2018 Columbus Grove Info

Tiffin Start

Columbus Grove Invitational Saturday 9/1 (High School only)

Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/colgrove/2018/

Course maps: (not available)

Clymer Stadium
123 W Pendleton Street
Columbus Grove, OH 45830

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.


Updated Schedule Following Defiance

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.

2018 Defiance Early Bird Info

2017 Defiance Jolie hill
Jolie is all smiles coming up “The Hill” at the 2017 meet

Update – The Defiance Open was postponed Saturday due to lightning. The information below has been updated to reflect the rescheduled meet on Tuesday 8/28.

Defiance Early Bird Open Tuesday 8/28 (High School and Middle School)

Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/defiance/2018/

Course maps:

Defiance High School Course

Defiance Middle School Course

Camp Lakota
2180 Ginter Road
Defiance, OH 43512

*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.

2018 Lake Middle School Invite Info

2017 Lake girls start
The 8th grade race gets under way at the 2017 Lake Invitational

Lake Middle School Invitational Thu. 8/23 (Middle School only)

Course map: The course changes every year, but typically starts and finishes near the track.  A course map should be posted at the pavilion.

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.  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.

First School Week – Schedule Update

This Wednesday is the first day of classes for the 2018-2019 school year, and there are some scheduling updates for the Evergreen XC teams.  We’ll be shifting to afternoon practices at 3pm at the High School starting Monday.  We’ve been running in the cooler morning hours the past few weeks, so with highs in the mid-80’s this week it’s all the more important athletes stay well hydrated!

Here is this week’s schedule for HS (MS practices will be a little shorter)

Monday (3p-5p) – Team meeting, long run

Tuesday (3p-4:30p) – Easy recovery run, core work

Wednesday (3p-4:30p) – Track work

Thursday (3p-4:30p) – Tempo run

Friday (3p-4p) – Easy recovery run

(4:15p) – Fall sports athlete dinner

(6:30p) – Meet the Team event at the football stadium. Must be on the field by 6:30. We will wear our gray XC shirts from camp (those who weren’t at camp will get a shirt this week)

(After?) – Discussion of possible team event (movie night, etc.) follow team introductions and possibly part of football scrimmage. Details will be sent out if anything is finalized.

If you have any questions about anything on the schedule, please contact a coach!


Practice Schedule Update


With our 2018 Summer Camp wrapped up and the first day of school just 19 days away, it’s time to ramp up the practice schedule to get ready for the full cross country season.  Here is the practice schedule from here on out:

Sun July 29 – 7pm @ Metamora Park

Tue July 31 – 7am @ EHS

Wed Aug 1 to Fri Aug 3 – 7am @ EHS – Mandatory practice for high school (middle school optional but welcome)

Week of Aug 6 – 7am @ EHS – Mandatory practice (HS and MS)

Week of Aug 13 – 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 are some additional important dates to note:

Aug 2 – 7:30pm – Fall sports meeting (XC parents meeting immediately following)

Aug 8 – TBD – High school team/individual pictures (MS to be announced at a later time)

We are excited to kick off our official 2018 and build on all the hard work that has been put in over the summer!  If you have any questions, please contact one of the coaches.




2018 Summer Camp Info


Our annual cross country camp will be from July 23 to July 26. High school athletes will be leaving Evergreen High School on July 23 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 26. The cost for camp will be $30 per runner. Checks can be made out to Evergreen Cross Country.

The goals for camp include:

  1. To strengthen your relationship with your teammates and coaches.
  2. To establish a foundation of training for the upcoming season.
  3. To learn things you may have not known about yourself.
  4. To both have fun and train in a relaxed environment outside of your home.
  5. To be safe in everything you do.
  6. To set goals for your upcoming season.
  7. To learn to work together as a team.

What to bring to camp:

  • Sleeping bag/pillow
  • Bug spray/sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Shampoo/soap
  • Sandals/flipflops (shower and hanging out)
  • Running Shoes
  • Beach Towel/Bathing Towel
  • Running clothes (x7 runs)
  • Casual clothes (x4 days)
  • Swimsuit
  • Lawn Chair (please put name on it)
  • Flashlight
  • Bicycle (bring to HS)

Paperwork Needed:

*We are in need of at least 3 parent chaperones Primary responsibilities will be to assist with meals and help ensure athletes are safe and accounted for. If you are interested let Coach Hesson or Coach Schwan know. If you are interested in bringing your family to camp, you may call Pokagon at 1-866-622-6746 to reserve a camp spot (coaches can provide our campsites upon request)

Paperwork & camp fee is due by July 19, 2018 to Coach Hesson

Summer Running Info

Summer Running - July 2017

It was great to see so many new and returning faces at our informational meetings these past two weeks!  If you missed the meeting don’t worry…we’ll present a lot of the information here on the website as promised.

Summer running is a very important part of the fall cross country season. As we detail in our Viking XC Four Phase Training Approach, it’s important to build up your endurance with base mileage as it builds the foundation for the more advanced training to come.  It doesn’t have to be fast miles; in fact, we don’t WANT fast miles. Your early summer runs should be at an easy, conversational pace. We also don’t want you starting off with more than you’re ready for. If you’ve never run before or haven’t in awhile, you may start off with just a couple miles. Just be patient and trust the process, and we’ll have you worked up to longer distances before you know it!  Take a few minutes to read through the training link above to better understand why it’s important to take your time and follow the process.

For those who are coming off of track or have been running at least a few days a week, you want to get yourself to the point of running at least five days per week as quickly as possible.  We’ve created a sample training plan to take you from the start of summer runs through to the first meet. Yes, you’ll see some long runs on that plan.  Those long runs in July make a HUGE difference in your performance in September/October, so if you have any questions or concerns please ask a coach for more information.

Our summer runs this year start Sunday June 3rd at 7pm at Lyons Park.  That doesn’t mean you have to wait until June 3rd to start running. The sooner you start getting your body used to running, the better! These are voluntary runs open to anyone, so siblings and parents are more than welcome, and participation does not commit you to running in the fall (though we certainly hope you will!).

Our weekly running schedule for June is as follows:

  • Sundays at 7:00 p.m. at Lyons Park or Coach Schwan’s
  • Tuesday at 9 a.m. at EHS (weight room after)
  • Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Metamora Community Park

Please make sure you sign up for Remind alerts (text @vikingxc to 81010) as we sometimes have to change locations and you may want to bring a swimsuit and towel for swimming when we run at Coach Schwan’s in Lyons.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Coach Hesson or Coach Schwan. We look forward to seeing you on June 3rd and in the weeks that follow!

2018 XC Info Meetings

Winded just from running out to the car on a rainy day? Struggling with regret from that massive Easter feast? Anxious to get a head start on your fall sports season? We can help!

Informational meetings for the 2018 Evergreen Cross Country program are coming up! The Middle School meeting will be held on Tuesday April 24th in the MS cafeteria during enrichment, and High School will meet during enrichment on Thursday May 3rd in the HS cafeteria.

This meeting is not a commitment to run cross country in the fall, and anyone interested in running with us over the summer is encouraged to attend. Information for summer running will be handed out as well as summer camp details and a tentative meet schedule for the fall, and we’ll answer any questions you have.

Even if you’ve never run farther than across your front yard, we can help you build endurance and get in better shape. Come run with us…we’d love to have you!

2017 Districts Girls Together