*Parking Note – There is a $5/car charge for parking that includes admission to the meet.
6:30am – Bus leaves from HS (est. arrival 7:30am)
9:00am – High School boys race
9:45am – High School girls race
10:30am – Middle School boys race
11:00am – Middle School girls race
1:00pm – Estimated return to EHS
Meet Notes – Our 2019 XC racing season kicks off in somewhat familiar fashion with the Defiance Early Bird Open. The change this year is the course: we are no longer running at Camp Lakota but instead race at Defiance High School. The reaction from the athletes to the news that they would not face “The Hill” has been mixed, but suffice it to say this year’s course will be flatter and therefore likely faster. This change will hopefully also mean easier parking and access to the course.
We have not been on this particular course yet, but the course maps (linked above) look to be more or less an “out and back” style route. Runners will start and finish on the infield at the track, including a section actually on the track. Because of this, and runners wearing spikes need to be sure their spikes are 1/4″ or smaller.
The weather forecast looks great for this weekend, although we should point out it always seems to feel hotter than the actual temperature at this meet so hydration is every bit as important as always. Get a great night’s sleep and we’ll see you Saturday morning!
Another great summer camp has come and gone, and that means it’s time to get ramped up for the beginning of the season. Here is the practice schedule from here on out:
Fri July 26 – Sun July 28 – No group runs, but please be sure to get a couple runs in (if you need somebody to run with, please contact one of the coaches and we’ll be sure to find you a partner)
Mon July 29 to Wed July 31 – 7am @ EHS (voluntary/open run)
Thu Aug 1 and Fri Aug 3 – 7am @ EHS – Mandatory practice for high school (middle school optional but welcome)
Week of Aug 5 – 7am @ EHS – Mandatory practice (HS and MS)
Week of Aug 12 – 3pm @ EHS – Mandatory practice (HS and MS)
We will likely have at least one or two offsite practices during the next couple weeks. Information will be sent out ahead of any such workouts.
Also, there is a fall sports informational meeting for parents on Tuesday, July 30 at 6pm in the high school gym. We will have an informational meeting for cross country parents immediately following (approximately 6:30pm) in the cafeteria.
We’re excited to get rolling on a great 2019 cross country season and look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks!
Our annual cross country camp will be from July 22 to July 25. High school athletes will be leaving Evergreen High School on July 22 at 7:00 am and will be traveling to Pokagon State Park by bus. We will be returning to the high school around 3:00 pm on July 25. The cost for camp will be $25 per runner. Checks can be made out to Evergreen Cross Country.
The goals for camp include:
To strengthen your relationship with your teammates and coaches.
To establish a foundation of training for the upcoming season.
To learn things you may have not known about yourself.
To both have fun and train in a relaxed environment outside of your home.
To be safe in everything you do.
To set goals for your upcoming season.
To learn to work together as a team.
What to bring to camp:
Sandals/flipflops (shower and hanging out)
Beach Towel/Bathing Towel
Running clothes (x7 runs)
Casual clothes (x4 days)
Lawn/Folding Chair (please put name on it)
Bicycle (bring to HS)
Emergency Medical Form (see Coaches for forms – please fill out a new one for our records)
High School – Thursday 4/18 2:15p (during enrichment) in HS cafeteria
Note: Attending the meeting DOES NOT commit you to run this fall!!
Informational meetings for the upcoming 2019 Viking Cross Country season will be held during enrichment on Thursday April 18th in the cafeteria. Information will be provided for voluntary summer training, group runs, summer camp and a preliminary meet schedule for the fall. While mandatory practices don’t start until August, getting started in May will give you a tremendous advantage in getting the most out of your fall season. We’ll also discuss opportunities to run this summer as conditioning for other sports, as well as options for athletes that may be interested in dual sport participation.
We welcome students of all abilities, from gym class superstars to those who haven’t run farther than the end of the driveway. We’ll work with everyone individually to help you be the best runner you can be. Come run with us!
8:30am – Recommended latest departure time from Evergreen area
1:30pm – Division III High School Girls Championship
Meet Notes – This is the meet that officially closes the cross country season: the State Championship. No more qualifying or advancing, just going out and competing against the best runners in the state. Last year was a new experience for Evergreen XC and for Sarah individually. The top 25 runners earn the designation of All State, and the top 20 will be announced and recognized on the podium. Saturday is Sarah’s chance to close out her high school XC career, and we wish her all the best as she crosses the line one last time.
