2018 Woodbridge Classic and Disneyland Trip

This year, the Rio Cross Country team will complete in the Woodbridge High School Cross Country Classic Race at the Silverlakes Sports Complex in Norco on Friday, September 14, 2018, followed the next day (Saturday, September 15, 2018) by a trip to Disneyland. The group will leave the Rio High School parking lot in cars driven by parents, after school on Thursday, September 13, returning on Sunday, September 16 (that means that students will miss school on Friday, September 14). The revised itinerary for the trip can be accessed at riotrackxc.com. Please review the Itinerary for trip cost breakdowns and details.

STUDENTS: To join the team on this non-mandatory trip, you must:

  1. Complete the Student Field Trip Authorization form and the Student Contract and return them to Coach Anton; and
  2. Pay for the trip either by check, made payable to Rio Americano Athletic Boosters (RAAB) or by credit card through RAAB’s online payment system (NOTE: a 3.1% service fee is charged when paying via credit card). Also note that the cost of the trip increased by a bit to reflect the summer increase in the price for Disneyland tickets. If you’ve already paid in full, don’t worry about the increase. The trip can be paid in full or in two increments of $150 each, with the first payment due July 15, and the final payment due August 17. If this timeline creates a problem for you, let Coach Anton know and we can try to make other arrangements.

PARENTS: Would you like to be a parent driver and chaperone on this trip?

If yes, THANK YOU! Driving to Southern California with a carload of kids is truly a labor of love. The trip is a blast and you will have a great time getting to know all the fabulous Rio parents, coaches, and runners! We appreciate your willingness to help make this trip possible! For the safety of our students, there are three steps necessary for a parent to serve as a driver:

  1. You must complete a Volunteer Personal Automobile Use Form and submit it along with a copy of your driver’s license and insurance policy declaration page back to the Rio principal’s office. This form must be completed each year, so if you completed it last year, you still need to fill out a new one this year (Coach Anton has hard copies of this document if you’d prefer to get one from him instead).
  2. Complete an Adult/Parent/Guardian/Chaperone Field Trip Authorization form and return it to Anton (or pick up a hard copy of this form from Anton to complete).
  3. You must have your fingerprints on file in the San Juan Unified School District Office. (Fingerprints taken for another school district or your job will not work.) To do this, complete a San Juan Unified School District Human Resources Fingerprint Authorization Form, also available in the principal’s office at Rio. This form must contain an original signature from Principal Ginter. Coach Anton also has a few of these signed forms if you’d like to get one from him. Once you complete this form, you’ll need to make an appointment with the San Juan Unified School District to get fingerprinted. Do this as soon as possible, as it takes a few weeks to process. It is free for parent volunteers. If you have already been fingerprinted by the San Juan Unified School District, please provide us with the following information about you so that we can make sure the district has your fingerprints on file: Full Legal Name, Date of Birth and last four digits of your Social Security Number.

The kids generally head to Disneyland with other kids, so parents have Saturday to themselves. If you’d like to purchase additional park hopper tickets to Disneyland, you can purchase them for $156 per person via check made payable to RAAB and given to Coach Anton, or via credit card through RAAB online. Please note that payment by credit card will incur a 3.1% service charge.

Parent chaperones may book rooms at the same hotel in which the students are staying by using their credit cards. A block of rooms (at a discount rate) has been reserved under the Rio Americano High School Cross Country Team. All rooms reserved include two queen-sized beds, with a twin roll-away bed option. To reserve a parent room, call the in-house reservation line at Howard Johnson at 714/766-6120, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You must reserve your parent room by August 15 at the latest.

Direct student or parent questions to Jennifer Taylor-Karperos at karperos@sbcglobal.net or Coach Anton at antonescay@hotmail.com.

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2018 Rio Americano Cross Country Uniform Details

New uniforms and gear can be purchased via Athletics Unlimited.

  • All orders will be delivered to Rio Americano High School
  • Estimated ship date: August 6th
  • No returns or exchanges on decorated apparel
  • No orders will be taken after the deadline: July 9th

In addition to purchasing your own uniform, a limited number of uniforms are available for check out at no cost to you. Contact Coach Anton for details.

