Monday, November 12, 2018

Team appreciation night

A reminder that we have our end of season appreciation evening this coming Wednesday at 7:00 pm.  Originally scheduled for Merriconeag Hall, this will now be taking place in the Downeast Room at the high school.  We will have dessert and beverages, hear a number of people thanking a number of people, and finish off with a slideshow.  A few families have offered to bring a dessert to share (thank you to the Goldberg-Courtney, Muentener, Teegarden, Reynolds, Clay and Dierks-Brown families), and we could also use a couple more desserts.  If you can make something to bring along, please reply to this email, letting me know.  Also, Susan could use the help of one parent on Wednesday evening to help set up the room and get things ready.  This lucky person should arrive by 6:30.  Please let her know if this can be you.

For those of you new to this, please know that parents and siblings are most welcome. See everyone Wednesday night!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New England Championship Info

     Saturday, November 10
     Boys Race - 11:30
     Girls Race - 12:30

     Derryfield Park
     581 Bridge Street
     Manchester, NH

Travel Info:
     Two vans will depart Desert Rd at 8:00am Saturday morning.  Anyone on the van (see list in post below this one) should arrive by 7:50 to ensure a prompt 8:00am departure.  Anyone using their own transportation to get to the race site should arrive by 10:00am.

     We may (TBD) stop for lunch on the way home.  Team members will call/text from the van once our arrival time back at Desert Rd is confirmed.

What to Bring:
     The usual race supplies ...
     - uniform
     - spikes
     - training shoes
     - clothing to keep you warm AND dry (if it looks to be cold/wet, bring raincoat, layers, hat,                    mittens, etc.)
     - food
     - water
     - cash in case we stop for food (~ $10)
     - sleeping bag (optional)
     - camp chair (optional)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Rides to Manchester

The following team members have requested a ride on the van to Manchester and are confirmed.  Stay tuned for exact departure time and other info for this race.

Nora Goldberg-Courtney
Emma Haims
Bodhi Lloyd
John Miles Muentener
Wes Teegarden
Olivia Reynolds
Matinicus Neveu
Aidan Stark-Chessa
Ava Teegarden
Ethan Haag
Aiden Kusche
Wilson Haims
Quinn Holley
Nash Holley
Calvin Soule
Niels Lambersy

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Important and time sensitive things to know

Happy Sunday everyone!  A few reminders of things coming up this week and next ...
  • Anyone wanting a ride on the van to next Saturday's race in Manchester must let Susan know by Monday (tomorrow) at 3:00.
  • The captains will be putting together a slideshow for our end of season appreciation evening.  Please send any photographs from the season to Calvin at  These photos could be of runners at races or practices, families and fan at races, pasta parties, etc. - really anything that the team did this season.  You can send photos or links to galleries.  Please send no later than Friday morning of this week and sooner would be better.
  • A reminder that the team appreciation evening is Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00pm in Merriconeag Hall.  Please reserve the date.
  • We could still use a few desserts for the appreciation evening.  Let Susan know if you can contribute a dessert to share.
  • If you are not running in New Englands next weekend, please return your CLEAN uniform to Susan this week.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Nice Press Coverage...

After predicting that Orono boys would win states, it was nice to see some glowing press coverage of the Maine Coast teams in the Portland Press Herald.  If you check the photos, you'll see a great one of Olivia leading the pack (albeit without her trademark grin...although she does look to be casually adjusting her gloves) and if you look *very* closely, you can spot Matt and Aiden giving chase.  Bonus: they got the coach's name right this time! Unsurprisingly, the Bangor Daily News chose to lead with a slightly different focus.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Important for everyone

New Englands:
The boys team and Olivia R. will be running in the New England Competition on Saturday, November 10.  This race is at Derryfield Park in Manchester, NH.  Race time is 11:30 am.  We will have vans going to this race and are happy to take any team members that want to attend, however it is not required that non-racing team members make this trip.  For planning purposes, we expect to leave around 7:00am and return around 4:00pm (though exact times may change as plans firm up).

