A preseason Q & A with head coach Sean Brosnan
I just started my 4th year coaching cross country and track for Newbury Park.
What's your meet schedule:
The main meets for the Newbury Park guys are:
Woodbridge Invite (September 22)
Clovis Invite (October 12)
CIF California State Championships (Nov 30)
NXN (December 6)
What was one important moment over the summer with your team and why? (Camp/Preseason Meeting/Etc.)
I would say our top 10 guys living in Big Bear (altitude) for 4 weeks. They made a commitment to be the best in the country. The team became much closer after this trip and more focused. Even more than the physiological benefit, it was a great way to bond as a team to understand what lies ahead this fall and what it will take to reach their goals.
What's the focus on training over the summer for the varsity squad?
Lots of things are the focus. Getting stronger all around, working on speed (we do this all year), building our miles up, getting good sleep, and good eating habits. Our summer is about starting our progression towards the CA State Championships and NXN. We basically focus on a lot of things
Which athletes do you see as a probable five/top seven this season?
It's always hard to say this early, but if I had to guess today my for sure top 4:
Then we have a bunch of others gunning for the 5,6,7 spots. It's almost impossible to tell as of yet. Any of the following guys could make those spots:
Which athletes have taken a bigger role in terms of veteran leadership?
Jace Aschbrenner and Nico Young for sure! They are true leaders with commitment and getting the team to believe.
How have they shown it/what will you expect from them in 2019?
They train very hard and very smart. They are both completely coachable and allow me to coach them 100% no questions. They have complete trust in me as their coach and that's so important in order to be successful. I think a bunch of course records will go down in the races we focus on. Individual records and team records.
Who are some new faces who will make an impact in 2019? (i.e. freshmen, transfers, runners who've improved)
The freshman Young twins (Lex Young and Leo Young) The have an older brother as a great role model.
Aaron Cantu (Freshman).
Matthew Siroky (Senior who moved from Las Vegas area).
Also, a Junior who is a completely different runner than last year - Tommy McDonell.
Six weeks before the state championships, what's a staple workout that's readying this team for the postseason run?
What will success look like in 2019 for this team?
California DII State Champions
What's the biggest challenge facing this team this fall?
Making sure we don't over race and holding the guys back. In a perfect world, we would only race once in September, once in October, and then start the CIF rounds in November.
Is there a quote or a saying, or a purpose your team lives by? What is it and why?
I get this from coach Martin (Adams State coach): "There are a lot of places that want to be excellent, there are few that live it day in and day out." It reminds the Newbury Park team what we need to do day in and day out to be excellent!
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Projected Top 5:
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MileSplit50 Boys Team National Rankings Countdown
|RANK||DATE -- TEAM|
|Aug. 20 -- Farmington (UT)|
|Aug. 20 -- Loan Peak (UT)|
|Aug. 20 -- Kamiakin (WA)|
|Aug. 20 -- Hersey (IL)|
|Aug. 20 -- Davis (UT)|
|20||Aug. 21 -- Jesuit (OR)|
|19||Aug. 22 -- Clovis North (CA)|
|18||Aug. 23 -- Bishop Hendricken (RI)|
|17||Aug. 24 -- Southlake Carroll (TX)|
|16||Aug. 25 -- La Salle Academy (RI)|
|15||Aug. 26 -- El Paso Eastwood (TX)|
|14||Aug. 27 -- Lewis And Clark (WA)|
|13||Aug. 28 -- Dublin (CA)|
|12||Aug. 29 -- St. Charles East (IL)|
|11||Aug. 30 -- Tahoma Senior (WA)|
|10||Aug. 31 -- Christian Brothers (NJ)|
|9||Sept. 1 -- Wheaton Warrenville South (IL)|
|8||Sept. 2 -- Corner Canyon (UT)|
|7||Sept. 3 -- Dakota Ridge (CO)|
|6||Sept. 4 -- The Woodlands (TX)|
|5||Sept. 6 -- York (IL)|
|4||Sept. 6 -- FM (NY)|
|3||Sept. 6 -- Newbury Park (CA)|
|2||Sept. 6 -- Great Oak (CA)|
|1||Sept. 6 -- Loudoun Valley (VA)|