Granada High School's Cross Country and Track Distance Program

Archive for ‘Announcements’

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.

Pre-EBAL 2011

Posted on Sunday, October 30th, 2011 | No Comments »

The Matadors will be competing at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park on Saturday, November 5, 2011 for the East Bay Athletic League Cross Country Championships. The race will feature some of the best Division 1 and 2 teams from the North Coast Section. The first race begins with frosh-soph girls at 1pm and concludes with the varsity boys at 4pm.

This meet 100% determines the girls and boys frosh-soph and junior varsity champion teams. Varsity is determined 50% dual meet record and 50% championship race with all tie-breakers being determined by which team finished higher at the championships. Athletes who finish in the top seven at the varsity level receive ALL-LEAGUE recognition.

Varsity Girl Team Records
Granada 7-0 – ranked #2 in D1 State; ranked #1 in D1 NCS
Amador 6-1 – ranked #2 in D1 NCS
Monte Vista 5-2 – ranked #3 in D1 NCS
San Ramon 4-3
Livermore 3-4
California 2-5
Foothill 1-6
Carondelet 0-7

Varsity Boy Team Records
San Ramon 7-0 – ranked #1 in D2 NCS
Amador 6-1 – ranked #1 in D1 NCS
De La Salle 5-2 – ranked #2 in D1 NCS
Monte Vista 4-3 – ranked #3 in D1 NCS
Granada 3-4 – ranked #4 in D1 NCS
Livermore 2-5
California 1-6
Foothill 0-7

girls 36th national ranking

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011 | No Comments »

The girls team received a top 50 ranking for the second year in a row. According to the Powerade/ESPN HS rankings posted on, Granada girls were ranked 36th in the nation. There are over 26,000 high schools in the USA. In 2010 the girls were ranked 40th. Congratulations!

Parent Night

Posted on Sunday, August 28th, 2011 | Comments Off on Parent Night


The 2011 season’s parent night will be this Wednesday, August 31 at Granada High School in room 309 beginning at 6:30pm.

We will cover topics including:
*Parent Driver Forms
*Athlete Carpool Forms
*Team Expectations

The meeting should last no more than 1 hour. Team t-shirts will be on sale for $20.

Other Upcoming Events
September 2 & 3 – no formal practice. Athletes are encouraged to run on their own.
September 5 – practice at 3:20pm at GHS.
September 6 – our first race! The Monte Vista Invitational at Oak Hill Park/Monte Vista HS. Races are run by year in school. We will need parents to volunteer to drive athletes to the meet. This is a fun first meet of the year. Races begin at 4pm. We hope to see you there!
September 10 – The Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez.

XC at Point Reyes

Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2011 | No Comments »

Get ready for Granada Cross Country! Mandatory practice begins Monday, August 15th, at 3:20 by the Track Snack Shack. Go to to register and download the physical form. Clearance from the athletic director is necessary in order to practice. See you soon!

sign up for cross country

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011 | No Comments »

It’s time to get registered for this year’s cross country team. Check out the website and click on the athletics link for all the details.

Students must have a physical on file in order to participate in athletics. This includes try-outs. Valley Care is offering $30 physicals on 8/11/11. Have students call (925) 373-4019 for an appointment. Remember physicals are good for one calendar year.

12th in DI State

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

The Granada Girls Cross Country team had a great race in the DI State Championships with four of the top five running season best efforts. Freshman sensation Sophie Hartley ran an impressive 18:05 for 16th place. Carina Novell raced to an 18:21 and Maryann Gong finished with an incredible 18:27! The Matadors are one of only two teams in the top 25 in the state that return their entire lineup for the 2011 season.

Team Banquet

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010 | Comments Off on Team Banquet

The team awards banquet is held on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the Student Union at Granada High School from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  All family members are welcome to attend.

The team awards banquet is a potluck.

Seniors – bring dessert for 15

Juniors – bring a main dish for 10

Sophomores – bring a main dish for 10

Freshmen – bring salad and dressing for 10 or bring a main dish for 10

Everyone should bring serving utensils with their dish.

Coach will provide water, plates, utensils, and napkins.

We will need everyone’s help to clean up after the dinner.  There will be a slideshow, we will honor each and every single runner, we will acknowledge the team accomplishments, and we will distribute team awards.  It will be fun!

If you could use the contact form to let Coach Mattern know how many family members will be attending and what dish you’re going to bring I would greatly appreciate it.