Any team members wanting a ride on the van to Manchester must let Susan know by Monday, November 5.  We are expecting all racers will be on the van, but please speak to Susan, again by Monday, November 5, if you are making alternate transportation plans.

End of Season appreciation evening:
The team appreciation evening has been set for Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm in the Community Hall.  We will have desserts and beverages and will also say thank you to all the people that helped make this an exciting and noteworthy season.  With any luck, we'll also finish off the evening with a slideshow.  For those that haven't been to this event before, it is for runners and any family members that care to attend.  The event should be over around 8:30.

Ideally we would like 6-8 families to bring a dessert to share.  If you are able to contribute a tasty treat, please let Susan know by Monday, November 12, as we need to be sure we'll have enough but not too much.  Susan can be contacted at or 865-3900 x201.  Thank you!

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Class C States Results ...

Boys Team 1st!!!
Girls Team 3rd!!!
Olivia Reynolds 1st!!!

Check the Race Results tab for full info ...


Friday, October 26, 2018


Because of the expected incoming weather, the race times for Saturday have been moved up.
Races are now at:
Class C - Boys 12:20 p.m.; Girls 12:55 p.m. - This is us
Class A - Boys 10:00 a.m.; Girls 10:35 a.m.
Class B - Boys 11:10 p.m.; Girls 11:45 p.m.

Check the post just below for updated info on vans, arrival, etc.

Also, be sure to check the multiple posts farther below re: team dinner tonight, apparel, etc.

UPDATED - States at Belfast on Saturday, October 27

~ Updated Friday, October 26 ~

Looking ahead to the State Championship races in Belfast on Saturday, October 27, here's what there is to know.  Do make sure you note the deadline re: van transportation to this race.

     This coming Saturday, October 27
     Class C Boys - 12:20, Class C Girls - 12:55

     Troy Howard Middle School
     173 Lincolnville Ave

Who races:
     We are permitted seven boy and seven girl runners.  Morgan will be talking with the runners this week about exactly who will be running.

Who supports the team:
     Everyone!  All team members are expected to come to States to cheer on and support the team.  Any runner not attending should have a compelling reason for not coming and needs to communicate that to both Morgan and Susan before Saturday.

Belfast on Saturday:
     Classes A and B are also racing on Saturday. The full schedule is:
          Class A - Boys 10:00 a.m.; Girls 10:35 a.m.
          Class B - Boys 11:10 p.m.; Girls 11:45 p.m.
          Class C - Boys 12:20 p.m.; Girls 12:55 p.m.
What to bring:
     The usual race supplies ...
       - uniform
       - spikes
       - training shoes
       - clothing to keep you warm AND dry (if it looks to be cold/wet, bring raincoat, layers, hat, mittens, etc.)
       - food
       - water
       - sleeping bag (optional)
       - camp chair (optional

     We will have vans heading to Belfast, leaving Desert Rd promptly at 9:00am (van riders should arrive at 8:45am) and staying through the awards ceremony.

Anyone wanting a seat on the van must let Susan know by Wednesday, October 24 at noon.

Runners using their own transportation to Belfast should plan to be at the team tent by 11:00am.

Other things to know:
     Dogs are not allowed at this race site.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Team Dinner at the Holley Residence

Image result for swedish chef gifA reminder that the Holley family has invited the team to dinner Friday from 4:30 to 6:30.  Right after practice, you can walk or catch a ride to their house.  Families welcome!  Please consider bringing a dessert, drink or snack.

Things should wrap up between 6:30 and 7. The Holley's address is 5 Brook Hill Rd, Freeport, ME 04032.

