General Information

Friday, June 14 2019

— 2020 CYO Track & Field  — 

St. Felicitas & St. John’s

(Also OLG & Transfiguration Distance Runners) 

Practice Begins Monday, Feb. 3rd 

Boys & Girls — Kindergarten thru 8th Grade  

Everyone only competes against athletes in their own grade! 

SPRINTERS & FIELD EVENTS:  Practice will be held Monday thru Friday at St. Felicitas from 3:15–4:15 PM for all sprinters (50, 100, 200, & 400) and field event athletes (long jump, high jump, softball throw, tetherball toss, and shot put). All sprinters & field event athletes must attend at least 2 of these 5 practices each week.

LONG DISTANCE RUNNERS (800 & 1600 meter events):  Practice for long distance runners — 800 (1/2 mile) and 1600 (mile) — will be held Sunday thru Friday at Lake Chabot. Monday thru Friday practice = 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Sunday practice = 12 Noon to 1:00 PM. All distance runners must attend at least 3 of the 6 distance practices each week.

Meets are usually held on Sunday afternoons (starting at 12:00 Noon) at James Logan High School in Union City. 

Distance runners who also compete in the sprints or field events do not have to attend any of the sprint/field event practices since they will be attending at least 3 distance practices each week, but they may attend the sprint/field event practices if they wish (but only in addition to the 3 mandatory distance practices each week). 






2020 Junior Olympic Track & Field 

Feb. 3, 2020 – Aug. 2, 2020  

Club Fee = $275 

But, $75 off for those who train in Altra Escalante Training Shoes or Altra Kids One Jr. Running Shoes.   

Also, $50 off for those who race in Spiked Shoes (or Saucony Killkenny X-C Racing Flats or Altra Vanish Racing Shoes).  

Finally, $125 off for those who both train & race in the shoes that I recommend (therefore, club fee = $150). 

* SHOES FOR SALE — I sell all of the above shoes except for the Vanish. Altra Kids One Jr. Running Shoes = $50, Altra Escalante Training Shoes = $100, Saucony Racing Flats = $50, Spiked Racing Shoes = $50 


J.O. T&F Practice Schedule (starting Feb. 3rd)   

Practice is held 6 days a week (Sunday–Friday) at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley.  

Practice is 4:30 to 5:30 PM (Except Sunday = 12 Noon to 1:00 PM) 

Once the CYO track MEETS begin, Sunday practices (for those who don't have a meet on Sunday) will be held in Pleasanton from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (held at the Pleasanton Sports & Recreation Park – also called Ken Mercer Sports Park). 

Parking at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley is now FREE! Just tell the man who collects the parking fee that you are with my running team and he will let you park for free! But if you want to buy a yearly pass to all of the East Bay Regional Parks, you can go here (good for 365 days): 





California Grizzlies J.O. Running Club

— Mike Exton, the coach for the team, is a retired public school teacher who has been involved with cross-country and track & field for the last 56 years (since he was 8 years old). Many of his runners have qualified and run in the National Championships. Several boys & girls have made All-American (top 25 in the USA) while 2 runners won the Nationals. These 2 runners also set national records as the fastest runners ever in the history of the USA. One runner even raced in the World Championships (in Ireland) as part of America’s National Under 20 Cross-Country team. Coach Exton has also coached a California High School State Champion on three different occasions and a 3rd place finisher twice. Altogether, his runners have won 9 national championships and 3 California HS state championships, as well as set 5 national age group records. Finally, in 2018, nearly 90% of the members of the California Grizzlies Running Club qualified & ran in the USA Junior Olympics Cross-Country NATIONAL Championships. 



This running club is primarily for boys & girls from 3rd–12th grade. In order to join our club each athlete must be able to run 2 miles without stopping or walking. Runners below 3rd grade who are also able to run 2 miles without stopping or walking may be given special permission to join. All runners are expected to attend at least 3 of our 6 practices each week. Finally, please do NOT plan any extended vacations (of more than 2 or 3 days) in close proximity to our championship meets which occur between the end of October and the beginning of December during the cross-country season. Therefore, please do NOT plan any extended vacations (of more than 2 or 3 days) during the Thanksgiving break (as this occurs shortly before the National X-C J.O. Championship meet). 


If interested in joining our club, please email Coach Exton at:


Instructions for running in the USATF Junior Olympics   

All runners must become a member of USATF in order to compete in the USATF Junior Olympic Championship Races. 

So, IF you are NOT already a member of USATF, you must do the following: 


STEP 1 — Register as a member of USATF  


When signing up to become a member of USA T&F online, do NOT register as part of a team. Instead, register as an “Individual Member.” Then on the application it will say “Club Number.” Do NOT put a club number, instead leave the club number blank. 

After you get your USATF membership number, immediately send in your Birth Certificate. 


STEP 2 — Send in Birth Certificate (after you receive your USATF membership number) IMMEDIATELY!!! 

To have an athlete’s birth date verified, email a copy of the athlete’s birth certificate with the athlete’s USATF number and name to Heike Mansoor:   
After verification, all birth certificates are shredded. 

