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05/05/17  Summer Cross Country Information!
Canal Winchester Cross Country offers many voluntary conditioning activities over the summer!
Find a complete schedule of all activities at this page:  2017 Summer Schedule

A few highlights (click on link for more info):
Summer Training Guide (Plans, Philosophy, and Motivation for summer training)
Summer Conditioning Brochure (General conditioning for Grades 7th-12th, starts June 27th)
CW Junior Runners (Free running program for Grades 4th-6th, starts June 1st)
New to cross country?  Interested in signing up?
Email High School coach Jeff Kline (jkline55@gmail.com) or Middle School coach Michelle Klarmorick (micmarie12@yahoo.com).



04/27/17  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 HEREhttp://main.acsevents.org/goto/run4bender
More information, including a team schedule is available here:  Run 4 Bender Relay for Life Info & Time Slots

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!







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!
Complete results are available here- Girls Regional Results / Boys Regional Results   

 

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 missed 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, Groveport NS, Franklin Heights NS
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, Groveport NS, Franklin Heights NS
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.
  
 



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