The Greyhounds:                                              A Track and Field Club for Masters (35+),                 including Seniors (55+)                    


Welcome to the Greyhounds Website!


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On our website, follow us through our year round track and field program.  Pick up on training tips from Coaches Harold Morioka, Sam Walker and Dave McDonald.   See "The Harold Morioka Story and hear Harold tell the story of his career as one of Canada’s elite masters level sprinters. Read news of Greyhounds in action at local, provincial, national and international Track and Field Meets.  



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Coach Sam’s tip for this week:

Entering in to an event with a positive mindset is crucial to your end performance.  Before your race, visualize the entire race (or portions of it) and how you will run that race. Have a plan.  Any issues you have when visualizing the aspects of the race, may result in the same challenges you may have in competition. Make sure to relax and tell yourself that you are capable!  You are well trained!  You are strong and fast and YES . . . You CAN do this!

 

Santokh Dhesi Donates to Greyhounds 

Santokh Dhesi, a friend of Greyhound Sewa Birring, has generously donated a storage container to the club and has arranged for it to be located on site at North Surrey High School.  "This will be a milestone for the club,” Coach Morioka says, "enabling us to store equipment on site and offer high jump training.”  Thank you, Sewa for introducing the Greyhounds to your friend, Santokh, and thank you, Santokh, for your most generous gift.

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Coach Morioka, Santokh Dhesi (m.) and Sewa Birring at meeting with Surrey First Party


Sewa Birring Lobbies for Indoor Track 

Sewa Birring, for years one of Canadas elite masters sprinters, put the case to Surrey First council candidates for the construction of a world class indoor track and field facility for Surrey.  In his speech, Sewa offered to donate $100, 000 to help pay the cost of construction.  Harold Morioka, coach of the Greyhounds, and Urith Hayley, secretary/treasurer of the Greyhounds also spoke in support of  the track, arguing that it would bring athletes from across Canada and around the world to compete in the only world class indoor running track in the Lower Mainland.  Build it, Sewa, Harold & Urith said, and they will come. 


Al Percival Medals at Huntsman Games

Al Percival (M60) ran his personal best times for the season in the 50m, 100m and 200m at the Huntsman World Masters Games held October 9-13 in St. George, Utah.  He won silver in the 50m (7.03) with the same time as the gold medal winner and golds in the 100m (12.80) and 200m (26.80).

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Al Percival of the Greyhounds wins gold in the M60 200m in St. George, Utah


Coach Sam Posts Greyhound Best Evers

Coach Sam Walker has searched past Greyhounds' Track and Field results going back to 1999 and come up with a list of best ever male and female performances in all age categories from 35-39 to 95-99. He hopes that by posting this information he will give current members the opportunity to set realistic and achievable goals for their training.   For details, go to Greyhounds’ 2014 Top Male Performances and 2014 Top Female Performances.


Greyhounds Hold Annual Awards Banquet

The annual Greyhounds Awards Banquet was held September 28 at the Coast Guildford Hotel in Surrey.   Sam Walker won the Male Track Athlete of the Year Award and Rachel Fouladi won the Female Track Athlete of the Year Award.  For the full list of winners, go to 2014 Greyhounds Masters Award Winners in Club News.


Dave McDonald Breaks 3 Sr. Games Records

Dave McDonald (M60) of the Greyhounds set a BC Senior Games records in the Hammer Throw (40.58m) and BC and Sr. Games records in the Weight Throw (16.22m) and the Throw Pentathlon (3608 points).

 

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Dave McDonald gathers momentum for throw


Lori Graham Strikes Gold at BC Sr. Games

Lori Graham (W55-59) of the Greyhounds struck gold for Zone 3 at the BC Senior Games in Langley, helping Zone 3 rise to the top of the leader board in Track and Field. Lori won gold in Discus, Shot Put, Hammer Throw and Weight Pentathlon, silver in the 400M, 800M and the 5000M Power Walk and bronze in the 10K powerwalk.


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Lori Graham wins gold in the W55 Shot Put with a throw of 5.71 M


Harold Morioka Report on BC Sr Games:

"The 27th annual BC Seniors Games were hosted by Langley, from September 10-13. The 2014 Games included 25 sports which were held in various venues around the city and municipality. Track and Field was held at McLeod Park and the 10Km run was held in Fort Langley. A record number of 244 athletes over the age of 55 registered to compete in track and field. The weather conditions were very good with the sun shining all four days. Only on the first day, the athletes had to overcome windy conditions on the track and faced a strong headwind in the long jump."

For full text of Harold’s report, go to 2014 Sr. Games Report in Meet Reports.


Interested in joining the Greyhounds??? 

Contact Coach Harold Morioka <coach@greyhoundstrack.com>  or Coach Sam Walker <samtherunninman@shaw.ca>.


Upcoming Meets for The Greyhounds

Feb. 2015 -    BC Indoor Championships in Kamloops


Upcoming Practices for The Greyhounds

On Saturday, October 25, the team will begin training for the 2015 Season. For the next couple of months, we will do tempo work at practice Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00am to noon.  The Tuesday practice will be held in Coquitlam, the Thursday practice in North Surrey and the Saturday practice either in North Surrey or at SFU.  Coach Sam will hold practices in Langley  on Monday and Wednesday evenings for those who have day jobs.  Throws Coach Dave McDonald will soon announce his throws practice schedule for the fall and winter months.


Morioka Year Round Sprint Training Program

A few years ago, Harold wrote up his ideas on year round training for sprinters. In Part 1, he outlines the components of sprint training; in Part 2, he gives examples of workouts for each component; and, in Part 3, he offers an overview of the structure of a year round sprint training program.  

For more, see Sprint Training with Harold Morioka.

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Greyhounds do warm-up drills at 2014 mid-June practice


Latest Meet Results:

October 6-8 - Huntsman World Masters Games in St. George (link)

September 9-13 - BC Senior Games (link)

July 11-13, 2014 - Canadian Masters Championships (link)

  

Training Tip from Track Star USA

The tip is that the Butt Kick sprinting drill teaches bad running form and should be replaced with High Knee Butt Kicks.  

For more details, see: Butt Kick Tip or:

http://trackstarusa.com/butt-kicks-drill-bad-running-form/


More tips on drills from Track Star USA

Interested in learning the latest on drill technique?  Here is a link to Track Star USA’s Coach’s Corner: http://trackstarusa.com/best-running-form-drills/


Training Video on Cheetah Sprint Start

Coach Barr shares via Youtube info on his Cheetah Sprint Start. This start is not a block start but allows a smooth, efficient start with a push off the ground.



Contact the Greyhounds Track and Field Club 

Executive members include:

Les Fowler - President   •    Al Percival - Vice-President

Urith Hayley - Secretary/Treasurer   •   Bruce Hill - Webmaster

Harold Morioka - Coach   •   Sam Walker - Coach