*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.
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)
12:00pm – Middle School girls race
12:30pm – Middle School boys race
2:00pm – 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. 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. Whereas last year was ridiculously hot, this year is currently set to be cooler and cloudy. Rain the night before will likely make the course a little muddy at points (especially the hill at the end), but the meet organizers usually do a good job of keeping the course in good condition.
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!
7:15am – Leave from High School (est. arrival at Harrison Lake 8:00am)
9:00am – Girls’ middle school race
9:30am – Boys’ middle school race
11:00am – Estimated return to Evergreen
Notes – One of the most beautiful courses we run with a few moderate hills and lots of wooded trails. This course has been pretty fast for middle school runners over the years, with many runners setting a personal record at the meet. It’s also a course that has changed nearly every year, making it somewhat unpredictable.
From a spectator standpoint, the start and finish areas are usually fairly close together, with the finish being a long stretch great for cheering. As mentioned, the course has been modified several times over the years, so double check the start and finish locations on arrival in case they’ve been moved again. Be sure to give yourself extra time to find a parking spot and walk to the start/finish area.
Note: If approaching the park from the north, do not use Biddle Rd to reach the park. Spectators should only use Rt 309/61 to get to the course.
8:30am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 10:30am)
12:00pm – Division II/III HS Boys JV race
12:30pm – Division II/III HS Girls JV race
1:00pm – Division III HS Boys Varsity race
2:00pm – Division III HS Girls Varsity race
4:30pm – Estimated return time
Meet Notes – This is another first time meet for Evergreen, but it’s a great course with a storied history. The course is a looping run around a park, with some gentle hills and pine tree-covered dirt trails. This course can bring some really fast times: Andrew Jordan of Watkins Memorial ran a 14:44 at this meet three years ago, and Coach Schwan has some experience on this course as well from high school.
A few spectator notes:
Admission is $5 for anyone 13 and older
Parking along the lane that borders the course is fairly limited, but there is parking on the far side of the lake with a school bus shuttle to take spectators to and from the parking area. Not sure how often it runs, so if you’re making the trip be sure to give yourself enough time to get to the course. The entrance to this area of parking is directly across Rt.61/309 from the entrance to the Galion Country Club.
We realize this is a long day with it being such a distant meet, and as such we are NOT planning to stop for food on the way home. We should have plenty of snacks and other food to keep everyone fed throughout the day. As we are not running until midday, please make sure to get a good, full breakfast…a good balance of carbs and protein that will stick with you for awhile!
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. 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. Moreover, this year the NWOAL Championship is being hosted by Archbold at this location, so it’s a good opportunity to race on the course ahead of the league meet.
*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.
6:15am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 7:45am)
8:30am – Girls’ Div. III Open
9:35am – Girls’ Div. III Varsity
10:05am/11:00am – Boys’ Div. III Varsity (time slot TBD)
11:25am – Boys’ Div. III Open
3:30pm – Estimated return time
Meet Notes – One of the largest meets in the country, this carnival is in its 50th year and features most of the top teams and individual runners in the state. The first race of the day kicks off at 8:30am, and the last race doesn’t start until 4:45pm. Most of these races will have upwards of 240 runners, making it a pretty intense and unique experience for each participant. This also happens to be the same course on which the Regional meet is run, giving us an opportunity to preview the course without making a special trip in late October. The course is challenging to be sure, but also ripe for some very fast times so it’s a great opportunity all around for the Viking runners. We ran really well here last year, and the conditions look good to do so again.
Note – because our girls run in the very first race, we need to be LEAVING the high school no later than 6:15am. This means we expect all athletes to be there PRIOR to 6:15am so we are loaded and leaving on time.
Tiffin is about 90 minutes from EHS, so give yourself plenty of time
Parking can be challenging. Plan to enter on Summit Street (the “bottom” of the park) and walk to the upper area. You can enter off Coe Street, but you have to pass through several areas that are blocked off during races, making it very difficult to get through. Again, give yourself plenty of time.
They run a VERY tight schedule. If they say the girls’ varsity race is at 9:35 AM, that gun will go off at 9:35 AM.
