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Estes Park Cross Country - Week 6

It has been another busy week for the EPXC team. We hosted our 5th Annual Color Run Fundraiser, competed at the Wolverine Invitational, and are only 2 weeks away from our home meet, the Longs Peak Invitational. Please read carefully as there is a lot of information for the upcoming week.  

Wolverine Invitational:

This past Friday, the EPXC team traveled down to Monfort Park in Greeley for the Wolverine Invitational hosted by Frontier Academy. It was a record high-temperature day (93 F) and EPXC ran against a very competitive field of teams. Both teams managed to have a great set of races, and a few of our runners even set new personal records for the 5k!

The EPXC girls ran first and placed 2nd out of 11 schools! The girls team finish was very impressive however, their individual results required a little closer inspection to fully appreciate. On the bus ride down to the meet, the discussion focused around being aggressive and trying to set new PR’s on this historically quick course, but only Eva and Sarah were able to leave with new PRs (-13s and -1:26). Most of the girls team was not able to PR, likely because of the heat, and many seemed a little disappointed after the race. On closer inspection, their results were really very encouraging. If we compare the times of our top 6 returning runners to their performances on this same course at this meet last year, we are a very impressive 10:26 faster than we were in 2017! Here’s a quick rundown of the full individual places and improvements. Annalise placed 4th and improved by 59s. Charly placed 11th and improved by 2:35. Mae placed 15th and improved by 1:08. Brooke placed 17th but it was her 1st race on this course. Zoe placed 30th and improved by 27s. Eva placed 32nd and improved by 2:26 and set a -13s lifetime PR! Melia placed 46th and improved by 2:51. Caylin placed 71st but did not have a previous time for this course. Sarah set a new lifetime PR of -1:26! Sam placed 98th. Overall, it was a very encouraging race and if the girls are able to improve as much as they did from this point to regional last year, then we will be very well positioned to qualify for State.

The EPXC boys ran next and placed 5th out of 12 schools. On the boys side, almost every runner either set a new PR or improved on their time from last year. Cumulatively, the returning boys team dropped 2:26 from their 2017 times! Here’s a quick rundown of the full individual places and improvements. Nathan Zurfluh placed 11th and was within 10s of his 2017 time. Lucas Russell placed 14th and dropped 6s from his course PR and was within 3s of his lifetime PR. Hayden Filsinger placed 21st and set yet another PR dropping -30s from his time! Cole Murray placed 29th and dropped -21s from his PR and 2:04 faster at this meet than last year! Steel Wolf placed 40th and took an impressive -43s off his PR. Javier placed 42nd and was within 4s of his PR. Derrick was 50th and improved by 7s from this meet last year. Our boys roster was a little short sided due to a mix of ineligibility and injury, which likely affected our team score for this meet. Even so, we will need to be on the lookout for Frontier Academy, University, and Liberty Common and do everything we can to get ahead of them before Regionals if we want to have a chance of qualifying for State.

We’d like to thank Coach Stafford and the Moreau family for hosting team dinner and to the Harroffs for filling the snack box this week (the Gatorades on ice were perfect for a hot day like Friday!).

Color Run:

The 5th Annual Color Run was a big success again this year! We had approximately 70 runners participate, collected sponsorships from 12 local businesses, and raised just over $1000 for the Estes Park XC team! Thank you to all of the athletes, parents, staff, and sponsors who made the race possible again this year.

Team Shirts:

EPXC’s team shirts finally came in on Friday! For all athletes who ordered a team shirt, they are $8 each. Please bring your money to practice at some point this week. Checks can be made out to “EPHS Athletics”.

Injured Athlete Policy:

In an attempt to better serve our runners, we are asking that any athlete who knows ahead of time that they will not be able to run during practice at 3:30PM, let either coach know via Remind.com or email at least one day ahead of time. We will ask injured runners to report to either the school or community center pool at 6:30AM for cross training. This will allow for both coaches to provide better rehabilitation exercises, guidance, and supervision than we can during the normal practice time when we are out on the roads with the team. We would also ask that any athlete who cannot run, please report this to their parent(s). Parents play a big role in the rehabilitation process at home, making sure athletes do prescribed home exercises, ice injuries, sleep adequately, etc. Please talk to your athlete about this policy and let us know if you have any questions.

Platte Valley Bronco Stampede:

EPXC’s next race will be on Saturday, September 22nd in Kersey, CO for the Platte Valley HS Bronco Stampede. Coach Harris will send a meet sheet out later this week ahead of the race. This will be an important race for us, as it will also be the venue for the Patriot League Meet in September. Team dinner on Friday will be hosted by Kelsey Persyn, one of EPXC’s volunteer coaches.

