Widefield High School Cross Country Team Blog
Info For the Week of September 26, 2016
The upcoming week will be a full, but fun week for WHSXC.
The fun starts with an exciting race at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, hosted by Canon City. We treat this as a JV meet, although several of our JV boys will have the opportunity to run in the Varsity race. The course is an out and back that runs away from the Royal Gorge parking approximately 1.3 miles. The course finishes by doubling back on itself and finishes by going across the Royal Gorge Bridge. Race times are as follows:
Varsity Boys: 4:00
JV Boys: 5:00
JV Girls: 5:05
PLEASE NOTE: There will be a $10 fee for parents to get into the actual Park and cross the bridge. This is a discounted rate from the normal price. Much of the start and finish can be seen without entering the park, and the finish may be visible without paying as well, although from a distance.
On Friday night, Max Martinez will be in Arizona representing WHSXC at the Desert Twilight meet in Casa Grande. This is an exciting opportunity for Max as well as all of Widefield and WHSXC.
The fun finishes up Saturday with the Rampart Foxes and Hounds race. This meet features a unique racing and scoring format, as there is a JV and Varsity race for each gender featuring a "Foxes and Hounds" start and scoring. The way this works is each team designates the members of their team by their position on the team. When the race starts, each team's 7th runner will start along with all of the other 7th runners. 20 seconds later the 6th runners will start, and so on until the 1st runners start 2 minutes after the 7th runners. The meet is scored like a traditional cross country meet, with whoever finished first, regardless of where he or she started, getting 1 point. All runners will get a "gun time" and an actual time it took them to run the course.
Race times for this meet will be:
8:25: JV Girls (Foxes and Hounds)
9:20: JV Boys (Foxes and Hounds)
9:50: Varsity Girls (Foxes and Hounds)
10:20: Varsity Boys (Foxes and Hounds)
10:50: Open Boys (traditional race start)
10:53: Open Girls (traditional race start)
*Please note, approximately our top 14 boys and girls will get to participate in a Foxes and Hounds style race. All others will be in a traditional open race.
Thrice as Nice
This year's version of the Widefield High School Cross Country Invitational featured the most competitive field we have seen in several years. With 15 schools and a variety of 4A and 5A competition, the competition was as hot as the morning got.
The boys started the day with a set of 3rd's--as in the 3rd consecutive time we won the team and individual titles at our home meet. With 7 of the top 19 runners, the Gladiator boys were pushed more than in years past, but dominated none the less.
The Varsity girls followed. In a more spread out race, it was harder to assess which team finished 3rd. Caitlyn Anderson led the way in 9th and Tabi Frandsen finished in the top 20 as well, leading the ladies to a 3rd place team finish.
The JV races saw the morning heating up considerably. Times slowed as the heat crept up on the field, but for many it was a first race and for all it was what should be the toughest combination of conditions and course difficulty we will see the rest of the season.
This upcoming Saturday, September 10 the team travels to Lyons High School in Lyons Colorado. Race times will be: Varsity Girls at 8:40, Varsity Boys at 9:30, Open Boys at 9:55, Open Girls at 10:25. We will stop for lunch on the way home, so please bring some money for food.
Must Be The Water
"Must Be The Water" shirts are available for parents and friends of the team for $15. Currently we have sizes small through XL, but if there is need we can get larger sizes.
The kids have also been given order forms for various cross country gear. Order forms and payment are due on Friday, September 2nd.
Finally, if you are interested in helping with the home meet please let Coach Nelson know! The meet is this Saturday, September 3 at 9am.
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!