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Summer 2014

Posted on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Hi Matador Running Fans! I’m excited for this cross country season! We’ve got a stellar group of over 40 returning athletes and so far we have another 20 new runners signed up.

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Center Meet 2013

Posted on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 | No Comments »


I am posting center meet details. Remember that we will need your help driving our athletes to Newhall Park in Concord on October 16…this Wednesday! We will meet in front of the school at 1:30pm. In addition, we will need help monitoring the course. Varsity parents will monitor the JV races, FS parents will monitor the varsity races, and the JV parents will monitor the FS races.

The following information is provided by Coach Pelster of DLS who is hosting the meet. Please read the information and analyze the course map.

Hi everyone,

Here’s what I have from our pre-season meeting:

Setup, finish camera, finish judges, starter, announcer – DLS/Carondelet
Finish chute – SRV/Livermore
Entries, bibs, etc. – Monte Vista
Course monitors – Granada/Foothill/California/Amador Valley/Monte Vista

I have a map with course monitor positions on it attached to this message. I suggest that each of the five teams supplying course monitors provide three monitors (at least one per station at all times). In no particular order, let’s have Foothill take spots 1-3 on the map, Amador Valley spots 4-6, Monte Vista 7-9, Granada 10-12, California 14-15. (I think there’s supposed to be a #13 on the map, but maybe the superstitious among us will be pleased there isn’t one.) Each school can choose to staff those locations as it sees fit. I will email instructions for each station a little later. We will have a meeting for course monitors at 3:15. The course will be almost identical to the one we use for the Nike Invitational. We will most likely move the start and the finish over to the trail adjacent to the soccer fields.

Parking will be exceptionally tight, as always, around Newhall Park. I believe we have made arrangements for all buses to park at Cal State East Bay’s parking lot on the other side of Ygnacio Valley Road. All parent and student drivers will be expected to follow parking laws in the area around the park. If the curb is red or there’s a fire hydrant and a car is parked there, the vehicle may be ticketed (and towed for all I know). The biggest factor in our ability to use the park in the future will be the number of complaints we get from neighbors. The city doesn’t mind if we use the park as long as the neighbors don’t howl about illegal parking and disrespectful visitors. If we can all make sure our families can get that message, it would be helpful.

Let me know if there’s something I’ve missed. Looking forward to hosting our first EBAL meet!

Schedule of races:

3:30 – F/S girls
4:00 – F/S boys
4:25 – JV girls
4:55 – JV boys
5:20 – Varsity girls
5:50 – Varsity boys

John Pelster
De La Salle High School
English Department
Head Cross Country Coach


Posted on Sunday, August 18th, 2013 | No Comments »


Schedule for the first week of cross country tryouts.

Monday, August 19: 3:25pm-5:30pm at Granada’s Track (Snack Shack). – The first part will have an information meeting with the team policies. Athletes who are not cleared will not be allowed to train. They are expected to watch the practice.

Tuesday, August 20: 3:25-5:30pm at Granada’s Track. Team policy and compliance form must be signed and returned on this day.

Wednesday, August 21: 3:15-4:45pm at Independence Park.

Thursday, August 22: 3:25-5:30pm at Granada’s Track.

Friday, August 23: 3:25-5:30pm at Granada’s Track.

Saturday, August 24: 8:00-10:00am at Independence Park. The roster will be finalized and closed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The roster will remain open for freshmen.

A fully updated practice, race, and team meal schedule can be found on this website’s calendar link located on the tool category.

All cross country athletes must attend tryouts. Attendance is mandatory.

Athletes should be dressed in running attire and running shoes, wear a digital watch with lap counter, bring a water bottle, as well as a granola or energy bar.

Captain Philosophy

Posted on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 | 3 Comments »

Cross Country is more than a sport; it is an experience. It allows people to be a part of a successful, hard-working, determined team that promotes respect, focus, and self-control. We would like the team to help construct a positive atmosphere in order to allow others to gain from the cross country experience. It is our hope that the runners not only gain friends and fitness from the program, but a lifelong love of running.

We, the captains, all entered the cross country team for separate reasons; however, we all stayed on the team for the same reasons: to create lasting friendships, participate in a fulfilling activity, and find a competitive outlet. We improve ourselves through running and wish to leave the team with a positive legacy. Once our time with this program comes to an end, we will have learned how to achieve success not only in running, but in many aspects of life. By challenging ourselves to be leaders we see a unique opportunity to help not only grow ourselves but to help others in the program.

– Sophie Hartley, Sarah Franklin, Austin Armstrong, Austin Hoggatt, and Austin Horning

2013 XC Calendar Updated June-December

Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2013 | No Comments »

I have made changes to the racing schedule and have included a possible date for the team banquet. We will once again make the trip to SoCal to attend the Brea Invite. Other notable dates include Oct. 4 as a day off from school and homecoming the week of Oct. 7-11.