Longs Peak Invitational – Volunteers Needed!:

We need as many volunteers as possible for EPXC’s home meet on September 29th from 7AM - 3PM. If you are available, please consider helping out for all or part of the day. Please also extend this invitation to friends and family. Ruby Bode will be our volunteer coordinator this year. Please fill out the following form to let her know your availability for the meet. Longs Peak Invite Volunteer Link

 Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team’s website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Here is to another AWESOME week! GO BOBCATS!!

#epxc #bobcatrunning #gobobcats

 

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Estes Park Cross Country - Week 5

Things have started to pick up speed (not just EPXC runners) as we start getting into the thick of the XC season, the runners are finding their stride, and EPXC has a lot of events coming up in the next month. Please read carefully...

St. Vrain Recap:

EPXC had an excellent showing at the St. Vrain Invitational this past Saturday. In summary, EPXC had 5 individuals finish in the top 20, 7 course PR's, and 8 lifetime PR's! 

The varsity girls ran in the first race of the day and were led by Annalise Basch who finished 8th Overall in 21:41, a -41s improvement from her time on this same course last year. Brooke and Charly also placed in the top 20, placing 14th & 17th respectively. Brooke had a lifetime PR of -21s and Charly bettered her course time by -30s. Zoe bettered her course time by -21s, Samantha by -49s, and Daffney by - 1:33. The girls placed 4th as a team, 6 places better than last year, WOW! 

The varsity boys ran next and were led by Nathan who placed 8th with a time of 17:32, a course PR of -36s. Lucas was also in the top 20, placing 14th and bettered his PR by -9s. Hayden continued his streak of running a PR every race this season, he improved his PR by -2s. Cole PR'd by -17s, Derrick took -19s off his course time, Javier PR'd by -4s, Atlas PR'd by -32s, Steel PR'd by -1:07, and Woody PR'd by -34s! The boys placed 5th as a team, one place better than last year.

A 'Thank You' to the Basch and Raymond families for hosting a great team dinner this past Friday and for filling the snack box for the St. Vrain meet. 

Next Race - Wolverine Invite (9/14):

EPXC's next race will be the Wolverine XC Invitational at Monfort Park in Greeley. This is the course that Regionals will be run at again later this season. The middle and high school teams will be traveling to and back from this meet together. Class dismissal will be at 12:15pm, and we will plan to be on the road by 12:30pm; we should be back in Estes by 7:00pm.  

2018 EPXC Color Run (9/13):

The 5th Annual installment of the EPXC Color Run will be held this Thursday at 4pm. Registration for a guaranteed t-shirt and sunglasses ended on Friday 9/7, BUT you can still register for the sunglasses and race only entry for $10. Please consider registering and encourage others to do so! The entry is online and entry fees can be paid at any of the district front offices or brought to either coaches.

Registration Link

We could also use a few more volunteers for race setup and registration from 3:30-4:00pm on Thursday. If you are interested, please sign up here: Volunteer Link

Longs Peak Invite (9/29):

We need as many volunteers as possible for EPXC's home meet on 9/29 from 7am - 3pm. If you are available, please consider helping out for all or part of the day. Please also extend this invitation to friends and family. Ruby Bode will be our volunteer coordinator this year. Please fill out this form to let her know your availability for the meet. Thank you in advance for your help. Longs Peak Invite Volunteer Link

Team Shirts/ Parent T-Shirts:

Athletes should be receiving their new team T-shirts early this week. This year's shirts cost $8 each, so please bring your money to practice by the end of this week. 

Parent shirts should also be ready at the same time. We will send one home with your athlete if you ordered one. Please send your athlete with $10 if you have not paid for yours yet. 

Team Dinners and Snack Box:

Some of you were asking about the team dinner and snack box schedule. Here is the link. If you are not on the list, feel free to bring snacks to any meet OR reach out to a team dinner host about helping them out. 

Remind Messages:

EPXC parents: If you are not receiving Remind.com messages on your phone, please click the link below to sign up. This is how we've been sending out mid-week reminders and meet sheets this season. remind.com/join/bobcatxc18

Little Things... Big Effects:

Lastly, as we head into some of the hardest training weeks for the XC season, it is more important than ever that our athletes are doing all of the "little things" necessary to stay healthy and get the most out of their workouts. Athletes please make it a priority to be doing all of theses things every day, and parents, please support them in doing these things however you can. 

