Parking: Spectator parking will be at multiple locations around the park/high school. There is additional parking on the corner of Fernwood and Taylor Street, by soccer fields on Fernwood, and at the park off of Wood Street/Parkwood.
*Post race snack of sandwich/wrap, chips, and drink will be provided to athletes
Wednesday, October 7– Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm.
Thursday, October 8– Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm.
Friday, October 9– *No School for students* HS Practice @ EHS 3-4 pm. Middle school is welcome to participate, but it is optional. Team Meal @ 4
Saturday, October 10 – “Saturday Night Lights” Springfield Cross Country Invitational(High School Only)
Springfield High School (1470 S. McCord Rd., Holland, OH 43528
6:30 pm- Bus leaves EHS
8:20 pm- HS Varsity Girls
8:55 pm- HS Varsity Boys
10:15 pm- Estimated return time to EHS
Awards: Individual awards will be given to the top 15 finishers in each race as they exit the finish chute.
Admission: $10 per vehicle; Parking lots will open at 5:00 PM
Meet Notes: Did I just type that correctly…Saturday NIGHT running?! Is this for real? YES, it is! We gladly accept the opportunity to compete at the Springfield Saturday Night Lights Invitational. Of course we are saddened by the news of the cancelation of The Hudson Booster Invitational, one of our athletes’ favorite courses, but we welcome this unique chance to compete with different schools in a different setting. Bring your flashlight as you won’t want to miss our athletes illuminate on the course.
Monday, Sept. 28- Team Meeting in Coach C’s Room @ 3 pm
MS/HS- Practice @ EHS 3-5 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 29- MS/HS- Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 30- Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm.
Thursday, Oct. 1- Off-Site Practice @ Heritage Park, Adrian. **The bus will leave EHS @ 3 pm and the estimated return time is 6 pm. We plan to stop at The Spotted Cow for ice cream. Our fundraising account will cover up to $4/athlete. https://www.spottedcowlenawee.com/menu
Friday, October 2- Practice @ EHS 3-4 pm.
Saturday, October 3- No meet (run on your own)
Monday, October 6- Team Meeting in Coach C’s Room @ 3 pm
MS/HS- Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm
Tuesday, October 6- Bryan Invitational
Bryan Recreation Park
Horton Trail, Bryan, OH
To Google Map to the drop-off location you can search “Horton Trail, Bryan, OH” and it will
highlight the turnaround route in the park. Else, you can also Google Map search for “US Army Reserve, 630 Newdale Dr, Bryan, OH 43506” which will pin you to the reserve building which is across the street from the drop-off point.
Teams: Evergreen, North Central, Patrick Henry, Stryker and Bryan
3:00 pm- Bus leaves EHS
4:45pm Coaches’ Meeting
5:00pm JH Combined Race
*5:30pm HS Combined Race
7:15 pm- Estimated return time to EHS
Wednesday, October 7- Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm.
Thursday, October 8- Practice @ EHS 3-4:30 pm.
Friday, October 9- *No School for students* HS Practice @ EHS 3-4 pm.Middle school is welcome to participate, but it is optional. Team Meal @ 4 (pending Hudson)
Saturday, October 10- Hudson Booster Invitational– TBA. More information coming soon.
Parking: Spectator parking is in front lot, with the first two rows reserved for handicap parking. There will be a $5 per car fee for parking.
T-shirts: Freedom Invitational t-shirts will be available via presale, with very limited quantities available during race day. Presold shirts may be picked up on the day of the race. Shirts will be bagged together for each school for coaches to pick up. Shirts may be ordered at the following website: https://lcxcextravaganza2020.itemorder.com/sale
Wrist Bands: Discounted wristbands for the farm festival activities will be made available to all coaches, athletes, and spectators the day of the meet.
Teams are responsible for conducting symptom assessment prior to travel to the competition venue.
All athletes must wear a mask at all times when not competing.
Six-feet social distancing must be maintained between individuals when not competing.
No congregating before or after competition.