2018 Girls Uniform

2018 Boys Uniform

2018 Rio Cross Country Complete Warm-up Set

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Rio Cross Country Communication: Meeting Highlights – 6/18/2018

Highlights from Coach Anton’s meeting at Bella Bru on 6/18/2018 regarding the upcoming Cross Country season. All questions or comments should be directed to Coach Anton at (916) 801-8110 or antonescay@hotmail.com. Last updated on 6/21/2018.

Be sure to join the Rio Cross Country mailing list to stay informed on everything Rio XC!

2018 Summer Running Schedule

Non-mandatory Summer running will begin on June 18th at 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Bella Bru Cafe (5038 Fair Oaks Blvd. Carmichael, CA 95608). Coach Anton will host every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the month of June. Once July starts, practices will move to Ancil Hoffman Park (6700 Tarshes Dr. Carmichael, Ca 95608). Details to follow regarding start times.

2018 Race Schedule

  • Sept. 1 – Lagoon Valley (Vacaville)
  • Sept. 8 – Willow Hills 5-Way Meet (Folsom)
  • Sept. 15 – Woodbridge Invitational (Norco)
  • Sept. 22 – Pacific Tiger (Stockton)
  • Sept. 29 – Capital Cross (Hagen Oaks)
  • Oct. 10 – Center Meet (Willow Hills, Folsom)
  • Oct. 17 – Hoka Postal Meet (Jesuit Hs.)
  • Oct. 24 – League Champs (Willow Hills, Folsom)
  • Nov. 3 – Sub Sections (Angels Camp)
  • Nov. 10 – Sections (Willow Hills, Folsom)
  • Nov. 24 – State Meet (Fresno)

Online Resources

  • Woodbridge Cross Country Classic – Disneyland Authorization Form & Itinerary
    • Online Payment through RAAB
    • Options include full payment ($298.70 for Runners only, due by July 15), partial payment (2 X $149.35 due by July 15/August 17, respectively. Runners only), and additional Disneyland tickets for parents and other family members.
    • First payment is non-refundable if your child has to cancel due to hotel payment requirements.
    • This meet and trip is not mandatory.
  • Rio Americano Cross Country Uniform and Gear Store
    • Closes on July 9th. If your child would like to purchase their uniforms, please order them before July 9th so that they arrive before the start of the season.
    • All other items in the store are not mandatory.
    • The store will reopen again when school starts for items such as warm-ups and team bags.
    • If you do not plan on purchasing your own uniform to keep, Coach Anton has 20 Girls and 20 Boys uniforms to be checked out for the season and must be returned.
  • RAAB membership, Athletic Clearance, Field Trip Chaperone, etc.
    • RAAB fees must be paid by mid-season.
    • Payment options include $75 for a single sport and $125 for multiple sports.
    • These fees help pay for races, stipends, and miscellaneous sport needs.
  • VDOT 02 Training App (app available via the App Store or Google Play)
    • The app and account are free.
    • Any GPS enabled watch that works with Garmin Connect or Strava will work with VDOT 02.
    • Smartphone apps may also be used but may present a challenge to carry/hold while running.

VDOT 02 can be used with Garmin Connect or Strava. So, you can use any GPS watch or Smartphone app to connect to either of these services which will then communicate to VDOT 02 after authorization (see screen shot below).

VDOT 02 Set up Screen

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2018 Cross Country Program Information & Schedule

For details about the 2018 schedule, Pizza Night, and Summer running, please open the 2018 RAHS Cross Country program flyer.

Highlights include:

  • Summer running begins on June 18th at 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Bella Bru Cafe (Parent/Athlete Meet and Greet with coaches after)
  • Running camp at Tahoe/Donner will be on July 20-22
  • The first meet of the season will be on September 1st at the Lagoon Valley Classic
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Rio Track and Field Weekly Communication: May 21 – May 28, 2018

2017-2018 Sac-Joaquin Boys Track Section ChampsRio Varsity Boys are your 2018 Sac Joaquin Section Division 3 Champions!

Congratulations to all the athletes who have moved on to compete at Masters on Thursday & Friday, May 24th & 25th, at Elk Grove High School.

