Mountain Run Feb 8 @ 9 AM

posted Feb 3, 2015, 5:15 PM by Patrick Henry

Hi Runners and hikers.  On  Feb. 8th we are planning a run in the mountains. A 9 am starting time lets the morning warm a bit.  I am looking at an out and back on the Pine Valley end of Noble Canyon. This is a National Recreational Trail, and an area we haven't run. 90 to 120 minutes. 

Directions:  8 east to 79 toward Julian, go straight towards Guatay and Pine Valley. The trail head is on Pine Creek Road near Pine Valley. Watch for left turn onto Pine Creek Road to a Developed Trailhead and parking. 

Julian Run - Jan 10

posted Jan 4, 2015, 11:26 PM by Patrick Henry

Hi PHHS runners, families and friends of PHHS. 

On January 10, at 9:00 in the morning, we are holding a run in the mountains from Jim and Lisa's under construction house in Cuyamaca Woods. Directions to follow. The run will be an out and back on Engineers Road. This is a hill climb run, offering a nearly 4 mile blacktop road climb through Cuyamaca Woods. There is also a rolling hill hard dirt /gravel road run that can be chosen.

After returning to our start point, Jim and Lisa's house, we will have a picnic lunch, ( please bring what you want to eat for your lunch and something to share)  To share items like fruit, chips and salsa, or drinks. 

As of now, the weather looks good for the 10th of January. We will watch the weather and adjust as needed. It is winter in the mountains, the elevation is 4200 feet at our house.

Directions:  5656 Poco Montana Julian.  This address works on Google maps or MapQuest.  Please carpool to save gas !

8 East to 79 toward Julian. Just after Lake Cuyamaca Dam, on the left at the fire station, go left on Engineers Road. It is ~ 4.5 miles on Engineers Road to Poco Montana.Go up Poco Montana and follow the road around to the two huge green water tanks, about 1/2 mile. Go slow on the dirt road,any car will do well on the road.

See you on the trails,  Jim

Julian Pie Run - Dec 27

posted Dec 22, 2014, 5:33 PM by Patrick Henry   [ updated Dec 22, 2014, 5:33 PM ]

Hi PHHS runners,  families,  and friends of PHHS!

On Saturday, December 27, at 9 am  (right after Christmas),  we are holding an optional run on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). After the run, all who are interested and also  like PIE, will go to Julian, and have all the PIE they can eat. We have done this winter "PIE  Run" for years, and are happy to continue the tradition.

The run will be from PIONEER MAIL trail head, with access to the PCT. We will run north on this  out and back run of 60 to 90 minutes (or longer if athletes stay in pairs). This is a mountain trail, single track with amazing vistas. Well worth the trip to the mountains.

Take 8 East, to 79 North toward Julian, go about 2 miles past Lake Cuyamaca, go right on Sunrise Highway, about 7 miles to Pioneer Mail, which is on the left. There is a gravel lot, a bathroom, and it has picnic tables. Our access to the PCT is there.

Every car needs an Adventure Pass. They are 5$ or 30$ for a year. Please car pool to save gas .

This is a winter run, at elevation in the mountains. We will be running at about 5000 feet in elevation, so cold weather runningclothing is required. Ball cap, or a knit cap, long sleeves, running gloves, water, and a running snack. We will watch the weather very closely, and adjust to the realities of the day (We will not run in a snow storm ! ).

Remember to bring pie eating change of clothes to wear into Julian, a good post run snack, and a recovery drink.  It will take a while to get to your pies. You don't want to be hungry after workouts.

See you on the trails,  Jim

PHHS Announces to XC Coaches

posted Aug 2, 2014, 1:50 PM by Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry Cross Country 2014

Press Release – New Coaches


McDuffrie Allen

Head Coach

Coach Allen joins the Patrick Henry Cross Country coaching staff this fall after a career in the Marines where he worked as a Logistics Specialist for the DOD and competed in events from the 200 meters up to the 5000 meters. Father to three boys and two girls, Coach Allen has worked with youth, young adults, and adults for over thirty years.

He has coached two Junior National Champions in the 800/400, one country champion, two state champions, and two Masters’ National Champions.

He is the USATF 2014 Men Masters’ National Outdoor 800 meter champion with four other silver and bronze medals at the Nationals. In addition, Coach McDuffrie was a member of the Masters’ 4X400 team that won the gold medal at the Penn Relays in 2009.

He has personal bests of 15:12.42 for 5000 meters; 4:02.33 for the mile; 1:47.02 for 800 meters; and 21.9 for 200 meters.

Brian Ballard

Assistant Coach

Brian Ballard, a 2005 graduate of Patrick Henry, competed for four years in cross country and track. Coach Ballard went to McKendree University for three years in Illinois where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness. He is currently attending school to eventually get a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is looking forward to the season and working with everyone, and he hopes to help continue the success this program has had for many years.

Jason Good

Assistant Coach

Jason Good is an English teacher who graduated from UCSC.  Coach Good ran cross country at Granite Hills High School and was trained by Coach Dave Yarbrough. In addition, he played soccer and ran distance in track.  His interest in coaching stems from his belief that high school athletics are an integral component to success in both academic and social development. He is excited for the opportunity to work with the team and the rest of the coaching staff.

