Thursday, November 11, 2021

Please return uniforms

 All runners should return their CLEAN uniforms to Susan within the next week.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

End of Season Event

We have landed on next Wednesday, November 17, evening at 7:00pm for the end of season cross country event. This will take place in the Downeast Room at the high school and will go from 7:00pm until approximately 8:15ish. Parents and siblings are most welcome and encouraged to attend. The gist of the evening will be social time, thank yous, recognizing the seniors, words from the coaches and a slideshow. It will also include cake!

Parents and siblings that attend will need to complete a health screening that day (just like parents did for the recent conferences). Here is the link so you can take care of the screening before you arrive at school if you like - Click HERE for health screening.

Hope to see all the runners and lots of parents too!

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Season over

With States behind us, the running season is now complete. We are working on a date for a final team gathering and will let everyone know once we nail that down.

Big congrats to the girls team for winning the Good Sportsmanship Award!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

States Info - Saturday, October 30 in Belfast

~ Updated October 29 @ 5:30 ~

When
:
This coming Saturday, October 30
Class C – Girls – 11:00, Boys – 11:40

Classes A and B are also racing on Saturday. The full schedule is:
Class C – Girls – 11:00, Boys – 11:40
Class A – Girls – 12:20, Boys – 1:00
Class B – Girls – 1:40, Boys – 2:20

Where:
Troy Howard Middle School
173 Lincolnville Ave
Belfast

Who races:
Maeve, Nora, Isla, Lydia and seven boys (Morgan will discuss with the team exactly which boys will be racing).

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 by Wednesday this week.

When runners should arrive at the race venue:
9:30 at our team set up area (same location as when we were in Belfast a few weeks ago).

What to bring:
Everyone should bring:
  • 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)
  • Chair (optional)
Those racing should bring the usual race supplies ...
  • Uniform
  • Spikes
  • Training shoes
Transportation:
Morgan has discussed with the runners and based on those conversations, we are planning on providing rides to:
Noah Kessler
Evan D'Souza
Cameron McLaughlin
Charlotte Schatz
Ruby Harrison
Julia Loffler
Maeve Woodruff (return only)

***If your name appears above and you don't need a ride, let Susan know asap.
***If your name doesn't appear above and you do need a ride, let Susan know asap.

Van riders should arrive at school by 7:35 for a prompt 7:45 departure.

Mask protocol:
Masks must be worn while inside the tent but are not required when outside the tent.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Regionals Info - Saturday, October 23

When:
This coming Saturday, October 23 Class C – Girls – 11:00, Boys – 11:40

Classes A and B are also racing on Saturday. The full schedule is:
Class C – Girls – 11:00, Boys – 11:40
Class A – Girls – 12:20, Boys – 1:00
Class B – Girls – 1:40, Boys – 2:20

Where:
Twin Brook Recreation Area at 185 Tuttle Road in Cumberland

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 Regionals 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.

When runners should arrive at Twin Brook:
9:45 AT THE FIELD
(see section just below re: parking).

There is NO parking at Twin Brook itself (except for handicapped). Instead parking can be found at the Mabel Wilson School on 353 Tuttle Road, Greely High School on 303 Main Street and Greely Middle School on 351 Tuttle Road, with shuttle buses running over to Twin Brook Recreation Area (first bus runs at 9:30). Team members can also be dropped off on the back side of Twin Brook and walk through to the race area. The back side is on Greely Road, adjacent to Spring Brook Farm (180 Greely Road). Make sure to plan enough time to ensure your arrival at the field by the time listed above.

ALL PEOPLE RIDING THE SHUTTLE BUSES MUST WEAR A MASK!

What to bring:
Those racing should 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)
  • chair (optional)

What not to bring:
Twin Brook has a no dog policy, so please leave your dog at home.

Transportation:
Since it is a weekend race and is close to home, there is no school transportation provided.

Who continues on to the States meet:
The top half of the teams that race in Regionals will run the following Saturday in the state meet, this year at Belfast. The top 30 individuals in all of Classes A, B and C combined also qualify for the state meet.

Monday, October 11, 2021

WMC Invitational Race Info

~ Updated Monday, October 11 @ 2:30pm ~

Race Location:
St. Joseph's College
278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, ME

Transportation:
Per the questionnaire from last month, we are planning on providing rides in the school vans to and from the race for the following runners.
Cameron McLaughlin
Charlotte Schatz
Evan D'Souza
Leah Muentener
Lydia Sharp
Maeve Woodruff
Noah Corcoran
Nora Goldberg-Courtney
Valentine Lemonie

***If your name appears above and you don't need a ride, let Susan know asap.
***If your name doesn't appear above and you do need a ride, let Susan know asap.

