Excellent start to the season Vista! We ran very well against the other 42 teams that participated on Friday at Arapahoe. Here are a few statistics from the meet that you may find interesting.
- The girls were 6th, behind 3 top 50 nationally ranked teams (Ft. Collins, Monarch, Pine Creek), but still managed to beat all but 1 team from our region and beat every team from the Continental League that competed.
- The Frosh/Soph boys would have been 12th in the varsity race and would have won the Jr/Sr race.
- Had we run all the Frosh/Soph girls in the Frosh/Soph race they would have placed 1st.
- The varsity boys combined time was 84 minutes for the top 5 scoring athletes. That's 76 seconds faster than last years 85 mins and 16 seconds performance. I'm not sure if this is a meet record or not, but it's definitely the fastest TEAM performance since 2008.
I was most encouraged by the athletes that ran in the open race. A lot of teams threw in the the towel when things didn't work out the way they thought it would because of the rain and lightning. I thought we stepped up to the challenge very well and fought threw a situation that was not ideal.
Arapahoe Invitational Article and Results
Due to the combining of the frosh/soph and Jr/Sr race not everyone received an electronic time. We have them and are currently working on updating them. If you are unsure of your time come talk to me at practice this week and I will let you know how you finished.
A Late Starting Fireball (Milesplit Article)
Arapahoe Invitational Results (Partial due to the combined race)
Dyestat National and Regional Rankings (dyestat.com)
10 Tips to Make Varsity XC: Pathways to Excellence for JV Runners Seeking to Move Up
A coaching friend sent me a link to an article this week that I think everyone on the TEAM would benefit from reading, including parents. The article appeared in the latest addition of Running Times Magazine and is about what it takes to make the jump from JV to varsity. The advise in the article is very sound and well worth the read.
Schedule for Sept 2nd-8th
This week we enter a new phase of our season training. Many of you have been doing base training for the past 13 weeks over the course of the summer. It's been difficult to get it in, and not always glamorous, but you did it. Now it's time to cash in on all the base work you have done. Starting this week we will begin doing one workout a week at XC race pace effort. This is the most challenging type of training we do. It's also training that will make you faster if done intelligently. I'm a firm believer that you will race how you train. If you will come out on the quality days and work hard you will see BIG gains on race day.
Mon-MVHS 6 p.m. (Vista 500 Tempo Workout on the Track)
Tue-MVHS 3:10 (Recovery run in the Playground, strides, injury prevention/weights)
Wed-MVHS 3:10 (XC Race Pace Intervals)
Thur-Redstone Park 3:20 (Recovery run on the Canal, strides/injury prevention)
Fri-MVHS 3:10 (run, strides, injury prevention/weights)
Sat-St. Vrain Invitational
Mileage logs are due this week. If you have been logging your miles and trying to earn a summer milage shirt please turn them into me this week. I will be ordering T-shirts in the next few days.
Going the Extra Mile
If you are "Going the Extra Mile" and running an additional 1-2 runs a week of 4-5 miles I suggest getting those runs in on either Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, or going out to run on Sunday.
If you have not turned in your fundraising letters yet please do so ASAP. Our elementary school meet is less than 2 weeks away.
This week's TEAM dinner is at the Walton's house after practice on Friday. Please check your email later in the week for details.
St. Vrain Invitational
Meet Info and Line-ups (click for details)
Official meet information, teams competing, and Course Map (Click to view)
Vista Schedule of Races
9:25-Girls 4A/5A Varsity
10:15-Boys 4A/5A Varsity
11:10-Boys JV Teams G to Z
12:10-Girls JV Teams G to Z
12:50-Awards in the Grand Stands