Widewater Invitational Info

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Liberty Center Widewater Invitational Sat. 9/24 (High School & Middle School)

Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/libertycenter/2016

Course maps:
High School
Middle School

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:

7:30am – Bus leaves from EHS (est. arrival 8:00am)
9:00am – Middle School girls race
9:30am – Middle School boys race
10:00am – Middle School awards
12:15pm – High School girls race
1:00pm – High School boys race
1:45pm – High School awards
2:30pm – Estimated return to EHS
Meet Notes – This course is a perennial favorite.  It offers a little bit of everything: fast/flat first mile, 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.  From a spectator standpoint, here is pretty good viewing of the start, one mile mark, 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!
The high school band has a concert later the same day, with a report time at the high school of 3:33pm. While we anticipate the bus being back with an hour to spare, parents of participating band members may want to consider arranging for transportation as soon as the HS boys’ race is finished. We don’t want race delays, a lengthy awards session, or bus/traffic issues to prevent band students from getting to the school on time.  Please let us know of any transportation arrangements BEFORE the meet if possible.
*There will be concessions available. However, we ask that athletes have a healthy breakfast that morning and NOT eat concession food until after they have competed. We will have healthy snacks provided by parents; athletes are strongly encouraged to partake of these after competing.

Fayette Invitational Recap

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Recap: Last year’s meet at Harrison Lake was a soaker, and this year proved to be cast from the same mold. It was so wet Saturday that the high school meet at Ottawa-Glandorf was cancelled at the last minute over concerns that running on it might cause trouble for a meet scheduled five weeks later (we ran the course anyway).  Despite the rain last year, the middle school course proved a fast one, and that was even more so the case this year.

For the girls’ race, the Lady Vikes had multiple records fall at both the personal and school level.  Kayla finished fourth overall, setting a new 7th Grade and overall Evergreen Middle School record of 13:34 and taking an impressive 46 seconds off her personal record!  Kennedy also set a new 8th Grade record of 13:53, besting her previous school record of 14:02.  Not to be outdone, Jolie took an incredible 4:49 off her PR, Izzy improved by 30 seconds, and Morgan competed in her first race of the season.

On the boys’ side, Owen turned in a great effort in taking over a minute and a half off his PR.  Chris also shaved 22 seconds from his personal best, and Evan turned in his best performance of the season so far.

Here are the results for the Middle School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Barkhimer Izzy 19:26 95
Foster Morgan 17:48 83
Gleckler Kayla 13:34 4
Huffman Jolie 17:53 86
Keller Kennedy 13:53 12
Bryson Owen 16:06 91
Hartzell Chris 15:12 80
Pennington Evan 15:49 87

What has been a slow and frustrating meet for the high school is clearly not so for the middle school as they had an excellent showing across the board.

Full Event Results are available on Baumspage.

Up Next: Liberty Center Widewater Invitational. Consistently mentioned as a favorite among the Viking runners, this one should be a treat!

Fayette Invitational Info (EMS)

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Alexis powers up the hill to the finish

Fayette Eagle Invitational – Sat. 9/17
Harrison Lake State Park
26246 Harrison Lake Road
Fayette, OH 43521

7:15am – Meet at High School (est. arrival at Harrison Lake 8:00am)
9:00am – Girls’ middle school race
9:30am – Boys’ middle school race
10:45am – Estimated return to Evergreen

Notes – One of the most beautiful courses we run with a few moderate hills and lots of wooded trails. It did rain quite a bit last year, but it looks like it may be a pleasant day this time around.  This course was pretty fast for the middle school last year, and nearly every runner set a personal record at the meet. Be sure to give yourself extra time to find a parking spot and walk to the start/finish area.

*There will be concessions available. However, we ask that athletes have a healthy breakfast that morning and NOT eat concession food until after they have competed.  We will have snacks provided.

