Otsego Invitational Information

2015 Archbold Boys Team

Otsego Invitational Sat. 9/3 (High School only)

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

Course maps:

High School Course

Mary Jane Thurston State Park
1466 State Route 65
McClure, OH 43534

8:15am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 9:00am)
10:00am – HS Varsity girls race
10:40am – HS Open girls race
11:20pm – HS Varsity boys race
12:00pm – HS Open boys race
12:40pm – Adult Run
2:00pm – Expected return to Evergreen

Parking – Parking is limited at Mary Jane. Overflow parking will be located at the Marina located ½ mile west of Mary Jane. A shuttle bus will shuttle spectators to the park and back. Spectators are also welcome to park in Historic Downtown Grand Rapids and walk the scenic tow path to Mary Jane. You can enter the tow path behind Rita’s Dairy Bar, just west of LaRoe’s Restaurant or at the town park. To park in town you will continue straight at the Marathon station instead of traveling left to stay on Rt. 65.

Meet Notes – This is a new meet for us this year, but it’s a well-established one that should be enjoyable.  This meet does have both a varsity and open race, meaning for the boys team the top 7 from Defiance will run in the varsity race and the rest will run the open race.  They also provide an adult open race at the end of the meet where any adult can register for $5 and run the course for time, so it’s a great opportunity for spectator-parents who always wondered what the courses our athletes run are really like.

*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.

Defiance Early Bird Recap

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Lady Vikes huddle up before the high school varsity girls race

Recap: You just never know what to expect in the first meet of the season. You sort of get a feel for how workouts have been going, but at this point in our training cycle it’s normal to feel a bit fatigued as we continue to adjust to increased intensity of the workouts and the start of the school year.  The great thing about the Defiance meet is that the course gives a fairly realistic picture; it’s not terribly fast because of the hills, but it’s also not really a slow course (*cough*Archbold*cough).

With that said, the results from this weekend were excellent. Twelve of our high school runners set a personal record, including nine of the ten men.  Now, the men’s team is young so it’s easy to PR when it’s your first ever high school 5k, but even compared to their middle school times they were significantly improved. For example, Chandler’s split at mile two was 21 seconds faster than his two mile PR from the end of last season.

To give you an idea of the progress made, consider the following:

  • Jared PR’d by 2:14
  • John PR’d by 56 seconds
  • Pete PR’d by 15 seconds
  • Phoenix was just 25 seconds off his PR and 1:09 faster than last year’s Defiance time
  • Heidi ran 1:27 faster than her last Defiance race in 2014
  • Katie and Tom both took more than 20 seconds off their Park-o-Rama 5k times despite it being a hilly course

The ladies’ team finished 9th overall out of 18 teams, and their team average of 24:42 for the top five runners was 3 seconds faster than the top individual Lady Vike from last season. The men didn’t have enough runners to score last year, but their top 5 average of 21:00 crushed the four-man average of 24:10 from last year’s meet.

Here are the official results for the High School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Majewski Alex 23:24 169
Mitchey Jared 22:46 150
Pollard Thomas 21:32 117
Rhodus Gavin 29:48 195
Ruetz Chandler 22:38 146
Ruth John 21:50 125
Schwan Ben 19:12 48
Simon Pete 28:58 193
Tipping Augie 23:29 171
VanOstrand Phoenix 19:47 60
Fritsch Heidi 26:17 98
Fritsch Katie 25:31 85
Garlick Ashley 25:34 88
Klebold Hannah 31:41 157
McCormick Alexis 32:20 163
Schwan Sarah 22:38 21
Welch Trinity 23:29 44

The middle school race is a bit different at Defiance. Whereas the high school gets a flat, fast mile to start before heading into the hilly section, the middle school heads straight to the hills.  This makes the impact of “The Hill” at the end of the race that much more significant.  Despite this difference, both Kayla and Owen were able to take time off their PR from last Thursday’s Lake meet, dropping 2 and 38 seconds, respectively.  While neither team had enough to score in the meet, our first three girls finished in the top 15 of the race, and Jolie showed incredible determination in passing several runners coming up that intimidating hill at the end.

Here are the official results for the Middle School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Gleckler Kayla 14:33 5
Huffman Jolie 23:52 91
Keller Kennedy 15:42 12
Radel Paige 15:56 15
Bryson Owen 17:38 97
Hartzell Chris 16:41 85
Pennington Evan 17:01 92
Thomas William 18:04 101

Up Next: The High School travels to the Otsego Invitational at Mary Jane Thurston State Park this Saturday 9/2, and the Middle School has a week off before heading to Archbold on 9/10.

Full Event Results are available on Baumspage.

Lake Middle School Invite Recap

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Kennedy settles in with the lead pack at the Lake Invitational

Update (8/31) – Updated with official results from meet organizers.

Recap: The first meet of the year is in the books for the Middle School, and for several it was their first race ever.  The Lake meet always provides a great way to start off for the Middle School runners by separating the 7th and 8th grader into different races.  The heat and humidity were a bit of a factor this year, but the Viking runners did a great job competing against a fast field.

Some notes from the races:

  • Just as Kennedy did last year in winning the 7th grade race, Kayla had a very strong run to finish 4th overall. In her very first race, she’s only 30 seconds off the school record.
  • Chris had a really strong first race, taking 38 seconds off his PR from last season!
  • Five out of the seven runners ran negative splits (Chris and Evan by over a minute), meaning they were conservative in their starts and are primed to see their times drop quickly

Here are the official Middle School results:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Keller Kennedy 14:36 3
Gleckler Kayla 14:32 4
Huffman Jolie 22:42  51
Hartzell Chris 15:37  77
Pennington Evan 15:58  82
Bryson Owen 18:15  44
Thomas William 17:02  98

With new PR’s set and a great first effort, the Viking Middle School Cross Country team is off to an excellent start!

