2020 Summer Day Camp Info

Our annual cross country camp will look a little different this year due to Covid-19. Instead of an overnight camp at Pokagon State Park, we will be hosting a 3 day camp at various locations in our area. You must complete your Finalforms Emergency Medical Form to participate. 

Who: High School Cross Country Runners. We strongly encourage ALL high school runners to participate as this is a great way to get to know your teammates, build camaraderie, and learn more about the sport.  We do understand that many of our athletes work and may be unable to attend all 3 days and/or the entire time. If this is you, please communicate your situation with Coach Hesson or Coach Schwan. 

When: July 28-30, 2020 (Tuesday-Thursday) 8 am- 4 pm. Lunch, drinks, and snacks will be provided

Where: Each day will have a different location:

Tuesday, July 28– Delta Reservoir

Wednesday, July 29– Secor Park 

Thursday, July 30– Pokagon State Park 

 Friday, July 31– Movie Night/Bonfire (no day camp)

**At this time, Evergreen Local Schools is not providing out of season transportation. Therefore, parents/athletes will need to provide their own. If transportation is a concern, please notify Coach Hesson or Coach Schwan. 

What to bring: Running shoes, running clothes, water bottle, sunscreen, lawn/camping chair, towel/yoga mat. On Thursday, please add your swimsuit, sandals/flipflops, beach towel, extra clothes, money (optional if you would like to purchase snacks at the beach).   

Cost: FREE!      

Parent Volunteers: We are in need of parents to help serve lunch and/or provide a dish/snack. If you are interested, please notify Coach Hesson.

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.

Click here for a pdf of the 2020 Evergreen Cross Country Day Camp.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Hesson.

2020 Cross Country Summer Runs

Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for…the summer run schedule!

The Evergreen Local School District has proposed a 3 phase policy to begin athletic activities based on the recommendations that follow the guidance distributed to Ohio Schools by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Athletes will be asked a series of screening questions  prior to the workout that will be recorded and stored in the athletic office for contact tracing purposes if a COVID-19 infection occurs. 

You can download our group run schedule for June and July 2020 XC Summer Runs Schedule. These are voluntary runs open to high school athletes during Phase 1. During Phase 2, middle school athletes are welcome to join if they choose to. The sooner you start getting your body used to running, the better! 

Phase 1- Beginning June 8

  • Athletes need to bring their own water bottle. There will NOT be a shared water stop. 
  • Please use the restrooms before you come as they will not be open. 
  • Gatherings will not consist of more than 10 people at a time (outside), to include all participants. Athletes must sign up during phase 1 (Link sent through Remind) to ensure we are not over the 10 participant limit.
  • Due to the limit of participants in phase 1 (no more than 10 people), the boys and girls teams will meet separately on different days and times.
    • The girls team will meet on Mondays at 8 am @ Metamora Park & Wednesdays at 8 am @ Lyons Park.
    • The boys team will meet on Tuesdays at 7 pm @ Metamora Park and on Thursdays @ 7 pm @ Lyons Park. 
  • Student athletes will maintain appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet between each individual at all times.

Phase 2- Beginning June 23

  • Gatherings can include up to 50 people outdoors for workouts.
    • Both teams- girls and boys will meet together on Sundays at 7 pm @ Lyons Park, Tuesdays at 8 am @ EHS, and Thursdays at 7 pm @ Metamora Park.
  • Athletes need to bring their own water bottle. There will NOT be a shared water stop. 
  • Student athletes will maintain appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet between each individual at all times.

Please make sure you sign up for Remind alerts (text @vikingxc to 81010) as we sometimes have to change locations. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Coach Hesson or Coach Schwan. We look forward to seeing you this week! #ComeRunWithUs #BeatYesterday #RUNEVG

Info Meeting Links and Files

Info Meeting Starter

Thanks to all the athletes who joined us for our informational meeting Thursday.  For those not able to make it, and those wanting a recap of the information, you can download the 2020 XC Informational Meeting sheet.  You can also download a copy of the slide deck from the online meeting.

Mileage – As mentioned, it’s important to track your mileage as you begin running between now and the start of the season.  You can download a 2020 Mileage form if you want to print it out and post it on your fridge or elsewhere to track it manually.  We’re also doing a mileage challenge beginning Saturday 5/9 and ending with our first meet on Saturday 8/29 (16 weeks total).  We’ll be providing info soon on a way you can track mileage and see everyone’s progress as we work to hit those goals.