July 19, 7 am: Fun Run in Cuyamaca Mountains

posted Jul 3, 2014, 5:41 PM by Patrick Henry   [ updated Jul 3, 2014, 5:41 PM ]

Dear Athletes, Families, and Friends of PHHS Cross Country,

PHHS runners and families are invited to a fun run in the Cuyamaca Mountains on the Pacific Crest Trail on Saturday, July 19th.  We are meeting at 7 am at the Pedro Fages Monument on S1, Sunrise Highway. (Click on the link for a Google map of the location.)

To get there, go east on I-8, then take CA-79 North toward the park, go about 1 mile past Lake Cuyamaca, then turn right  on S1 (Sunrise Highway) continuing until you get  to the small gravel parking area at the Monument on the left. This is only about a mile after getting on S1.  We need to start very early to avoid the heat of mid July. We will meet at the trailhead at 7 am.

The run will be long slow distance, 2 hours for the longest runners and shorter for athletes wanting a different length. The trail is single track, rolling hills, rocky underfoot at times. We will run "out and back" so the distance you choose is easy to manage. We are running at elevation, about 5000 feet; i.e., the air is thinner than at sea level and runners will feel the difference.

Every runner should have  water / Vitalyte to carry with them on the run, as well as a running snack like raisins, Gu, or a sports bar. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are encouraged.   Bring a post run drink and a snack to hold you over until breakfast.

It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive from PHHS to Pedro Fages Monument.  Please carpool to save on gas. Each car will need a Wilderness Pass. They can be purchased in advance at places like Big 5 or REI: $ 5.00 for 1 day, or  $30.00  for one year. Avoid a ticket, get a pass!

After the run we will go to the Lake Cuyamaca restaurant and have breakfast. With luck we can sit on the deck overlooking the lake. Please bring money and a change of clothes for your breakfast.

After breakfast you are invited to visit and tour Jim and Lisa's still under construction house in the Cuyamaca Woods solar community. It is about a 10 minute  drive from the restaurant to our house. We will have fruit and drinks at the house.  Everyone is most welcome if they have time to visit.  It is a  very beautiful and quiet location in the mountains.

 Take care, see you on the trails, 

Jim & Jorg

Movin Shoes: Wednesday's at the Lake

posted Jun 17, 2014, 3:49 PM by Patrick Henry

Movin Shoes is testing the waters for a new group run/walk in La Mesa!
More info here .

2014 XC Email List

posted Jun 14, 2014, 12:32 AM by Patrick Henry

Subscribe to our 2014 Cross-Country mailing list here.

PHHS Cross Country Kick Off Meeting: June 20 at 7 pm, Lake Murray Park

posted Jun 13, 2014, 11:57 PM by Patrick Henry   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 11:59 PM ]

Hi Runners,

On Friday the 20th of June, we will hold our PHHS Cross Country Kick Off meeting at 7 pm at Lake Murray Park off of Murray Park Drive.

We will meet and greet new runners and their families, and welcome back our returning Cross Country runners.

The meeting will cover the summer training plan and the weekly running schedule. We will discuss training theory and how we will apply our plan as the summer unfolds and then transition to the fall Cross Country racing season.

We will discuss shoes, equipment and runner safety. We will try and answer all questions that athletes and their parents have about the 2014 Cross Country Season.

Hope to see you there, Thank you, 

Jim, Jorg, Seamus, and Kelly

A big thanks to Coach Myette for managing logistics and putting together the training plans, and working with all of us to make this summer plan happen.

End of Season Banquet: June 4, 5:30-7:30 @ St. Dunstan's, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd

posted May 27, 2014, 5:08 PM by Patrick Henry

When: June 4, 5:30-7:30 
Where: St. Dunstan's, 6556 Park Ridge Blvd

4th Annual Heirloom Tomato Fundraiser for PHHS XCTF

posted Mar 17, 2014, 10:23 PM by Patrick Henry   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 10:27 PM ]

Dear PHHS Families and Friends,

We invite you to participate in our 4th Annual Heirloom Tomato Fundraiser to support Patrick Henry High School track & field athlete.

This year's selection of rare and unusual heirloom tomatoes includes old favorites (incl. Aussie, Blondköpfchen, Black Cherry, Green Zebra, Flammé, Carmello, Paul Robeson) and several new varieties (incl.  Blue Fruit, Cherokee Chocolate, Oaxacan Jewel, Red Zebra, Marianna's Peace Heirloom). 

All plants are being raised from seeds by a PHHS parent in a Rolando backyard, will be transplanted into 3 inch pots, and will be available for planting in late March-early April. 

All plants will be available in limited qualities:  pre-order right away => first come, first served! 

Click here to download a pdf  with pictures and descriptions of the different varieties.
The spreadsheet for ordering the plants can be downloaded here .

If you cannot download or open the tomato descriptions (pdf file) or the spreadsheet (xlsx), send an email to , and I will send you the files as attachments.

Proceeds will support the purchase of new uniforms for track & field athletes at Patrick Henry High School.

Suggested donations:  1 plant - $8; 2 plants - $14; 3 plants - $18;  4 plants - $20;  each additional plant: $5
If you order 5 or more plants, you will receive a bonus plant.  

Write checks to PHHS Cross-Country and Track & Field Boosters.

Payment is due in March/April when you pick up the plants at a booster meeting or track & field event.  Other delivery options can be arranged.

To order, please use the ordering spreadsheet and send to    

Best wishes for outstanding track & field and tomato growing seasons!

Your PHHS Cross-Country and Track & Field Boosters

Feel free to share this invitation with friends and family.

=> Link to descriptions & pictures (pdf file)

=> Link to order form (Excel spreadsheet)

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