Sunday, April 27, 2008

CTK Track News for week of 21 Apr 08...

Greetings Track Families,

Thanks once again to all of the volunteers who worked diligently to make Saturday's meet a success. The other parishes involved are apparently also blessed with helpful parents and coaches and I thought it went well.

We'll practice twice this week as usual:
  • Tuesday, April 22, from 5-6:30pm at College Park HS
  • Thursday, April 24, from 5-6:30pm at College Park HS
Qualifying Meet
As you probably know, next Saturday is our Qualifying Meet and is the last meet that all athletes may participate in
since only the top three or four finishers in each event move on to the league championship meet the next week. I have put a lengthy and (I hope) complete description of the Qualifying Meet on the front page of the web site for those who want to read all I know on the subject. If you have other questions, please ask.

One question you may have is, what events should my athlete attempt to qualify in? The easy way to tell is to look at their ribbon collection and pick the events they have done best in. If you want data, however, we got data. I have collected and posted a PDF of all individual running and field events for the whole league for the season up through meet #3, which was April 12. (I'll update this when I have meet #4 results.) This file, for the true track junky, will give you an idea how your athlete's performance stacks up against the rest of the league. Keep in mind that they will only be competing against St. Mary and St. Perpetua in the Qualifying Meet (abbreviated SM and SP on the report) as well as of course the kids from our teams (CTK, SC, and SS). There are a few inconsistencies in the report due to different ways data was entered at the different meets, and the sorting is ascending alphabetically in all cases which is not what you'd want for field events. However, the information is there for your study at if you care to visit. Maybe it will help...

We'll attempt to explain how all of this works at practice but we'll need your help managing expectations, especially for the younger kids.

Our Qualifying Meet will take place at Ygnacio Valley High School and will start at 9am as usual. As you will know if you read the information on the web site, not everyone can run relays this week. However, we still want to know who is not able to come to this meet. Please let your primary coach know if any athlete cannot make it.

We will continue to practice for two more weeks after this week. Although these practices are primarily geared towards those who qualify for the League Championship Meet and the Diocese Championship Meet, *all* athletes are always welcome to continue coming to practice. On the other hand, if your child is ready to move on, we understand. (But please mark your calendar for our team picnic on Sunday, June 1st!)

Lost & Found
You have all outdone yourselves by leaving a huge pile of stuff at Ygnacio Valley HS the last two weekends. Please check the Lost and Found section on the web site if you are missing something. Apparently a lot of you are!

Coach Appreciation
Marcia Eaton, our hard-working picnic coordinator, has asked me to add this note to the weekly reader:

Hello everyone! By now it's no surprise to you how hard our coaches work. Every year at the team picnic, we show our appreciation for all the time and energy they put in through out the season. Here's where I need your help. It's coach contribution time again! I will be collecting money for coaches gifts at the qualifying meet on 4/26. Please look for me--I will have a big sign to help you. At YV this weekend, I will be in the lawn area near the finish line. You will have to walk past me to get to the bleachers. The suggested amount is $10 per family. If you are unable to make either of the meets, you can mail your donation to me at: 16 Sheila Court, Pleasant Hill 94523 - Marcia Eaton (

Volunteers Needed For Saturday's Meet
You would think that with 235 kids on the team that we would be able to fully staff a track meet seven times over the course of each season. But somehow we always need more help at the end of the season. If you are available to work for the very important meet we have coming up next Saturday, please contact Trish or Greg Brown right away and let them know. Remember the post-season drawing and think of the job satisfaction! And it's local! Thanks!

See you on the track,


Carl Godkin
CTK/SC/SS Track & Field Coordinator

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