Widefield High School Cross Country Team Blog
Congratulations to the boy's team and Caitlyn Anderson on qualifying to represent WHSXC at the State Cross Country Championships this Saturday, October 31st.
The boys qualified for State by finishing 2nd in our region. Led my Max Martinez's second straight victory, along with Matthew Arbegast, Cole Munoz and Stephen Agenbroad all in the top 12 the boys were 10 points out of a Regional Championship and way ahead of 3rd place.
Caitlyn Anderson ran a tough race to finish 10th overall and claim her place at State.
This weekend the boys will run at 10:30 and Caitlyn will run at 12:30.
But the festivities start before the races. On Thursday we will have a team sendoff dinner hosted by the Munoz family. Details will be sent home on Wednesday, but we will need a rough count of who will be attending Wednesday night. Families of qualifiers and all team members are invited.
Friday we will have practice at 10 am (tentatively). We are looking into fun activities we can do after practice to keep the kids in as normal a routine as possible on a day they don't have school.
On Saturday the bus will leave at 8:30. All members of this year's team are invited to come to the meet with us. After the meet we will go to Rudy's Barbecue for lunch. Lunch should be around 2pm. State qualifiers will have their lunch paid for. All others need to bring $10-15 if they would like to eat.
All parents are encouraged to come cheer for the team at State! We still have several of this year's team t-shirts as well as leftover shirts from previous years that are available for sale. If you would like to know what sizes we have please let Coach Nelson know.
Good luck at State!
Leagues and Regionals
What do you do when you win the first League Championship for your team in 31 years?
If you are Widefield High School Cross Country you enjoy it for a day or so and then set your sites on winning the next one.
This past week WHSXC dominated the Colorado Springs Metro League meet. Caitlyn Anderson finished 3rd overall in the Girl's Varsity and the girls team finished 3rd overall. The boys were led by Max Martinez, Cole Munoz, and Matthew Arbegast who went 1-2-3 and let the team to a big victory. In the JV races our runners were among the top 4A runners. We brought home 9 individual awards including 6 of 15 awards in the boys Varsity race.
This week our team will set out to excel in 2 races. On Wednesday our JV runners will go to Monument Valley Park for the El Paso County Open Championships. Race times will be:
3:30--9th and 10th Grade Boys
3:35--9th and 10th Grade Girls
4:15--11th and 12th Grade Boys
4:20--11th and 12th Grade Girls
On Thursday our Varsity teams will compete for a berth at the State Meet. Top 15 individuals and the top 4 teams will advance. Race times will be:
Please come support our kids as we close our season strong!
After a very successful Invitational Season, our schedule has now moved from invitationals to our Championship races.
This week we race in the Colorado Springs Metro League Championships at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. Race times will be:
There is a 4A and 5A section to our league. The two sections will run together but will be scored and get awards separately. What this means is one of our runners could finish 30th overall but be 5th among the 4A schools and get a 5th place award as well as 5 points for our team score.
Please come support us as we look to win our first League Title in over 30 years!
Another Great Week
Momentum. Energy. Excitement.
Whatever "it" is, we have it right now.
This past week we took runners to meets on Thursday and Saturday. Between the two meets we recorded 30 Personal Records, 4 Personal Course Records, a top 3 team finish, and broke through some serious barriers.
On Thursday the JV team went to a very unique meet at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. The race started with about 1.3 miles of uphill. As the saying goes, however, what goes up must come down, and the last 1.8 miles were downhill. The race finished with a dash across the Royal Gorge Bridge. Highlights included a 4th and 5th place finish from Myah Jennrich and Kayleen Chee and some serious breakthroughs for several runners.
Two days later we took the entire team to Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins for the SaberCat invitational. The Girls Varsity started the day with a bang as Caitlyn Anderson and Tabi Frandsen both set PR's with times that put them at 2nd and 5th respectively on the All-Time Top 10 List. Not to be outdone, the Varsity Boys raced with abandon, recording 3 PRs and 3 PCRs, putting 3 runners in the top 12 and finishing 3rd as a team, ahead of the 7th and 9th ranked teams in 4A as well as the 2nd ranked team in 5A. Matthew Arbegast had the biggest breakthrough of the day, running 16:31 to shatter his old PR by 29 seconds.
The JV runners kept the great day going as Myah Jennrich came within 1 second of the Varsity standard and Isaiah Frye came within 3. All girls were under 31:00 and 11 were under 27:00. Every single boy ran under 23:30.
This upcoming weekend we travel to Englewood High School for the Windjammer Invitational. Race times will be:
Week 6 in Review, Week 7 Preview
As hard as it may be to believe, our season is over half way over. This past week, members of our team went to the Cougar Classic and Fountain Fort Carson Invitational. Highlights included:
-Max Martinez finished 2nd at the Cougar Classic.
-Caitlyn Anderson ran the fastest freshman girl's time in the past 12 years and one of the 3 fastest freshman girl's times in school history.
-Miles Mena finished 8th overall at Fountain Fort Carson and ran the Varsity Standard.
-5 boys and 1 girl ran PR's at Fountain Fort Carson, including a PR by Zack Goodman in his first race of the season.
This week some of our non-Varsity runners will travel to Canon City to race at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park on Thursday. The meet letter has this information for parents: "Please let parents know that there will be an admission fee of $10 per person if they choose to go inside the gates to the bridge. (Runners/Coaches/Workers are not charged) The runners will finish across the bridge. If parents choose not to pay to get in they will be able to watch the majority of the race outside the gates." The course map makes it appear the race starts in the parking lot outside the park and runs mostly outside the park on county roads. The finish is inside the park and goes across the Royal Gorge Bridge to the finish line. Boys JV will start at 5:00. Girls JV will begin at 5:05.
On Saturday our entire team will have an early departure time to head to Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. Race times will be: