XC 2013 Information:
Well, it would have been nice to have some better weather for our last meet of the season. Also, maybe a route with fewer hills to get there would have been nice too! I think the weather took a few kids off of their game today as they worried more about being cold and wet than they did about running. There was some great efforts out there today despite the adverse circumstances.
The 7th grade boys took first place in the KVL league! I was glad to see this as they have turned in some amazing efforts as a team. Nice work guys! Medal winners for 7th grade boys were Chase Mick, Greg Haynes, Chris Sprenger, and Max Schnepf. Sarah Gawith turned in a really nice race and earned a medal for the 7th grade girls. In the 8th grade Erin Olson continued to run strong and came home with an extra necklace as well. Full results are below and in the Results section to the left. They are listed as KVL.
It has been a really enjoyable experience working with all of the kids. I hope that they come away with a love for running that will continue in to adulthood. I have really enjoyed watching kids get better as the year goes on, even when they know that they won't medal or place in the scoring. It takes a special person to go out there and give it their all knowing that they are racing against themselves and their previous time. I am proud of all of our kids and the effort and sacrifices that they have made to be a part of this team. It has been a lot of fun. Parents, thank you for all of the rides, forms, last-minute uniform drop-offs, and rearranging your schedules to be there to support your kids. We couldn't do this without your support. Thank you. Until next year...
The results are attached below and in the results section to the left from the Cat Classic held at Shawnee-Mission Park. As the meet "host" for the middle schools, it was hard for me to get a read on how the kids felt that they did. My time was focused on being at the finishing chute and keeping runners in order, collecting bibs, etc. I missed not being able to talk to the kids. It was an interesting group of schools with a lot of schools that we don't see much of during the year. I think some of their perfomances surprised some of our kids. It's nice to mix it up a bit.
7th grade medal winners included Chase Mick and Greg Haynes. A large group of 7th grade boys came oh-so-close, as did Sarah Gawith. For some reason, I think I remember Sarah walking around with a medal though so maybe she did get one! The 7th grade girls' race was complicated since a team showed up uninvited that ran with no bib numbers. This was fixed for the rest of the races.
8th grade medal winner was Erin Olson, who has been turning in consistent times all season. The 8th grade boys from Mill Creek have been our nemesis at every meet that we have been to this year! They've been tough to beat but a great incentive for our boys.
Monday's meet is our last meet of the season. It is the KVL league meet and will be a pretty big one so it will be exciting to watch. It is hosted at Basehor-Linwood Middle School. The address is 15900 Conley Road, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. Do not get this confused with Bonner Springs Middle School! I would hate to see you drive to the wrong school and not see your child perform. To get there:
Head north on K7.
Left on to Kansas Ave.
Right on to N 158th St.
The school will be on your left.
The schedule for the meet is as follows:
7th Girls 4:00
7th Boys 4:15
8th Girls 4:40
8th Boys 5:00
There will be a short awards ceremony following the meet. The top fifteen finishers in each division will medal. It would be neat to see as many people stay as possible to help congratulate our KVL medal winners. This meet is their Super Bowl!
I wish I had a map to share with you but they never sent one so we will be going in to this a little bit blind. We will be walking the course beforehand so we should be ok in that respect. It makes it difficult to plan out viewing opportunities without the map though. Good luck to everyone out there on Monday!
P.S. - With a chance of rain on Monday I want to talk about weather. If it is just raining, they WILL HAVE the meet so prepare your child for this. If there is lightning present, they will not run the meet and have tentatively planned to have the make-up meet on Tuesday. If things change in any way I will be sure to send out a text alert to those of you that have signed up.
The Cat Classic is at Shawnee Mission Park on October 10. Thte schools participating are MTMS, Mill Creek, Pembroke Hill, Maranatha, Turner, and Lansing. Parking is at Theatre in the Park and the start and finish lines are close to there as well. The schedule is:
3:30 7th grade girls
3:45 7th grade boys
4:00 8th boys and girls run TOGETHER (they finish in different chutes though)
This should be a fun meet since the high school teams will be running after us so there should be quite a crowd. Stay to cheer on Mill Valley as they've been doing very well this year.
Course Maps are below in the attachments section.
If I had to sum up most of the kids' reactions from today's meet, it would be, "That course was hard!" It was a tough day out there, with most kids seeing longer times than their last meet. Sometimes it is difficult to compare times between meets since they can be so different. Today's meet was a hilly course, the temperature and humidty were high, the path was rough, and the wind was blowing like crazy. Tough conditions, to be sure. Even with the conditions some kids still improved their times while some stayed very close. Amazing. It was not unusual for kids to come in 30 seconds or more slower than last week. While we had a lot of kids pushing it out there, I'd like to recognize some that came very close to last week's time.
