Century Conference Preview 9/25

The Century Conference league preview will be held at Yorba Regional Park Tuesday, 9/25 with the first race starting at 3 PM.

Yorba Linda is in the North Hills League and will be competing against El Dorado, El Modena and Villa Park.  The Crestview League features Brea, Canyon, Esperanza and Foothill.

There is a $3 fee to park at Yorba Regional.

Race schedule…Century Conference Meet Information 2018

Course map…Century Conference Finals Course

Century Conference

Woodbridge Invitational

The Woodbridge Invitational at Silver Lakes Sports Complex in Norco will be held Friday, September 14th.

YLHS is racing Friday in the RED division races and the RED A race for varsity.  This is a busy meet and multiple races will be running at the same time.

There is a fee to park or enter the park to watch the races and traffic can be burdensome on Friday afternoon to get to the races allow plenty of time to get there.  After spending all of that time driving, stay awhile and watch a few races.  You’ll get to know a few more people and probably enjoy it.








Great Cow Run, Saturday 9/1

This Saturday, September 1st is the first race–the Cerritos Invitational/Great Cow Run.  We look forward to seeing you there.
Runners need to show up at the YLHS at 6:15AM for the bus to the meet (all runners must ride the bus).
Make sure to show up early and wear comfortable shoes–there is a lot of walking to watch them race.  I have attached the race schedule, course map, runner directory, etc.  Print a copy for reference later or download it to your phone.  Look for the other YLHS parents out there and introduce yourself.  They will probably have some great tips on where to watch the races.
Google Maps of Cerritos Invitational/Great Cow Run…http://bit.ly/Cerritos_Great_Cow_Run_Map
Please leave the coaches and runners alone during the meet.  They will be extremely busy keeping everyone moving in the right direction for the first meet.
Verify your runner has tried on their uniform.  We can still fix problems now.  Race day is not the time to fix issues.
Great Cow Run 2018

But I Don’t Run…

Eighth grade roundup was a great success and it was nice to see all of you eager to start your high school athletic career.  We also saw a little self-doubt, worry and apprehension because, “I’m not a runner” or “I don’t run.”  Just because you haven’t run with the exception of the mile in PE doesn’t mean you are not a runner.  Approximately 1/3 of the athletes currently on the cross country team never ran prior to joining the team their freshman year.  A little bit of nerves or self-doubt is perfectly normal for anything you have never attempted but it shouldn’t overwhelm or stop you.  The coaches understand where you are coming from and have spent time developing a program to maximize your potential while minimizing the risk of injury.  Much like math is a series of building blocks to solve larger problems, cross country takes a building block approach to get you ready for the season.

The beauty of cross country is that everyone participates and everyone races.  Every team member is valued and everyone contributes.  You race as an individual while part of the team.  You support each other while working to run your best time.

You may doubt yourself and think, “I should have started running sooner.”  It’s never too late to start—ask Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins.  She started running at the spry age of 100 and recently set the age-group world record in the 60 meter dash.  At the same meet Orville Rogers, 100 lost to Dixon Hemphill, 93 in the men’s masters 60 meter dash.  Despite the defeat, Rogers still set an age-group world record.  There may be someone out there faster than you, or you may be the one everyone else is chasing!   Your personal achievements and accomplishments are ahead of you.  Last year nearly all runners improved throughout the season and most runners improved 30 to 90 seconds (or more) per mile.

Your journey begins July 9th and you are not alone.  Welcome to the YLHS XC family!

Starting Out

Summer Camp is Coming Soon…

As school continues on, summer camp appears to be in the far distant future but it is less than two months away.  If you are new to running, it is a great opportunity to prepare your mind and body for the upcoming cross country season.  Returning runners understand what to expect but can start to prepare now.  New runners can start a program to build up their endurance to be ready for the season.

Here are a few important tips for new runners (and returning ones, too):


There are some really nice looking shoes and clothing great for running but they may not be right for you.  Everyone’s stride and foot strike are different and it is important to get shoes that are right for YOU.  Discomfort and injuries can occur due to wearing the wrong shoes.  It is recommended you visit a running store specializing in helping runners get the best fit with their shoes.  The store should analyze your gait, watch your stride and recommend multiple pairs of shoes for you to try.  Try them on with an open mind and with more than a fashion eye.  Comfort and function are the most important part of the shoe.  Great designs and colors are more awesome when the fit is perfect!  

Here are a few area stores that specialize in helping runners get the right pair of shoes (no endorsement or recommendation stated or implied).

A Snail’s Pace (Brea)

Top Speed Running (LaVerne)

Legacy Running Co (Whittier)

Road Runner Sports (Costa Mesa)

Fleet Feet Sports (Rancho Cucamonga)

Runners High (Long Beach)

Socks and clothing are important too.  You want to get socks that wick moisture away from your feet.  Avoid socks that are 100% cotton.  They absorb moisture and can create an uncomfortable experience and potentially lead to skin and foot problems.  Consider cotton, wool and synthetic blends or synthetic fibers for best performance.  You may also want to consider padding (heels, balls of feet), seamless toes and the rise and fit of the sock as there is nothing worse than a sock that slides into your shoe during a run.  