Supply your own water bottle, equipment, hand sanitizer and personal items which are not to be shared with anyone.
No dogs are permitted on site. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Wearing of a face covering/mask at all times is mandatory. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Spectators should conduct daily symptom assessments. Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
Six-feet social distancing must be maintained between individuals.
No congregating before or after competition is permitted.
Team camps should be at least 20’ apart from each other. No tents unless we have inclement weather.
Team camp area will be for athletes and coaches only, no spectators/parents.
All races begin and end at the same locations. All races are run completely on grass, trails, and dirt, with no pavement. Each race includes at least one hill and one stream crossing (including the Kids Mile). Course will be well painted and MS turn-offs clearly marked. The 5k course crosses Turtle Creek three times. Creek depth depends on the weather; it could be almost completely dry, or depth could be above the knee.
6:30 am- Bus leaves EHS
9:00 am- MS Girls
9:30 am- MS Boys
10:00 am- HS Girls
10:40 am- HS Boys
12:00 pm- Kids Mile (PreK-6th Grade) *Interested runners should notify Coach Hesson to register- $5 fee to participate
12:15 pm- Open 5k (All ages and abilities) $5 fee to participate
2:30 pm- Estimated return time
Meet Notes:With the cancellation of Fayette and limited participation for OG, we are excited to add The Battle of Turtle Creek to our schedule. This is a new (to us) meet and we are looking forward to the opportunity to compete with some new schools. From what we have been told, this course is a “true cross country course” meaning it offers a variety of terrain of grass, trails, dirt, at least one hill, and a water crossing. We strongly encourage athletes to bring an extra pair of socks, shoes, and maybe a towel. The atmosphere sounds upbeat and fun as there will be live music and multiple offerings of races (Kids Mile and Open 5k). T-shirts will be available for preorder, and a limited amount will be available for purchase the day of the meet. No design has been shared at this time, but if you are interested in pre ordering a shirt, let Coach Hesson know.
Parking: Please enter on on Highway 51 (N. Genoa Clay Center Road). Drivers will be directed from there. Busses may drop teams off next to the starting line, and will be As noted above, spectator parking is $5.00 per vehicle.
Covid-19 Limitations:Please be advised:
Race sizes will be limited to 150 participants.
Starting boxes will be six feet by six feet, with six feet of empty space on either side.
Teams will not be allowed to enter starting boxes until five minutes before race times.
No run outs from the starting line.
There will be no finish chute. Once athletes cross the finish line, they may return to their team camp.
Team tents are prohibited unless inclement weather is expected.
There will be no podium or awards ceremony this year. Awards will be brought to coaches at their camp, or on the bus.
Coaches and families are expected to wear masks at all times, or they will be asked to leave. 9. Athletes are expected to wear masks until the start of physical activity.
Monday, August 31– Team Meeting after school in Coach Cymbolin’s classroom. Practice 3-5 pm – Long Run
Tuesday, September 1– Practice 3-4:30 pm
Wednesday, September 2– Practice 3-4:30 pm.
Golf and Cross Country SENIOR NIGHT @ 8:30 pm. Spread the word and let’s fill the stadium! Seniors and their parents need to arrive @ 8:15 pm and meet by the old concession stand building.
MS Team Pictures will be AFTER school on Wednesday. Bring your uniform.
Thursday, September 3– Practice 3-4:30 pm
Friday, September 4– NO SCHOOL. HS practice @ 4:30 pm @ Coach Schwan’s house. Team meal to follow. MS is welcome to join but it is not mandatory.
Saturday, September 5– Small Meet @ Napoleon. This is an informal meet (no awards, etc.) with us, Delta, Napoleon, Pettisville, and Holgate AND new to the schedule. We understand that families might already have made plans or student athletes are participating in the Fulton County Fair which conflicts with this meet. Please let us know if your athlete will not be able to attend.
