By Sam Wexler
This year’s High Altitude Cross Country camp was one for the books. From crazy costumes to sting pong to climbing Elbert, every day was a new adventure. Of course, there was a lot of running involved. Two runs on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as the long run on Thursday made my mileage for the week higher than any week prior. The running was very challenging because of the elevation. Luckily, because of the altitude, the weather was fantastic. It got up to a high of about 70 during the day, the sun was shining most days, and there was a cool breeze as well.
Every day at camp brought fun experiences for all. Monday night, we played a heated game of capture the flag. Juniors were paired with freshman, and sophomores were with seniors. The junior team won, and everyone was totally exhausted (there are a lot of hills in the forest!) Tuesday we had time to walk into town after an interesting talk with two time Olympian Alan Culpepper. Tuesday afternoon was the famed costume relay. Audrey, Liz, Zach, and Greg went all in with their Grease costume complete with candy cigarettes and a boom box. There were numerous other winners, but after the initial pictures, all the costumes came off for the relay. Each leg was around 900 meters, and it was a mix of flat surfaces and hills. Everyone was wiped
after the relay but mustered up the strength to play Sting Pong, and a select few played some intense Mario Kart.
Wednesday was recovery day and it was fantastic. After an interesting talk about recruiting from Billy Nelson, an Olympian and coach who is in charge of recruiting for CU, we headed over to Turquoise Lake. Our recovery run was around the lake; it was really rocky but super pretty. The lake was gorgeous, really clear and our driver said it was insanely clean (cleaner than the water from the faucets at camp). After dinner was the talent show. 12 of us Monarch girls did a “dance through the ages” routine. For having an hour to put it together, we actually did pretty well. Greg, Declan, Riley, Jack, and Zach did a skit entitled “runners read mean tweets” and it was totally hilarious and incorporated many others on the team, even Coach. Isaac repeatedly slapped Ben in their skit, to the point where Ben looked pretty shaken up afterwards. There were a lot of funny acts in the show, I really wish we captured some of them on video.
Thursday we got the morning run off because of the long run, so we got to sleep in until 7:30! Micheal Aish, an Olympian from New Zealand, came and talked to us. He told us funny stories of his time at the Olympic Games as well as his life growing up. The long run took place on the Leadville Loop: you could run 5, 7, 9, or all 11 miles (It was really 11.5 because of getting to/from the trail). There were coaches with water at each of those mile markers which was terrific considering the challenge and the heat. The Sting Pong championships occurred in the evening, it was very heated and a variety of alliances were in play. Will Dixon came out as the overall champion, and his alliance, Death Row (Will, Zach, Declan, Greg and Jack), was very rowdy in support.
Friday was the final and exhausting day. I got on the early bus to Elbert, so I had to get up at 4 am to start climbing. Mt. Elbert was my first 14er ever and my first real hike. That said, it was interesting. It took so long to get to the summit, every peak I thought was the top, but it was actually a false summit. It was so cool (literally and metaphorically) on the top, you could see forever and ever. We were all quite literally on top of the world (on top of Colorado that is) and the view was 360 degrees of mountains, lakes, and towns. Coming down from the summit could be considered harder than going up for some. The gravel was really loose, so at some points, you basically had to slide down the side of the mountain. After the hike, we ate pizza and then headed home after a full week of fun and training in Leadville.
Overall, camp was such a great experience that I wish I could have gone prior to this year. I had so much fun both running and bonding with my teammates. The training that we did up there made me stronger as a person and as an athlete. Many of the activities and runs we did at camp tested you physically and mentally. I will use all of the things that I learned from the Olympians and counselors, the challenging runs, and other fun activities throughout this season.
Official Practices Begin
As of Monday, August 17th, we transition from “Summer Running” to “Official Practices”. As of Monday, practices will no longer be voluntary…but mandatory. Please make sure that you are registered for XC by this Friday! Anyone not registered by this Friday will not be allowed to practice with the team until they have a current physical and registration on file with the athletic office. Many of you have registered but have not provided proof of a physical to the athletic office, which will not allow you to practice with the team.
Coyote Chase Fundraiser
Make sure you have at least 4 people signed up for the Coyote Chase (besides yourself), so that we can raise as much money for our programs as possible! The race takes place at Monarch, Saturday, August 22nd @ 8:00. You can sign up on-line at www.imathlete.com , just search for “Coyote Chase”. The athlete who signs up the most people gets a free pair of shoes from Runners Roost, so make sure we know who you are registering!
The state meet will be held this Saturday, October 25th at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. The MoHi girls are the three time defending 5A State Champions and the boys are looking to improve upon last year’s 7th place finish. Hopes and expectations are high on both teams!