Big thank you to Theresa Bryson for the meet photos!!

Up Next: Defiance Early Bird Open

Defiance Early Bird Info

2015 Defiance Boys MS Start

Defiance Early Bird Open Sat. 8/27 (High School & Middle School)

Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/ccframe.php?path=./defiance/2016

Course maps:

Defiance High School Course

Defiance Middle School Course

Camp Lakota
2180 Ginter Road
Defiance, OH 43512

6:45am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 8:00am)
9:00am – HS boys race
9:45am – HS girls race
10:30pm – MS boys race
11:00am – MS girls race
1:00pm – Estimated return time

Meet Notes – This is a fairly challenging course, but a great example of what cross country is all about. The high school runners get a fairly flat first mile before running down “The Hill” and into the trail portion (the Middle School just goes right down the hill).  The remaining two miles consists of trail running and eventually a climb back up “The Hill” right before the finish. 

*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.

Lake Invitational Info

Lake Middle School Invitational Thu. 8/25 (Middle School only)

Course map:


Lake Middle School
28100 Lemoyne Road
Millbury, OH 43447

3:00pm – Bus leaves from Middle School (est. arrival 4:00pm)

5:00pm – First race (assume a race kicking off every 30 minutes or so)

8:00pm – Estimated return time

Meet Notes – This is a unique one for the Middle School runners as they run 7th grade and 8th grade separately, so the new 7th grade runners are a little more relaxed not having to compete directly against the 8th graders.  It’s a moderately fast course that starts just outside the track and ends at the start/finish line on the track.  The map provided is an approximation of the route, which has changed slightly over the years. The mile mark is on the south side of the school, and they hit the mile as they’re coming back across it.  If you walk fast, you can get from the start line by the field house across the parking lots to the mile mark before the runners, and get back across the parking lot to see them finish on the track (although you may question who’s getting the better workout if you’re trying to beat the frontrunners).

*There will be concessions available. However, we ask that athletes have a healthy lunch 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 before and after competing.

Practice Schedule (Week of 8/15)

It’s the first week of the new school year, and that means it’s time to settle in to the standard practice schedule.  As such, we’re moving Monday and Tuesday’s practices to 3:00pm due to the Middle School and Elementary School Open Houses those two evenings.

Also, a quick word about weather:


The coaches will send out a Remind text alert if we need to alter or cancel practice due to weather. If you don’t hear otherwise, assume we are still having practice as planned and dress accordingly.  They don’t cancel meets for rain, and we don’t cancel practice for rain. The only exception is for lightning, which we will address case-by-case.

Here’s how this week is shaping up:

Mon 8/15 3:00pm (Coach Schwan’s) – Long run in Lyons, swimming after

Tue 8/16 3:00pm (EHS) – Recovery run

Wed 8/17 3:00pm (EHS) – Speed work

Thu 8/18 3:00pm (EHS) – Tempo run

Fri 8/19 3:00pm (EHS) – Recovery run

Weekend – No scheduled practices or events; however, an easy few miles is recommended on Saturday.


Dave’s Team Night – Dave’s Running Shop in Sylvania (5700 Monroe Street) is hosting their annual XC Team Night. Per their Facebook Event Page:

-15% OFF on training shoes
-20% OFF spikes with purchase of trainers
-20% OFF apparel
-FREE shoe give-a-ways
-FREE Pizza and water
-FREE shirt with shoe or spike purchase

We are not heading there as a team. However, if you are looking for new running shoes or gear this is a great opportunity to save some money and have the help of the knowledgeable staff at Dave’s Running.

Practice Schedule (Week of 8/8)

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Here’s our practice schedule for the week of August 8:

Mon 8/8 6:30pm (Coach Schwan’s) – Long run in the Lyons area, with swimming after.

Tue 8/9 6:30pm (EHS) – Recovery run

Wed 8/10 6:30pm (EHS) – Speed work (details to come)

Thu 8/11 6:30pm (EHS) – Hill work at Homecoming Park in Wauseon. Meet at EHS, then carpool to the park. Probably be 9:00 by the time we get back.

Fri 8/12 6:30pm (EHS) – Recovery/fun run

Also, the Park-O-Rama 5k is Saturday morning at 8:00am in Metamora. This is optional for the team, but highly encouraged for high school athletes who have been running for at least the past month.  Registration info is available at the link provided.

Practice Schedule (Week of 8/1)

August means the start of official practices for Evergreen Cross Country.  Here is the practice schedule for this first week:

Mon 8/1 6:30pm (EHS) – Easy day/recovery run for those who ran long on Sunday.

Tue 8/2 6:30pm (EHS) – Track work. Speed reps or mile time trial for those who’ve been running, easy base mileage for those just starting out.

Wed 8/3 6:30pm (EHS) – Recovery day. Uniforms will be handed out at practice.

Thu 8/4 6:30pm (EHS) – Hill work at Delta Cemetery (251 Adrian Street). We’ll meet at Evergreen, then carpool to Delta. We’ll be back to EHS a little later than usual.

Fri 8/5 4:45pm(TBD) – Team pictures at 5:00pm. Easy run to follow, then team meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact the coaches.  See you out there!