Location: NHS Cross Country Park (behind the Elementary)
725 Westmoreland Drive
Napoleon, OH 43545
Race Times include: 7:30 am Bus leaves EHS
9:30 am HS Boys
10:15 am HS Girls
10:50 am JR. High race (combined boys & girls)
**Parents and family members can park at the elementary school or high school parking lots across the street. ONLY 4 “fans” per family permitted. If you have a brother/sister on the team, that still only means 4 fans, not 4 per runner.
Monday, September7– LABOR DAY- No practice. Athletes are encouraged to run on their own
Tuesday, September 8– HS morning run @ 7:30 am in Delta for a hill workout. We will meet at the park on Taylor Street (across from Delta Elementary/MS building). MS is welcome to join but it is not mandatory.
8:15am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 9:30am)
11:00am – Division III HS girls race
11:40pm – Division III HS boys race
2:30pm – Estimated return time
Meet Notes – This is it…the “win or go home” point of the season. It’s the date circled on our calendars that we work back from in terms of our training cycle. We look to peak these next two weeks as we seek to advance to the next level. This year, we face an uphill challenge due to changes in the District meets. Whereas the last two years have seen a draw based on seed voting by all of the coaches, with the Division III split into to districts, this year we return to a single race. Some familiar competitors are now running at Ottawa Glandorf, but the girls race in particular is stacked with talented teams this year. With the changes, the top five teams and any individuals in the top 20 overall advance to Regionals in Tiffin on 11/26.
Some great story lines to watch this year:
Our girls team was very young last year with five freshmen, a sophomore and a senior. This year is similar with two freshmen, four sophomores and a junior…but five of the runners have District experience. As mentioned, the girls race is stacked with talent, so it’s going to take our very best to have any chance of advancing. Can the girls make it FOUR straight years?
The boys also have an experience team, with only two making their first trip to Findlay. Moreover, they have been on a tear lately with their pack running and consistency, lead by school record holder Augie. We don’t have seeding to go by this year, but their team average puts them in contention. Can this become the first ever boys team to advance to Regionals?
Fresh off a school record performance at leagues, Augie looks to repeat as an individual qualifier to Tiffin. Kennedy will look to join him with a Top 20 finish.
This year’s league meet at Bryan was run on a very fast course under near perfect conditions. Findlay has seen some very fast times as well, including a school record for the girls in 2017.
We have a couple senior boys who may be running their last cross country race of their high school career. This is the most bittersweet aspect of this time of year. Here’s hoping they get one more week!
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. Average times and recent races don’t break records or qualify to move on…we have to execute. As we told the athletes this week, we can’t spend time worrying about what we can’t control…how many good teams there are, how those teams run, what the weather is like. We have to focus on what we can control: our preparation this week and our performance this Saturday.
The course is exactly the same as the past three 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.
This will be a long day…we leave at 8:15am 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 boys before we pack up and get ready to leave (and there are always plenty of photo opportunities after).
Meet Notes: The final stretch of another season is upon us. Each year a different district in the NWOAL has the opportunity to host the league championship meet, and this year the honor falls to Bryan. The great thing about the league meet is that everybody runs; there is no varsity race. For the middle school runners, this is the last meet of the season and their opportunity to finish out year competing against their league rivals. For the high school, it’s a great chance to see the training cycle start to peak as we get ready for Districts.
The Bryan course is in a nice park in Bryan (NOT at the high school) and is a very flat course. The weather is supposed to be exactly what we want: cool and cloudy. Spectators should dress for the weather, and athletes should “dress for the second mile” but be sure to bring warm ups to shed at the starting line. Note that spectator parking is in lots scattered around the outside of the park (see link above) so you may need to look a bit to find a spot and walk to the course area.
Meet Notes – We ended up with this as an off week last year when the meet was essentially rained out (storms came through with lightning delays, and we made the call to cancel as we had no off weeks all season). While the rest was good, it was disappointing because this is a favorite race for a lot of Viking runners, both middle school and high school. We’re excited to return this year and the weather is shaping up to be really good (partly cloudy, high of 61…so in the 50’s at race time).
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 boys’ varsity soccer game at Whitmer later that afternoon, 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.