March 12 - vs. South Torrance @ South High
March 14 & 15 - Redondo Nike T&F Festival @ RUHS
Champions are made when no one is looking.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions email MCTrackBoosters@gmail.com
Volunteers needed for our first home meet against Beverly Hills and North Torrance!! Set up begins at 2, and the first gun is 2:45. Please sign up for a shift on the field or helping in the snack stand. And remember, you can always take a break from your duties to watch your athlete! Click the link here to sign up. And remember, Waller Stadium has a climate all its own. It might be 75 at the beginning of the meet, and 40 at the end. Layers, my friends, layers!
First Batch of Orders coming in! We thank you for your patience. We hope to have our first batch of spirit orders at the meet on Thursday. The warm-up pants have arrived as well. Still waiting on the warm-up jackets and subsequent orders. Stay tuned!
Culver City Invitational Saturday, March 8: The list of athletes who will be competing Saturday at Culver City High School’s invitational will be posted for the athletes today, 3/5. (Events list will be posted later in the week).
Booster Club Meeting, Tuesday, March 11, 7-8:30 pm, MCHS Guidance Conference Room: Please join our Booster Club Board of Directors and committee chairs for our March meeting next Tuesday night. We will discuss our current finances, various organizational needs and do a preliminary assessment of needs for Mustang Relays. All are welcome.
Due to the most recent rain storm this morning and flooding of our track, we are cancelling tomorrows Track Meet (Sat, March 1st). It’s not safe for our athletes and the other schools athletes to compete. Please spread the word. Thanks!
First of all….The rain: Everyone is wondering what happens if it rains during a track meet? Generally, track events continue in rain with the exception of the high jump and pole vault events. The coaches will be watching the weather carefully, and it will be a meet-time decision. We all know there are some crazy weather predictions for Saturday…but we also know that weather predicting in So Cal is like trying to guess in Sept who will go to prom together in June! So, plan to bring your ponchos and umbrellas and let’s see what happens! Keep checking your email and the website for updates! A word from Coach Russell: “They don’t call it an all-weather track from nothing… The rain is a concern but we will approach the track meet like any other. We will err on the side of caution when it comes to the field events, but all of the running events I plan to run as we normally would.”
If attendance is very low, or if the weather is so brutal (thunder, lightening…storm of the century) we don’t continue, please consider buying some of the fresh food available at the snack stand to take home with you. We don’t want to lose that investment (and we want to reward our vendors for coming out it in the rain! We’re expecting Kettle Korn, the taco/grill guy, and some treats!)
More volunteers needed for this Saturday: Sign up here
Donations: Thank you to those that have donated! If you haven’t, please consider doing so if you are able. Donate here. Some employers offer matching donations. Past companies that have offered matching donations can be found here.
Pitfire Pizza: Thanks to all who came out to support this fundraiser, and thanks to Pitfire Pizza for generously agreeing to give back to Track. We don’t have the totals yet on how much we made, but we’ll let you know! Thanks to Meika Fang for arranging this. Our last restaurant fundraiser will be at CPK March 27. We’ll remind you!
Orders: TeamWear orders continue to be filled (except for the backordered warm-ups. We are expecting the shipment any minute, so should have them to the kids next week). Coach Calderon has the orders that haven’t been picked up in his classroom. Kids can stop by at lunchtime. The first round of Spirit Gear orders will be coming in the next week or so. Stay tuned!
Uniforms and TeamWear: The first batch of TeamWear orders (uniforms, warmups and game day shirts) has been filled. (We had an incredible crew of a dozen volunteers who knocked out this task in about 90 minutes last Sunday afternoon. Thank you all!) Unfortunately, we are backordered on sizes small and medium in both men’s and women’s warmups (pants and jackets). We will get them out to the athletes as soon as they come in! But uniform and game day shirt orders are complete!
We will be distributing the TeamWear orders on Monday afternoon at the track. A list of those from whom we’ve received orders is here: Orders Received as of 2/20. If your kiddo’s name isn’t there, then we did not receive an order from you. Click HERE for an order form. Please return this completed form with payment on Monday to Coach Moe. We will do everything possible to get the late orders distributed before the meet on Saturday 3/1. (Note: If your student thinks they placed an order, but it’s not on the list, they probably thought that they did so during the sizing session. We did not take orders that day (since the kids don’t carry checkbooks!) Most orders were placed at the parent meeting or came in via mail shortly thereafter. We do have a record of the sizes, so we will have those available on Monday if they need a reminder.
