*** Run 4 Bender Relay For Life Team ***
ATHLETES, PARENTS, ALUMNI, SUPPORTERS.... you are invited to participate in the Canal Winchester Relay for Life event as a member of the Run 4 Bender team! I think this will be a great event for our athletes to honor Coach Bender, raise $ for the American Cancer Society, start an unofficial "kick-off" to our summer training, and bond as a team. JOIN HERE: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/run4bender
The Canal Winchester Relay for Life event takes place Saturday, June 10th from 4pm to midnight.
There is no registration fee to join, but we would like each participant to fundraise at least $25 to participate in the event. Participants who fundraise at least $100 will earn a Relay for Life t-shirt.
As a team goal, the Run 4 Bender Team is going to keep at least one active runner on the track (relay style, baton in hand) for the entire 8 hours. Once we get closer to the event I will ask able participants to commit to at least one half-hour time frame of running on the track so we can keep our 8 hour relay going non-stop.
The purpose of Relay for Life is "to bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer." The Run 4 Bender team is going to participate in honor of the late Canal Winchester Cross Country Coach John Bender who passed away on September 14th, 2013 due to complications of leukemia and congestive heart failure. You can find out more about Relay for Life and Coach John Bender by clicking on the Run 4 Bender link at the top of this post. Thank you in advance for your participation in & donation to the Run 4 Bender team!
*** Winter Cross Country Conditioning ***
Voluntary Conditioning, open to all high school & middle school athletes not participating in a winter sport.
Conditioning is from 3:05-4:05pm, unless otherwise noted. We will run outside at all of these sessions, please dress prepared!
January / February Schedule
Thu, Feb 16 High School Library
Tue, Feb 21 Three Creeks Bixby Entrance (3860 Bixby Rd)
Thu, Feb 23 High School Library
Tue, Feb 28 Three Creeks Bixby Entrance
Thu, Mar 1 High School Library
*Tuesday sessions are typically long runs.
*Thursday sessions are typically hills or hill repeats.
*High School athletes are strongly encouraged to attend track & field conditioning Mondays & Wednesdays at the high school weight room.
*Mandatory track practice begins Monday, March 6th.
Need some winter training inspiration??? Check out the great spot below from German film student Eugen Merher:
11/20/16 End of Season Update
The following pages have been updated through the 2016 season!
Be on the lookout for a final 2016 Middle School update. Coming soon!
Posted below is the slideshow presented at the end of season banquet (thank you Crystal Matthews!)
10/31/16 Regional Championship Results
The 2016 Canal Winchester XC campaign came to an end over the weekend at Saturday's Pickerington North Regional.
Three Indian athletes competed in the Regional Championships: senior Luke Schirr (88th place), junior Erica Babusci (34th place), and senior Ethan Fusek (24th place).
Using an "Always Be Closing" mentality, Erica and Ethan both enjoyed tremendous finishes over the last mile of their races. Erica was in 51st place at the two-mile mark and managed to pass 17 competitors over the last mile. Ethan was in 40th place at the two-mile mark and managed to pass 16 competitors over the last mile.
Erica's 34th place finish is the highest regional finish by a CW female since Kayla Scott won the race in 2011. Only three CW females have finished higher at a regional meet since the Indians were classified Division 1 in 2009 (Kayla Scott 1st in 2011 & 18th in 2009, Emily Pifer 4th in 2009, Penny Boswell 13th in 2009.)
Ethan's 24th place finish is the second best Division 1 Regional finish by a CW male athlete (Jarrod Genther was 16th in 2010 and 24th in 2011. The guys team was also classified D1 in 2009.)
Congrats to Luke, Erica, and Ethan on their fantastic seasons!
10/24/16 Babusci, Fusek, Schirr Qualify to Regionals
The High School Cross Country teams competed at the D1 Central District Championships at Watkins Memorial High School on Saturday. Neither squad qualified to the regional meet as a team, but both squads will be represented by individual competitors at next Saturday's Pickerington Regional.
The High School Girls ended their season with a breakout performance, finishing 9th in their section (and 21st out of all sections combined). Six of the seven girls competitors enjoyed season best marks, and the team's top 5 average of 20:46 was their best of the year by 22 seconds. Ranked 38th entering the race, junior Erica Babusci dropped over 30 seconds from her season best time to finish 20th (19:49) and nab the final individual qualifying spot. Junior Kassidy Pastor finished 22nd, narrowly missing an individual birth with the first sub-20 performance of her career (19:59).
The High School Guys ended their season with a disappointing 7th place finish in their section (19th out of all sections combined). Shortly after passing the half mile mark in 30th place, freshman Reece Klamorick took a violent fall and the guys team had difficulty recovering throughout the remainder of the race. Fortunately for the Indians, the team's two senior competitors both finished well in the top 20 to advance as individuals. Ethan Fusek's 8th place finish (16:16) was the third best D1 district finish in school history and Luke Schirr followed closely behind in 12th (16:24). Junior James Moore enjoyed a season best mark for the boys team, finishing 72nd in 18:20.
