Fall 2021 registration is currently open, and closes on August 2. Please take care of this ASAP! Once registration closes on August 2nd you will will be unable to register for the fall season. Please plan ahead! PLEASE NOTE: Registration on this site is mandatory for participation in practice and tryouts for the 2021-2022 sports seasons. This includes a current physical uploaded to the Mountain Vista registration.
Nike Cross Regionals/Nationals Update
Good news about NXR/NXN this year. Nike does plan to bring the event back this season and released the following statement last week:
Additional information about the NXRSW trip will be sent out in the following weeks including flight info, hotels, etc. However, here are the requirements for athletes on the team to be eligible for the trip.
- Be a good teammate
- Consistently attend all practices and meets throughout the season.
- Attend all Saturday practices.
- Stay in town during Fall Break and attend all practices that week (October 16th-24th)
- Upload your training into Final Surge each day.
- Athletes/Families are responsible for paying for their portion of the trip (usually around $500 for flights, hotel, rental car, registration, etc.)
- Talk to Coach Dalby and Coach Selle before making travel arrangements. Only athletes that meet the requirements above will be invited on the NXRSW trip, and added to the roster on November 20th.
- Additionally, if we are fortunate enough to qualify a team to the national meet on the weekend of December 4th, those seven runners are expected to be at all practices during the week of Thanksgiving break.
The Importance of Ferritin For Distance Runners
Every season there is one issue that we see time and time again with our runners that impacts them regardless of age, sex, or amount of training they are doing. That issue is anemia, or being iron deficient. If not careful, this is something that can compromise an athletes XC season very quickly. Our goal is to educate every family about the importance of iron and how it can enhance an athletes performance when taken seriously.
Please begin by looking at this simple slide show presentation we have put together for all families that are a part of Vista Nation XC. This should inform you as to why the coaching staff talks about iron/ferritin levels so often, and how you can successfully make sure your iron levels are sufficient.
- Iron Level Upkeep and Ferritin for Distance Runners (link to presentation)
Educating yourself on this particular issue is very important. Here are a few things every family/athlete should be thinking about in regards to iron/ferritin levels:
- Educate yourself on what iron does for you as a runner, and how it can hurt when you are lacking.
- Get your ferritin levels tested 2-3 times a year by your medical provider, and know your numbers. The off-season is the best time to get your levels checked.
- Set a goal for yourself to get your ferritin levels to at least 30. 40-50 is much better, and gives you a nice surplus of iron.
- If your ferritin levels are under 20, you are most likely not going to be able to perform at your best as a distance runner.
- Eat lots of iron rich foods daily such as red meat and spinach.
- Take an iron supplement. We encourage every runner on the team to do this.
Articles about Iron for Distance Runners:
I have included several articles below about this very important issue to help you educate yourself on the matter. Please feel free to talk to the coaches if you have additional question.
- Iron Level Upkeep for Distance Runners
- Are Your Ferritin Levels Up to Speed? Top Coaches Take Tests for Iron Seriously
- Ironing Out the Details: Know the facts about ferritin and iron before deciding to supplement
- Iron Deficiency In Runners
2021 Competition Schedule
July 26th-August 1st: Schedule
Mon: MVHS @ 7 a.m.
Tue: MVHS @ 7 a.m.
Wed: Grigs Road Pavilion (East/West Trail) @ 7
Thur: MVHS @ 7 a.m.
Fri: DeKoevend Park @ 7 a.m.
Sat: Writer's Vista Park @ 7 a.m.
Sun: Run on your own or w/ a teammate
Video Resources For Warm-ups and SAM
The following videos are for those looking to improve your form and technique on our warm-up activities and SAM (strength and mobility). Check it out!
Ways to Unlock Your Full Potential as a High School Distance Runner