USATF Pacific Association Cross Country Championships – 2014

Six Spartans toed the line for the masters race. There was Mike Buzbee, Art Sanchez, Nick Butterfield, Sal Martinez, Francisco Verduzco and myself. We did well enough to secure 4th place (out of 8 teams) in the overall standings for the 60+ division. For the championship race, it appears that we finished 5th or 6th depending on whether Tamalpa enters a B team. My unofficial tally is as follows:

Tamalpa – 10
Empire – 13
Tamalpa B – 38
Golden Valley – 45
West Valley Joggers and Striders – 49
Spartans –50
Buffalo Chips – 70
If we take out the Tamalpa B team, we’re still a couple of points behind WVJS and Golden Valley. We’re close.

It’s always great seeing all the familiar faces (some who only come for the PA championships) and going out to lunch afterwards. For Mike and I, there was the added bonus of seeing George Wright, our sponsor and mentor for the New Ways Athletic Club more than 40 years ago at Chico State.

In case you missed or if you want to relive it, videos for all three PA championship races are on You Tube. You can find them at . Go Spartans! – Paul

This usually closes the season for us but this year no one wants the season to end just yet, at least until we can do the Christmas Relays. Who is up for that? It is on Sunday, December 14th. Pre-registration deadline is Dec 6. Four person teams. Each relay leg is 4.46 miles. Cost before Dec 6 is $72 per team (without t-shirts) and $120 per team (with t-shirts). Registration after Dec 6 is $96 per team (no shirts). So if you are up for it, the second question is do you want to spring extra $ for the t-shirt?

Go Spartans! – Paul

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