Schedule:
Check the Race Schedule tab for race times.
Note that all girls are now racing together in the 3:00 race.
We will be leaving school at 1:00pm and staying through awards, returning back to school 5:30-5:45ish.
Parents driving their own runners should plan on picking them up at school at 1:00pm.

What to bring:
- MASK
- Warm clothes for before and after your race
- Race uniform
- Underlayers (optional)
- Spikes
- Snacks
- Water bottle

Who's in what Boys race:
Louis Walker, Will Barmby, John-Miles Muentener, Wes Teegarden, Nate Barmby, Noah Corcoran and Conrad Anderson will all be in the Boys Varsity race.
The remaining boys will be in the JV race.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Last minute info for Belfast

Do be sure to read the post below for general info on the Belfast race.

Masking at Belfast will be mandatory when in the tent. When outside the tent, everyone should use their best judgement re: masking/mask-free when in close proximity to others.

Remember all runners need their health screening done in the morning. We would love to have these done by 7:45am and certainly before arriving at the race site.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Belfast race info - Saturday, October 2

Race location:
Troy Howard Middle School
173 Lincolnville Ave
Belfast

Race schedule:
Girls Unseeded Section – 11:00 AM
Boys Unseeded Section – 11:40 AM
Girls Freshman Section – 12:20 PM
Boys Freshman Section – 1:00 PM
Girls Seeded Section – 1:40 PM
Boys Seeded Section – 2:20 PM
Awards Ceremony – 3:00 PM

Girls Unseeded - Isla, Leah, Ruby, Charlotte, Valentine, Julia, Alicia
Girls Seeded - Maeve, Nora, Emma, Lydia
Boys Unseeded - Conrad, Evan, Avery, Noah K
Boys Freshman - Gus, Cameron
Boys Seeded - Louis, John Miles, Wes, Nate, Will, Noah C, Thatcher

Timing for the day:
In order to get in a course walk, everyone should be at the race site by 9:45am. Make sure you plan ahead for parking, lines, etc.

Transportation:
We are planning on providing rides to:
Charlotte Schatz
Maeve Woodruff
Emma Haims
Lydia Sharp
Valentine Lemonie
Evan D'Souza

***If your name appears above and you don't need a ride, let Susan know asap.
***If your name doesn't appear above and you do need a ride, let Susan know asap.

Van riders should arrive at school by 7:45 for a prompt 7:55 departure.

What to bring:
- MASK
- Warm clothes for before and after your race
- Race uniform
- Underlayers (optional)
- Spikes
- Food (it's a long day, so bring enough food for all day)
- Water bottle


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Race at St. Dom's on Friday, September 24 is CANCELLED

Due to expected very wet weather, the race at St. Dom's has been cancelled. The team will practice instead with an end time of 5:00pm.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Southern Maine Classic 9.18.21

 The Maine Coast cross country team traveled to Nargansett School in Gorham this weekend for the Southern Maine Classic. The day started off damp and foggy, but by the last two races of the day the sun remerged and the temperature climbed to 80 F.  The SMC featured a flat, fast course over fields and through the woods, with races split into freshman/sophomore and junior/senior. The race provided some excellent large-meet experience for the freshmen and sophomores.  Despite a few hiccups (there were only two porta-potties for over 750 runners), Maine Coast runners had a banner day, with multiple additions to the Maine Coast Record Board, twelve new PRs, and many other season's best times. Thank you to all the parents, friends and relations who helped provide transportation and support!

The sophomore girls started the day off with impressive efforts all around.  Maeve led the charge for Maine Coast, finishing fourth in her race with a time that netted her 9th place overall (recognized at the awards ceremony), a new personal record, and a move up the all-time Maine Coast leader board into third.  En route to her season's best, Lydia clicked off a series of quick miles and closed with a strong kick.  Next up for Maine Coast was Leah, who managed to displace fifteen competitors as our sixth runner (plus a season's best time).  Charlotte and Ruby traded off pacing duties for the majority of the race, closely followed by Valentine. In her roll as the seventh runner, Charlotte displaced seven other opponents and crushed the last few hundred yards with a great sprint to the finish.  Ruby also achieved a season's best, and Valentine took more than five minutes (!!) off her previous best time.  Alicia rounded out the Maine Coast runners, setting a two and a half minute PR in the process.

