Lynbrook HS - Update #2

July 24th, 2007

Hello All,
Have you been running? I'm still injured (torn meniscus) but some 15 or so kids that will be running for Lynbrook next Fall have been out there. Team SCVAL (Coaches & Teachers) came away with a win in the 30th Annual Corporate Track Championships so we're National Champs once again (this was a "5-Peat"). I survived with a 40:13 5K (PW) and threw 26-02 for the shot (a PR). Right now we're doing fun runs for ANYONE every Mon & Wed at 5:30 at Lynbrook (meet in front of the pool). Missy is also running Wed mornings (8:30ish) at Rainbow Park, if you want to run with her, call her first to be sure she's going that morning. Prospect HS has also started workouts on Tue/Thur at 7:00pm at the Prospect track and you are welcome to join them if you'd like. The Prospect coaches name is Tom Smith and the female coach is Becki Kriege (daughter of Wilcox coach, Walt VanZant). Mt View also works out M-Th at 6:30pm at Rancho (Evan Smith is the coach). So lots of opportunities to run and folks to run with - get out there and do it! X-C training starts on Aug. 13th at 9:00 (we meet at the Football shed by the Field House). We'll start off with an easy 3 miles that day and then work our way up from there. For those doing the 300 Mile Club (I do believe there are a few of you) we'll have you do a longer workout (minimum of 5 miles). Like last year, everyone is required to pay a "Transportation/Competition" fee of $60. With the loss of District dollars coming into the sports program, it needs to be made up so that we can continue to compete. I'm also encouraging everyone to sign up for the Escrip program. What you will get with the fee is:

XC Shirt
Busses to selected meets
Pasta Parties / Meet Snacks
Entry into Meets

More information on the "Transportation/Competition" fee will be presented at the Parent Meeting which will be on Sept 5th at 7:00 in the Library. The CHECKLIST will need to be completed before you can compete for Lynbrook - get a start on it now. You can get more info by going to the LynbrookSports web page (URL at the bottom). You MUST have your HEALTH CARD in before you can train with the team (or a note from your parents). Coach Missy will be back to help me out along with new coach & teacher John Dovala (Coach Dovala). On Sat Aug 25th will be the 5th Annual Marshal Clark 4 Miler which I want you to either sign up and run or to help out with. We expect some great things from you runners this year - and we have great things planned, recruit your friends to join the team. We'll be going to Malibu this year as our trip (40 kids only) for the Pepperdine Invitational. Alot on who goes to Malibu depends on the shape you're in (so come run with us), your commitment to the Lynbrook XC program (so come run with us) and how well you do at the Lynbrook Center Meet (so come run with us). We'll leave Friday after school, race Saturday morning (50 HS teams are already signed up), hit Santa Monica Pier Saturday night then spend all day at Magic Mountain on Sunday returning around 10:00 pm Sunday night. Cost will be $100-150 for three days (this includes the bus, hotel, entry fee to race and admission into Magic Mountain). Figure out when you'd like to Host a Pasta Party (we do one the night before all meets) or bring snacks to a meet. I also open in the show "Carousel" this Friday at Foothill JC. If you want to see me sing, dance and play a bad guy come check it out, we perform for a month.

Please share this letter with your parents. A few words about running/racing shoes: Depending on how much you want to spend, you can get by for as little as $50 or as much as $140. Most important, a good pair of training shoes with good absorption and arch support if the foot so needs it. I strongly recommend that you buy your shoes at a reputable running store, such as Up & Running in Cupertino (corner of Homestead & Foothill Exp) or Ryan's Sport Shop (Homestead & Lafayette near SC University). These stores have knowledgeable staff that will help you find the right shoe for you and let you try it out before you buy. The shoe may also double as a racing flat but will be heavier than if you were to buy a separate racing shoe. A good training flat will run you about $50 but both Metrosport and Ryan's Sport Shop will give you a 10-20% discount if you tell them you run for Lynbrook. Make sure the fit is comfy with toe room. A racing flat will be many ounces lighter and make you feel like you're flying when you put them on, but it's also another $60. Your choice.

Hank Lawson (408) 460-6785 cell HANKLAW@IX.NETCOM.COM
Missy Sudan (408) 973-9519 hm (408) 832-3380 cell
John Dovala (408) 554-8463 - click on PRE-SEASON CHECKLIST (on the left of web page in red)