With clothing, again avoid 100% cotton.  The cotton will absorb moisture and wet fabric will stick to the skin causing irritation, chafing and/or blisters.  Look for blends and synthetics that wick moisture away from the skin for the best comfort and performance.

Not all gear is right for everyone.  We all have different body types, mechanics and sweat patterns.  Shoes, socks, shorts and tops that are perfect for one person may be extremely uncomfortable for someone else.  Ask your coaches and experts for advice and get the gear that is right for you.

Start Easy

You don’t win the race on the first day of practice.  Depending on your fitness level and running experience, you may actually need to start with a run/walk program.  Start easy, take it slow.  If you’ve never run before start by running every second or third day, one to three miles at a time.   Instead of distance, you could even start with running for time—10 minutes to start and then begin to work up to 45 minutes.  Don’t be afraid to take walk breaks if necessary.  Before you know it, you’ll be running three miles or more comfortably.  The cross country season is long and the only way to be successful is if you are healthy enough to toe the starting line.  The biggest mistake a runner can make is to do too much, too soon, too fast.  A general rule of thumb is to increase your weekly mileage no more than 10% per week.  Three to five days of running per week is enough to prepare you for summer camp.  Proper rest, hydration and nutrition will help get you ready to tackle the summer.

Improve your chances of avoiding injury:

Wear the right shoes/gear

Ease into your running

Get proper rest, hydration and nutrition

For more great tips refer to resources such as runnersworld.com and search for “beginners”.

We look forward to seeing you July 9th for the start of summer camp and a healthy and successful season.

Run with the Stampede!

Run with the Stampede Logo

Come join current YLHS Cross Country runners for a Fun Run Saturday, June 9th 8-10AM at Yorba Linda High School! Learn what it is like to be a cross country runner, meet some of our runners and have a great time.

There will be some light running, games and activities so wear appropriate athletic attire. You will have a chance to spend time with our returning runners and enjoy post-activity refreshments as well.

To guarantee a free T-shirt, RSVP with your T-shirt size by May 20th. Walk-ups are welcome but shirts are limited.

The event is FREE but a Fun Run Waiver MUST be signed and completed to participate.

If you have questions or would like to RSVP, contact us at ylhsxcboosters@gmail.com


Amazon Smile Fundraiser

The YLHS XC Boosters attempt to provide everything needed for the coaches and athletes to be successful during the season. We do this with a minimum amount of fundraising. One of our few fundraisers is through our Amazon Smile account.

Supporting YLHS XC Boosters through Amazon Smile is an easy way to help our athletes.

Simply click on the link below to begin helping.


Amazon donates to YLHS Cross Country Boosters.

When you shop through Amazon in the future make sure to go to smile.amazon.com (change your favorites and bookmarks). YLHS XC Boosters should be automatically saved as your charity. Using Smile does not change the availability, cost or shipping for your products but it does donate .5% to the XC Boosters. One half percent may not seem like much but when dozens of athletes’ families are using Smile the numbers quickly add up.

We are asking you help us with this fundraiser by sharing the Amazon Smile link with your extended family, friends and neighbors.

Every little bit counts, signing up is easy and the proceeds help us support our great runners.

Thank you in advance for your support!


2018 Summer Camp T-Shirt Design Contest

Summer camp is less than 4 months away! This is your opportunity to design the shirt for this year’s camp. Simply submit a design before May 15th for the potential to be selected as the exclusive designer of the 2018 summer camp shirt. Impress your friends, win accolades, beam with pride and turn heads with your fabulous design.

Your design does not have to be perfect. Simply sketch out your idea and the winner will work with the T-shirt graphic designer to finalize the artwork.

As you can see from the previous shirts below, the possibilities are endless…front artwork, words only, front/back, “pocket” designs. Use your creativity and win big!

Don’t delay, design today! Submit your ideas to ylhsxcboosters@gmail.com.


Remember the deadline is May 15th.

Looking new runners for 2018!

Cross Country is an awesome high school sport! If you are considering XC for the 2018 Fall season, thank you for visiting our website.  The team is composed of a great group of athletes who compete both individually and as a team. You are competing as a team each race but you are always challenging yourself individually to accomplish more.  Everyone’s contribution is valued and everyone races.

No experience is necessary–only the desire to compete.  Every runner competes regardless of age, speed and skill.  Develop confidence endurance and perseverance while having fun and developing friendships–we are truly a family!

Stay tuned to find out how you can come “Run With the Stampede!” We will be hosting a fun event for all interested potential YLHS XC runners on June 9th.