Wednesday, May 14, 2008

CTK Track News for week of 12 May 08...

Greetings Track Families,

Thanks to all of the athletes, coaches, and parent volunteers for a great end to the 2008 season. The diocese meet was a lot of fun for all who attended. We had a number of champions, a whole lot of medalists, and many great performances and acts of sportsmanship to finish up 2008.

We have just one remaining event before us: our awards picnic.

Many of you are now wondering if I will ever stop sending emails. I will be sending you exactly four more unless you sign your athlete up for track next season:
  1. Picnic reminder shortly before the picnic (June 1)
  2. A survey, if I can get it together
  3. 2008 CYO Cross Country announcement (in August)
  4. 2009 Track announcement (in January)
Here is some final business:

Diocese Meet Results
Meet results should be available on the Oakland Diocese CYO Track & Field website by midweek and I will update our site as soon as I notice them. Don't worry -- I won't send you an email about it.

Awards Picnic
Our annual team picnic takes place Sunday, June 1st, from 11am to 3pm in the group picnic area at Pleasant Hill Park. (P.H. Park is at 147 Gregory Lane.) This is the same location as in previous years.

For the new families, here's what we do: The team supplies drinks and hot coals. You bring something to grill for your family if you like and also something to share with others like a salad or cookies or appetizer. After some time for eating, we recognize many of our athletes for their accomplishments and hand out quite a few awards. We also bid farewell to our graduating 8th graders. Coaches will also be handing our remaining ribbons and season summaries.

Lost & Found
One of the annual highlights of the picnic is the re-emergence of the 2008 Lost & Found collection. Items not claimed by the end of the picnic will be donated or discarded. Everything I've picked up at meets this season is listed on the web site under Lost & Found.

CTK Parish Festival
If you and your family are already missing their track teammates, I can guarantee that you will find most of them at the annual Christ the King Parish Festival which takes place next weekend (May 16-18). The festival is extremely popular with the families of the parish and features food, games, entertainment, a book sale, bingo (we're a Catholic parish, so it's a requirement!) and other activities. The festival runs Friday from 6-10pm, Saturday from 2-10pm, and Sunday from 10am-2pm. I'll see you there.

Firecracker 5K
There's a 5 km race around Pleasant Hill's downtown area on the morning of the 4th of July every year. I can never believe how many CTK/SC/SS track families I see there every year. If your child is not tired of running yet, come on down. Money raised supports local schools.

CYO Cross Country
If your child is still not tired of running, consider signing up for Cross Country in the fall. Cross country is a distance running sport with races on trails instead of around a track. Get more information at the picnic or by checking out the Oakland Diocese CYO Cross Country website.

Volunteer Deposits
I will be reviewing our Volunteer Coordinators' records from the regular season meets over the next few weeks and mostly shredding your volunteer deposit checks if you worked all or most of your required meet shifts. If your deposit is in jeopardy, then I will be contacting you to offer you a chance to appeal before depositing any checks. We did have some folks not hold up their end of the bargain this season and quite a few parents had to work extra shifts to fill the gaps left by the few. Those who worked more than required during the regular season will be entered in a drawing to be held at the picnic. (No, you need not be present to win, but we'd love to have you there!)

Have a great off-season and I'll look forward to seeing you at the festival, the picnic, and at the Firecracker 5K!


Carl Godkin
CTK/SC/SS Track & Field Coordinator

Sunday, May 4, 2008

CTK Track News for week of 5 May 08...

Greetings Track Families,

Congratulations to all of our athletes who participated in this weekend's Sectional Meet (a/k/a League Championship Meet) at Heritage and Granada High Schools! Win or finish last, it's a big honor to make it that far. We had a large number of qualifiers for this meet and those who attended these meets know that many of our athletes did very well and will go on to next weekend's Diocese Championship Meet.

Our final two practices will be at our usual time and place:
  • Tuesday, May 6, from 5 to 6:30pm, at College Park High School
  • Thursday, May 8, from 5 to 6:30pm, at College Park High School
The Diocese Meet is also run in two parts, but this time the 1600m, the 800m and the 7th & 8th grade boys high jump will take place on Friday night at Chabot College in Hayward starting at 6:30pm. Note that the order of the various heats is, well, weird:
1. 1600 METER —
5 4 3 GIRLS 5 4 3 BOYS
8 7 6 GIRLS 8 7 6 BOYS
2. 800 METER —
5 4 3 GIRLS 5 4 3 BOYS
8 7 6 GIRLS 8 7 6 BOYS

The rest of the meet will take place back at Granada High School in Livermore. There is a complete schedule (including field event order), all of which is somewhat different from what we're used to at
I also put quite a bit of information, including preliminary Diocese Championship Meet entries, on the web site's home page.
Please have a look, especially if your athlete qualified.

As I said last week, we welcome all athletes at practice, qualifiers or not.

Two more small items of business:
  1. We will be looking for a few more brave volunteers to work at the Diocese Meet. If your child qualified, please volunteer or accept an assignment if we contact you.
  2. I've been asked to remind you that Marcia Eaton is still accepting contributions for coach appreciation. You can still mail a donation if you choose to Marcia at: 16 Sheila Court, Pleasant Hill 94523
See you on the track,


Carl Godkin
CTK/SC/SS Track & Field Coordinator