Apple Ridge Invite Schedule and Post-Season Information

Last practice of the regular season was yesterday at Kissle Park.  We had a great game of Capture the Flag.  Girls beat the boys 4-3!  Meet is tomorrow at Apple Ridge and the post-season starts Tuesday at Franklin Park at 5pm with a 100% chance of hills.

Last practice of the regular season was yesterday at Kissle Park. We had a great game of Capture the Flag. Girls beat the boys 4-3! Meet is tomorrow at Apple Ridge and the post-season starts Tuesday at Franklin Park at 5pm with a 100% chance of hills.

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

Schedule:

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:

  1. Great season, can’t wait until next year.
  2. Perhaps we will do the postseason.
  3. 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.

Go Harriers!

Sun City’s Postseason and a Preview of What’s Next

Julia qualified for JO Regionals in Portland with a great 80 meter hurdles.

Julia qualified for JO Regionals in Portland with a great 80 meter hurdles.

Welcome to the postseason Sun City Track and Field.

Congratulations on making it to summer!  Everyone should be out of school and into the summer.  Vacations should be planned, and we made it through the main part of track season.  As the head coach, I’m totally biased but think our first season was a huge success.  Several highlights:

  • Kids competed well.
  • They learned new events.
  • They supported their teammates.
  • They were willing to try new events (high jump, hurdles, distance, sprints, shot put, etc.).
Kate was one of the 16 athletes running in the meet.  Here she ran in the 200 meter dash.

Kate was one of the 16 athletes running in the meet. Here she ran in the 200 meter dash.

We have officially transitioned to the postseason. Our first postseason meet was a huge success this last Saturday June 20th in Spokane at Central Valley High School.  It is the Junior Olympic USATF (United States of America Track and Field) Association Finals Meet and all 16 athletes who competed qualified for the Regional Meet the weekend of July 11th and 12th in Portland, Oregon.  We need to know by Wednesday July 3rd at the latest if your child is competing.  Any athlete who finishes in the top three in the Regional meet will move on to the national meet in Jacksonville, Florida.  Coach Aleah and I are planning on holding practices through July 8th since our three daughters are planning on running through the USATF Regional Meet.

For the last three weeks of practice, we will only be doing sprints but we will be overseeing the distance workouts for Henry, Brayden, and Hayden.  We will also have hurdles out for our few hurdlers on Wednesdays who will be running in Portland. Anyone is still welcome to show up but we will really be focusing on the kids getting them ready for competition.

For those looking for other activities this summer:

  1. Yakima Youth Track is having their all-comers track meets the next two Wednesdays at Kumler Field. Cost is $5 per child.
  2. Yakima HC Runners has their annual summer cross-country series at Franklin Park. Each race is only two miles long and the race dates are: June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5 & August 19. Cost is $5 per race and you register at Franklin Park each race day-of in the Rotary Pavilion at 6:30 for a 7pm start.
  3. Already looking ahead to the fall, we plan on the third season of cross-country. Tentative start date will be September 15th. We’ll be practicing Tuesday and Thursdays at both Franklin Park and Kissle Park (Franklin on Tuesdays and Kissle on Thursdays). More about this on future blogs in August!

***An earlier version of this blog had the first date of XC practice on September 22nd.  We plan on starting XC practice three weeks before Sunfair.  Last year it was on October 4th so this date is still somewhat in flux.***

Results for 2015 Sun City Track and Field Meet

Here are the  results for the 2015 Sun City Track Meet hosted at West Valley High School

There was no wind and temperatures started at 80 degrees at 9am and rose to 90 by noon when the meet finished.  A huge thank-you to the West Valley School District who has been more than accommodating to our team this season.

