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2023 XC Season

The 2023 Season officially begins on Mon Aug 7th and runs through Beg Nov for most athletes or End Nov for Varsity Athletes.

Practice once school starts w/c Aug 14th is Mon, Wed, Fri, 3:15-approx 5:15pm at the track. On Tues and Thurs practice will start at 3:50-approx 5:50pm.

Saturdays (non meet days) - 9am.  Mandatory for varsity, recommended for all other runners.


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We will keep posting info for the Mats XC 2023 season here. 

In order to receive team emails for the XC2023 season you MUST send your athletes name and email and parent name and email to

Recent Matadors Cross Country News

Ed Sias Invitational Final Results

By Ellen Parker 09/12/2023, 9:00pm PDT

Ed Sias Invitational Final Results

Thank you to Team Parent Stephanie Kreutzer for putting together this summary for the Ed Sias Invitational:


The Boys Varsity and Frosh/Soph teams beat the NCS Division 4 rivals, Bishop O’Dowd High School, and Piedmont High School.

The Boys Freshman team beat the NCS Division 4 rivals, St. Mary’s High School, and Piedmont High School. The Boys Freshman team also beat Campolindo High School.


We had 5 runners who placed in the top twenty.

Brendon Collins placed 1st in the Boys Freshman race with a time of 11:22. 

Preston Repulles placed 4th in the Boys Frosh/Soph race with a time of 11:14.

Logan Letulle placed 5th in the Boys Varsity race with a time of 10:35.

James Jenkins placed 6th in the Boys Varsity race with a time of 10:39.

Grace Bell placed 16th in the Girls Varsity Race with a time of 13:22.



The biggest PR for this race was Angel Godinez, who improved his time by an amazing 1:29!


Here are the other big PR’s.

James Jenkins improved by 1:07.

Parker Hjortsvang improved by 0:48.

Madeline Hulse improved by 0:44

Logan Letulle improved by 0:42.

Casey Scheiner improved by 0:26.

Nicole Bevacqua improved by 0:23

Sasha Bevacqua improved by 0:11.

Nicole Yeo improved by 0:02


Final results can be found here on XCStats  or here on





The link to register for XC Stats is here

Detailed directions on how to register can also be found here

The registration code is Matsxc!  (make sure to use a capital M and an exclamation point)



Weekly Update Friday 9/1/23 from Coach Andrew

By Ellen Parker 09/01/2023, 6:00pm PDT

Please see the update below from Coach Andrew: 


Labor Day Weekend Practice Times & Locations

9/2 Saturday - 9AM at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez. Long run and preview of the course for the Ed Sias Invitational next week. Please reach out to Coach Julia at if you'd like to make carpool arrangements. 

9/4 Monday - 9AM at Miramonte. Not required if out of town for Labor Day.


9/5 - Team Picture Day

Tuesday Sept 5th is team photo day. All athletes should arrive at practice wearing their white XC23 team shirts and black athletic shorts (the same pair they will be racing in). Everyone will also have an individual photo taken after the team picture. Ordering this photo is of course optional but it will be taken just in case. Seniors are to bring their race singlet to wear for their individual photos which will also be used for senior banners.


Text "2324MIRXC" to 90738 to opt-in for picture day


There is NO PREPAY, you just need to Opt-In/Subscribe via text message, before picture day. Once pictures are ready for ordering, you will receive the link and access code to order if you like the photo. All orders are mailed directly to parents' homes. It's that easy!

*Parents MUST opt-in via text to receive the ordering link and SPECIAL PROMOTIONS

9/7 - Snap! Raise Fundraiser beginning

We're kicking off our annual fundraiser with Snap! Raise this season, the nation's leading fundraising platform for groups, clubs and high school teams. For the past 10 years, Snap! Raise has helped our program regularly raise more than $10,000 a season! We are excited to get started and have one vital request. I ask that you help your student-athlete identify a minimum of 20 people they will reach out to via Snap! Raise. We are planning to start the fundraiser on Thursday, September 9th and your athlete will be asked to create their account and have their profile picture and emails uploaded by end of day Wednesday, September 8th. If your athlete has previously participated in a Snap! Raise fundraiser the emails used last time will be pre-entered when they join this year's fundraiser. If you do not wish for the same people to be asked again to donate you or your athlete must manually remove those emails from their account before the start of the fundraiser on 9/9.

The list of 20 people could include many of your child’s biggest fans and needs to be completed in full to ensure our campaign is set up for success. It is my hope and goal that each student will have a major impact on our program. Through Snap! Raise's system we can track everyone's participation and as a member of this program we are asking everyone to do their part and fully support this effort.