7th Grade girls had a stand-out in Jenna Kopatich, who came in only 7 seconds away from her last time! Amazing effort out there today.
7th grade boys did well as a team and had several kids come very close to last week's time. Sam Doser beat last week's time by over 25 seconds! Wow. Other kids that came within about ten seconds of last week's time were Max Schnepf, Seth Hobson, Ryan Williams, Johannes Seberger, and Michael Cowan. Nice work guys!
8th grade girls were led by Erin Olson, who still managed to come within 15 seconds of last week's time over the two-mile distance.
8th grade boys had Graham Wilhauk beating last week's time by 30 seconds! What an effort over that course! We also had Landon Butler sticking very close to last week's time with only a six second differential.
Results are below and in the results folder to the left.
Good work out there runners!
We had a great day at Tonganoxie. The weather was perfect and I think that the course is one of the "truer" cross-country courses that we will run on this year. Lots of hills, running on grass, uneven terrain, and a curvy course made for a neat experience.
For the 7th grade girls Sarah Gawith was our sole medal winner. I'd like to see her get a little support right behind her in our next race. I may spend some more individual time with this group as I think that I can get a little more out of them. Some of them are holding back and I want to bring it out!
7th grade boys continue to do really well at meets and are running extremely fast right now. They finished the meet in 1st place with our five scoring runners all receiving medals. It appears that the "official" order and times aren't as accurate as we would like since Brock finished higher than he is listed and Jameson is listed ahead of where he actually finished since he finished two behind Brock. The times listed probably aren't accurate either for these particular runners. They did all medal though (and have the hardware to prove it!) so I will list their names without times or places. Medal winners were Chris Sprenger, Brock Denney, Jameson Clark, Greg Haynes, and Chase Mick (1st 5:45) This was Chase's third 1st place finish this year and he set a MTMS record for this particular course. These guys get a lot of help from the middle of our line up as they push other teams' place orders further down.
8th grade girls had two medal winners in Erin Olson and Tori Benson. Tori really found her groove and ran an outstanding race, improving considerably on her past times. Nice work! 8th grade girls always run very close together and, coupled with the runners that finished close behind Erin and Tori, managed a respectable 3rd place.
8th grade boys ran closer to their potential this race. We had some really good efforts out there and managed to come home with four medals. Hunter Tener, Nathan Pettigrew, Matthew Rutledge, and Cade Franken all came home with a new necklace! Their effort was good enough for 2nd place. I like what I'm seeing here.
The kids keep improving every meet and it's really neat to see kids improve on their times. I love seeing a kid get excited because they broke the ten-minute mark or any other milestone. For these kids to come out and run their hearts out every day like they have is a testament to how driven some of these kids are. I really enjoy working with them.
Team results and individual results are below and are listed as two seperate documents.
Well, you can't say that Saturday wasn't interesting! Unfortunately for the 7th grade girls, interesting means that there are no results for all of their effort. The course leader in the golf cart took them on to the high school course and ran them on a route that they were not familiar with. In the end they ran 1.05 miles and went through the finish chute in the wrong direction at the direction of the cart driver. The 7th grade boys race is not without controversy either. The first 45 boys have an accurate place and time while everyone with a place of 46th or lower has an accurate place but not an accurate time. There were so many kids crossing the line at one time that they couldn't keep up with the electronic "clicker" that is used to mark runner times. 8th grade boys and girls are accurate. The results are below and marked Clark Invitational Results. The results lists go straight down from page to page. Again, there are no results for 7th grade girls. Congratulations to medal winners Chase Mick and Greg Haynes. Chase broke the 6 minute mark with a time of 5:51. The other 7th grade boys did a great job backing them up and ended up with a 3rd place finish. Looking forward to tonight's meet in Tonganoxie since we will have our full team of runners for all grades.
This weekend we will be heading back to Wyandotte County Park for the Clark Invitational. This will be a pretty good meet with 18 schools attending, with some as far as Emporia and Topeka. This will be a different experience than we have had in the past as there will be a lot more kids at the starting line for this meet. The meet starts at 1:00 PM and the bus leaves from Monticello Trails at 11:15am. The kids should be glad that they get to sleep in. Parking will be tight as many of the schools coming will also be bringing their high school teams. Since this meet is right after lunch time, athletes should bring something that they can eat when they get there. I would suggest something small and not too heavy. We don't want kids rolling up the starting line! They should be a little hungry at the start, both literally and figuratively.