Meet information and a few links…
Click on the course information link and you will find detailed information about the venue, best places to view the race, parking, etc. This site was created and is maintained by Cheyenne Mountain High School, the meet host. It’s a great source of information. If you see a lot of reference to the “Stampede”, it is a meet that is also run on this course and serves as the “Prestate” meet at the beginning of the season. Course Information
MileSplit’s State Meet home page offers a lot of information specific to participants and results. As always, some of their content is viewable without a subscription, while specific articles will be subscriber only. It’s a great source either way. Meet Information
Lastly, directions to the venue. This is MoHi’s fourth visit to this course since August of 2012, so many of you know the drill. ARRIVE EARLY! Last year, 1245 runners finished the State races. There will be plenty of traffic! If this is your first time watching a meet at this course, allow yourself enough time to familiarize yourself with the course. It is a beautiful setting for a race!
Fortunately, there is no Air Force Football Game this Saturday so the drive home should be a little less congested than the past two years. Driving Directions
|2A Girls||9:20 a.m.|
|3A Boys||10:00 a.m.|
|4A Boys||10:30 a.m.|
|5A Girls||11:00 a.m.|
|2A Boys||11:30 a.m.|
|4A Girls||12:30 p.m.|
|5A Boys||1:00 p.m.|
Thanks so much to the Bent family and Papa Murphy’s for hosting a fundraiser for the team at their new location, 765 S. Boulder Road by Alfalfa’s. A special thanks to all of you that ate Pizza Wednesday night. As a result, the event netted the team $250.
Wednesday’s League Meet will be held at Broomfield Commons Park. Directions to the meet can be found by clicking on the schedule tab and then the link for the League Meet. The meet schedule is:
Open Girls 3:00 pm
Open Boys 3:45 pm
Varsity Girls 4:15 Pm
Varsity Boys 4:45 pm
Please check with your athlete to see which race they will be running in. Buses will leave at 1:15 and kids will be dismissed at 1:00. Weather shows a nice day in the 70’s, so make sure all athletes bring a full water bottle and are prepared for any weather we may have. This will be the last meet for the majority of our team so I hope to see everyone there!
The LAST pasta dinner of the season will be tomorrow night, Tuesday 10/7, hosted by The Bernat family, from 6:30 to roughly 8:00. A map to the dinner can be found by clicking on the Pasta Dinner tab and then clicking on the link. Food assignments are listed below.
C-E Healthy Snack for Race Day
F-Pa Pasta or Pizza
Pe-S Salad, Veggies or Fruit
Bring enough food for 8 people and please make sure you bring serving utensils and label them along with any bowls or dishes you bring.
This Saturday is the Pat Patten Invite, which will be held on the University of Colorado’s home XC course on the CU South Campus property. There is limited parking on the property so you may want to get there early. Following are the race times:
Please inquire with your athlete as to which race they will be in.
Saturday looks like it is going to be a warm day, so bring your water bottles full! Our team camp will be limited since there are only fields available, with limited space.
Boulder HS has requested that all spectators stick to the trails and not run through the long weeds and brush. The city has posted signs of the possible presence of a virus carried by rodents, but BVSD has approved running the race on the property. If you have questions, you should contact the athletic offices at Boulder HS.
Saturday proved to be another good day for the MOHI XC team with the Varsity Guys placing 3rd and the Varsity Girls 1st. The JV Guys placed 2nd and the JV Girls were 4th.
Results can be found by clicking here and looking through the 4A/5/A results as well as the JV results. A link to results can also be found on the tab labeled “Results” at the left. Photos can be found in the Photo Gallery in the lower left of this page or by clicking here.
Next up…Liberty Bell!
The St. Vrain Invitational, will be held at Lyons H.S. this Saturday. Please arrive at least an hour and a half prior to your scheduled race start time. Directions to the meet can be found on the schedule page at the left.
* NO PETS WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE MEET! They strictly enforce this, so leave your pets at home.
* There will be a $5 parking fee at the meet. All proceeds benefit the City of Lyons Parks and Rec for flood rebuilding.
* No parents are allowed at the Start Line. As at all meets, once athletes have started their warm-up, please allow them to focus on their race and their coaches!
Schedule of races:
8:00 National Anthem
8:10 2A/3A Girls Varsity
8:40 4A/5A Girls Varsity – 10 runners, top 5 score
9:05 2A/3A Boys Varsity
9:30 4A/5A Boys Varsity – 10 runners, top 5 score
9:55 Boys Open (Everyone not running varsity)
10:25 Girls Open (Everyone not running varsity)
11:00 Varsity Awards
More information on the meet can be found on Milesplit http://co.milesplit.com/meets/171616-st-vrain-cross-country-invitational#.U-b9qmOa_1k