Here are 20 examples of people your child could consider adding:
Family doctor
Church/Social leader
Family friend #1
Family friend #2
Former coach/ Middle School coach
School alumni
Local business that knows you
Parent co-worker(s)
Friends of parent
Adult sibling(s)
Local Fire Dept/Police Dept

Thanks for your continued support of our program!


9/9 - Ed Sias Invitational

Last week at practice athletes confirmed their availability for the Ed Sias Invitational on Saturday 9/9. All athletes are expected to attend if able as this is a required meet for Athletic PE credit and minimum season participation. Athletes should arrive at least 90 mins before the start time of the race they are entered in to allow time to find our team's tent, walk the course, and warm up. After completing their race and doing a cooldown run athletes are free to leave, but are encouraged to stay and cheer on their teammates as their Saturday schedule allows.


Lafayette Chipotle Fundraiser, 4pm - 8pm. The evening after this meet we will have a team fundraiser at Chipotle, Lafayette. Chipotle have kindly agreed to donate 33% of all event sales to the team.  






The meet is at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez. Expect to need to find street parking along Center Ave and side streets as the park's small parking lot will likely be full by 7:30 AM. The race schedule is below and our team's entries will be sent out by email/posted at practice next week once finalized. 


RACE SCHEDULE (all races are run on the same 2-mile course)
  8:30 am - Community Race UNLIMITED (Parents & siblings welcome. $15 to register morning of by 8AM)
  9:00 am - Boys' Frosh 7 Runner Limit
  9:25 am - Boys' Frosh Soph 7 Runner Limit
  9:50 am - Girls' Frosh Soph 7 Runner Limit
10:15 am - Boys' Varsity SMALL SCHOOL 7 Runner Limit
10:40 am - Girls' Varsity SMALL SCHOOL 7 Runner Limit
11:55 am - Boys' Junior Varsity 7 Runner Limit
12:20 am - Girls' Junior Varsity 7 Runner Limit

12:45 am - Boys' FS & JV OVERFLOW
  1:10 am - Girls' FS & JV OVERFLOW


More information is available on the Meet Website.

Link to team photos:

Thank you,

Coach Andrew

Hi Mats XC parents and athletes,

The season got off to a great start with Time Trials last Thursday and the 5-School Scrimmage Saturday (see below for links to  results).  

Please see reminders below about team photo day Tuesday Sept 5.

Thanks to everyone who has already paid team dues, purchased Jamba Juice fundraiser cards, and signed up for parent volunteer opportunities from previous emails. Information is re-posted below in case everyone has not had a chance to do so yet. 

Register on XC Stats and Time Trial/Scrimmage Results

Please see this message from Team Parent Stephanie Kreutzer, XC Stats Website Coordinator:

Welcome to the 2023 Cross Country Season! We will be using XC Stats to record and report each athlete’s individual results from every meet. Athletes can also use XC Stats to make goals and keep track of their progress.

If you have not already registered for XC Stats, you can do so here

Detailed directions on how to register can also be found here

The registration code is Matsxc!  (make sure to use a capital M and an exclamation point)

Thursday’s Time Trial results can be found on either on XC stats or here on

Saturday’s 5-School Scrimmage results can also be found on XC Stats or here on

Stephanie Kreutzer

Tuesday Sept 5th is team photo day

Please find a message from our photographer Home Team photo.

It’s a new kind of picture day! For those that have photographed with us before, this change might be a little different. There is NO PREPAY (yay!), you just need to Opt-In/Subscribe via text message, before picture day. Once pictures are ready for ordering, you will receive the link and access code to order if you like the photo. All orders are mailed directly to parents' homes.  It's that easy! :)  *Parents MUST opt-in via text to receive the ordering link and SPECIAL PROMOTIONS

Text "2324MIRXC" to 90738 to opt-in for picture day

Picture/Senior Banners Day - Tuesday Sept 5th is team photo day. All athletes should arrive wearing their team t-shirt and black sweats that day. Any pair of black sweats is fine.  Everyone will also have an individual photo taken - ordering this photo is of course optional but it will be taken just in case.

Seniors you need to wear your racing singlet and black racing shorts/spandex underneath your tshirt/joggers for your solo photo. You do not need to pay for your banner - this is included in this years' team fees so nothing extra. Banners will be displayed at the track and will be yours to take home at the end of the season. Please let me know if you do not wish to participate.  Unfortunately if you are absent on picture day you won’t be able to get a banner.