Team Banquet 2012

Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 | No Comments »

The purpose of the 2012 Granada Matador Cross Country Banquet is to celebrate the accomplishments of all our student-athletes. The banquet is pot-luck. Each athlete is expected to bring their year-in-school assigned food item to feed 10-12 people.

Seniors – dessert
Juniors – Main Dish
Sophomores – Main Dish
Freshmen – Salad or Bread
Please bring serving utensils for everyone to use.

Coaches will bring plates, utensils, napkins, and bottled water.
We will need everyone to help clean-up at the conclusion of the banquet including stacking chairs, pulling trash bags, lining trash cans, wiping down tables, sweeping the floor and more.
Thank you to all our athletes and families for joining the team at this special event.
Wednesday, 12/5/12.
GHS Student Union

BREA 2012

Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 | No Comments »

Granada took to highway 5 on Friday to take on some southern California competition. In addition to having a lot of fun, all 16 Matadors took home medals. The invitational features a unique racing format with the #1 & 2 runners all competing in a race, the #3, 4, & 5 runners in a race, and the #6, 7, and 8 runners in a race. One of the things that I like about this format is that it provides more opportunities to be at the front of the race. For example…

Sophie Hartley and Sarah Franklin demonstrated that they are one of the best 3-4 combinations in the state as they finished 1-2 respectively. But their teammates would not be out classed as freshman Taylor Lawsen won her race with sophomore Victoria Winter finishing second and new comer Enikoe Bihari finishing fifth.

But wait, there’s more! In the final race of the day, first year runner Bret Rasmussen, sophomore Austin Armstrong, and freshman Leo Skellenger finished an exciting 1-2-3 as they raced and led all of the 3.1 mile course together.

The team results were that the girls won the meet with the fastest team time of the day. The boys finished in 5th place (but if the meet was scored on points they would have won).

Results are entered on the top 25 link for Brea.

2012 First Week

Posted on Sunday, August 12th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Tryout Schedule 2012
Monday, August 13 – 3:20-5:20pm Track Snack Shack
Tuesday, August 14 – 3:20-5:20pm Track Snack Shack
Wednesday, August 15 – 3:00-5:00pm Independence Park/Kellman Fields
Thursday, August 16 – 3:20-5:20pm Track Snack Shack
Friday, August 17 – 3:20-5:20pm Track Snack Shack
Saturday, August 18 – 8:30-10:30am Independence Park/Kellman Fields

The expectation for tryouts is that the athletes will attend all practices and complete the team time trial.

Athletes should wear shorts, t-shirt, and running shoes. Please bring a bottle of water as it will be hot. A watch is also a good idea.

If you have not yet registered, please visit, click the athletics link, and follow the online instructions and procedures.

2012 Point Reyes Camp

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2012 | No Comments »

Matadors had a great time in Point Reyes. It was the first year that four boys broke the 20 minute barrier on Mount Whittenberg. The seniors won the sand castle competition. Tuesday the boys and girls put on an amazing concert, with catchy songs, guitars, and drumming. There was an epic volleyball game against Del Campo and of course, everlasting games of Mafia. It was one of the most fun camping trips ever!

EBAL 2011

Posted on Sunday, November 6th, 2011 | No Comments »

The varsity girls hang on to repeat as league champions and their fourth team title in six years. The combined teams took four All-League places, two All-League second team places, and three top 7 finishes at the junior varsity level.

The day started with the frosh-soph girls team that took 3rd place. Sophomores Julia Lee and Emily Byrnes were the top finishers. Shannon Payne was the top freshman girl in that race.

The frosh-soph boys team also took 3rd place. Sophomore James Baker was the first finisher and he was followed 2 seconds later by freshman Austin Armstrong. Freshman Jesus Bibiano and sophomore Austin Hoggatt made a major impact on the team’s strong showing.

Junior varsity girls did not field a complete team but senior Laura Franklin led the way to a third place finish. Fellow juniors Natalie Cruz and Renee Dobson competed extremely well for the Matadors.

The JV boys also brought it, as Joe Burton (11) stormed his way to second place and a sub 17 minute race (16:43). Senior Kyle Rosemark also shined and earned top seven accolades. Jaxson Kovacs, Tyler Neabeack, and Taylor Futral helped the team secure 3rd place.

The varsity girls had a lot to overcome on Saturday as three of the top seven were sick this week including seniors Novell (3rd) and Girardelli (9th). Horning (7th) had foot pain and scheduling demands. However, all the summer training paid off as the team eeked out a victory over Amador’s best race of the season. Gong finished in (5th) and Sarah Franklin’s (12th) dominate racing as one of the best #5 runners in the state secured the low points necessary to win.

The varsity boys had a crazy good pack on Saturday as 2nd thru 5th was within 4.5 seconds of each other. Senior Grant Salk had his best racing of the year completing the course in 15:39 and earning 6th place All-League honors. If the three lead seniors all have great races on the same day at NCS Champs then anything could happen for the Matadors including a state meet birth. Granada put their top 5 in before Amador and De La Salle, so the race in two weeks at Hayward should be exciting.

All results from EBAL 2011 have been entered in the Top 25 page.