*** Winter Conditioning Information, 2015/2016 ***
The cross country team will be holding general conditioning sessions through the month of December, and then a more specific conditioning challenge called the "Eight Weeks Challenge" in January & February. Conditioning is voluntary and is open to all high schoolers.  
We will meet and run outdoors during winter conditioning!  For this reason, it is recommended that all participants have high quality winter clothing and winter training gear (sweat resistant hats, gloves, tights, etc).  The metro parks DO NOT have heated shelters, so please dress warm!
Tue, Nov 24th   3pm-4:15pm    Informational Meeting & Run at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park (8445 Winchester Rd NW; Carroll)
Tue, Dec 1st    3pm-4:15pm  Conditioning at Three Creeks Metro Park Confluence Trails Area (3860 Bixby Rd; Groveport)
Thu, Dec 3rd   3pm-4:15pm  Conditioning at Three Creeks (progression)
Tue, Dec 8th   3pm-4:15pm  Conditioning at Three Creeks (medium/long)
Thu, Dec 10th  3pm-4:15pm  Conditioning at Chestnut Ridge (progression)
Tue, Dec 15th  3pm-4:15pm  Conditioning at Three Creeks (long)
Wed, Dec 16th  3pm-4:15pm  Conditioning at Three Creeks (progression)
Mon, Dec 21st  2:45pm-4pm  Conditioning at High School Track (buildups)
Wed, Dec 23rd  10am-11:15am  Conditioning at Three Creeks (long)
Mon, Dec 28th  10am-11:15am  Conditioning at Three Creeks (long)
Wed, Dec 30th  10am-11:15am  Conditioning at Three Creeks (progression)

January 4th - Feburary 28th  The Eight Weeks Challenge returns!  Back by popular demand, the Eight Weeks Challenge is a winter training plan for those athletes interested in taking their running to the next level.  Participating athletes will need to commit at least one hour a day towards training throughout the eight weeks, so this challenge is only recommended for athletes who are able to make the necessary time commitment.  Us coaches are expecting this to be a relatively small, but highly committed group.  Athletes will meet with coaches twice a week for conditioning sessions and will be asked to train on their own (or with their teammates) on the other days.  More information will be availble in late December.

11/17/15  Season Wrap Up
The Middle School Girls ended the season with a record of 93 wins and 33 losses, including a win at the Northwestern Invitational and a runner-up finish at the Fairfield Union invitational.  The girls top five average of 13:25 at the Marion Harding Invitational was the 4th fastest average time in a CW season, trailing only the 2011, 2010, and 2012 middle school girls teams.  The Middle School Boys ended the season with a record of 62 wins and 64 losses, including a runner-up finish at the Northwestern Invitational.
Both middle school squads entered the season low on returning "varsity" experience.  They both took advantage of a large influx of new runners, however, to enjoy very successful seasons and to set the bar high for the upcoming year.

The High School Girls ended the season with a record of 121 wins and 35 losses, including wins at the Northwestern, Canal Winchester, Newark, and Whetstone Invitationals. Their victory at Newark included a sweep of the top five individual positions (out of 110 finishers) and a 15 point "perfect score." They finished 5th in the conference and 6th in the district, qualifying to regional competition for the fourth time in the past seven years.  Thanks to great senior leadership, they were one of the most consistent girls cc teams in school history, competing at a high level from the first meet of the season to the last.  Their top five average of 20:05 at the OCC-Cardinal Championship was the 3rd fastest average time in a CW season, trailing only the 2008 and 2009 squads that both won district titles and qualified to the state meet.

The High School Guys ended the season with a record of 97 wins and 49 losses, including a runner-up finish at the Northwestern & Whetstone Invitationals.  Despite a slow start, the guys team gained momentum throughout the season and competed very well in October.  They finished 7th in the conference and 7th in the district, missing a regional birth by two places.  The performance of the high school guys team at district was their best of the season, leaving the squad hungry for more success in the upcoming year.  Their top five average of 17:01 at the OCC-Cardinal Championship was the 4th fastest average time in a CW season, training only the 2007, 2006, and 2011 squads.

The seniors on our high school squads were amazing this season.  They trained consistently in the off season, set the tone at practice every day, led their teams to great experiences on and off the course, and set a legacy that will last for years to come.  Momentum and enthusiasm are high in this program right now, and it is all because of our senior captains.  Thank you seniors for everything you mean to this program.  Congratulations cross country athletes on a successful 2015!  

