Widefield High School Cross Country Team Blog
2018 Pre-Season & Practice Info
The beginning of cross country season will be different this year than in years past. First, the season starts a week earlier than normal, with the first day of practice on August 6th. This means there will be 7 days of practice before school starts instead of the normal 2. It means opportunities to get a physical and do athletic paperwork are running short. It also means we can continue to practice in the morning for most of the first week since teachers will not be back at work yet.
Below you will find reminders and plans for the next couple of weeks.
July 30- August 3: Pre-Season “Camp.”
-Traditionally our camp simply consists of going different places to run during the week. This year we will continue to meet in the morning, at 7am Monday thru Thursday and 8am on Friday. On Monday we will carpool to Red Rock Open Space off highway 24 near Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City. Tuesday we will stay at the school to run. On Wednesday we will carpool to North Monument Valley Park. Thursday we will stay at the school. And Friday we will meet at 8 to carpool down to the Fountain Creek Regional Park Ponds. We may be in need of drivers to help with the carpooling each day. Parents, if you are available to drive on Monday, Wednesday or Friday please show up at the appointed time at the Gladiator!
August 1: Parent/Athlete Athletic meeting at 6:30 in the library.
August 4: Run for Rwanda and physicals
Run for Rwanda: 8am at Cottonwood Creek Park
Physicals: 10am in Bowers Gym. Boys and girls. Physicals will be done when all student/athletes are done, so do not dawdle on getting there from the Run for Rwanda!
August 6: First day of practice! 7am at the track.
August 7-9: Practice 7am at the track.
August 10: First day of afternoon practice. 3pm at the track.
August 15: First day of school.
State Week Plans
State week is part celebration, part managing excitement and energy, and part preparation.
To this end, we are going to have a "family breakfast" Saturday morning before departing for State. We will eat in the WHS cafeteria starting at 8:30am. Pancakes will be the main dish with assorted sides available as well. The girls will eat first since they race first.
Family and team members are welcome to attend the breakfast. Donations to offset the cost of the meal will be accepted but there will be no charge.
At 10:00 we will depart for State. For parents who are attending State, please be aware there is a $10 charge for parking at the State meet.
Girls race at noon and boys race at 1:20.
See you Saturday!
For the second year in a row both the boys and girls have qualified for State as a team!
At regionals the boys were led by Cole Muñoz who ran to the first individual Regional title in recent history. Sophia Mena led the girls pack as our top four girls were separated by a mere 35 seconds!
The State Meet will take place on Saturday, October 28 at Noris Penrose Event Center. Girls race at noon and boys race at 1:20.
JV Championships and Regionals
This next week will be the last week of the cross country season for all runners who do not qualify for State. We have a meet for our JV runners on Tuesday at Monument Valley Park. Start times for that race will be 3:30 for boys and 4:10 for girls.
On Tuesday our Varsity runners will compete at Regionals with a berth to the State Championships on the line. Regionals are in Durango on the same course we ran on in mid-September. Boys run at 2:00 and girls run at 2:30.
Let's finish the season strong with good performances at our last meets!
Doherty Spartan Invite
The Doherty Spartan Invite takes place on Thursday, October 6. This is our last invitational meet before Championship Season. The meet takes place at Bear Creek Park, but is not the same course as that used for State. Parents should park either in the neighborhood North of the park off of Rio Grande, or in the Bear Creek parking lots west of the park and west of 21st. The start and finish areas are near the Administration Building off of Cross Creek Dr.
Race times will be:
2:00 JV Girls
2:45 JV Boys
3:30 Varsity Girls
4:00 Varsity Boys