Widefield High School Cross Country Team Blog
State Send-Off Dinner
On Thursday, October 23rd we will send our boys team to State with a Send-Off Dinner.
The dinner will take place in the WHS cafeteria at 6pm. All State Qualifiers and their families are invited along with all other members of the team.
Mr. Arbegast is going to prepare spaghetti for a crowd, however, we will still need a few more pasta dishes, bread, and salads. If you are willing to bring any of the above please let Coach Nelson know.
Stay tuned for more details about the State Meet!
JV and Regional Race Times
The upcoming week marks the last week of racing for non-State Qualifiers. On Wednesday we will run at the Widefield Community Center in the Mesa Ridge JV Championships. Race times are boys at 3:00 and girls at 3:35.
On Thursday we travel to Pueblo to race in our Regional Meet and qualify for State. Race times at Regionals are 2:30 for girls and 4:00 for boys.
Please come out and support our teams in these last meets of the year!
Metro League Meet
Our League Meet has been canceled. It will not be made up. It is a bummer, but merely means we will have to put all the energy we would have put into that race into racing even better at the JV meet and Regionals next week!
Englewood Windjammer Invite
Over the years that our team has traveled to Englewood High School for the Windjammer Invitational we have had many great performances. Lots of PRs have been set at this meet and many of the names and times that currently populate the Top 10 lists are from the Windjammer. For this reason plus the expectation of favorable weather conditions, we went into this year's running of the Windjammer with high expectations.
The day's results exceeded the expectations.
The racing got underway with the JV girls. Right from the start Peyton Tubbs had a different fire in her eyes and energy in her step. She got the parade started as all of our JV girls but one ran a PR. The JV boys were similarly successful--all but 2 runners ran a PR. However, for Zack Goodman it was his first ever high school 5k, so a PR was impossible. In all, the JV boys and girls combined for 10 Personal Records.
The Varsity Girls race started with temperatures creeping upward but good conditions persisting. Tabi Frandsen ran like she was anxious to get back to it after missing most of last week. Behind her, Sam Howell, Bethany Rodrigues, and Kayleen Chee all ran with a new focus. Times were not super fast for the entire field, but our girls made good improvement in their pack time, focus, energy, and how they raced.
Finally, the Varsity boys toed the line. The previous week the boys had missed out on a meet title due to a bit of over-ambition resulting in a too fast first mile. This time the boys executed the game plan to perfection. After a less than perfect start the boys moved into good position a half mile in. And they kept moving. When the dust settled there were very few runners left for the Gladiators to pass. Max Martinez finished 3rd, Matthew Arbegast came through in 8th, Cole Munoz crossed the line in 12th, and Mason Durfey finished in 20th place. With our 5th runner a little farther back than normal, we were not certain of the team outcome. When we were not announced in second place some people assumed we must have finished 3rd. However, when the team champions were announced, Widefield was victorious in possibly the biggest team victory in the past 30 years.
This week Widefield looks to add to their total of team and individual awards at the Colorado Springs Metro League Championships. Go get 'em Glads!
Columbine Dave Sanders Invite
This Friday, September 26, we race at the Columbine Dave Sander Invitational at Clement Park, just north of Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. We run in the Division 2 races. Many races start 10 minutes after the previous race, so we will need to be ready at the specified times. Our race schedule is as follows:
Girls Varsity 3:10
Girls JV 3:50
Boys Varsity 4:20
Boys JV 5:00