The 7th grade course is the same but the 8th grade course has a small change that allows both courses to use the same 7th grade finish line, unlike last time where the 8th graders had to grind it out on that last straight-away.
One neat thing about this meet is that there will be t-shirts available for purchase. Kids can pick regular T-shirt or an athletic shirt, pick their color, and they make it right there. The logo is on the front and all of the teams participating are listed on the back. Pretty cool. Information about this is included in the PDF below marked Clark Invitational. Course maps and parking info is available in that document as well.
After this meet, we turn right around on Monday and have another meet in Tonganoxie. I'll be honest, I don't have much information on this meet so I'll give you all of the information that I have.
TONGANOXIE INVITATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY MEET
Middle School Division
Teams Competing: Basehor-Linwood, Eudora, Jefferson Co. West, Lexington Trails, Mill Creek, Monticello Trails, Spring Hill, Wamego, Wellsville, Tonganoxie
Date: September 23, 2013
Location: Tonganoxie Middle School, 824 Washington, Tonganoxie, KS 66086
(Enter TMS on East Street which is just east of what used to be the main entrance)
3:45 Coaches’ Meeting
4:00 7th Girls (1 Mile)
4:15 7th Boys
4:30 8th Girls ( 2 Mile)
4:45 8th Boys
Yep, that's it! No map, no nothing. We will be leaving the school at 2:30 on Monday so that we can walk the course beforehand since we are unfamiliar with it.
We will hold practice on Tuesday, September 24th and then we won't have practice again until Monday, September 30. We have Parent-Teacher Conferences on 9/25 and 9/26 and there is no school on Friday, 9/27. Please encourage your child to run on their own as I would hate to see a kid go five days without running a single step. They're getting really tough, so let's keep it going!
Email me if you have any questions.
What a beautiful day for a meet! Conditions couldn't have been better and the opportunities for spectating were great. Pretty much everyone ran a better time than last week, some by several minutes!
The 7th grade boys ran an interesting race with Chase coming to a dead stop about a hundred yards short of the finish line, thinking he was done since he had crossed the start line painted on the ground. When he turned and saw two other runners coming at him full speed, he kicked it in gear and still made it to the finish line first! He had a lot of back-up right behind him though with 4 medal winners at today's meet. The 7th grade medal winners were Chase Mick (1), Greg Haynes (7), Chris Sprenger (9), and Brock Denney (15). 7th grade boys ended up with 2nd place against a very tough field. Lots of heart in this group.
7th grade girls had one medal winner as Sarah Gawith finished in 12th place. The 7th grade girls showed improvement in their times over last week and finished in 5th place. Another consistent effort.
Holy smokes, was the 8th grade field stacked! Some of the guys running around could have passed for college-aged students! We didn't medal but Nathan Pettigrew was our top finisher and managed to maintain a sub-7 mintue pace and came in just under 14 minutes. Nice work. 8th boys finished in 7th place.
8th grade girls really showed improvement over last week with Caitlin Walton leading the way and finishing in under sixteen minutes. What I liked about their effort this week was that they stayed together for the most part. There's a lot of power that can be gained from running as a pack as they all feed off of each other as long as someone is pushing the pace. I thought they looked really tough and snagged 3rd place.
Again, I had to hand score the team scores so they are "unofficial" results. In the meet results to the left one can look up team scores and individual times. I am also going to start putting pictures in to the scrapbook. If you have any pictures that you took that you would like to add, please send them to me. Ideally, I'd like to have someone come to a meet and take an individual picture of each athlete in the middle of a race and post those. There's something about an individual picture of a runner giving it their all that makes for a neat photograph.
Scoring works as follows. We get points for the first five finishers from our school. If the first five finishers finish 2nd, 12th, 15th, 23rd, and 40th, then we would receive 2, 12, 15, 23, and 40 points for a total of 89 points. The team with the lowest total number of points wins the meet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email.
The KSHSAA offers the following guidelines and recommendations for implementation of the NFHS playing rule related to concussions:
1. Unless it can be conclusively determined that the signs, symptoms or behaviors are not result of a concussion, the rule applies and the student: (1) must be immediately removed from the contest or practice and (2) may not again participate in practice or competition until cleared by an appropriate health care professional. The student may not be cleared for practice or competition the same day that the concussion consistent sign, symptom or behavior was observed.