Spirit Gear: We are hoping to receive the spirit gear items (duffels, t-shirts, sweatshirts, merch) next week and if we do, will try to have them ready for the Saturday meet. Keep an eye out for an invitation this week to help fill those orders if so! Still want to order? Here ya go: Spirit Gear order form (please note that the embroidered duffel order has been submitted already. We can submit secondary orders, but they will be received a couple of weeks later than the others)
Stadium Chairs: We are down to our last two stadium chairs (if you purchased one this past week, it will be waiting for you on Saturday at the meet!) If you think you would like to order a chair, please email us by clicking here. We have to order in multiples of 12, so if no one else is buying this season, we won’t place an order (unless you have space to store 12 chairs in your garage until next year….). If we have 5 or more folks interested, we’ll order right away. Place your order via the Spirit Gear order form, linked above.
Please donate today! We’re half way there to our donation goal! If you attended the parent meeting, you learned that Booster Club donations and fundraising are the only sources of financial support for the Track & Field program. Booster Club pays for bus transportation, coach stipends and equipment, in addition to the other costs associated with the program. In order to meet this year’s budget, we are suggesting a donation of $350 per athlete. We understand that not everyone is in a position to give that amount, and that others can give more. We also understand that if Track is your athlete’s second, or even third, sport, you have already been asked to donate to other booster clubs. Unfortunately, Track & Field does not receive any of the money donated to those other programs. Please give what you can. Your donation in no way affects your athlete’s ability to participate in Track & Field. However, we would very much appreciate your donation of any amount to help the coaches continue to run the acclaimed Track & Field program. If you need a donation form, here you go: Donation Form Link. And thank you in advance! If you’ve already donated, thank you again! You may also donate online via the MBX website. However, keep in mind that we pay 2.75% in fees, so we would appreciate it if you’d increase your payment by that amount.
Pitfire Pizza Fundraiser Monday!: Who wants to cook dinner Monday night? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Me neither! Help yourself and help the Track program by heading on over to Pitfire Pizza at the Metlox Plaza in downtown MB between 4 and 10 pm on Monday, Feb 24. You don’t even need a flyer! Pitfire is donating 10 percent of the entire evening’s sales to us (takeout and dine-in….but not delivery)! Tell your friends, your neighbors, your hairdresser and your accountant — eat at Pitfire Pizza Monday evening — 401 Manhattan Beach Blvd, 310/359-9555. Here’s the info sheet and menu (but you don’t need to take anything with you). Pitfire Info Sheet Pitfire To-Go Menu
Volunteers Needed for Saturday’s Meet: The coaches are very much counting on the parent group to help out with the meets this season. Even if you’ve never been to a track meet, you can find ways to help! And don’t worry that you’ll miss your athlete’s event if you’re working. We always cover for each other so that we can see our kids compete (I mean, that’s the whole point, right?) Please click on over to our Volunteer Spot and sign up for a shift. You can also sign up to donate items to the stack stand. Sign up early and often!
Thank you so much to our coaches and to the approximately 200 parents who came out on a “school night” to hear all about our fantastic Track & Field program! Although nothing beats being there, if you missed it, you can get all the handouts by clicking on the “Parent Meeting Documents” tab.
If you need to order TeamWear (uniform, warmups or game day shirt) for your athlete, please get your order in right away! You can download the form and send it, along with your check, to school with your student. They can give it to Coach Moe Russell. Or, if you are worried it might not make it that way in a timely manner, you can bring it to the Time Trials on Friday, or, thirdly, pop it in the mail TODAY to our Boosters mailing address — PO Box 1195, Manhattan Beach CA 90267. We will be filling orders this weekend.
If you need to order spirit gear, and would like to receive it in March, get those orders in asap as well. We will be placing those orders with our vendor over the ski break. If you are ordering the Lakai shoe, you must order by tomorrow — Friday 2/14 (you can bring your forms and checks to the Time Trials on Friday).
Remember, the Village Runner Spike Night is tonight from 6-7:30 (Please do not bring forms there as there will not necessarily be a Booster Club rep there the entire time).
Looking forward to seeing you tonight and/or tomorrow afternoon! Go Mustangs!
The Coaches and the Booster Corps look forward to seeing you tonight for the Parents’ Informational Meeting. It’s best to park in the large parking lot at the corner of Artesia and Peck (it’s the closest to the library. Here’s a campus MAP). If for any reason you cannot attend, please check the website tomorrow and click the “Parent Meeting Handouts” tab that will go live tomorrow at noon. But we hope that you can make it!