The following have been updated through the 2015 season:

11/08/15  Going to School with Imani Daniels
Canal Winchester cross country team captain Imani Daniels was featured in the Columbus Dispatch sports section's "Going to School" segment.  Imani gave a fantastic interview.  Nice work Imani!  Read the article here:  Going to School: Imani Daniels, Canal Winchester

11/01/15  Season Finale- Girls 16th, Luke 50th at Regional Champinships
Regional competition proved itself a tough foe for Canal Winchester competitors yesterday, as both the guys' and girls' seasons came to an official end.
The High School Girls team employed solid pack running and managed to make nice gains throughout the second half of the race, but they were unable to better their 16th place seeding in the team standings.  The Lady Indians did show good team depth, producing the 6th fastest "seventh girl" in the race.  The team's lack of firepower up front hurt them on this stage, however.  As the old cross country saying goes: "Depth wins small cross country meets, and front-runners win large cross country meets."  The girls' score of 368 points was 22 points better than their last regional showing in 2013.  
The High School Guys were represented by junior Luke Schirr who finished 50th in the field of 123 runners.  Seeded 24th entering the race, Luke was unable to match the success he had enjoyed over the previous three weeks.  Luke's 50th place finish was still the fourth best performance by a CW male in D1 regional competition (2009 to present), trailing only Jarrod Genther's 16th place finish in 2010, Micah Cobb's 35th place finish in 2010, and Jarrod Genther's 24th place finish in 2011.  
Complete girls results are available here- www.baumspage.com/cc/reg/pick/2015/g1.pdf
Complete guys results are available here- www.baumspage.com/cc/reg/pick/2015/b1.pdf
Thank you to all of the supporters who came out yesterday to cheer on the teams!  A recap of the Indian's successful 2015 cross country campaign will be posted later in the week.  Congratulations cross country teams on another great season!

10/25/15  Girls Team + Luke Schirr Advance to Regionals!
The high school squads enjoyed a fantastic day at yesterday's Central District championships at Watkins Memorial High School.  
The High School Girls accomplished a major goal, placing 6th in the section 3 race to advance to regional competition (top six teams advanced).  All five scorers in the girls race placed better than their seeded projections. Senior Chloe Palmer earned all-district honors, leading the team with her 24th place finish (top 24 earned all-district honors).  As it has been all season, the main reason for the team's success was its outstanding depth.  The Indians placed six girls in the top 42 spots, boasting the third fastest "fifth & sixth" women and the fastest "seventh" woman in the field of eighteen teams.  Yesterday marks the fourth time that the Lady Indians have advanced to regional competition since they moved to Division 1 in 2009 (the team was 4th at regionals in 2009, 14th in 2010, and 16th in 2013).  Chloe Palmer became just the seventh CW girl to qualify to regionals individually in that same span, joining the likes of Emily Pifer, Penny Boswell, Kayla Scott, Ali Stauffer, Megan Tamasovich, and Cassidy Long.  Complete results of the girls race are available here-  www.baumspage.com/cc/dist/ce/2015/d1g3.htm
The High School Guys enjoyed their best race of the year, finishing 7th in the field of 16 teams with 173 points (top five teams advanced).  All five scorers in the guys race placed better than their seeded projections.  Junior Luke Schirr earned all-district honors with his 5th place finish (top 20 earned all-district honors), and seniors Carson Clark (54th, 17:44) and Imani Daniels (44th, 17:22 PR) ended their high school careers with outstanding performances.  Luke Schirr's fifth place finish ties him for the highest guys' individual district finish since the team was moved to Division 1 in 2009 (Jarrod Genther was 5th in 2010).  Luke became only the fifth CW guy to qualify to regionals in that same span, joining the likes of Jarrod Genther, Micah Cobb, Wyatt Gardner, and Ethan Fusek.  Complete results of the guys race are available here-  www.baumspage.com/cc/dist/ce/2015/d1b2.htm
Congratulations Indians on a successful district meet, and good luck this Saturday at Regional competition!