Information on next Saturday's Pickerington North Regional is available here- Pickerington North Regional Info
Ethan & Luke will race at 12:30pm next Saturday while Erica will race at 3pm.
Congratulations boys and girls teams on another great season, and best of luck to our individual competitors!
10/18/16 Both Teams Place 2nd at OCC Championships
The High School Girls & High School Guys teams both placed second at last Saturday's OCC-Capital Championships held at Newark High School.
Girls scores: New Albany 40, Canal Winchester 47, Big Walnut 52, Newark 92
After losing to New Albany and Big Walnut by nearly 50 points two weeks ago at Pickerington North's Panther Invitational, the girls team bounced back with their most competitive effort of the season. The girls squad led team scoring by 5 points through everyone's first three scorers, however New Albany's depth (New Albany placed 7 in the top 14) proved too much for the Indians to handle.
Guys scores: Newark 25, Canal Winchester 34, New Albany 68, Big Walnut 112
After bettering Newark by 8 points at last week's Marion Harding Invitational, the guys team was unable to match their previous success against a determined Wildcat team. The Indian's did enjoy the best "fifth man" and "sixth man" in the meet (Evan Young finished 10th & Jared Tomlinson finished 12th), however Newark's top four scorers all beat CW's top four scorers at their respective positions to secure the title.
Erica Babusci (3rd), Kassidy Pastor (4th), and Paige Bormann (7th) all received First Team All-OCC honors for their top 7 finishes.
Ethan Fusek (3rd) and Luke Schirr (4th) earned First Team All-OCC honors for the guys team.
These performances mark the first time in program history that any CW cross country athlete earned First Team All-OCC honors (Canal Winchester joined the OCC in 2013).
Nice work, Indians, and best of luck this Saturday at District Competition!
10/11/16 Regular Season Finale at Harding Invitational
All four CW cross country teams competed at Saturdays Harding Invitational at Harding High School in Marion.
The Middle School Girls finished 4th of 11 teams with 91 points, while the Middle School Boys finished 3rd of 13 teams with 90 points.
The High School Girls finished 5th of 17 teams with 163 points. The High School Guys finished 3rd of 17 teams with 87 points, losing by 8 points to 2015 D1 state qualifying team Ashland and by 1 point to defending D2 state champion Lexington.
The flat terrain and cooler weather led to a very quick course, as many athletes set season best marks. A few school records fell on Saturday:
Allena Klamorick's mark of 11:54 set a CW middle school girls record (previous record was 11:57 set by Chloe Palmer in 2011).
Reece Klamorick's mark of 16:40 set a CW freshman record (previous record was 16:49 set by Dennis Duckworth in 1983).
The High School Guys' top 5 average of 16:36 set a new single race average record (previous record was 16:37 set by the 2007 squad at Galion).
Complete Harding results are available here- 2016 Marion Harding Results
Nice work on Saturday Indians! The middle school teams return to action today with a dual meet at Lancaster while the high school teams kick off their championship season with the OCC-Capital Championships at Newark on Saturday.
10/07/16 Pickerington North "Panther" Invitational Results
The high school teams previewed the regional course last weekend, competing in the Panther Invitational at Pickerington North High School.
The High School Girls, led by junior Kassidy Pastor's season best effort (21:12; 35th place), finished 10th out of 17 teams (279 points). Abby Obert & Hannah Cronin also enjoyed season best marks in the race.
The High School Guys placed very well, finishing 4th out of 16 teams (111 points), trailing only conference rival Newark and two teams from West Virginia. Trey Wildenthaler & Cory Davis enjoyed season best marks for the guys team.
Complete results are available here- www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=118511#/8298
Both teams will compete again at tomorrow's Harding Invitational hosted by Marion-Harding High School.
09/25/16 Indians Perform Well at Saturday Night Lights!
The high school teams took advantage of cooler evening weather to perform very well at yesterday's Saturday Night Lights held at Centerville High School. Prior to the race, meet management assigned teams to either the "Championship," "Varsity A," or "Varsity B" race depending upon their perfomances thus far in the season. The High School girls were assigned to the "Varsity A" race while the High School guys were assigned to the top-level "Championship" race.
The High School Girls finished 10th out of 28 teams in their race, averaging a season best of 21:45 for their top five scorers (previous season best was 22:05 at Whetstone).
The High School Guys finished 12th out of 21 teams in their race, averaging a season best of 16:58 for their top five scorers (previous season best was 17:16 at the Canal Winchester Invitational). The race marked only the fourth season in school history where the team managed a top five average of under 17 minutes in a single race.
All told, 16 girls & 16 guys earned season best marks in the event. Nice work Indians!
