Widefield High School Cross Country Team Blog
Cheyenne Mountain Stampede Times
On Thursday, August 21 we open our regular season at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede/Pre-State Meet.
As this is the only chance for any team to run the State course before State, it is the largest meet of the season. With 4+ races per classification, it is truly an event.
Race times for our runners are below. However, there are a few things spectators need to know. All of this information can be found on the meet link above. First, be prepared to pay for parking, and to pay more to park closer. Second, the race is the same day as the US Pro Cycling Challenge, which takes place in the same part of town as the cross country meet. Because of the bike race some roads will be closed. It is suggested that spectators take Motor City Way to 8th street and enter the park via Moreno or El Paso off 8th street. Highway 24 will be closed periodically during the day, so please avoid it!
Our races will be as follows:
2:30 JV Boys
3:20 JV Girls
4:30 Varsity Girls
7:00 Varsity Boys
Off With A Bang!
In cross country a scrimmage is a practice meet of sorts. As such, it is more about experience than results. That being said, results can be telling.
Today our team opened our season by participating in the Lewis Palmer scrimmage. Although times nor places are official, both can tell a lot about where we are at this early stage of the season.
The bottom line is, we are well ahead of where we were at this point last year.
With only 5 practices possible, the only eligible runners were those with perfect attendance. Yet we had 10 boys and 4 girls run. As a whole, the times were very solid, debuts were made, plans were executed, and we have a starting point to go forward from!
WHSXC 2014 Is Upon Us!
On Monday, August 11th the 2014 season will get under way! Practice will start at 2:55 pm. We will meet at the WHS track. Be prepared to run. Have your yellow card, but don't wait until 2:30 to get it as there will be a line and you will be late! Please be prompt (early) and ready to get the season off to a great start!
See you Monday!
Run for Rwanda
This morning 7 current members of WHSXC and 2 alumni met at Cottonwood Creek Park to race in the Run for Rwanda. Over the last several years this race has grown in popularity among high school teams. Today it is something of a final pre-season tune up for many teams around town, as was evident by the fact that runners from Rampart, Vanguard, ECA, Air Academy, TCA, Pine Creek, Doherty, and Widefield were all in attendance.
Of the teams that showed up, Widefield made the biggest splash. In fact, here is what MileSplit had to say about it:
"And, it was arguably Widefield who made the biggest statement at this meet. Max Martinez paced the Widefield undergrads (a couple of Widefield alumni were present in the field as well) with a 17:54. Matthew Arbegast rolled through in 18:20, and Mason Durfey in 18:29. Widefield coach Erik Nelson was smiling, and rightly he should have been. Widefield has the look of a much-improved team over 2013, and that should help to tighten up a regional contest about mid October."
In addition to our boys up front, Cole Munoz ran 19:46 for 16th place overall and won his age group, Stephen Agenbroad ran 20:06 in his first ever competitive 5k, Bethany Rodrigues ran 23:40 and finished 15th among females, and Tabitha Frandsen ran her first competitive 5k in 26:25.
Great job to everyone who ran today! It is fair to say we are well ahead of where we were as a team at this point last year!
With the start of what promises to be one of if not the best season in the history of WHSXC just over a week away, there are lots of important dates coming up.
First, this Saturday, August 2nd at 8am is the Run for Rwanda. The Run for Rwanda draws many high school runners and high school teams. It has divisions specifically for high schools and awards for both high school boys and girls teams. If you do one race with the team this summer, do the Run for Rwanda!
Next week we have our Pre-Season Camp on Monday and Wednesday thru Friday. If you or your parents can help with rides please communicate that with Coach. Details can be found at the link above.
There is no Pre-Season Camp on Tuesday because that is the night of the parent's meeting at 6:30 in the WHS auditorium. We would like to encourage all parents who are able to attend so we can ensure we get the season off to a great start with everyone on the same page!
When the season starts there are 5 days of practice before our scrimmage and 9 days before our first meet. Because of the rules about practices anyone who is unable to practice for even 1 day the first week will not get to participate in the scrimmage. Anyone missing more than 2 days will not be able to run in the first meet. In order to practice on the first day all athletes must have their yellow card. Details and paperwork will be given at the parent's meeting but can also be obtained through the main office.
In order to get a yellow card you must have a physical before the season starts! Physicals will be offered at the WHS gym on Thursday, August 7th at 5:00pm for girls and Saturday, August 9th at 1:00pm for boys. Physicals cost $15 cash. Please be sure to have your physical done and yellow card in hand on the first day of practice.
Practice will start on Monday, August 11 at 2:55pm. We will meet at the track at WHS. Have your yellow card, a water bottle, and running clothes and shoes.
It is going to be a great year! Please pay close attention to these dates to ensure we get it off to a great start!