10/19/15  Girls 5th, Guys 7th at OCC Cardinal Championships
The high school girls and guys teams fell just shy of their team goals at Saturday's OCC Cardinal Championships, finishing 5th and 7th in their respective races (out of 8).  Many athletes were able to take advantage of the lightning fast course and conditions to earn personal record marks at the event.  
Junior Luke Schirr's 8th place finish (15:59) and Senior Chloe Palmer's 14th place finish (19:50) were the highest individual OCC finishes by Canal Winchester athletes since the Indians joined the conference in 2013 (Previous best finishes: Ethan Fusek was 11th in 2014; Cassidy Long was 17th in 2014).  Luke and Chloe earned 2nd team All-Conference honors for their performances.  Erica Babusci (16th, 19:54) and Paige Bormann (20th, 19:55) also placed in the top 24 for their team, earning honorable mention All-Conference in the process.
Luke's mark of 15:59 made him just the second Indian athlete in school history to break the 16 minute barrier.  Luke missed all conference honors by one place.
The Lady Indians finished 4th in the open race, led by Miaya Green's 12th place finish (22:24).  Jared Tomlinson's 41st place finish (19:01) led the guys team in the open race (8th place of 8 teams).
Complete results are available here (look at the Cardinal division results)-   www.timingfirst.com/results/2015/10-17-HD/

10/10/15  Marion Harding Invitational Results
The cross country teams all took advantage of picture perfect conditions, performing very well at today's Marion Harding Invitational.
The Middle School Boys started the day with a 4th place finish out of 11 teams.  Reese Klamorich added another win to his resume (11:12) while Orlando Marsili (22nd. 12:46), Dominic Babusci (28th, 12:58), and Brett Smithers (30th, 12:59) also all placed in the top 30.  Earlier in the week Reese became just the second Canal Winchester middle school runner to break the 11 minute barrier (Greg McDaniel 10:41 in 2003), winning the Sheridan Backwoods Fest with a mark of 10:58.
The Middle School Girls placed 5th in the field of 10 teams.  Allena Klamorich (9th, 12:56), Milayna Williams (11th, 13:03), and Gabriella Howard (17th, 13:21) all placed in the top 20.   Allena became the 10th middle school girl in program history to break 13 minutes for two miles. 
The High School Boys enjoyed their most complete meet of the year, finishing 5th of 13 teams with a season best team average of 17:12.  Luke Schirr finished 7th (16:11) and set a school record for the fastest mark ran by a junior in school history, bettering Jarrod Genther's mark of 16:12 in 2010.  Ethan Fusek (20th, 17:12) and Will Butler (23rd, 17:14) also placed in the top 25 for the team.  Sophomore Evan Young enjoyed a breakout performance in the open race, placing 4th of 84 runners in a time of 17:52.
The High School Girls brought home the runner-up trophy with another great pack performance in the field of 13 teams.  The top six Indians all finished within 37 seconds of each other.  Brittany Cain (11th, 19:47) became just the sixth girl in school history to break the 20 minute barrier.  Chloe Palmer (16th, 20:10), Paige Bormann (18th, 20:13), Kassidy Pastor (19th, 20:16), Erica Babusci (20th, 20:18), and Cassidy Long (22nd, 20:24) all finished in the top 25 for the team.  Freshman Courtney Chabot picked up a breakout win in the reserve race (20:54), gradually moving up throughout the pack and taking the lead for good with a great finish the last half mile.
Way to "Sieze the Moment" Indian runners!  Complete results are available here: Marion Harding Results  
Check out the Team History / Honor Roll page with a newly updated list of all-time top CW XC performances.
Also, check out the newly updated Boys Honor Roll by Class and Girls Honor Roll by Class.  

10/03/15  Pickerington North Panther Invitational Results
The high school squads showed plenty of grit today, placing very well at today's rainy & windy Panther Invitational.
The Varsity Girls finished 5th of 33 teams with 170 points.  Brittany Cain (24th), Chloe Palmer (27th), Paige Bormann (37th), Kassidy Pastor (42nd), and Erica Babusci (45th) all medaled for the team.
The Reserve Girls finished 5th of 14 teams with 127 points.  Abby Obert (15th), Katelyn Genther (20th), and Miaya Green (24th) medaled for the team.
The Varsity Guys finished 7th of 29 teams with 259 points.   Luke Schirr (12th) medaled for the team.
The Reserve Guys finished 8th of 13 teams with 259 points.  Jared Tomlinson (25th) and Caleb Meyer (27th) medaled for the team.
Nice work today Indians!  Overall, 17 of 27 girls and 6 of 18 boys earned season best marks on the course.  Full results are available here- Panther Invitational Results

09/23/15  CW Girls First, Boys Second at Whetstone
Both high school squads placed very well at tonight's Arrowhead Invitational at Whetstone High School. 
The boys team enjoyed their lowest point total of the season, placing second of 15 teams with 55 points.  Five Indian athletes placed in the top 18 for the guys team.
The girls team won their race (13 teams) with a low score of 27 points.  Nine Indian girls earned medals in the race (top 25).
Boys results are available here- Boys Whetstone Results
Girls results are available here- Girls Whetstone Results
Well done Indians!  

