. So, he did pay.
He later was told that coaches did not have to pay and did get his money
Apparently, the CCS bulletin stated that t-shirts could be obtained at the
CCS office up to two days prior to the meet. One coach drove to the CCS
office on the Wednesday prior to the meet only to discover that the shirts
had already been sent to Salinas. When, this coach arrived at the CCS meet
on Saturday at 11AM. He was told that they were out of small and medium
shirts. The coaches recommended that more small and medium shirts be
purchased because XC runners tend to be smaller.
7. Comments Regarding the State Meet:
The coaches would like to receive one free program for the meet.
The coaches would like to have the wearing of spandex and ribbon rules be
clarified so that the coaches know exactly what is expected. Apparently,
ribbons are not allowed if they are not holding the hair in place but are
merely decorative in that they are attached to another hair item that
actually holds the hair in place.
More toilet paper is needed as they ran out part way through the meet.
Many coaches feared shaking hands with their friends late in the meet.
The coaches were given a ticket to obtain results for one race at the meet.
However, there were separate results for individuals and teams for each
race. Therefore, coaches had to choose which results they wanted and then
pay for the other results. The coaches did not feel that this was
8. By-Law Changes:
Several by-law changes were recommended by the coaches at our post-season
meeting last year. The league representative spoke to the league
commissioner regarding these proposals about a week ago and was told that
none were approved by the SCVAL Board of Managers. The commissioner stated
that none of the changes were necessary. Comments by Nunes regarding these
We do not have to state in the by-laws a scrimmage number limitation
because scrimmages count as a meet as part of the overall meet limitation
rule. So, there is no point in limiting the number of scrimmages.
Nunes stated that it is not necessary to state the 10 limitation for the FS
boys race at the league finals in the by-laws because the coaches can make
this decision on their own without a limitation being stated in the by-
laws. Section 2 of Article 4 does state a limitation for the varsity
Nunes does not believe that adding "mandatory" in section 4 of article 3
makes the spirit of this provision any clearer. It is obvious that summer
practices must be voluntary.
9. Honor Coaches:
Ernie Lee of Gunn was voted the honor coach for the boys and Monica
Townsend for the girls.