Hurdles Sun City Track Meet 2015

100 Meter Dash Sun City Track Meet 2015

200 Meter Dash Results Sun City Track Meet 2015

400 Meter Dash Results Sun City Track Meet 2015

800 Meter Dash Sun City Track Meet 2015

1500 Meter Run Sun City Track Meet 2015

Relays Sun City Track Meet 2015

High Jump Results Sun City 2015

Long Jump Results Sun City 2015

Shot Put Results Shot Put 2015 Sun City Track Meet

 

There were lots of great marks posted today at West Valley High School at the first annual Sun City Track & Field Meet

There were lots of great marks posted today at West Valley High School at the first annual Sun City Track & Field Meet

400 Meters Into The Season

Sun City Athletes doing "Bicycles" to work on our core strength

Sun City Athletes doing “Bicycles” to work on our core strength

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

400 meters of the way into the track season (pun intended) First and foremost, we want to wish all mom’s out there a very happy Mother’s Day.  There would be no Sun City Track and Field if it wasn’t for all the hard work of the mom’s out there. I want to congratulate all of the kids on finishing the first two weeks of track season. It is always difficult to start a new sport. Some of our highlights so far:

  1. Watching the kids the first two weeks do drills have been remarkable. Their form and muscle mechanics is already getting significantly better. This is a vital component of running and the better one’s form the less of a chance of injury and faster he/she will run!
  2. Andy and Marie have done a remarkable job coaching our field events! It is one thing for the rest of us to coach sprints and distances but they have literally been building from the ground up. Andy built Sun City’s first hurdles and Marie brought a special bungee cord for kids to high jump over. Parent’s when you see the two of them; give them a huge “thank you”!
  3. We’ve had amazing weather. Track takes place no matter the weather (except for thunder and lightning) but it is still a whole lot nicer when we have 70’s.

In the next few weeks we are going to really start gearing up for our home track and field meet June 6th at West Valley High School in three weeks. Each athlete is allowed to compete in up to three events at the track meet. * Start thinking of which events you will want your child to compete in.  I would recommend one field event, one running event, and one relay but you can juggle this if you wish and we will talk more about this as the meet gets closer.  We will also need about twenty parents to volunteer on race day so please plan on volunteering.  We will need parents to: time, check-in, run concessions, etc. The track meet on the 6th will also be open to the entire community as well. So if your child has a friend that would like to run please pass the word around.  For non-Sun City athletes the cost will be $5/event. Last, it is not too late to join Sun City.  Especially for those athletes wanting to go on to competing in the Junior Olympics in the summer, there is a lot of track left to be run.  So let everyone know they can still come.  Anyone is allowed to come to one practice and just “check” things out.  After this, registration is $50 for the season which includes a competition shirt. I’ll be in San Diego this week for a conference so the workout have been written for the coaches. Parents, please consider running with your kids.  The more kids we have running the easier it makes it on the coaches. Coaches Erik and Aleah

Monday practices is at Franklin Middle School from 6-7pm

Wednesday practice is at West Valley High School from 6-7pm

Saturday morning distance practice is at the lower parking lot of Cowiche Canyon at 9am

June 6th–Home Track Meet at West Valley High School, Yakima

June 19th and 20th — Junior Olympic Association Championships in Spokane, WA

Weekend of July 11th — Junior Olympic Regionals (must qualify from the Association meet in Spokane the weekend of the 19th and 20th to move on)

*(It was brought to my attention that an athlete must be born in 2004 or later if he/she is going to do hurdles in a track meet.  These are USATF rules that we have to adhere to.  We are going to let those born 2005 and before practice hurdles but our insurance wont allow it in meets) ** Here is the link to the 2015 Sun City Track and Field Club–Info Packet and Waiver-and-release-form-2015 if you would like to register still.

Practice Selfie yesterday at Cowiche Canyon.  Saturdays are an optional 40 minute run (out and back) for the distance runners.  We have had two amazing weather days so far.  Hope to see you there this next Saturday!

Practice Selfie yesterday at Cowiche Canyon. Saturdays are an optional 40 minute run (out and back) for the distance runners. We have had two amazing weather days so far. Hope to see you there this next Saturday!

The sprinters cheering on the distance runners at West Valley Track at a recent workout.

The sprinters cheering on the distance runners at West Valley Track at a recent workout.