Last race of the regular season is tomorrow Harriers!
Here are the main details if you didn’t get the handout from yesterday’s practice:
Eighth Annual Apple Ridge Youth Cross Country Invitational
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Venue: Apple Ridge Run: http://www.selah.k12.wa.us/Athletics/index.cfm?v=crosscountry&c=CC_driving_AR
Teams: Nob Hill Elementary, Sun City Harriers, Wenas Valley Running Club
Warmup is 30 minutes before each race
11::00 A.M. – 2nd grade and under boys
11:20 A.M. – 2nd Grade and Under girls
11:40 A.M. – 3rd-6th Grade boys
Noon – 3rd-6th Grade girls
12:30 – Awards
*medals for top 3 in each race; ribbons for other 9 finishers rounding out the tip ten; prize for other finishers
* team traveling trophy for 3-6th girls and 3-6th boys
I’ve had a whole lot of people ask about the postseason now that they are excited about cross-country. I would put everyone in one of three catagories:
- Great season, can’t wait until next year.
- Perhaps we will do the postseason.
- We’ve already signed up!
I would like to address those in group #2. We are not looking for those who are the fastest. As my wife Aleah said so well yesterday, “We are looking for “self-starters” who at this point in the season just want to run”. If this is your child and BOTH parent and child has the energy to keep moving on we would encourage you to sign up. If not, hopefully we will see you next track or cross country season.
What will the post-season look like in terms of practices and races? Essentially it will look just like the middle three weeks of the season with groups one and two but we will lengthen out the distance a hair. Unlike the regular season where the race distance is one mile, during the USATF Junior Olympics the 8&Unders race 2k (1.24 miles), 9-12 3k (1.8 miles), 13-14 4k (2.4 miles). We will be doing slightly longer workouts. The practices will still be an hour, but instead of covering about two miles a practice we will run 3-4 miles (combination of warm-up, hills, repeats, tempo, etc.) depending on the individual. The last two years I didn’t do a very good job coaching because most of our runners hit the wall about a half-mile before the race was over, so we will be compensating this year.
The cost for the post-season is $20 for current Harrier athletes and $35 for non-Harriers (so it still is not too late to join for friends, the $35 price includes a shirt).
Aleah and I have already bought our plane and Air B&B tickets for Junior Olympic Nationals in New Mexico the second weekend in December. Our youngest is in the 8 & Under division which is the easiest division to qualify for nationals (top 30 qualify for nationals and there are usually 35-40 athletes in the race) if any families were thinking, we will be making the trip. If not, the two big dates for the Harriers are Association Finals November 14th and Regionals on the 21st on November (which would be the end of your season for families not planning on going to New Mexico).
If you have further questions, grab myself or Aleah at the meet tomorrow or give me a call at 941-5191.