*** Important End of Season Dates ***
Mon, October 24- Mandatory High School Team Meeting 2:50pm at High School bleachers. Includes uniform collection and MVP voting. 
*Athletes must turn in their uniforms at this time.  Athletes, you have the option purchase your warm up set this year for $20.  Bring the $20 to this meeting, checks payable to "Indians Cross Country Boosters."
*Please let Coach Kline know ASAP if you cannot attend this very important meeting.  
Sat, October 29- Regional Championship at Pickerington North High School.  
*Bus 10:45am; Varsity Guys (Ethan & Luke) 12:30pm; Varsity Girls (Erica) 3pm
*Top 20 individuals in each race will advance to state competition.
Tue, November 1- Central District Awards Banquet 6:30pm-8:30pm at Pickerington Central for All-District Athletes
Sat, November 5- OHSAA State Championship at National Trail Raceway.  More information to come.
Sun, November 13Canal Winchester Cross Country Pot Luck & Banquet 5pm-7:30pm at high school cafeteria for grades 7th-12th.
*HS Girls bring a hot side, HS Guys bring a main dish, MS Girls bring dessert, MS Boys bring a cold side dish.
*The boosters will provide paper products and drinks.

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.    
Complete results are available here- Girls District Results / Boys District Results    
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.
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 bsittler@sbcglobal.net to request permission to view his Flickr page with meet photos.
Nice start to the season, CWXC!

08/28/16  High School Practice Schedule for Week of Aug 29th
Mon, Aug 29  6:45pm at High School (long run)
Tue, Aug 30  2:50pm at High School
Wed, Aug 31  Canal Winchester Invitational (high school team report by 4:45pm)
Thu, Sep 1  2:50pm at High School
Fri, Sep 2  2:50pm at High School
Sat, Sep 3  Run On Own
Sun, Sep 4  Off
Mon, Sep 5  9am at Slate Run Metro Park (Shady Grove picnic area)
Mon, Sep 5  Labor Day Parade Float, details TBA

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.

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.

04/28/16  Cory Irwin Competing in the USA Half-Marathon Championship This Weekend 
Canal Winchester cross country alum Cory Irwin (Class of 2008) is competing in this weekend's USA Track & Field Half-Marathon Championship.  Held in conjunction with Columbus' Cap City Half Marathon, the event will begin Saturday at 7:55am.  Local station 10TV will broadcast the event live.  Cory was interviewed for an article in today's Columbus Dispatch:  Columbus-area runners eager to race for U.S. half-marathon titles here 
Good luck Cory!

04/15/16  Senior Cassidy Long Signs With Ohio Dominican
Senior Cassidy Long signed a letter of intent to compete in cross country and track next year at Ohio Dominican University.  Cassidy started her running career at the middle school level and has enjoyed a very successful career at Canal Winchester, including All-League and All-District honors in cross country.  Cassidy is a tremendous leader and is one of the cornerstones of a girls team that qualified to regional competition in 2013 and 2015.  Congratulations Cassidy and best wishes to you at ODU!

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, trailing 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:

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