Track & Field Banquet

We will have our 2018 Track & Field Banquet This Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Rio Cafeteria. We will be having food catered from Serritella’s Italian Restaurant, the cost is $10 per person if you are planning join for dinner. Please complete the banquet form and send it with your athlete so we can order enough food for everyone. Student Athletes can also turn the form and money into coach Boler’s office. We would like everyone to join us for this celebration and understand that the cost may be an issue for some families. If this is a concern please have your athlete speak confidentially with their coach. We want all our athletes to celebrate their accomplishments and be recognized together at the Banquet.

Sac Joaquin Section Masters

Thursday, May 24th & Friday May 25th at Elk Grove High School (9800 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove, CA) If you are competing in this meet please verify with your coaches what time you need to check in at the meet. Some students will have Early Dismissal on Thursday or Friday.

There is no school provided transportation for these meets, please coordinate transportation for your athlete.

We will have a tent set up in bleachers for athletes and parents to be together and cheer on the team. Look for the Rio Raiders tent!

Continue reading by opening the Rio Track and Field Weekly Update PDF for Monday, May 21, 2018.

Rio Cross Country Update

With the Track & Field Season coming to a close it is time to start thinking about cross country season. If you are interested in joining the Cross Country team, please add your contact information to the Rio Cross Country mailing list. We will this list to help you to stay informed on important meetings, practice schedules, and more.

The Cross Country Team will have a pizza night on Saturday, June 9th from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Roma’s pizza (6530 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, CA – no host, of course). Please RSVP to antonescay@hotmail.com. This will be a fun evening where the coaches and kids can get to meet and learn about the plans for the upcoming season. We would also like to see how many kids are interested in Tahoe/Donner trip? It will be Friday to Sunday, July 20-22, and the cost will be $100 per Student Athlete.

Summer conditioning starts June 18th (M,W,F) from 6 to 7:30pm. Meet at the Bella Bru parking lot. Summer Conditioning is, of course, not mandatory, but is a great way to stay in shape over summer and run with your friends and team mates!

Coaches Gift

Hey Rio Runners! Meghan, Natalie, and Lauren are buying coaches gifts for this track season and they need your help! Please meet them to bring your contribution after school on Monday or Tuesday where track practice starts (the snack bar next to the track). If you can’t make it any day at school when you see them works great too. We are asking for a contribution of $20, but whatever you can contribute is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much and see you all at the banquet!

Also, if you are planning on bringing your contribution to the banquet, please let us know at 916-849-9546 or laurencalcagno@gmail.com so we can plan accordingly. Thank you!

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Rio Track and Field Weekly Communication: May 14 – May 21, 2018

All Rio Track athletes are invited and encouraged to continue to train with their Track & Field teammates who have advanced on to The Sac Joaquin Section Preliminaries and Finals Meet. The practice schedule is for the athletes who have made it the Sac Joaquin Section Preliminaries and those athletes who wish to continue practicing along with them.

We have over 20 Rio Americano Student Athletes that have advanced to Sections!

Continue reading by opening the Rio Track and Field Weekly Update PDF for Monday, May 14, 2018.

Track & Field Banquet

We will have our 2018 Track & Field Banquet on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Rio Cafeteria. We will be having food catered from Serritella’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, the cost is $10 per person. Please complete the banquet form and send it with your athlete so we can order enough food for everyone. We would like everyone to join us for this celebration and understand that the cost may be an issue for some families. If this is a concern please have your athlete speak confidentially with their coach. We want all our athletes to celebrate their accomplishments and be recognized together at the Banquet.

Rio Cross Country Update

With the Track & Field Season coming to a close it is time to start thinking about cross country season. If you are interested in joining the Cross Country team, please add your contact information to the Rio Cross Country mailing list. We will this list to help you to stay informed on important meetings, practice schedules, and more.

The Cross Country Team will have a pizza night on Saturday, June 9th from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Roma’s pizza (6530 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael, CA). Please RSVP to antonescay@hotmail.com. This no host event will be a fun evening where the coaches and kids can get to meet and learn about the plans for the upcoming season.

We would also like to see how many kids are interested in a Tahoe/Donner trip during the Summer. It will be on Friday to Sunday, July 20-22. The cost will be $100 per Student Athlete. Email Anton for details or plan on attending on the pizza night on June 9th.

Summer conditioning starts on June 18th and will be held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6 to 7:30pm meeting in the Bella Bru parking lot. Summer Conditioning is, of course, not mandatory, but is a great way to stay in shape over summer and run with your friends and team mates!