Team Captains' Jamba Juice Fundraiser

Please see this message from the Team Captains: 

Jamba Juice have provided us with some amazing BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) fundraising cards. We have 100 so ideally would like everyone on the team to buy a minimum of 1 each. Hoping all athletes and parents can support this quick little fundraiser!

Each card costs $10 and these cards are pre-loaded with 6 x Buy One Get One Free punches on them meaning the card gives you 6 opportunities to order 2 smoothies and only pay for 1. At only $10 each the card pays for itself after the first visit! Enjoy two healthy drinks for you and a friend for the price of one and feel good that you are also helping the team. 

Venmo $10 per card to Kathryn-Bell-15 or give your $10 and your name to Grace Bell at practice this week so we can make sure everyone gets the cards as soon as possible! If you need to pay any other way text 925-317-2006.

The money raised goes directly to support team activities and events planned by captains this season. Cards will be distributed to athletes/families who have purchased at an upcoming practice. Here’s the small print/lowdown :)

Each $10 card has:

Six – Buy one get one free “punches”
Limit one redemption/ use per card/per visit
Good for any size smoothie
Valid at all Jamba Juice stores nationwide (may not be valid at Airports, Safeway, Hawaii, Downtown Disney, etc.)
If someone loses or has their cards stolen no returns or refunds will be accepted. (Tip - load the card code onto the app so you don’t lose.)

The swipe cards expire 6 months once they're loaded onto the app.

Parent  Volunteer opportunities --

Please see this message from Team Parent  Rebecca Verity, Team Volunteer Coordinator:

Hey fellow XC parents!

As Coach Julie described on our call today, it takes a (big!) village to run a team.  We are asking every family to sign up for a minimum of two volunteer positions per kid, and those opportunities come in several categories:

1. Team Photographers.  These absolute heroes use their talents and cameras - no need to be a professional (by a long shot) but a zoom lens does help - to attend meets and snap as many of our runners as possible.  The photos parent volunteers have taken of my runners are truly some of the most treasured I have of my kids.  We are hoping that several parents with an interest in photography step up and share the load.  You'll organize amongst yourselves  to split meets so you don't have to cover any entire event, and then upload photos to a shared team album.

2. Meet Volunteers.  These heroes keep our kids healthy and keep events running smoothly.  You'll either pick up the team's 5 gallon drink coolers and bring them, filled to the meet, OR bring (or send) bars or fruit, OR volunteer as a judge or other meet staff member.  Please click here to sign up as a meet volunteer!!

3. Team Dinner Volunteers.  These awesome peeps help us build the community that is why our kids run, and why our kids stay healthy and happy in high school and beyond!  Those sign ups will be rolling out as the Dinner Organizing Team gets all the details worked out, but mark your dinners now to attend Team Dinners on Tuesday, Sept 26; Tuesday, October 17 (my husband's birthday! I'll bring cupcakes); and Friday, November 3.  Dinners are so much fun for athletes, and are a fantastic way to get to know the other running families! (And trust me, when you need a PT recommendation, a great shoe store, or an emergency ride for your kid to a Saturday meet, you're going to be glad you went).  Watch this inbox for the opportunity to volunteer at a dinner, if that's your jam.

Also, if you didn't make it to the team meeting, Coach Julia is offering to coordinate after practice weekday car pools, for families who would prefer that as an option - just drop her an email if you're interested.

Thanks to our fabulous coaches and good luck to our amazing kids!

Rebecca Verity
Team Volunteer Coordinator

Mats XC23 Team Dues - These are now live on the webstore.  Please click the following link (or copy/paste into your browser)

Hopefully we can get 100% participation from the team and everyone can contribute to the season. (In case you needed to check, this is not something you have already paid on Mats Day, as they were just uploaded today 8/25.)

Remember team dues pay for competition costs, buses to some of those meets, our coaches stipends, singlets and t-shirts, end of season banquet and more

The link to the recording of the parent meeting last Thursday night is

Go Mats! This is our database for collecting athlete competition data. All athletes need to set up an account.

Meet Volunteer Sign Up

2023 Parent Meet Volunteer Signup: We depend on parent volunteers for a successful season. Each family is expected to cover at least 3 sign up slots (meets and/or dinners) each season.

Dinners Volunteer Sign Up

2023 Parent Team Dinner Volunteer Signup: We depend on parent volunteers for a successful season. Each family is expected to cover at least 3 sign up slots (meets and/or dinners) each season.