Weekly Meeting – We’ll also be doing a weekly Zoom call on Wednesdays at 3pm through June. This will be an opportunity to check in, ask questions, get new workout ideas, etc.

Viking XC Summer Weekly Meeting

Meeting ID: 713 0452 6570
Password: RUNEVG

Videos – We also have a YouTube channel set up to provide, among other things, videos of strength and mobility exercises.  As a starting point, we’re looking to use our Warmup Matrix before every run. These lunges and leg swings should be done as a dynamic stretching routine before normal runs. As we get closer to time trials, speed work and races we’ll introduce additional dynamic stretches that will be more familiar from previous seasons.  We’ll also start with an easy Strength and Mobility circuit to be done three days a week for the first week (only takes 5 minutes).  We’ll branch out from there, discussing on the weekly calls and adding videos as we go.

While we can’t meet in person yet to do our open runs, we’re excited about the chance for you all to get a head start on what should be a great XC season. Keep encouraging each other, and reach out to your coaches if you have any questions or concerns!  Let’s get out there and #BeatYesterday !


2020 Informational Meeting

CC start

The Evergreen Cross Country program will be holding an informational meeting for the 2020 season on Thursday, May 7th.  We’ll cover info on summer training, updates on camp, an early look at our tentative schedule, and a sneak peek at our new uniforms!

Because of the current remote schooling and social distancing requirements, this will be a online meeting. Here are the details:

Viking XC Info Meeting
Time: May 7, 2020 3:00 PM

Click here to join Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 774 0539 3294
Password: RUNEVG

See you Thursday!

2019 Season Banquet Info

It’s hard to believe another cross country season has come and gone so quickly. Please join us on November 7, 2019 at 6: 30 pm in the HS Cafeteria to celebrate the accomplishments of all our runners, middle school runners included 🙂 Dinner will be potluck style with paper products, drinks, and baked potato bar provided. Please bring the suggested item or your favorite dish to share. We can’t wait to see our cross country families and share the successes of our season. As always, if you have any questions, reach out to one of the coaches.

2019 District Championship Info

2018 Districts Evan Alex Anderson

District Championship Sat. 10/19 (High School only)

District Results:
Boys Division III
Girls Division III

Course maps: Findlay Owens 5K Course

Owens Community College – Findlay Campus
3200 Bright Road
Findlay, OH 45840

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).

2019 NWOAL Championship Info

2019 NWOAL Augie

NWOAL Championship Sat. 10/12 (High School & Middle School)

Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/nwoal/2019/

Bryan Recreation Park
Horton Trail (drop-off location)
Bryan, OH 43506

7:45am – Meet at High School
8:00am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 9:00am)
10:00am – HS girls race
10:40am – HS boys race
11:20am – MS girls race
11:50pm – MS boys race
12:30pm – Awards
1:45pm – Estimated return time

Bryan Course Map – High School

Bryan Course Map – Middle School

Spectator Parking Locations

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.


2019 Hudson Invitational Info


Hudson Booster Invitational Sat. 10/5 (High School & Middle School)

Results available at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/161131/info

Course maps:
Hudson High School Course
Hudson Middle School Course

Hudson High School
746 N Maple Grove Ave
Hudson, MI 49247

7:00am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 8:00am)
9:00am – MS girls race
9:45am – MS boys race
10:30am – HS boys varsity race
11:30am – HS girls varsity race
12:00pm – Open race (JV, coaches, parents, etc.)
12:40pm – Awards ceremony
2:00pm – Estimated return time
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.

NWOAL Championship Shirt Pre-Orders

2019 NWOAL Championship tshirt

The 2019 NWOAL hosts Bryan High School have sent information for pre-ordering shirts for this year’s NWOAL Championship meet.  Shirts come in a variety of colors, both short sleeve and long sleeve, and there’s also a hooded sweatshirt option.  Note that they will have very limited amounts of shirts at the meet, so if you want a shirt your best bet is to pre-order.

Orders can be placed online at https://nwoalxc2019.itemorder.com/


Also, when ordering please enter your school name (Evergreen) to make sure it gets to the correct coach/team.