The course itself is run at a dragstrip right next to a rural airport, meaning it’s plenty flat. The times at this meet can be very fast (the boys D1 race three years ago saw a state record broken that had stood since 1982), similar to the District course in Findlay.
As mentioned, the meet is run at a dragstrip and there is a grandstand for viewing a portion of the race (including the finish). The race is chip timed and there is a display that will show real time place and split updates at the mile markers and finish. There is also a section “inside” the course on the other side of the dragstrip from the grandstand which offers some good viewing. There is a long section to view the opening and final half mile from behind a barrier as well. Overall, the course isn’t necessarily considered “spectator friendly” but it’s still a great atmosphere. We’ll be taking the Viking tent down and setting it up in the team camp area (near the starting line) as a place for everyone to congregate, so feel free to join us there.
The FinishTiming website link on the coverage page will actually update in real time with the splits and places of runners, so for those checking in from NW Ohio you can see how the race unfolds from home. There *may* be a live video feed as well…keep an eye on the website.
8:15am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 9:45am)
11:00am – Division III HS boys race
1:30pm – Division III HS girls race
2:30pm – Awards
2:45pm – Leave Tiffin
5:30pm – Estimated return time*
* We do plan on stopping to eat on the way back. Please bring money for food.
Meet note – How sweet it is! Our girls team stepped up big last weekend and qualified for our third straight trip to Regionals, and Augie became the first male runner in eleven years to qualify. Now it’s time to put the exclamation point on our season as we go out to compete against the toughest regional field in the state. The top eight teams qualify to compete at the State Championship in Columbus next weekend, as well as any individuals finishing in the top 32. Last year, we had our first ever state qualifier when Sarah finished third overall, and this year she looks to close out her cross country career with a return visit. Kayla is right on the bubble as well heading in to the race and is looking to advance. The girls team will look to continue their improvement against some very tough competition, and Augie will have an opportunity to run in a fast and challenging race.
Every one of our runners has run on this course at least once, and for some this is their fourth time, so we’re on familiar ground here. For those who haven’t seen it, the start and finish area are in a large field circled by trees in the middle of the park, offering a great spectator view of the start and finish. The course map is linked above and will show that a lot of the race can be viewed from that general area. The weather is set to be a carbon copy of last year’s Regional meet: high near 50F and overcast with a chance of rain.
There is a $7 admission fee (incl. the boys team, even if they ride the team bus)
Tiffin is about a 90 minute drive from Evergreen High School, so plan accordingly.
Cell coverage is really bad. Calling, texting, tweeting, etc. is a gamble at any given time.
Ours is the first race of the day, so it’s a good bet they will start on time
As mentioned in the schedule, we do plan on stopping for food on the way back (most likely in Fremont). Families, friends and fans are welcome to join us, just know it may get a bit crowded with so many people descending on the place during college football game time.
All school issued uniforms must match (not a problem for us)
Any clothing worn under the uniform must be of a solid color
If more than one competitor from a team wears clothing under the uniform, it must be the same color as the other team members. It does not have to be the same brand or length, nor do all competitors have to wear it if one does or does not choose to.
Clothing can have a single logo no more than 2 1/4″ square (ex – they could have the UnderArmor logo, but not a Nike swoosh on the front collar and “NIKE” on the back).
If you have any questions or doubts at all please check with the coaches BEFORE SATURDAY. There’s enough to be excited about for this meet…uniforms should not be a source of stress that morning.
8:30am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 9:45am)
11:40am – Division III HS boys race (District 2)
12:20pm – Division III HS girls race (District 1)
3:30pm – Estimated return time
Meet Notes – Here we are, ready to take on the District meet once again. For most of our runners, this is the apex of our training cycle…the chance to compete when we’re at our strongest and most prepared. Each season brings us different challenges and different circumstances, but in the end we make our final stand as one Viking team. It’s that “win or go home” point of the season. At this meet, the top four teams and any individuals in the top 16 overall advance to Regionals in Tiffin on 11/27.
