Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cross Country Update - Oct 9

Darts -
We are wrapping up a busy week. I wanted to thank the parents and the athletes who were able to help with the Barnes Park race on Wednesday and the Homecoming Relay on Thursday. Despite the rain, we were able to put on a great meet and we were able to have a little fun with the relay from Weber High to Davis High on Thursday.
Great job to all of the athletes at the meet on Wednesday. If you have not seen the results, you can check them out on the blog - It was a very strong race for our TEAM going into the region championships. I was especially impressed with the improvement that many of the new runners have shown through the season. Running is definitely a sport that takes patience and consistency, but I hope you are learning that hard work and determination will make you better at running (and at most things). The TEAM quite literally tore up the course - we dominated both races and proved to be running at our best as the season comes to its end. Great job having fun and running hard at the same time.

Athletes of the Week - Becca Albrechtsen, Katie Frandsen, Phillip Baker, Ethan Stuart

Region Championships - are this Wednesday (the 12th) at Layton Park. This is the final race for most of you. We have worked hard and we are well prepared to go into the region meet. The TEAM goal is to sweep all four races. Your individual goals should be to finish the season with a PR. The weather should be perfect, the course will be fast, and you are ready to go. Be confident in yourselves, and have a lot of fun going after your best races of the season. The course will be exactly 3.0 miles - it is the same course we have been running in this region since 1997. We will have an important meeting on Tuesday after school (once the Junior High athletes arrive). We will also have TEAM dinners on Tuesday evening at 6:00pm. The boys will eat at the Cromar's and the girls will be at the McCleary's (we will provide directions on Tuesday). We will be dressing up with ties and skirts/dresses for school on Wednesday.

The schedule for Region will be as follows -
1:15 - Excused from school
1:30 - Bus leaves
3:00pm - Girls JV
3:30pm - Boys JV
4:00pm - Girls Varsity
4:30pm - Boys Varsity
5:15pm - Awards

State Championships - The state championships are at Sugarhouse Park on Wednesday, October 19th. The girls race at 2:30 and the boys race at 4:00pm. I expect all of you to come and support the varsity runners as they contend for the state title. Both the boys and the girls have a shot at winning the state title for the entire TEAM. Every one of you are a part of what the varsity runners will be representing at the state meet. Even if you are not running, you will still have a responsibility to provide energy and support for your teammates who are running.

TEAM Pictures/Uniform Turn in - Tuesday, October 25th - we will meet in my classroom after school, and then have the pictures at 3:15 when the 9th graders are able to get to the school.

TEAM Awards Banquet - Thursday, November 3rd - More details to come. The banquet will be for the athletes only.

24 Hour Run Fundraiser - Tentatively on November 4-5. More details to come.

Nike Southwest Regional - We will be taking a bus down to Mesa, AZ for the Nike Regional Race. We will leave after school on Thursday, November 17th and return on Sunday, November 20th. Those of you who are interested in attending the trip with us should plan on being at practice on Monday, October 24th (the Monday after Fall Break). It will be a 4 week training commitment. We will be able to take about 50 athletes. The cost will be around $230 per athlete. Even if you are not able to go on the trip, you are still encouraged to continue training with us over that month (even the 9th graders).

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