The side of the start area near the finish is typically very crowded, as are several other areas on that side of the course. There’s a lot of people here, so bring a dose of patience 🙂
Cell coverage is really bad. Calling, texting, tweeting, etc. is a gamble at any given time.
The t-shirts for this meet are usually pretty cool, and you’ll often see runners wearing them at other meets throughout the year. This meet is somewhat legendary among the high school cross country community. That this is the 50th year only adds to the allure.
We are planning on stopping for lunch during the drive back. We welcome anyone to join us, just be advised it may be crowded with 23 runners plus coaches and parents. We’ll let everyone know Saturday where we decided to stop.
*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.
6:30am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 8:00am)
9:30am – HS Girls Varsity (“Red” division)
10:30am – HS Boys Varsity (“Red” division)
11:05am – HS Boys/Girls(?) JV
2:00pm – Estimated return time
Meet Notes – This is a new meet for us this season. We have several mainstay meets we enjoy, but each year we like to rotate in some new courses and this is one of our new ones (replacing Otsego). Coach Hesson ran this course in high school and remembers it being a decent one. By the looks of times from the past few years, this also looks like a very fast course (or at least a fast race).
Athlete note: they only allow up to 1/4″ spikes and will be checking at the line. With currently expected weather, there should not be a need for anything longer.
A few spectator notes:
There is a $2/person admission for spectators
They do not allow ANY pets on the school grounds
Meet t-shirts are on sale for $15
We haven’t been given a copy of the course map or info on the parking situation, so please allow yourself extra time to find a parking spot and locate the start/finish areas before the races
Note: Again, this is a new meet for us and we’ve had some communication difficulties with the meet organizers. They may be changes to the above information, and we will communicate any such changes as quickly as we receive information.
High school and middle school runners were up bright and early, ready to go for the first major meet of the year…but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. Due to pretty persistent lightning, the meet manager decided to postpone the Defiance Early Bird Open until Tuesday. This, coupled with Fulton County Fair beginning this week, has a bit of a cascade effect on our schedule. Here is our updated schedule for the coming week:
Sunday (8/26) – Practice 7pm at Coach Schwan’s in Lyons. This practice is optional but strongly encouraged as we will not be able to do our normal long run Monday with a meet the following day. Pool will be open for swimming after (should be done before 9pm).
Monday (8/27) – Easy run after school.
Tuesday (8/28) – Defiance Meet. Bus will leave 3:45p from the school. Here is the updated race schedule:
6:00p – HS boys
6:45p – HS girls
7:30p – MS boys
8:00p – MS girls
Wednesday (8/29) – Moderate recovery run after school.
Thursday (8/30) – Homecoming Park hill run. Bus will leave 3:15p from the school.
Friday (8/31) – No practice. Team meal 5pm @ HS. Meet the Team night at FB game (meet outside stadium at 6:15pm).
Saturday (9/1) – Columbus Grove Invitational (details to come)
Our apologies for the inconvenience with the schedule changes. If you have any questions or concerns please contact one of the coaches.
*New this year – There is a $3 per car charge for parking
3:45pm – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 5:00pm)
6:00pm – MS boys race
6:30pm – MS girls race
7:00pm – HS boys race
7:45pm – HS girls race
9:45pm – 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; middle school heads right down “The Hill.” After a brief, hilly trail section, the course loops along the front side of the lake before turning back to head up “The Hill” and to the finish. From a spectator standpoint, the start, mile mark and finish are all right in the same area, with “The Hill” being only a short walk away. The final half mile of this race is intense, but also provides great locations for cheering on and motivating the runners.
Reminder – If athletes will be riding home from the meet with parents instead of on the bus, please be sure to let coaches know BEFORE the start of the meet. Athletes must be signed out by a parent prior to leaving.
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. This is also the only non-Saturday race we run during the season, so it’s a little out of the ordinary. We continue to run this race every year though as it’s a great introduction to cross country for our new runners.
From a spectator standpoint, as mentioned above the course seems to change annually so it’s a good idea to arrive early enough to check out the course map and decide where to view the race. There are usually plenty of places to cheer on the middle school runners, and with the start and finish usually right near the same area it’s easy to see both without having to run all more than the athletes!
**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.