West Linn Cross Country


NEWS

The season draws to a close for a vast majority of you this week. This is the week we've been pointing towards for the last 10 weeks so make sure to get plenty of sleep, hydrate and eat well.

Even though it's our last week as one big group, it's also one of our busiest weeks. On Monday, we've been asked to attend a presentation given by Gatorade in the gym at 3:25. They'll be giving a short 10 minute presentation and then giving out some freebies/samples. So meet there at 3:25 instead of the stands.

Our district meet on Wednesday will be the conclusion of most of your competitive seasons. The only runners competing beyond districts will be any varsity athletes that qualify for the state championship meet on Nov. 4th. That said, we will still be running on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, we will be celebrating the close of the season with our annual Food Relay. On Friday we will turn in (washed) uniforms and will also be doing our end of year voting for next year's captains along with several other awards like Most Valuable, Most Improved etc.

Details for Wednesday's District Championship Meet:

Wednesday is an Early Release day. You'll be released from class at 11:05am, so you'll miss all of fourth period that day. That means that you'll need to contact your fourth period teacher on Monday or Tuesday to get any assignments or make any other necessary arrangements. When you get out at 11:05, go to the new Commons where we'll gather for lunch before getting on the bus at 11:45. Our race schedule is as follows:


JV 2 Girls: 1:30pm

JV 2 Boys: 2:15pm

JV Girls: 3pm

JV Boys: 3:30pm

Varsity Girls: 4pm

Varsity Boys: 4:30pm

To find out which race you're in, check the Documents section for the line-ups for Wednesday's meet. I've posted a copy of the course map there as well. Rotate it once clockwise to get the orientation correct.

TEAM PHILOSOPHY

Our goal is to have fun while improving our fitness as runners and racers. Cross country is a sport in which personal achievement is every bit as important as team achievement, and by improving yourself, you improve the team. Cross country will not only test your physical fitness, but your mental toughness as well. You will be pushed by your coaches, teammates, competitors, courses and conditions, and you will learn to persevere. The main purpose, however, is to enjoy the process of becoming a better athlete, teammate and sportsman.


PRACTICES

During the summer, we'll be holding practices primarily at Mary S Young park at 5:30pm. We'll meet by the drinking fountain across the parking lot from the dog park. Expect to be done between 7pm and 7:30pm. Our long runs will take place at a variety of locations on Saturdays at 10am. Pay attention to your emails, this site , our mobile app and the Facebook page for details on where and when we're meeting each week. That information will be posted each Sunday for the coming week.

All practices during the week while school is in session will take place at the school. We will meet in the stadium stands at 3:30pm each day unless announced otherwise. Announcements regarding location of Saturday practices will be made in the weekly training plan that is posted and sent via email. Any last minute changes will posted here, on the team's Facebook page, the mobile app and emailed and announced at practice if possible.

Attendance is taken at practices and it is expected that you attend all practices during the cross country season. The training schedule that the coaches have developed is based on the idea that you will be there each day. Easy days ARE NOT optional days. They are there for good reason. The coaches do not put them on the schedule as a means of wasting your time. If you don't practice, you can't improve, and if you're not fit enough to take part in meets because you haven't come to practice, you won't be entered. The risk of injury is too high to allow an unfit athlete to race.


What to Bring to Practices:

Every day: proper attire, water bottle or sports drink

Mandatory: Proper running shoes - not cross trainers, Keds, Skechers, Vans etc.

Optional but suggested: hat, small towel, lip balm, sunscreen, energizing snack for afterward.