This year has some great story lines to watch:
Our girls team is very young, having lost five seniors last year. Even so, we are seeded eighth overall in the district and fourth in our race. This is a tremendous compliment from our fellow coaches, but looking at the seed times it’s also deserved. Despite losing runners to injury, we’re still very much in this. We just need to run with strength and courage; every point counts. After a decade’s absence for the girls team, we’re looking to advance to Regionals for the third straight year. Our goal is simple: THREEPEAT!
On the other hand, our boys team comes in very experienced. Only two of our varsity runners are running on this course for the first time, and they’ll look to improve on their 10th place finish from last year. They are seeded 10th in this race, but an 9th or 8th place finish is well within their capabilities.
We may have our first individual boys qualifier in at least 15 years (we only have records going back to 2003, so can’t say first ever with any certainty). Augie is coming off an All League performance last weekend, and he set his personal best at this race last year by almost a full minute, so he’s in a good position to compete this weekend.
We have multiple records set on this course: Sarah set the junior and overall school record here last year, and Kennedy set the freshman record. The year before, Sarah set the current sophomore record (then also a school record). With Sarah and Kennedy back on this course again, Kayla now getting her first shot, and Augie within 35 seconds of the boys’ mark, we could see a lot of records fall this weekend.
We have some seniors who will be running their last cross country race of their high school career. This is the most bittersweet aspect of this time of year.
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. Seed times and recent races don’t break records or qualify to move on…we have to execute. The weather is the unknown factor right now; the temperatures look great for running (mid- to upper-40’s), but with storms rolling in Saturday night it’s not clear when the wind will start to pick up.
The course is exactly the same as the past two 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. The weather will be in our favor, with an expected race time temperature in the upper 50s and lighter winds.
This will be a long day…we leave at 8:30am 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 girls before we pack up and get ready to leave (and there are always plenty of photo opportunities after).
Meet Notes – It’s hard to believe we’re coming in to the final portion of our season. The league meet is the last race for our middle school runners as well as for some of our high school runners. We are happy to be in a league that allows everyone to run in the same race instead of just the top seven, and it gives some high school athletes that final opportunity to work their way onto the varsity squad for the district meet. Ultimately though, it’s our chance to go up against our league rivals and do our best to represent ourselves, our team and our school. Our training is designed to help our runners start to close in on their peak performance in these next couple weeks, so it’s always an exciting time (often literally) for our runners.
For those not familiar, the Archbold course is run around the larger and smaller reservoirs. It starts across a lower grassy area for about 200 meters before climbing up onto the larger reservoir and running clockwise around. The course then drops down between the two and back up to the smaller reservoir for a counter-clockwise loop, then down and back up to the main reservoir. Middle school angles back down the hill to the finish while the high school does a counter-clockwise loop before finishing. It’s certainly not the most glamorous or interesting course, but from a spectator standpoint you can literally see the entire race without having to move much at all.
As this is the last meet of the season for many of our runners, we ask that all athletes please stay until the end of the meet after the awards ceremony.
Meet Notes – We asked over the summer about the possibility of having this as an off week ahead of the NWOAL Championship, and the response from the athletes was a resounding “NO!” This meet is another perennial favorite with the runners in both middle school and high school. 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 girls’ varsity soccer game, 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.
8:00am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 8:30am)
10:00am – HS girls race
10:45am – HS boys race
12:30pm – Awards ceremony
1:30pm – Estimated return time
Meet Notes – Last year was the inaugural Fulton County Invitational, and the meet served the dual purpose of fostering a friendly, competitive atmosphere between local programs and giving Wauseon the chance to prep for the NWOAL Championship a few weeks later. Thankfully, unlike last year this year’s meet will be neither on a Tuesday evening nor run in blazing heat. The temperature should be in the upper 50’s and cloudy, so it should definitely feel like fall.
For spectators, the course is fairly accessible, with the start and finish in open areas about a quarter mile apart. There are a couple loops through wooded trails in the first and third miles, but most of the course is out in the open. As such, it’s a fairly flat course with the only “hills” being some minor up-and-down in the woods during the last mile. Not the fastest course we run, but certainly one that can bring some good times.
A word of warning: there’s quite a bit of poison ivy along the woods and trails, so we recommend staying out of the brush. The trails can also have runners going both directions at times, so please be aware of runners and don’t block the course.