Widefield High School Cross Country Team Blog
Gladiators Stampede the Stampede
The opening to the 2016 cross country season was a truly special one. Dubbed the "Pre-State" meet because it marks teams only opportunity to run the State course before State, for 4A it truly is a preview of things to come.
And, boy do things to come look good for Widefield Cross Country.
Up and down the order of the team our runner ran hard, finished strong, competed well, and exceeded expectations. From novice runners to Varisty, we took care of business as the meet crescendoed into a clamor of excitement as the Boys Varsity closed the day out with arguably the biggest win in team history.
If you were there for the awards, you know, this is no longer just about us. Our community is hungry and excited and behind our success.
This upcoming weekend, on Saturday September 3rd, we host the Widefield Cross Country Invitational. Come support our team as we build on our amazing start. If you are willing and able to volunteer as a course marshal or with course set up or tear down, please let Coach Nelson know.
We are excited to see you on Saturday!
Let's Get It Started!
The start of the 2016 racing season is nearly upon us!
This Friday, August 26, we run in the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede/Pre-State Meet at Noris Penrose Event Center and Bear Creek Regional Park.
This year Pre-State will have a new feature: 1.5 mile novice races for new runners. Race times will be as follows:
Girls 1.5 mile novice race--2:30
Boys 1.5 mile novice race--5:00
Come support our team as they get the season off to a great start!
2016: Let It Begin!
The greatest season in the history of Widefield High School Cross Country will begin on Monday, August 15. We will meet daily at 2:55 at the track unless there is a schedule change due to a holiday or different schedule at school.
August 15 also marks the day that WHSXC and track alumni Boris Berian runs for gold in the Rio Olympics! We will be gathering together to watch Boris race from 7-8 pm at Coach Kasyon's house. If you are planning to attend this awesome event, please plan on having a ride home no later than 8 pm as it is a school night!
Weather Update for Pre-Season Camp
Please note that all information for the beginning of the year is below this post!
With the forecast of afternoon thunderstorms every day this week, please be aware of our approach to weather issues and running.
First and foremost, we will not run if it is unsafe to do so. If you (parents and/or athletes) deem it unsafe due to lightning, it is okay to not come to our runs this week.
However, that being said, this is Colorado! Weather comes through quickly and can be drastically different in one part of town than another. The coaches will show up every day regardless or weather to make sure everyone makes good decisions. If we need to delay running for a while, that is a possibility. A suggestion would be to show up and see what we decide to do each day.
Remember, we run when it is crazy to do so, but not when it is unsafe!
As summer vacation comes to an end, those of us who run and coach cross country take heart in knowing that with the end of summer comes the beginning of the best time of the year: Cross Country Season!
In preparation for the beginning of our season, all of the important dates yet to come are listed below. Some have been updated, including a link to information on our Pre-Season Camp.
Please note, athletes will not be allowed to practice until they have their yellow card from the high school. To get a yellow card, athletes must have their completed Athletics Paperwork turned in to the main office, along with their physical. Please be sure to have plans to get a physical before the season starts so no one misses the first day of practice!
August 6--Run for Rwanda; Cottonwood Creek Park, 8am
August 8-12--Cross Country Camp
August 9--Parent’s Meeting @ WHS auditorium, 6:30pm
August 12, 13* & 15* (*=pending qualification)--WHSXC alumni Boris Berian runs in the Olympics!!
August 13--Physicals in Bower’s Gym, girls at noon, boys at 12:30 pm
August 15--First day of Cross Country practice