We are now entering the stretch run of the XC season. With our hardest block of training in the rear view mirror, we need to start focusing on the championship race in two short weeks!
This week is a short week, but a busy one. With an away meet at Rocky Heights on Wednesday and a home meet on Thursday, plus an early dismissal on Friday, we don't have much practice time remaining. Here is the schedule and some other thoughts for XC
Tuesday (today): A creative run is on the docket for today, plus the Rocky Heights course preview. We might be running a little bit later than normal, so we apologize in advance. We will get the kids out as soon as close to 4:45 as we can.
Wednesday: Away meet at Rocky Heights Middle School. Rocky Heights is a traditional middle school XC powerhouse, this will be a very good test for us. Just like at Castle Rock, if you are taking your athlete home right after the meet, please be sure to sign them out. If you and your athlete want to stay and watch the volleyball game, that is great, the volleyball team loves the support of both athletes and parents!
Thursday: Home meet vs Ranchview. Another really good XC team. I know they have at least one stud 7th grade girl, and they usually have very strong 8th grade teams as well. Being the second of back-to-back races, we will need all the spectator and volunteer support we can get. If you can help out with meet management, please see me before the race at the red tent.
Both of these races are very important, not just to try and win, but also to start figuring out who will be running in the varsity race at District Championships and who will be running in the Open race. All athletes will run on Sept. 15th, but the top seven in each grade/gender for Sierra will be running in the Varsity race. Those top seven will be determined by the coaching staff, based on recent race trends, voerall results, and practice/meet attendance. If you have questions about this, just ask any of the coaches, and we will be happy to explain it in more detail.
Friday: Since we were planning on having a 5K race on Saturday, we originally scheduled an early dismissal. That 5K race is not happening, but we will stick with the early dismissal, 4:15 instead of 4:45.
Hope everyone had a great Labor Day holiday, got some running in, and are ready to go for the next two weeks!