Coaches Gift

Hey Rio Runners! Meghan, Natalie, and Lauren are buying coaches gifts for this track season and they need your help! Please meet them to bring your contribution after school on Tuesday where track practice starts (the snack bar next to the track). If you can’t make it Tuesday any day at school when you see them works great too. We are asking for a contribution of $20, but whatever you can contribute is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much and see you all at the banquet!

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CAL League Championship Meet Info: May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018
El Camino High School
4300 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA
Events Start 3:30 p.m.

Students will get out at the normal Thursday dismissal which is 1:40 p.m. We would like all athletes at El Camino High School by 2:45 p.m.! There is no school provided transportation for this meet, please coordinate transportation for your athlete. School Administration has asked us to remind parents that it discourages students giving other students a ride. If you are having your student athlete get a ride from another student, you must have a note from a parent of both parties authorizing this. Additionally, please remember California State Law requires a driver have their license for 1 year prior to driving with others in the vehicle. We will have a tent set up in bleachers for athletes and parents to be together and cheer on the team. Look for the Rio Raiders tent!

Competition Rosters, Schedules, and Details (.pdf)

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Rio Track and Field Weekly Communication: May 6 – May 12, 2018

10,000M champion and Olympian, Kim Conley, paid a visit to the track team on Monday, May 7, 2018.

10,000M champion and Olympian, Kim Conley, paid a visit to the track team on Monday, May 7, 2018.

MONDAY (5/7)

  • 3:15 pm – Practice Starts
  • 5:00 pm – Practice Ends

TUESDAY (5/8)

  • 3:15 pm – Practice Starts
  • 5:00 pm – Practice Ends

WEDNESDAY (5/9)

  • 3:15 pm – Practice Starts
  • 4:30 pm – Practice Ends

THURSDAY (5/10)

We have reached the last meet of the season for the majority of our athletes with our League Championship on Thursday, May 10th and then Sections and Masters for the top athletes at the League Championship meet. We are looking forward to great performances from all of our athletes to close out the season at the League Championships this year.

Upcoming Meets

Thursday, May 10th we will have our Capital Athletic League Championship at El Camino Fundamental High School (4300 El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA). This is a FULL TEAM meet which all athletes will be entered into at least one event. We would like all athletes at El Camino High School by 2:45! This is the FINAL meet of the season for the majority of our Student Athletes! The top finishers at this meet will move on to compete at the Section Finals. There is no school provided transportation for this meet, please coordinate transportation for your athlete.

Track & Field Banquet

We will have our 2018 Track & Field Banquet on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Rio Cafeteria. We will be having food catered from Serritella’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, the cost is $10 per person. Please complete the banquet form and send it with your athlete so we can order enough food for everyone. We would like everyone to join us for this celebration and understand that the cost may be an issue for some families. If this is a concern please have your athlete speak confidentially with their coach. We want all our athletes to celebrate their accomplishments and be recognized together at the Banquet.

RAAB Membership Dues

If you haven’t already done so, please pay your RAAB dues as soon as possible.  Dues are $75 per player for one sport, or $125 for the year for multiple sports.  These dues are critical to the success of our Athletic Programs at Rio, paying for coaching stipends, operating expenses, uniforms etc.  It’s a small amount to pay for all that our children receive from the sports programs.

Communication

We understand that with our communication platform and updated website, we are missing a place to share photos and highlights throughout the season(s). So, we created a closed Facebook group to do just that. We’d like to start with a closed group to help control the content and the audience who views it.

We also understand that not everyone is on Facebook, so please do not feel obligated to join as we’ll continue to use our weekly newsletter, REMIND, and website (riotrackxc.com) for program specific information and updates.

To get started, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/riotrackfieldxc/ from your mobile device or via the web and ask to join.

Go to http://eepurl.com/dhevp9 and sign up to be on our email communication list.

Additionally, you may visit https://www.remind.com/join/riotrackxc to add your email or cell number to the Remind contact list.

We will be using a weekly email as well as our website (https://riotrackxc.com/) for updates.

The Remind platform will be used for time sensitive communications.

