2019 Season Banquet Info

It’s hard to believe another cross country season has come and gone so quickly. Please join us on November 7, 2019 at 6: 30 pm in the HS Cafeteria to celebrate the accomplishments of all our runners, middle school runners included 🙂 Dinner will be potluck style with paper products, drinks, and baked potato bar provided. Please bring the suggested item or your favorite dish to share. We can’t wait to see our cross country families and share the successes of our season. As always, if you have any questions, reach out to one of the coaches.


2019 District Championship Info

2018 Districts Evan Alex Anderson

District Championship Sat. 10/19 (High School only)

District Results:
Boys Division III
Girls Division III

Course maps: Findlay Owens 5K Course

Owens Community College – Findlay Campus
3200 Bright Road
Findlay, OH 45840

8:15am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 9:30am)
11:00am – Division III HS girls race
11:40pm – Division III HS boys race
2:30pm – Estimated return time

Meet Notes – This is it…the “win or go home” point of the season. It’s the date circled on our calendars that we work back from in terms of our training cycle. We look to peak these next two weeks as we seek to advance to the next level.  This year, we face an uphill challenge due to changes in the District meets. Whereas the last two years have seen a draw based on seed voting by all of the coaches, with the Division III split into to districts, this year we return to a single race.  Some familiar competitors are now running at Ottawa Glandorf, but the girls race in particular is stacked with talented teams this year.  With the changes, the top five teams and any individuals in the top 20 overall advance to Regionals in Tiffin on 11/26.

Some great story lines to watch this year:

  • Our girls team was very young last year with five freshmen, a sophomore and a senior. This year is similar with two freshmen, four sophomores and a junior…but five of the runners have District experience.  As mentioned, the girls race is stacked with talent, so it’s going to take our very best to have any chance of advancing. Can the girls make it FOUR straight years?
  • The boys also have an experience team, with only two making their first trip to Findlay. Moreover, they have been on a tear lately with their pack running and consistency, lead by school record holder Augie. We don’t have seeding to go by this year, but their team average puts them in contention. Can this become the first ever boys team to advance to Regionals?
  • Fresh off a school record performance at leagues, Augie looks to repeat as an individual qualifier to Tiffin.  Kennedy will look to join him with a Top 20 finish.
  • This year’s league meet at Bryan was run on a very fast course under near perfect conditions.  Findlay has seen some very fast times as well, including a school record for the girls in 2017.
  • We have a couple senior boys who may be running their last cross country race of their high school career.  This is the most bittersweet aspect of this time of year. Here’s hoping they get one more week!

Those are all exciting aspects of this race, but at the end of the day the ends of those stories have yet to be written.  Average times and recent races don’t break records or qualify to move on…we have to execute.  As we told the athletes this week, we can’t spend time worrying about what we can’t control…how many good teams there are, how those teams run, what the weather is like. We have to focus on what we can control: our preparation this week and our performance this Saturday.

The course is exactly the same as the past three years: it’s flat and pretty fast.  It’s also fairly spectator friendly, allowing folks the chance to see the start, most of the first mile, and the finish with only a moderate amount of walking.  There are a lot of straightaways, but there are also some sharp turns that keep it interesting.

This will be a long day…we leave at 8:15am and won’t get back until mid-afternoon, so rest is essential. We arrived with about the same amount of prep time last year and it was just about perfect, so we are looking to keep the same type of schedule this year.  The runners will have plenty of time to walk and examine the course, and to get themselves mentally and physically prepared for their race.  The atmosphere at this meet it usually pretty great, and we anticipate the same this year.  We will be sticking around to wait on the official results to be posted for the boys before we pack up and get ready to leave (and there are always plenty of photo opportunities after).

2019 NWOAL Championship Info

2019 NWOAL Augie

NWOAL Championship Sat. 10/12 (High School & Middle School)

Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/nwoal/2019/

Bryan Recreation Park
Horton Trail (drop-off location)
Bryan, OH 43506

7:45am – Meet at High School
8:00am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 9:00am)
10:00am – HS girls race
10:40am – HS boys race
11:20am – MS girls race
11:50pm – MS boys race
12:30pm – Awards
1:45pm – Estimated return time

Bryan Course Map – High School

Bryan Course Map – Middle School

Spectator Parking Locations

Meet Notes: The final stretch of another season is upon us. Each year a different district in the NWOAL has the opportunity to host the league championship meet, and this year the honor falls to Bryan.  The great thing about the league meet is that everybody runs; there is no varsity race. For the middle school runners, this is the last meet of the season and their opportunity to finish out year competing against their league rivals.  For the high school, it’s a great chance to see the training cycle start to peak as we get ready for Districts.

The Bryan course is in a nice park in Bryan (NOT at the high school) and is a very flat course.  The weather is supposed to be exactly what we want: cool and cloudy.  Spectators should dress for the weather, and athletes should “dress for the second mile” but be sure to bring warm ups to shed at the starting line.  Note that spectator parking is in lots scattered around the outside of the park (see link above) so you may need to look a bit to find a spot and walk to the course area.