Looking forward to another great week of EPXC!

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team’s website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Here is to another AWESOME week! GO BOBCATS!!

#epxc #bobcatrunning #gobobcats

 

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Estes Park Cross Country - Week 4

It has been another great week for the EPXC team! Below is a brief recap of EPXC's last meet and some important information on upcoming events. PLEASE read carefully and sign up for any and all volunteer opportunities, if you are available. 

Washington Park Invitational

This past Thursday, August 30th, the EPXC team had an excellent set of races at the Washington Park Invitational. The EPXC girls varsity team stole the show, placing 1st Overall as a team at the meet, beating out 4A and 5A schools in the process! All of the girls ran strong races, and our top 4 runners were in the top 15, with EPXC freshman runner Brooke setting a lifetime PR, taking 55 seconds off of her time.

The EPXC boys varsity team placed 8th overall, however, finished second among 3A schools; beaten out only by Skyview Academy. The boys had strong individual performances, including new lifetime PRs for Javier (-30s), Cole (-33s), Atlas (-1:00), and Hayden (-1:02)! 

The JV races were run on a 2 mile course and both EPXC teams ran great races. Coach Harris has a spreadsheet with the team's individual results (including 5k conversions for the 2 mile race) and a link to the full results for the invitational. Please get with him to see those conversions.

We would also like to thank the Harroff family for hosting team dinner and to the Daleys for filling the snack box this week!

FORTitude 10k

In addition to the Washington Park Invitational, EPXC also had a group of 13 athletes compete in the FORTitude 10k in Fort Collins on Monday morning, Labor Day. Although this was run at tempo pace, many of theathletes placed very well in OR even won their age group! A HUGE "Thank You" to the Stein family for providing free entry for our teams! Results below:

Brooke Barron - 52:28, 4th Age Group

Annalise Basch - 52:00, 2nd Age Group

Charly Raymond - 48:29, 1st Age Group

Eva Stein - no time listed

Zoe Stein - no time listed

Nathan Zurfluh - 39:41, 1st Age Group

Steel Wolf - 52:26

Lucas Russell - 40:34, 3rd Age Group

Javier Solis - 44:32, 5th Age Group

Cole Murray - 44:54, 6th Age Group

Derrick Hamel - 44:29, 2nd Age Group

Sawyer Basch - 1:02:29

Atlas Rhode - 43:38, 4th Age Group

Aqua Jogging

The Estes Park Cross Country will be aqua jogging every Tuesday morning this season in the pool at the Community Center. Practice will begin at 6:45AM (so be there at 6:40AM) and will go until 7:30AM. Please note that this is not mandatory, but it is a great supplement for athletes who need higher training volume without added impact stress on their legs; it is particularly beneficial for the athletes with shin splints.

Pre-Meet Practice

On Friday, September 7th, EPXC will plan to meet at 6:30AM at the track shed for our pre-meet run. After school, there will be a brief team meeting in Coach Harris's room, then team dinner at the Basch's house.

St. Vrain Invitational

On Saturday, September 8th, EPXC will be attending the St. Vrain Invitational in Lyons. This is the closest meet to Estes Park all Fall and a very spectator friendly course If any parent(s) are available, we’d love to have you come down to support the team. More EPXC fans on the course makes for faster races! Coach Harris will send a meet sheet with more information later this week.

Color Run Sign Up

The EPXC team will be hosting the 5th Annual Estes Park Color Run on Thursday, September 13th at 4:00PM. EPXC's Color Run is a 1-mile 'Fun Run/Walk' around the Estes Park School District campus starting on Manford Avenue and finishing in the stadium. Runners go through various 'color stations' as well as having EPXC runners following every step of the way, covering participants in purple and white colored powder as they run. This annual event coincides with the high school's homecoming football game and will be the first of many community events taking place on Thursday leading up to the game on Friday. Run finishers leave the race looking like Bobcats Super Fans! Volunteers needed on Thursday 9/13 from 3:30-4:30PM.  (Click Here to Volunteer)

Longs Peak Invitational & Race For Chase

We are less than a month away from our home XC meet “The Longs Peak Invitational” on Saturday, September 29th at the Lake Estes 9-hole golf course. Volunteers Needed (Click Here to Volunteer)

Thank you as always for your continued hard work, athletes, and support for the team, parents.

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team’s website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Here is to another AWESOME week! GO BOBCATS!!

#epxc #bobcatrunning #gobobcats

 

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