09/20/12  Lady Indians "Perfect" at Newark
It was a good day of racing for all four Canal Winchester squads at yesterday's Newark Invitational.
The High School girls team topped the field (11 teams), posting a score of 15 points with the top five individual spots.  Senior Chloe Palmer won the race, and senior Brittany Cain (2nd), sophomore Paige Bormann (3rd), senior Cassidy Long (4th), and sophomore Erica Babusci (5th) finished within six seconds of each other to round out the top five.
The High School guys team finished 4th out of 11 teams with 98 points.  Junior Luke "One Shoe" Schirr led the team with his 5th place finish.  Seniors Carson Clark (18th) and Imani Daniels (19th) both finished in the top 20 with season best marks along the way.
Many middle schoolers earned personal record marks on the dry and relatively flat two mile course.  The Middle School girls finished 3rd out of 11 teams with 92 points.  Seventh graders Allena Klamorich (4th), Milayna Williams (12th), Dani Skinner (23rd), and Erin Duckworth (25th) all placed in the top 25 for the team.
The Middle School boys finished 6th out of 13 teams.  Eighth grader Reese Klamorich continued his impressive season with a 4th place overall finish.
Complete results are available here- Newark Invitational Results

09/13/12  McGowan (Watkins Memorial) Invitational Results
All Canal Winchester cross country teams had solid showings at yesterday's muddy and ultra-competitive McGowan Invitational.  
The High School girls varsity finished 7th out of 29 teams.
The High School girls reserve team finished 4th out of 17 teams.
The High School guys varsity finished 20th out of 31 teams.
The High School guys reserve team finished 19th out of 23 teams.
The Middle School girls team finished 15th out of 32 teams.
The Middle School boys team finished 25th out of 31 teams.
Nice work Indians!  This meet was easily the largest invitational of the season for all teams.  
Results are available here-   www.watkinstrack.com

09/02/12  Canal Winchester Invitational Results
Click here for 2015 Results
Please note that the middle school boys and girls races were combined due to a storm delay.  We were unable to record a time for every runner in the middle school race, but the above link does contain marks for the first 150 middle school finishers.
A huge "Thank You!" to the many volunteers who stuck it out through the storm delay to make the meet possible!
Article in ThisWeek News:  Girls Runners Finish First in Home Meet

08/29/15  Canal Winchester Girls Win Northwestern Invite, Boys Take 2nd
The high school and middle school girls teams both took first place at today's Warrior Classic at Northwestern High School in Springfield, while the high school and middle school boys teams both took second in the event.
The high school girls claimed 8 of the top 14 individual spots, outdistancing the field of 11 teams with a low score of 29 points.  Sophomore Erica Babusci paced the team with her runner-up finish in the first cross country race of her career.
The high school boys claimed 4 of the top 15 individual spots, finishing 2nd out of 14 teams with 87 points.  Junior Luke Schirr placed second to lead the team.
The middle school girls finished the race with all 5 scorers in the top 17.  All five scorers finished within one minute of each other, leading the team to the win with 50 points.
The middle school boys were led by Reese Klamorick's individual title.  The middle school boys scored 100 points, just enough to hold off Greenon (102 points) and Northwestern (102 points) for second place.
Good start to the season Indians!  

08/29/15  Monday Practices at Walnut Woods
The high school and middle school cross country teams will be practicing at Walnut Woods Metro Park (Buckeye Area parking lot, 1/2 mile west of the middle school off of Lithopolis Road) on the following dates:
Monday, Aug 31  3-4:30pm
Monday, Sept 14  3-4:30pm
Monday, Sept 28  3-4:30pm
Monday, Oct 12  3-4:30pm
Parents should pick up their athletes at Walnut Woods Buckeye Area Park on these Mondays.  Also, parents, please let the coaching staff know if your athlete needs transportation to Walnut Woods on these dates.

08/26/15  Looking For Pictures???
Assistant Coach Brian Sittler takes pictures at every meet and posts them to his Flickr page.  
Email Coach Sittler at bsittler@sbcglobal.net to receive an invitation to view his photos.  

08/12/15  2015 Meet Schedule & Meet Information
Check out the 2015 Meet Schedule page for a list of upcoming meets.  The schedule includes links to in-depth meet information when available, including locations, time schedules, awards, and spectator information.
A season preview of the high school teams is available here via ThisWeek News: Senior Class is Strength For Runners

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