MBUSD Board of Trustees Votes to Resume Coach Stipend Support

We are so thankful to share the news that last week the Manhattan Beach School District Board of Trustees voted to take over the payment of Head Coach and Assistant Head Coach Stipends. That means our Booster Club will not have to raise money to cover those costs for the coming season. Thank you to the Board, MBx Foundation and to the Track & Field parents who have donated and fundraised to help us meet our budget needs for the past several years. What a team we’ve got here!

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Results from State Meet in Clovis, CA

We are so proud of Shante Robinson — she competed in the 300 hurdles at the State prelims yesterday. Although she didn’t qualify to run in finals today, she had a phenomenal season. What will sophomore year bring? Hats off, young lady!

Prelims Results
State Meet Finals Results

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Shante Robinson headed to the State Meet!

Great job to Shante Robinson at the Masters Meet!  She has earned herself a spot at the State Meet and will be competing next Friday, 6/6 in Clovis.  Go Shante!  Results from the Masters Meet HERE.

Team Photo If your athlete did not attend the Team Banquet, or did not receive a Team Photo, please have them contact Coach Calderon. The Boosters had one printed for each athlete in the program.

Track & Field needs your Voices! School Board Meeting Next Wednesday, June 4 at  6:30!
Next Wednesday night the MBUSD will be addressing the issue of funding as it relates to Coach Stipends. As you know, for the past two years, our Booster Club has had to raise all funds associated with running our program (including bus transportation and coaches compensation). As a solidified group, the Boosters from all the athletic programs at MCHS have asked the School Board to resume paying coaches. We need support and voices at that meeting.  If you or your student would like to speak at the meeting (3 minutes or less), please email us at MCTrackBoosters@gmail.com and we will give you all the pertinent details.

Banquet Gratitude: It was quite a group effort, as you might imagine, to pull off an event for 365 people! We had gift wrappers, foot “soldiers” who solicited gifts and restaurant certificates for the coaches, RSVP counters, money depositers, candy centerpiece makers, shoppers, hotel liaison, slideshow creators, check-in table help, projector gurus, table setters, program editor, program folders and general “what do you need” helpers that that arrived early. So many that we probably have unintentionally left someone out, but know that you are all appreciated!

Chairs: Michelle Lautanen, Laura Hodges, Cindy McMahon
Support Team: Shannon Anderson, Daryle Aniello, MaryLou Cahir, Janna Grundeken, Brett Hodges, Jada Hong, Karen Hunt, Jenee Julius, Joe McMahon, Nancy Pappas, Kelly Perez, Janice Polizzotto, Lan Shirazi, Cecilia Verket, Jennifer Williams

Closing out the Booster Business: We are in the process of closing the books on this season, wrapping up all the details and filling our leadership positions for next year. If you have an interest in joining the Board, please reply to this message. We currently need someone to organize the Restaurant Fundraisers (such as the CPK night), someone to manage sales-related fundraisers (such as the Jamba Card fundraiser), an apparel sales co-chair (to assist our Uniform and Spirit Gear chairs), and a few other areas.

We will have our next Board Meeting on Sunday, June 8 at 1:30 pm at a private home. If you are interested in attending, please email us at MCTrackBoosters@gmail.com and we will send you the address (We’re not trying to be mysterious, we’re just trying to protect personal information.)

Many thanks to our 2013-14 Board and Leadership:
President: Cindy McMahon
VP/Treasurer: Lan Shirazi
VP: Tina Ohmstede
VP/Fundraisers: Meika Fang
Volunteer Coordinator: Laura Hodges

2013-14 Booster Committee Chairs:
Snack Stand co-chairs:
Karen Hunt, Chris Edmonds
Webmaster: Jada Hong
Lead Photographer: Brett Hodges
Spirit Gear: Kim Robinson
Uniforms: Daryle Aniello
Banner Sales: Denny Hooten
Snack Stand Set-up Crew: Peter Onusconich, Henry Perez, Joe McMahon
Recording Secretary: Kelly Perez
Finish Line Timers Chief: David Pio

Thank you in advance to these fine folks who have thrown their hats in the ring for next year:
Proposed 2014-15 Booster Board and Committee Chairs:
President: Laura Hodges
VP/Treasurer: Lan Shirazi
Vice President: Jennifer Williams
Communications: Tina Stout
Volunteer Coordinator: MaryLou Cahir
Snack Stand Co-chairs: Karen Hunt, Chris Edmonds, Deida Merkens, MaryLou Cahir
Apparel Co-Chairs: Daryle Anielo (TeamWear/Uniforms); Kim Robinson (Spirit Gear)
Banner/Sponsorship Sales: Denny Hooten and Steve Delk
Restaurant & Sales-related Fundraising:Open
Banquet Coordinators: Kelly Perez, Michelle Lautanen, Dawn Robinson
Snack Stand Set-up/tear down: Henry Perez (need additional muscle!)
Finish Line Timers Chief: David Pio

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CIF Divisional Finals Results

Congratulations to freshman Shante Robinson on winning Division 2 300 Hurdles! She qualified to run in that event at Masters Friday at Cerritos — the last stop before State! We wish her all the best! If you’d like to support her by cheering her on in the stands, here’s all the info:

2014 Masters and State Info

Our other athletes competed valiantly and some medaled, but eventually did not qualify to continue. Congratulations to all on these strong performances:

Natasha Brunstein, 1600 m, 8th in Division 2

Robert McMahon, 110 HH, 5th in Division 2

Brandon Mills, Discus, 6th in Division 2

Shante Robinson, 100 HH, 4th in Division 2

Matt Wenner, High Jump, 6th in Division 2

Girls 4×400 Relay, 7th in Division 2

Boys 4×400 Relay, 9th in Division 2

For Full Results Click HERE

For a Full List of Qualifiers, Click Here



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CIF Competition Continues

What a Banquet! It was a new PR — 365 folks gathered at the Marriott Monday night for our Team Banquet! Thanks to all who helped make it a success, and congratulations to all of our fantastic athletes! Kudos to Josh Block and Abby Hong, winners of the Adam Frand Memorial Award. If you still need to pay for your dinner, please send your payment via your athlete to Coach Calderon or Coach Russell (or you can mail it to PO Box 1195, MB, CA 90267.