Ottawa-Glandorf Invitational Info (EHS)

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Sarah and Trinity work the NWOAL Preview meet Tuesday as they get ready for Ottawa-Glandorf this weekend

Ottawa-Glandorf Invitational Sat. 9/17 (High School only)

Results and info available at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/ottawa/2016/

Course maps:

High School Course

Ottawa Memorial Park
730 N Locust St
Ottawa, OH 45875

6:30am – Meet at High School (bus leaves 6:45am sharp, est. arrival 8:00am)
9:30am – HS Varsity boys race
10:40am – HS Varsity girls race
1:00pm – Expected return to Evergreen

Meet Notes – Another new meet for us, but also another established one.  It’s also a bit of a haul to get down there, so plan accordingly.  This course can be very fast and has hosted District Championship meets in the past for several districts.  It should be a great opportunity to knock down some PR’s and starts a run of great courses over the next few weeks (including Widewater and Clay).

*There will be concessions available. However, we ask that athletes have a healthy breakfast that morning and NOT eat concession food until after they have competed. We will have healthy snacks provided by parents; athletes are strongly encouraged to partake of these after competing.

Archbold Invitational Recap

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Recap: Wet, wet, wet.  In years past, the Archbold meet was always sweatshirt-cold at the start and blazing hot by the end.  Not this year. It was overcast from start to finish, and right on cue the rain started pouring as the Middle School girls kicked off their race.

Kayla and Kennedy again worked together through this race, pacing and pushing each other until the final half mile when Kayla pulled a head to a new personal record time.  Kennedy was only a second behind her season best and was over 40 seconds faster than last year. Izzy also ran really well in her first ever cross country race!

On the boys side, Chris continues to see the results of his hard work over the summer as he set a new personal record and ran over two minutes faster than his time at Archbold last year. Owen just missed his PR by two seconds, and Will turned in another solid effort.

Here are the results for the Middle School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Barkhimer Izzy 19:56 82
Keller Kennedy 14:37 13
Gleckler Kayla 14:20 11
Hartzell Chris 15:34 86
Bryson Owen 18:17 137
Thomas William 17:24 125

A very solid outing by our Middle School runners heading into a fun meet next weekend.

Full Event Results are available on Baumspage.

Up Next: The Middle School travels to Harrison Lake State Park for the Fayette Invitational (hopefully with no rain this year!).

NWOAL Preview Meet Info

This year’s NWOAL Championship Meet will be hosted by Swanton High School. As with years past, they will be hosting a preview meet to allow all league teams a chance to see and run the course.  The “race” is typically run with boys and girls together; no official timing or placement, and uniforms are not necessary.

Here are the details:

Swanton High School
601 N Main St
Swanton, OH 43558

Course maps:

Swanton NWOAL High School Course
Swanton NWOAL Middle School Course

3:45pm – Bus leaves Evergreen High School (ETA 4:00pm)
5:00pm – Gun goes off for preview run
6:30pm – Estimated return time to EHS

Notes – Because this is not a regular meet, we typically treat it as more of an off-site workout. While we will have some sections of the course done at pace, most of it will be an easy recovery from Monday’s long run.  Again, the goal is to give the runners a chance to familiarize themselves with the course so that there are no surprises at the championship meet.

Archbold Invitational Info (EMS)

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Archbold Invitational Sat. 9/10 (Middle School only)
Archbold Reservoir
502 South Street (parking)
Archbold, OH 43502

8:00am – Bus leaves from the Middle School (est. arrival 8:30am)
9:00am – High school girls
9:30am – High school boys
10:00am – Middle school girls
10:45am – Middle school boys
12:00pm (est.) – Bus returns to Middle School

Archbold Course Map

Meet Notes – This meet involves loops around the larger and smaller reservoirs, with hills in between and a downhill finish. The middle school makes one loop around each reservoir, while the high school adds a second loop around the larger reservoir. Spectators can see pretty much the entire race, although individual runners can be a little hard to make out when they’re on the far side of the water. This is not a fast course despite being mostly flat; in part, because it’s so open and flat. It’s much harder to push your pace running a one mile long circle around the reservoir. Still, all the runner have to run the same loops, so it’s a chance to get out and compete against some of our NWOAL rivals.

*There will be concessions available. However, we ask that athletes have a healthy breakfast that morning and NOT eat concession food until after they have competed. We will have healthy snacks provided by parents; athletes are strongly encouraged to partake of these after competing.