Congratulations to the 19 runners who made the 5.6 mile run to Crone on Tuesday! It went very smoothly and everyone did a great job running as a pack and supporting teammates along the way. Thursday's 4.0m run to Granger will be a breeze after that. I have the Hoodies at school, so I will distribute them to you at the next practice you attend.
I forgot to take a picture when we got there, we'll make sure to get one on Thursday.
“Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Elliot
Running Club Schedule
Here is our workout schedule for the rest of the semester. BBall runs are tentative and will be explained in more detail and permission slips will be sent home as I iron out the last details with the basketball coaches.
The plan is to load our backpacks/instruments on the basketball bus, run to the school they are playing at, and be loud and rowdy in the away fan section. Parents will be able to pick you up from Crone/Granger. I have checked the routes to these two schools on foot and they have good running paths and minimal road crossings (unfortunately I have class the nights our boys play @ Fischer and Scullen because those routes are even easier). This should be a fun group activity and a change of pace from our normal neighborhood runs as long as we can work with basketball on the logistics. If you are unsure if you can make it the 4-5 miles to either of these schools, come see me at practice and we can talk about it. Keep in mind that these are scheduled in mid-December so we can build you up to the distance before then. Parents, as soon as I have the go ahead from Basketball I will send home permission slips and post maps of our routes. More details to come (hopefully)!
Easy runs (20-30 minutes 4 days, 20-45 minutes 1 day long run) for the first 2 weeks of running club. Strides after shorter runs and games with extra time. Candy run + games on Halloween! Full schedule will come later when I have time!
Bring any friends who are interested - if they don't have paperwork that is OK! We can get that sorted out when they come. Remember you do not need a physical or any fees to do running club.
Running Club Starts Monday 10/29
Forms can be found in the tab above - if you ran XC I can use your XC paperwork again for running club. If you are new, please read and sign the forms.
Running club will practice the same times as XC did, after school until 4:30. This is FREE intramural, just make sure I have an emergency contact number (from either XC paperwork or running club paperwork).
Questions? Send an e-mail to email@example.com
Congratulations Hall of Fame Class of 2018!
Congratulations to City of Lights Competitors!
Lots of great times at the meet this morning - 6th/7th graders be sure to remember that this was a 2 mile race when you are comparing your times.
Congrats to our 5 medal winners: Keira Nelson - 6th Place Varsity Girls - 12:30 Kyle Sullivan - 6th Place Varsity Boys - 11:24 Alex Trimeloni - 7th Place Varsity Boys - 11:33 Gavin Ebenezer - 10th Place Varsity Boys - 11:38 Will Wachter - 3rd Place Open Boys - 12:05
Congratulations to the 46 Still runners who competed at Tiger Trails on Saturday! We had 3 individuals place in the top 10 in very competitive races:
Nathan Behr: 7th Grade Boys 10th Place in 12:22.6 Kyle Sullivan: 8th Grade Boys 10th Place in 11:44.6 (Unofficially beat his own Mile PR in the first mile) Keira Nelson: 7th Grade Girls 8th Place in 12:58.9
FULL results are available underneath our Season Times on the results page. Note that there was an issue with the times in the 7th Grade Girls race - I attempted to, very crudely, use MS paint to add Keira in, and in the process noticed that Neha and Payge were missing from the results as well. I added approximate times based on where I believe you finished relative to your teammates on our meet page, but you may not see your name in the full results.
Prediction Race Results
Remember: Lower points = better
Congrats Kyle, Nathan, and Mikayla on their 3 way tie for 1st. The team scores should still be in the right order even though those 3 broke my formula that adjusted the points for ties (it could only handle 2 way ties, not 3).
Inaugural Prediction Race Teams!
Check the spreadsheet below to see your team assignments for the prediction race on Thursday. Here is a quick reminder of the rules:
On Wednesday before you leave practice, tell Coach Gibbs a time you predict you can run for 1 mile (2 laps on our course). Remember if you ran the mile in Track, running in the grass will be slower than your track times, so predict accordingly.
On Thursday, we will race a mile on our course and record your finishing times. NO WATCHES/PHONES ALLOWED DURING THE PREDICTION RACE!
This meet will NOT be scored based on how fast you run. Scoring will be based off of how close you are to your predicted time. For example: Coach Gibbs predicts he can run a 4:50 mile, but runs 5:25 on Friday. Coach Kreiter predicts he can run 6:05, but runs 6:21 on Friday. Coach Kreiter was 16 seconds away from his prediction, while Coach Gibbs was 35 seconds away from his prediction. Coach Kreiter would place 1st, since he was closer to his prediction, even though his overall time wasn't as fast. Anyone can win this race!
Team scores will be done according to cross country scoring, with the top 5 runners on each team (according to how close they were to their predictions) scoring points. If you have teammates who are absent - don't worry, you only need 5 members to score as a team. However, your other runners can still "displace" and push back the scores from runners on other teams, so try to make sure your whole team attends on Thursday! Hopefully you will have a better understanding of the "displacement" scoring system that cross country uses after this event.
Expect to warm-up, stretch, pre-meet, and cooldown with these teams on Thursday. Yes, I know your friends are on other teams. Time to make some new ones! If I forgot to put you on a team, let me know at practice and I will add you!
Get Ready for XC in Fall 2018
What you need to know for Cross Country next year:
Summer Running: Running over the summer is essential for any athletes hoping to take Cross Country seriously next year. While not required, our High Schools offer great, affordable camps to our athletes. Take advantage of these opportunities to train with the high school coaching staffs at Waubonsie and Metea. Coach Gibbs runs with each of these camps throughout the summer as well. (Clink for link here or in Summer Running tab above)
Cross Country is available to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Still. Yes, 6th graders can participate too - and there is no athletic fee for 6th graders!
Can't get enough running? You can run year-round at Still. Running is a great habit not only for your physical well-being, but to instill discipline, work ethic, and determination that will benefit you throughout your life. Note that 6th grade distance runners are welcome in all of these programs.
Summer Running (see above): June-Mid August
Cross Country: Late August (Start of the school year) - October
Still Running Club/Winter Running: November-Mid March
Track: Mid March-May
Your Coaches next year:
Coach Gibbs - Staff @ Prairie Children Preschool, Coach for Cross Country, Track, and Still Running Club since 2014. Former Waubonsie Valley Runner. Attended K-12 in District 204.
Coach Kreiter - Math Teacher @ Still, Coach for Cross Country, 20+ years of coaching experience in Track, Golf, Wrestling, and as an Athletic Director