Complete results are available here- www.finishtimingresults.com/2016/09-24-CEN/
A spreadsheet with results from the entire season is available here- 2016 Season Results
A list of workouts for the next two weeks is available here- 2016 Workouts
The "Honor Roll by Class Lists have been updated to include 2016 results- Girls Honor Roll by Class ; Boys Honor Roll by Class
09/25/16 Whetstone Invitational Results- Girls 3rd, Boys 4th
The high school cross country teams competed at Whetstone's Arrowhead Invitational last Wednesday.
The High School Girls enjoyed their most complete race of the season, placing five girls in the top 26 to finish 3rd out of 11 teams. Paige Bormann, Katelyn Genther, Tara Schirr, & Abby Obert all enjoyed season best times at the very hot afternoon event.
The High School Guys rested their top two runners, but still managed a solid 4th place out of 18 teams. Trey Wildenthaler, Austin Koonts, Cory Davis, Caden Sweeney & Jake Sweeney all ran season best times for the boys team.
Complete girls results are available here- 2016 Whetstone Girls Results
Complete boys results are available here- 2016 Whetstone Boys Results
09/17/16 Canal Winchester Homecoming Court
Six Canal Winchester cross country athletes were members of the 2016 Canal Winchester Fall Homecoming Court!
Seniors Zach Warnimont, Kalee O'Neal, Miaya Green, Cory Davis & Ashley Club were voted to the homecoming court along with junior Kassidy Pastor.
Miaya Green & Cory Davis were voted as the 2016 Queen and King! Congrats all!
09/13/16 Watkins Memorial (McGowan Invitational) Results
The Canal Winchester cross country squads competed in their largest invitational of the year this weekend, facing off against a slew of tough D1 competition at Watkins Memorial's McGowan Invitational.
The High School Girls finished 14th out of 23 scoring teams in the D1 Varsity race. Kassidy Pastor (48th, 21:27) and Bethany Hinkle (86th, 22:54) enjoyed season best marks.
The High School Guys finished a respectable 12th of 29 scoring teams in the D1 Varsity race. Ethan Fusek (23rd, 16:56), Gage Baringer (20:45) and Orlando Marsili (21:56) all ran season best times. The final race of the day (High School Open Guys) was stormed out, so unfortunately many members of the guys team were not able to compete.
Both Middle School teams placed well, with the Girls team finishing 8th of 31 teams and the Boys team finishing 11th of 34 in the large school race. Allena Klamorick (5th, 13:05) and Michael McKeon (37th, 12:37) led their respective teams.
Complete results are available here- www.deltatiming.com/events/2016/2016-mcgowan-cc-invite/
Nice work this weekend, Indians!
The High School squads will return to action Wednesday, September 21st at the Whetstone Invitational.
The Middle School squads compete today at Lancaster Thomas Ewing and again this Saturday (9/17) at the Newark Invitational.
08/31/16 Canal Winchester Invitational Results
Full results are available at the Columbus Running Company website: 2016 Canal Winchester Invitational Results
Scroll through the drop-down menus find both individual and team results.
Visit the CW Invitational page to view past results and meet information
A huge "Thank You" to everyone who volunteered at tonight's event!
08/30/16 Penny Boswell Named Assistant Coach at UNCG
Last week, CWXC Alum Penny Boswell (Class of 2010) was named the Assistant Cross Country & Track Coach at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Penny is one of four Canal Winchester XC ladies to have earned All-State honors during her time at Canal Winchester (18th @ D2 state meet in 2008) and holds the 4th fastest cross country time in school history (19:13). Penny enjoyed a great career at the University of South Carolina (2010-2014) and served as that team's Graduate Assistant the past two seasons. We are very proud of you Penny, best of luck at your new position!
08/28/16 Mount Vernon Invitational Results
The Canal Winchester Cross Country program kicked off the 2016 season yesterday at the Mount Vernon Invitational.
The High School guys won the meet (4 scoring teams) behind top 3 finishes from seniors Luke Schirr & Ethan Fusek (2nd & 3rd, respectively).
The High School girls, Middle School boys, and Middle School girls teams all took home 2nd place trophies for their efforts on the scorching hot day.
Complete results are available here- Mount Vernon Results
A This Week News article covering the race is available here- Fusek, Schirr Will Lead Boys Runners
A spreadsheet with high school performances throughout the season will be maintained here- High School Spreadsheet
Coach Brian Sittler takes great action photos at every meet throughout the season. Email Coach Sittler at email@example.com to request permission to view his Flickr page with meet photos.
Nice start to the season, CWXC!
07/25/16 Dr. Bender 5k Results
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to race & spectate the Dr Bender 5k last Saturday! And another huge thank you to the volunteers who put in hours of work.
Complete results are available at www.drbender5k.com. Hope to see you next year!
Dr Bender 5k Alumni Team Challenge Champions!
From Canal Winchester (left to right: Cory Irwin, Christian Edens, Kayla Scott, Mike Williard)
Average time of 16:44.
Average time of 16:44.
06/17/16 CWXC On Remind
The high school cross country coaches are now using Remind to send announcements, schedule updates, location changes, etc directly to the phones of athletes & parents. Would you like to join? Text @h37ac to the number 81010.
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