CIF Competition Continues Saturday, May 24th! Eleven athletes are slated to compete Saturday in the next step of CIF competition — Southern Section Divisional Finals. This is the same location as Cal Relays, so if you went there, you know where you’re going.

Competitors and their events/qualifying marks are:
Natasha Brunstein, 1600m, (5:04.73)
Shante Robinson, 100m hurdles (14.65), 300m hurdles (43.42)
Robert McMahon, 110 hurdles (14.84)
Matt Wenner, high jump (6-4)
Brandon Mills, Discus, (157-03)
Girls 4×400 relay (3:59.16): Emily Jones, Shante Robinson, Myan Elrington, Camille Mills
Boys 4×400 relay (3:25.58): Niko Pappas, PJ Onusconich, Robert McMahon, Josh Block

Field events begin at 11 am, Running events begin at 1. There will be eight heats  (4 boys, 4 girls) in each running event (in the order of a dual meet). Good luck Mustangs!

Here’s a link for directions: http://cms.cerritos.edu/campus-guide/directions-to-campus.htm
(The parking for the track is along Alondra. There is a fee for parking and entry, so cash is king!)

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Banquet Update and CIF prelims results

CIF SS D2 Prelims: Congrats to our CIF SS D2 Finalists: We had 23 athletes compete today at Moorpark. Congrats to all for their efforts. It was a tough field — but we have athletes moving on to D2 Finals in 8 events! Competing next Saturday at Cerritos:

Natasha Brunstein, 1600m, (5:04.73)
Shante Robinson, 100m hurdles (14.65), 300m hurdles (43.42)
Robert McMahon, 110 hurdles (14.84)
Matt Wenner, high jump (6-4)
Brandon Mills, Discus, (157-03)
Girls 4×400 relay (3:59.16): Emily Jones, Shante Robinson, Myan Elrington, Camille Mills
Boys 4×400 relay (3:25.58): Niko Pappas, PJ Onusconich, Robert McMahon, Josh Block

Full Results, plus videos are HERE

Biggest Banquet Ever! We have 336 confirmed attendees for Monday night’s Banquet. We have had a large number of late RSVPs, and so we must thank the Marriott in advance for allowing us to go past the deadline (that was Wednesday, by the way….) If you want to make sure your response has been received, you can check out the Who’s Coming List. (Inclusion on the list doesn’t necessarily mean your payment has been received — some have given verbal “yes” and promised to send in payment, so please do so!). If you’re not on the list and think you have bought your ticket already, please email Laura Hodges immediately.

Banquet Help: We will have a group (and need more folks) to help put together our centerpieces tomorrow between Noon and 2. (The Marriott has reserved a smaller room for us to do this since our Banquet room will be in use until 4:15!) We will also need a group to help with check-in from 5 until 6:15. And, there are a couple of mid-day errands to bet run a gifts to be wrapped. Please email us at MCTrackBoosters@gmail.com if you can help out for a couple of hours.

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Bay League Finals Results and Post Season

Bay League Finals: A gorgeous night for a track meet! The Mustangs finished first in 7 Varsity and 5 Frosh-Soph events! Congratulations to our Bay League Champions:

Varsity Bay League Champions
Natasha Brunstein,  Girls 1600 m
Josh Block,  Boys 400 m
Chris Fong, Boys Triple Jump
Kimi Markley, Girls Triple Jump
Robert McMahon, Boys 110 Hurdles
PJ Onusconich, Boys 300 Hurdles
Shante Robinson, Girls 300 Hurdles

Frosh/Soph Bay League Champions
Girls 4×100 Relay: Alexa Clark, Shannon Perez, Shayne Ward, Kyra McClain
Alexa Faubert, Girls High Jump
Fabien Franck-Love, Boys 300 Hurdles
Olivia McKinnon, Girls Pole Vault
Fred Robinson, Boys Triple Jump

On to the post-season! While athletes competing at the Frosh-Soph level have concluded competition for the 2014 season, our qualifying Varsity athletes begin CIF Divisional competition this coming Saturday, May 17, at Moorpark High School’s CIF D2 Prelims (Field Events begin at 11:00 am; Running Events begin at Noon.) Moorpark High School is located at: 4500 Tierra Rejada Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021

Congratulations to our Qualifiers:

Varsity Boys 4×100 Relay
Varsity Girls 4×100 Relay
Varsity Boys 4×400
Varsity Girls 4×400
Yasmine Al-Uqdah High Jump
Carter Anderson 200m
Alison Bartak High Jump
Josh Block 400m
Natasha Brunstein 1600m
Chris Fong Long Jump and Triple Jump
Alexis Johnson 3200m
Zack Johnson 110H
Juliana Loiola 100H
Kimi Markley 100m , Long Jump and Triple Jump
Robert McMahon 110H  and 300H
Brandon Mills Shot Put and Discus
P.J. Onusconich 110H and 300H
Niko Pappas 800m
Shante Robinson 100H and 300H
Chelsea Tatum Shot Put
Matt Wenner High Jump

Here is the CIF Division 2 Prelims Performance List

Banquet RSVPs — keep ‘em coming: If you have not bought your tickets for the Team Banquet, do so as soon as possible! Send in your check and completed response via your athlete. All the details are on the Banquet Tab.


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