The freshman and sophomore boys were next to toe the line.  They were led by Nate, who cruised through his first mile well under six minutes, en route to a new PR, a scoring position, and budding rivalry with his brother.  He was followed by Evan, who claimed the sixth team spot for Maine Coast, running a PR on his way to displacing seven other runners.  Noah C, despite running with a less-than-stable ankle, turned in a solid performance.  Gus snuck in right under the 23 minute mark on his way to a new personal best.  Cameron smashed his former PR much more aggressively, keeping Gus in his sights and unleashing a strong final kick.  Noah K rounded out the finishers with a very evenly paced run.

The sun came out just in time for the start of the senior girls' race.  Working together until the last hundred meters of the race, co-captains Nora and Emma paced each other to new PRs.  Nora now claims the 7th spot on the Maine Coast leader board (and Emma is 8th), and was recognized at the awards ceremony for her 24th overall finish.  Emma was just shy of the awards, finishing in 26th by a fraction of a second.  Isla ran a season's best and, as our final scoring runner, helped cinch an impressive Maine Coast finish, ahead of mainly Class A and B schools.

Finally, the senior boys took the field (or at least thundered across it as the gun went off- quite an earth-shaking sound).  They were led by Louis, who shattered his PR, leapt onto the leader board as the seventh all-time fastest boy, and was recognized for his 15th place overall finish.  JM also turned in a solid performance with a season's best.  Wes continued that trend, settling in to a very fast pace after a very, very aggressive first mile. Thatcher, despite having a hatchet wound (don't worry, he did receive clearance to race), threw down a new PR and claimed the final scoring spot for the boys.  Avery also set a new PR, breaking 22 minutes for the first time and also displacing seven other runners.

The girls' team finished a very impressive 6th overall (out of 20 scoring teams), beating all but two WMC rival schools.  The boys' finished 13th overall (out of 24 scoring teams).  This week we will be headed to St. Dominic's in Lewiston on Friday.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Southern Maine Classic race info

Info about Saturday's race in Gorham:

Race times are:
Freshman / Sophomore Girls @ 10:00am
Freshman / Sophomore Boys @ 10:45am
Junior / Senior Girls @ 11:30am
Junior / Senior Boys @ 12:05pm

Spectators welcome!  

Where:
Narragansett Elementary School
284 Main St, Gorham, ME

Transportation and timing:
Runners getting themselves to the race should plan to arrive at 8:15. This will give everyone ample time for a course walk before the races begin.

We will have one van going to the race and are planning on taking:
Charlotte Schatz
Maeve Woodruff

If you/your runner needs a ride and isn't on the above list, contact Susan asap.

The van will be leaving school at 7:40am (please arrive at school at 7:35am) and returning after the Junior/Senior Boys race and the awards ceremony. Runners can contact their rides from the road once they are on their way back with approximate timing.

What to Bring:
Water bottle
Race uniform
Warmer clothes for before and after racing
Spikes
Training shoes
FOOD!! - some runners have an early race and will eat after, some have a later race and will need to eat before, but either way, it is a long day and everyone should bring food

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Practice cancelled Thursday, September 16

The team worked super hard today and with a big race coming up on Saturday, Coach Morgan has cancelled practice on Thursday (September 16) this week.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Transportation for this week's race

Thank you all for responding with your transportation needs for races. For this week's race we are planning on providing rides for the runners shown below. If your name is below and you don't need a ride -or- you need a ride and your name isn't shown, let Susan know asap. If you got a ride to the race in the school van but are riding home with your parents, be sure to tell Coach Morgan, otherwise we will expect you on the van for a ride back to school.

Charlotte Schatz
Cameron McLaughlin
Evan D'Souza
Leah Muentener
Lydia Sharp
Maeve Woodruff
Noah Corcoran
Nora Goldberg-Courtney
Pendo Mercy Botha Dawe
Valentine Lemoine

Everyone needs to be out at the race site by 3:30. Girls run at 4:30, boys at 5:00. Go team!

PRACTICE MOVED TO CAMPUS TODAY

Due to the expected deluge this afternoon, cross country practice will take place on the school campus, not at Hunter Rd. In case you were planning on picking up your runner at Hunter Rd, please instead come to the high school. They should be done around 4:30.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Mask Up!

With the announcement today that school will begin at Stage C, it means that except when actually running (both practices and races), runners and coaches should be masked for all other activities. The good news is that we got to do this so much last year, everyone should be great at wearing a mask! We'll let you know if this changes but, for now, have those masks handy. This goes into effect at practice on Wednesday, September 8.