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Rio Track and Field Weekly Communication: April 29 – May 5, 2018

MONDAY (4/30)

  • 3:15 pm – Practice Starts
  • 5:00 pm – Practice Ends

TUESDAY (5/1)

  • 3:15 pm – Practice Starts
  • 5:00 pm – Practice Ends

WEDNESDAY (5/2)

  • 3:15 pm – Practice Starts
  • 5:00 pm – Practice Ends

THURSDAY (5/3)

  • Throwers Practice @ Rio Americano
  • Runners Practice @ El Camino Track
  • 2:00 pm – Throwers Practice Starts @ Rio
  • 3:45 pm – Throwers Practice Ends
  • 4:00 pm – Runners Practice Starts @ El Camino Track
  • 5:30 pm – Runners Practice Ends

FRIDAY (5/4)

  • 3:15 pm – Practice Starts
  • 5:00 pm – Practice Ends

We had a great week of competition with three meets between Friday and Saturday!  We had several athletes set Personal Records at our Friday meets as well as at the Sacramento Meet of Champions.  The Season is starting to come to a close with The League Championship on Thursday May 10th and then Sections and Masters for the top athletes at the League Championship meet.  Rio has historically had a handful of athletes who make it to Masters and we are looking forward to great performances from all of our athletes at the League Championships this year.

Upcoming Meets

Thursday, May 10th we will have our Capital Athletic League Championship at El Camino Fundamental High School (4300 El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA). This is a FULL TEAM meet which all athletes will be entered into at least one event.  We would like all athletes at El Camino High School by 2:45! This is the Final meet of the season for the majority of our Student Athletes!  The top finishers at this meet will move on to compete at the Section Finals. There is no school provided transportation for this meet, please coordinate transportation for your athlete. It is important athletes who cannot attend let their coaches know as far in advance as possible.

Communication

We understand that with our new communication platform and updated website, we are missing a place to share photos and highlights throughout the season(s). So, we created this closed Facebook group to do just that. We’d like to start with a closed group to help control the content and the audience who views it.

We also understand that not everyone is on Facebook, so please do not feel obligated to join as we’ll continue to use our weekly newsletter, REMIND, and website (riotrackxc.com) for program specific information and updates.

To get started, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/riotrackfieldxc/ from your mobile device or via the web and ask to join.

Go to http://eepurl.com/dhevp9 and sign up to be on our email communication list.

Additionally, you may visit https://www.remind.com/join/riotrackxc to add your email or cell number to the Remind contact list.

We will be using a weekly email as well as our website (https://riotrackxc.com/) for updates.

The Remind platform will be used for time sensitive communications.

Track & Field Banquet

We will have our 2018 Track & Field Banquet on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We are finalizing plans and will have more information next week.  For now, save the date!

RAAB Membership Dues

If you haven’t already done so, please pay your RAAB dues as soon as possible.  Dues are $75 per player for one sport, or $125 for the year for multiple sports.  These dues are critical to the success of our Athletic Programs at Rio, paying for coaching stipends, operating expenses, uniforms etc.  It’s a small amount to pay for all that our children receive from the sports programs.

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SacTown Races & Sheldon Distance Carnival Meet Info: April 27th, 2018

SacTown Races
Friday, April 27, 2018
Whitney High School
701 Wildcat Blvd., Rocklin, CA
Events Start 3:30 P.M.

This is a Frosh/Soph only meet. We will only be entering Sprinter & Field/Throwing events for this meet. There is no school provided transportation for this meet, please coordinate transportation for your athlete. We will have a tent set up in bleachers for athletes and parents to be together and cheer on the team. Look for the Rio Raiders tent!

Competition Rosters, Schedules, and Details (.pdf)

Sheldon Distance & Carnival
Friday, April 27, 2018
Sheldon High School
8333 Kingsbridge Dr., Sacramento, CA
Events Start 4:30 P.M.

There is no school provided transportation for this meet, please coordinate transportation for your athlete. School Administration has asked us to remind parents that it discourages students giving other students a ride. If you are having your student athlete get a ride from another student, you must have a note from a parent of both parties authorizing this. Additionally, please remember California State Law requires a driver have their license for 1 year prior to driving with others in the vehicle. We will have a tent set up in bleachers for athletes and parents to be together and cheer on the team. Look for the Rio Raiders tent!

Competition Rosters, Schedules, and Details (.pdf)

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