Rio XC Weekly Communication: September 24-30, 2018

MONDAY (9/24)

  • 3:30 pm: Practice Starts
  • 5:00 pm: Practice Ends

TUESDAY (9/25)

  • 3:30 pm: Practice Starts
  • 5:00 pm: Practice Ends


  • 3:30 pm: Special Guest Speaker in the Rio Library: Sports Psychologist
  • 5:45 pm: Practice Ends


  • 2:15 pm: Practice Starts
  • 3:45 pm: Practice Ends

FRIDAY (9/28)

  • 3:30 pm: Practice Starts
  • 5:00 pm: Practice Ends


  • Capital Cross Challenge (Meet information will be sent out on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Pacific Tiger Invitational Highlights

Our Varsity Boys team took 4th place overall with outstanding performances including a sub 16-minute 5K by Senior Connor Ettinger (only the second time that’s been done in Rio history!). Another standout performance was Sophomore Ermiyas Mamo who took 3rd place overall (out of 370 athletes) in the Large School Boys Frosh/Soph race. Junior Sophia Karperos continue her strong season with a 10th place finish (out of 274) in the Varsity Girls 5K race.

Congratulations to all our runners on a great day on the course, many of you set personal records out there!

Capital Cross Challenge (September 29th)

This is an exciting and fast race! A great experience for all runners to take in the atmosphere of a big race. There will be all levels from youth to college competing in this event. The meet will be held at the Arden Creek Cross Country Course (Haggin Oaks Golf Complex). The course is flat and mostly run on short grass which lends to fast times and many personal records. This site is the location of the 2018 NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships. We will be sending out meet information by Thursday 9/27/18 with specifics including competition rosters and parking information. If your athlete can not compete at this event, please have them inform the coaches ASAP. It is important that we have an accurate competition roster as we must pay for each athlete we enter regardless if they run or not.

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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Pacific Tiger Invitational Meet Info: September 22, 2018

Details and Directions

Event Schedule


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Woodbridge Cross Country Classic Meet Info: September 14, 2018

Details and Directions

Event Schedule

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Willow Hill 5 Way Meet Info: September 8, 2018

Details and Directions

Look for the Rio team tent in the grass area near the start line. Note that there will be 2 total (Womens race at 9:00 a.m. and Mens race at 9:30 a.m.). Willow Hill Reservoir Community Park is located in the back of Folsom High School (1655 Iron Point Rd. Folsom CA 95630).

Please be aware that after the race some kids will have a substantial cool down in order to keep on schedule with their weekly mileage. If this is an issue please let Coach Anton know and other arrangements can be made.

Event Schedule

Mens Races

  • 9:30 AM 2.1 Miles Frosh-Soph
  • 9:30 AM 2.1 Miles Varsity

Womens Races

  • 9:00 AM 2.1 Miles Frosh-Soph
  • 9:00 AM 2.1 Miles Varsity
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Lagoon Valley Classic Meet Info: September 1, 2018

Details and Directions

Event Schedule

Mens Races

  • 8:00 AM 1.5 Miles Middle School/Club
  • 8:30 AM 2 Miles Freshmen
  • 9:00 AM 2 Miles Frosh/Soph
  • 10:35 AM 3 Miles Varsity – Large School
  • 11:05 AM 3 Miles Varsity – Small School
  • 11:45 AM 2 Miles Junior Varsity

Womens Races

  • 8:15 AM 1.5 Miles Middle School/Club
  • 8:45 AM 2 Miles Frosh/Soph
  • 9:25 AM 3 Miles Varsity – Large School
  • 10:00 AM 3 Miles Varsity – Small School
  • 11:30 AM 2 Miles Junior Varsity
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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).

Please review the itinerary for trip for cost breakdowns and important 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) 776-6120, 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 or Coach Anton at

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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 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 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 so we can plan accordingly. Thank you!

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