2018 Fulton County Invitational Info

2017 Fulton County Invite Sarah Kennedy

Fulton County Invitational Sat 9/29 (High School only)

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

Course maps:
High School Course

Homecoming Park (Wauseon)

Parking Info:
Fulton County Invite Parking Map

Fulton County Invite Parking Details

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.

2018 Fayette Invitational Info

Fayette Eagle Invitational – Sat. 9/15 (Middle School only)
Harrison Lake State Park
26246 Harrison Lake Road
Fayette, OH 43521

Results online at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/fayette/2018/

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.

2018 Galion Festival Info

Galion XC Festival
Start of a boys race at the Galion XC Festival

Galion Cross Country Festival 09/15 (High School only)

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

Course maps: Galion High School 5K Course

Amman’s Park
4977 State Route 309
Galion, OH 44833

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!

2018 Archbold Invitational Info

2017 Archbold Lindy

Archbold Invitational Sat. 9/8 (Middle School only)
Archbold Reservoir
502 South Street (parking)
Archbold, OH 43502

8:45am – Bus leaves from the Middle School (est. arrival 9:15am)
10:30am – Middle school girls
11:00am – Middle school boys
1:00pm (est.) – Bus returns to Middle School

Archbold Course Map

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.

2018 Tiffin Carnival Info

2017 Tiffin varsity boys

Tiffin Cross Country Carnival Sat. 9/8 (High School only)

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

Course maps: High School Course

Hedges Boyer Park
491 Coe St.
Tiffin, OH 44883

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.



A few things of note:
  • 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.

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.

2017 State Championship Info

Sarah State XC Sign

State Championship Saturday 11/4 (High School Team/Individual Qualifiers)

Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/ohsaa/cc/2017/

Course maps: State Championship 5K Course

National Trail Raceway
2650 National Road S.W.
Hebron, 43025

6:30am – Recommended latest departure time from Evergreen area
11:00am – Division III High School Girls Championship

Meet Notes – This is it. The cross country season ends with the State Championship meet.  We’re in uncharted territory this year as Sarah is the first Evergreen Cross Country runner to make it to the State Championship.  At the end of the day, this course is five kilometers long…same as Leagues, Districts and Regionals.  No more qualifying, no more counting points. This is a final chance to simply go out and run against the best competitors the State of Ohio has to offer.

The course itself is run at a dragstrip right next to a rural airport, meaning it’s plenty flat.  The times at this meet tend to be very fast (the boys D1 race two years ago saw a state record broken that had stood since 1982), similar to the District course in Findlay.  Even the weather will be similar: cloudy and lower 50’s at race time.  Conditions will be great for a final race to cap of the season!

Spectator Information -There is a ton of great information at the 2017 OHSAA Cross Country Stat Tournament Coverage Page. *Please note the traffic and parking information*

As mentioned, the meet is run at a dragstrip and there is a grandstand for viewing a good portion of the race (including the 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 have been mixed reviews as to how fan friendly the venue is (there is really no access to the entire second mile), but to give you an idea of what the spectator view is from the stands or the one infield portion, you can check out the following YouTube videos from the 2015 State Championship:

Here’s the finish video from last year’s Division III State Championship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI9D6SFFYhI

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.

This will be a fun day, whether you can make the trip down or just watch online.  We’ll follow up with a season recap soon as well as information on the team banquet.  GO VIKINGS!!!