Forecast for Saturday: Cold and Wet

Image result for snow running gifImage result for sleet gif Yes, that's right.  With a forecasted high of 42 and a strong chance of rain or other mixed precipitation, it's going to feel pretty frigid.  Not only should you pack warm layers for before and after, but it's time to get out those black base layers (remember that the uniform rule says all competitors on the team need to wear the same color).  Everyone who is running should bring black long sleeves (either arm sleeves or a long-sleeved shirt) and tights (calf or full length would be best).  Light weight gloves and hats are also strongly encouraged- these can be any color.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Rides to Belfast

The runners listed below have rides on the van to Belfast this Saturday.  See the post farther below, which outlines departure time and other Belfast info.  We're expecting that all runners not listed below will be finding their own transportation to Belfast.

Isla Barmby
Nora Goldberg-Courtney
Bodhi Lloyd
John Miles Muentener
Wes Teegarden
Olivia Reynolds
Mamie Whittier
Aidan Stark-Chessa
Caitlin Keliher
Myla McLain
Ava Teegarden
Adriel Barham
Ethan Haag
Aiden Kusche
Max Waldron
Stuart Whittier
Finn Dierks-Brown

Sunday, October 21, 2018


Image result for cross country spikes...if you have them, bring them to practice on Monday and Wednesday this week (in addition to your regular trainers).  The thermometer has finally registered that it's the middle of autumn, so bring layers and lightweight gloves while you're at it.  No one likes losing circulation in their hands. 

More News Coverage...

ImageMaine Coast Boys and Maine Coast Girls were mentioned in today's Portland Press Herald.  Individual regional Class C champion Olivia delivered a master class in interview responses, managing to deliver a humble, classy and upbeat answer a scant ten minutes after crushing her race: “We’ll have another opportunity next week, and those girls are so nice anyway,” Reynolds said. “They deserve the win.”

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Results and Thank You!

Here are today's results:
Thank you to everyone- parents, siblings, classmates, friends, extended family, faculty, and staff- who came out to cheer on the team.  

Support is always appreciated!

Breaking News

At the Southern Class C Regional Meet today the Maine Coast Boys finished first and the girls finished second.  

Congratulations to Olivia (repeat individual Regional Champion), and Mamie, Ava, Wilson, Nora, Isla and Eliza, who were all recognized as individual qualifiers for their top thirty finishes.  

Congratulations as well to Matinicus, Aiden, Finn, Max, and Wes, who were all recognized as individual qualifiers for their top thirty finishes.  

Friday, October 19, 2018


The Portland Press Herald has given both the boys and girls teams the nod for tomorrow's Regional race.

It's that time of the year...

  To start thinking about layers.  Wednesday's practice was a good reminder that temperatures are starting to drop and it would be wise to be prepared.  That means the following:

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  • Keep your extremities warm.  No one likes cold fingers and toes.  Bring a hat, mittens, and slippers to races- they're comfy and will keep you happy until it's time to run.
  • When racing, layers that keep you warm but are easy to shed (think sleeves and lightweight gloves) are ideal. If you get too hot, you can always rip them off and toss them at your coach or parent.  
  • Bring warm clothes for after you run- sweats, jacket, etc. Fuzzy, puffy, wooly, whatever, as long as it's cozy.  
  • It's not a bad idea to keep an extra change of running clothes in your bag.  On days when it rains, you'll be glad you have them.
  • Cotton kills.  Or at least, when it gets wet (due to sweat, rain, etc.), it gets cold and heavy.  Do yourself a favor and swap out cotton for synthetic fabric or wool blends whenever you can.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Post Regionals Potluck

delicious how its made GIFThe Reynolds Family has graciously offered to host the team immediately after the Regional meet at Twin Brook on Saturday.  The Reynolds household is walking distance from the course, and all are welcome to stay for an hour or two for food and celebrating. In order to ensure that we have enough food to feed everyone, please sign up to bring something if your name is not already on the list below (look for the ??? to see what we're missing and let Wilson know what you will be bringing).  Also, the Reynolds family has graciously offered parking to our families (until their space fills up).  They can be found at 198 Tuttle Rd, right across from the entrance to Twin Brook.