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The GATES #3

Our third run to the GATES produced more personal bests and new course record for the girls, Sera at 9:38. Julia produced the fastest debut time with a9:40 clocking. Leo added a personal best of 9:23.

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The GATES #2

Our second run to the GATES produced more personal bests and new course record for the girls, Sera at 9:51. Lindsey dipped under 10 for the first time at 9:57. Zach added a personal best of 9:05 as he and Max finished side by side. Isaac and Leo added personal bests of 9:25 and 9:35, respectively.

SJCA XC at 2014 PIAA XC Championships

PIAA Championship Recap

Good afternoon. We had a historic day in Hershey on Saturday to cap a great weekend for the team. The school surprised the team with a send off on Friday. Brian said a few words on the team’s behalf before we headed on to Hershey.

From the moment we stepped into the van, the big difference I noticed with the group is that there was a certain level of calm and confidence. After checking into the hotel, we headed to the course for our workout: course preview, accelerations, drills, and stretch. The course preview went well as we went over strategy and how to attack each section.

After the main work was done, we went to dinner at our annual spot, Fabio’s. The last two years, we have had long wait times, but this year they seated us immediately. The team had fun at the dinner and talked about how they were excited for Saturday.

On Saturday, we were greeted by our loyal fans. Several people from the school traveled to Hershey to support the team. Our AD, Chad Walsh, brought several members of the team down to watch and support the rest of the squad. The volleyball coach and business manager, Katie Wheeler, and her son, Ben, also made the trip.

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District 6 Championships!

District 6 Championships Recap

On Saturday we traveled to Forest Hills Middle School for the District 6 Championships. It was a perfect fall day and there is nothing better for XC. The boys and girls had the same goal: STATES. After a great season of preparation we were ready for the task at hand. But we went in with the understanding that we needed to focus on what we can control – our effort and attitude to race our best – and let the chips fall where they may in the results.

All season our AD, Chad Walsh, has made sure we ride to our meets in style and comfort by ordering our coach bus. I told him I think it makes us too comfortable and we needed to go back to a school bus. He laughed when I told them and double checked to make sure I was serious. I told him yes. And Saturday morning, our yellow chariot awaited.

We told the team we didn’t need any big speeches, we simply needed to believe in ourselves, execute our race plans, and trust our training.
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Tri-State Championship trophy winners and runner-up trophy

Tri States Championship Recap

Yesterday we traveled west to participate in the Tri-States Coaches Association Championship. Weather was about as perfect of a fall day as you could ask for. In a switch for us, the boys raced first. The AA/A athletes raced together, but for scoring and awards purposes they were separated.

One of the boys team goals was to win a trophy at a meet. They have been close a few times, but looked to seize it yesterday. Everyone got off the line well. Brian and Eli positioned themselves with the lead pack. Michael was about 20 meters off of their pace. While Ethan, Andy, and Nathan did a great job of running together. Max was 20-30 meters behind them. The course winded around a few fields before heading into the back area across the road. In the back area was the main hill of the course. Unfortunately, it got the best of us yesterday. Nathan was the only one it didn’t seem to faze as he continued pushing through and closed down to Ethan while trying to pull Andy along. At the hill Brian was 4th overall and Eli was in the top 10. Michael lost ground because he didn’t have his spikes and the low traction and extra weight slowed him down.
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Ridgway Invite after the award ceremony

Ridgway Invite Recap

We had a solid day on Saturday at the Ridgway Invitational. We faced the best District 9 had to offer since it was preview of their championship meet course. The course was great as it was very spectator-friendly and only had a small stretch in the woods. But the woods kept the runners out of the wind, so there was some benefit to it.

The girls were up first and we sent four to the line, Jordan, Kate, Grace, and Emma. The girls got out well but lost some spots on the hill on the back side of the course. They did a good job of using the down hill and flat areas to make up some ground.  Jordan Wiser (21:05) and Kate Ott (21:44) lead the way with award-winning performances by finishing 10th and 15th, respectively. They were followed to the line by Grace Cousins in 52nd (24:45) and Emma Youngmark in 69th (25:58). We need to continue working on sticking in packs and racing with others. The times were solid as this course runs a little slower than others we have been to this year.
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