 

2019 Hudson Invitational Info

2016-hudson-banner

Hudson Booster Invitational Sat. 10/5 (High School & Middle School)

Results available at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/161131/info

Course maps:
Hudson High School Course
Hudson Middle School Course

Hudson High School
746 N Maple Grove Ave
Hudson, MI 49247

7:00am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 8:00am)
9:00am – MS girls race
9:45am – MS boys race
10:30am – HS boys varsity race
11:30am – HS girls varsity race
12:00pm – Open race (JV, coaches, parents, etc.)
12:40pm – Awards ceremony
2:00pm – Estimated return time
Meet Notes – We ended up with this as an off week last year when the meet was essentially rained out (storms came through with lightning delays, and we made the call to cancel as we had no off weeks all season).  While the rest was good, it was disappointing because this is a favorite race for a lot of Viking runners, both middle school and high school. We’re excited to return this year and the weather is shaping up to be really good (partly cloudy, high of 61…so in the 50’s at race time).
Though not quite as big as Tiffin, this is a larger meet with a pretty festive atmosphere (including some music and dancing).  The course itself is pretty decent, with a combination of wooded trails, open grass fields, and a great downhill finish.  This meet does have varsity boys and girls races, so those not in the top seven will run in the large open race at noon. This race is also open to anyone who wants to run, and it’s not uncommon to have some runners in full costume. Any spectators who want to participate are more than welcome!
From a spectator standpoint, a good portion of the race is viewable from the start/finish area. Travel time from the high school is approximately 45 minutes. Please be advised they do charge $5 per person for entry so plan accordingly.  We do realize that there is a boys’ varsity soccer game at Whitmer later that afternoon, but we do ask everyone to stay as long as possible to cheer on your fellow Viking runners, and we remind you to notify us in advance if you will be leaving early.

NWOAL Championship Shirt Pre-Orders

2019 NWOAL Championship tshirt

The 2019 NWOAL hosts Bryan High School have sent information for pre-ordering shirts for this year’s NWOAL Championship meet.  Shirts come in a variety of colors, both short sleeve and long sleeve, and there’s also a hooded sweatshirt option.  Note that they will have very limited amounts of shirts at the meet, so if you want a shirt your best bet is to pre-order.

Orders can be placed online at https://nwoalxc2019.itemorder.com/

ORDER DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2.

Also, when ordering please enter your school name (Evergreen) to make sure it gets to the correct coach/team.

Practice Schedule for September 23-28

 

Monday, September 23- Team Meeting @ 3 pm in Coach Cymbolin’s classroom. Long run to follow 3-5 pm

Tuesday, September 24- Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm.. 

Wednesday, September 25- Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm. Optional Team Bonding: Movie night @ Skye Cinema to watch Overcomer @ 7:30 pm. Possibly meet in Wauseon around 5:30 pm for food. 

Thursday, September 26- Off-Site practice @ Heritage Park, Adrian. Bus leaves @ 3 pm and should arrive back to EHS around 6:30 pm. We are planning to stop at Aubree’s (pizza place in Adrian) on the way home. Athletes should bring money. 

Friday, September 27- Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm

Saturday, September 28- Optional run at Lyons Park @ 11 am. 

2019 LC Widewater Info

2018 Widewater girls start

Liberty Center Widewater Invitational Sat. 9/21 (High School & Middle School)

Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/libertycenter/2019/

2019 Widewater Info and Map

Widewater Retreat Center
4050 Old US24
Liberty Center, OH 43532

*Parking Note – Do not go to the main park entrance. Parking is off of County Road 4 west of the park and should be marked.  There is a $5 charge for parking, and it’s a bit of a hike from the parking area to the starting line so plan accordingly.

Schedule:

8:15am – Bus leaves from HS (est. arrival 9:00am)
10:30am – High School girls race (Black Division)
11:15am – High School boys race (Black Division)
11:45am – HS Black Division awards
12:00pm – Middle School girls race
12:30pm – Middle School boys race
1:00pm – Middle School awards
2:15pm – Estimated return to EHS
Meet Notes – This course is a perennial favorite.  It offers a little bit of everything: fast/flat first mile (for the HS), grassy and rolling second mile, and the third mile includes wooded trails, a water hazard followed by a steep hill, and a flat, open finish.  This course has been essentially unchanged for the 12-year history of this meet, and it has been certified in the past for D2/D3 District meets so it’s known to be accurate.  Most of our runners have been on this course before and will be able to give advice from their experience to the runners who haven’t seen it before.  Current forecast is a sunny day in the mid-80’s, and past experience says it will indeed feel plenty warm for this race.  Hydration and rest will be an important factor for this one.
Note – Bring extra shoes/sandals, socks, etc. if you don’t want to ride home wet.  There is a water hazard near the end of this race and you WILL get wet 🙂
From a spectator standpoint, here is pretty good viewing of the start, one mile mark (HS), and the finish (as well as “the hill” near the finish).  Most of the rest of the course is accessible, just be prepared to get some exercise!