Most races have an entry fee of about $7.00 (but the championship meets are about $10.00).


STEP 3 — Bring your USATF membership number with you to EVERY meet.   


Additional Information for USATF Junior Olympics:  


Contact Information for USATF Junior Olympics: 





Altra Escalante $130 

I sell these for $100.


Altra Kids' One Jr  $60 

I sell these for $50.  



Saucony Killkenny X-C Racing Flats (Good for all surfaces) 

I sell these for $50.


Spiked X-C Shoes (Only for dirt/grass surfaces; NO concrete or asphalt)  

I sell these for $50.   


Altra Vanish XC Racing Shoes (5 oz) = $80 (Great for dirt/grass, but can also be worn on concrete/asphalt)


Brooks Mach 18 Spikeless = $90 (these are only recommended for HS runners) 

(Great for dirt/grass surfaces when you aren't allowed to use spiked shoes; NO concrete or asphalt) 






Start of 2020 Cross-Country Section

(Practice begins August 3rd for J.O. X-C)  

— 2020 J.O. Cross-Country Racing Schedule —  

Tentative Race Schedule (All races except Nationals are held on Sunday mornings): 


Sun, October 25th = San Francisco, CA   

Sun, November 1st = Menlo Park, CA  

Sun, November 8th = Folsom, CA (near Sacramento)  

Sun, November 15th = Pleasanton, CA 

Sun, November 22nd = Folsom, CA (Pacific Association Championship) 

Sun, November 29th = Fresno, CA (Region 14 Championship) 

Sat, December 5th = AAU National Championship (location?)   

Sun, December 6th = Pleasanton, CA

Sat, December 12th = USATF National Championship (location?) 








         OLG & Transfiguration 


Practice Begins August 17th, 2020 

6:00 to 7:00 PM 

Sunday–Friday = Lake Chabot (but no practice on meet days) — FREE Parking! 

Sunday Practice is limited to 3rd graders & above (NO K-2 at Sunday practices)   

Cross-Country is for All Grades (K–8) — Both Boys & Girls 

Race Distance: ½ Mile for K-2; 1-Mile for 3rd-8th 

Grades K-2: Must attend at least 2 practice each week (but more is recommended)  

Grades 3–8: Must attend at least 3 practices each week (but more is recommended 


— CYO Tentative X-C RACE SCHEDULE (2020 Season) — 

All meets begin at 5:30 except for the last meet which begins at 5:00 sharp!!! 

Arrive at all meets 1 hour before they begin. 

#1 — Sept. 18th — Crown Beach in Alameda? (or Canyon MS?)  

#2 — Sept. 25th  — Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland?  

#3 — Oct. 2nd — Garin Park in Hayward (Relay Meet)?  

#4 — Oct. 9th — Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland?  

#5 — Oct. 16th — Crown Beach in Alameda? (or Canyon MS?) Championship Meet!  

This diocese championship race starts at 5 PM sharp! Arrive by 4:00 PM!!! 

Awards ceremony afterwards (probably won't end until about 6:30 PM or later). 


RUNNING SHOES:  I sell running shoes!!! 


CYO X-C Registration Requirements (OLG & Transfiguration)  

You Can NOT Practice UNTIL You Hand In ALL Of the Following:


1. Copy of parish boundary map with your home marked on the map (this is the Transfiguration boundary map; if you live in Castro Valley but you are not in the Transfiguration boundary zone, then you live in the OLG boundary zone).

        AND Copy of a utility bill for proof of residency

        OR Enrollment in CCD at Transfiguration or OLG


2. Filled out CYO Registration Card


3. Signed Diocese of Oakland (X-C) Track Release Form

(we use this form for cross-country as well as for track & field)


4. Signed CYO Code of Conduct Form


5. Signed CYO Concussion Information Form


6. Birth Certificate 


7. FEE = $50 (make check payable to "Mike Exton")  













Link to join AAU:

For Sport, Choose:  T&F (X-Country)

The cost to join AAU is $14.   

For Member of a Club?  Click “NO, not at this time” (“unattached” athlete)  



Altra Vanish = $100
Most people use these for road races & for extremely fast short workouts. Very similar to the Topo ST-2 (down below) but even lighter!

Neutral, natural-style running shoes. These shoes need to be ordered.    


Topo ST-2 or ST-3  = $90  

These shoes are good for runners who like to train in super light & extremely natural-style running shoes. 

These shoes are extremely neutral & natural-style running shoes. These shoes are light enough to race in. 
Transports in Oakland has these shoes.  


If you mention that you are on a running club you will usually get a 10% discount at most running stores. 





Awesome 15 Second Video of X-C Race Thru Lake:


Women’s Steeplechase at 2017 World T&F Championships: 


Dave Wottle in the 800 final at the 1972 Olympics: 


Jim Ryun Vs Marty Liquori in the 1971 Dream Mile:   

1971 Dream Mile (Jim Ryun & Marty Liquori…) 


Galen Rupp Runs 2:06 Marathon in Prague: 


2004 NCAA X-C Men’s Championship Race: 


HSInvitational X-C Video: