Monthly Archives: August 2023

First Race- Marist

Race Schedule:
9:45am – JV Girls
10:30am – JV Boys
11:15am – Varsity Girls
12:00 noon – Varsity Boys
Travel Schedule:
5:30am: All athletes are loading the bus in front of Mountain View High School. Please check
in with a captain as you board the bus (we are checking attendance)!
5:45am: Bus departs MtV promptly at 5:45am.
8:45am: Bus to arrive at Marist High School and unload by the tennis courts.
Coaches will need help carrying team equipment from the bus.
9:45am: Girls JV are the first to race, so please focus on getting settled and warmed up as soon
as you arrive at Marist.
**All athletes are expected to cheer on their teammates.
** Get a good warm-up and cool-down run before and after your race.
No awards presented.
1:30pm: Depart Marist HS.
1:45pm – 3:15pm: Splash!, 1600 Thurston Road, Springfield (541-736-4244)
3:30pm: 15 minute stop at Albertons, 5755 Main Street, Springfield for food and drinks.
7:00pm: Arrive back at Mountain View HS. Please call your parents to remind for a pick up
at Mountain View as we drive through Sisters.
List to help you pack:
Please make sure you are all packed the night before and ready to go:
Uniform (singlets and shorts), running shoes and/or spikes, track pants, long-sleeve shirts, extra
warm clothes if needed, rain gear if needed, swim suit and towel, change of clothes, socks,
water and other drinks, food and snacks to last for the long day out, pillow and blanket for the
bus, sunscreen and anything else you need. Bring money if you need extra food or drinks at
Splash or the grocery store.
Questions??? Call or text head XC coach: Carol McLatchie, 541-788-1577 or SportsYou.
Parents are encouraged to attend the meet and cheer on the team.
****Students that do not travel back on school provided transportation, must provide a parent
note, text or SportsYou to Carol before leaving the event.
Results can be checked at later in the day. Go Cougs!

Week 3 of Official Practices

We have gotten a lot done this past week and now it is time to start racing. Yahoo! Uniforms have been checked out, but if you missed getting a uniform, see Carol at practice. We also need your shirt size for a team shirt the captains are designing.

Wednesday workout at Drake went very well. Good job, team! We will continue to train in the mornings, as this has been the best time for decent air quality.

This week is a double race week. This is probably the only time this will happen this year. Prepare for Tuesday’s race the night before. Get everything ready to go the night before. Race uniform, warm clothes, socks, race shoes, water bottle, snacks and more. Don’t forget cougar pal gifts if you are participating. If you have questions on this, don’t hesitate to ask a captain at practice.

August 29- Tuesday’s Race
***The meet is at Juniper Golf Course, 1938 SW Elkhorn Ave, Redmond. With no traffic and you know where you are going, the drive is 20 plus minutes. There is no bus. Athletes you need to find your own rides to and from the meet. You will need to leave home by 5:30am! Girls race at 7am and boys 7:30am. There are a lot of rules for this race, including no warm up on the golf course, staying off the greens etc. We have to be finished and off the golf course by 8:30am, so the golfers can start playing.
***The golf clubhouse is offering a breakfast burrito and orange juice package for $11 each athlete. We will use XC team funds to purchase breakfast for those that are interested. Please see Carol at practice as she needs a head count for those interested in breakfast.
***The team coaches have to time their own team’s athletes and there will be no team scores calculated. Mountain View will use this race as a “time trial” to select the varsity teams (top 7) for Saturday’s races at Marist HS. This race is an opportunity for the team to get a preview of the course used for the October 24 5A Inter Mountain Conference XC Champs.
***We hope you can get out on the cart paths on the course to cheer your teammates.

September 2 – Saturday’s Meet
Load the bus at 5:30am in front of MVHS, Bus departs MtV at 5:45am sharp for the Marist XC Invite, 1900 Kingsley Road, Eugene. All athletes must ride the bus provided by the school. Pack your bags the night before- singlets, shorts, warm clothes, pillow and blanket ok for the sleep to Eugene. Pack snacks, juices, waterbottle, swim suit, towel, socks, race shoes, plus money for a Safeway stop on the return to Bend…….
Races: JVG at 9:45am, JVB at 10:30am, VG at 11:15am and VB at 12:00noon. The JV girls will need to focus on getting warmed up for their 9:45am race. All athletes are expected to cheers their teammates as well as prepare for their own race. The race course is all over the Marist Campus and finishes on the track. Coaches will have course maps. Top 7 from Tuesday’s XC race results will be entered as Varsity. The rest will run the JV races.
**After the meet we will load the team bus and head to Splash! from 1:45-3:30pm.
The XC fund will pay for your entry to this Springfield pool and water park. Bring money for our 20 minute stop at Safeway to get food and drink for the ride back to Bend. We should arrive back in Bend by 6:45pm. Please call your parents to remind them of MVHS pickup as we travel back through Sisters.
If you need to ride home with your parents from the Marist meet, parents need to text Carol to let her know you are leaving or give her a written parent note. Thanks.

Workouts for the week
August 26/27- Saturday or Sunday- Please get out for a run. Meet a friend. Pick a new park and go explore. We need to continue to get in better shape.
Plan plenty of rest, good meals, and stay hydrated. Keep your eye on the AQI. If we get several days of unhealthy smoke, try to find a treadmill to run on. Options include: Juniper, Larkspur and Planet Fitness.

August 28- Monday- 8:30am- Mountain View High School- Plan is to get out for an easy run and finish with 4 strides. We always start with our team drills. Last chance for Uniform pick ups.

August 29- Tuesday- 6:00am- Juniper Golf Course XC Preview race. See all the info above.

August 30- Wednesday- 8:30am- Mountain View HS- drills and an easy run to Pine Nursery, strides plus team stretching.

August 31- Thursday- 8:30am- Drake Park- Warm up run, drills, hill workout, team stretching.

September 1- Friday- 8:30am- Mountain View HS- drills and an easy run to Pine Nursery, strides plus team stretching.

September 2- Saturday- 5:30am- Marist XC Invite race. See info above.

Sunday, September 3 & Monday, September 4 (Labor Day)- Enjoy your rest and the long weekend, but consider getting out for an easy run, walk, bike, hike, swim as we will be back to training on Tuesday. 🙂

*****See the SportsYou reminder on Spike Days at FootZone: August 25-28! Take advantage of their discounts and get a new pair of trainers or spikes if you need them.

*****Reminder: We will start timing our XC workouts. Please get a watch/chronograph. This does not have to be a big expense. Walmart, for example, has simple watches with timers, starting at $10. A watch is valuable to time your workouts, plan warmups, and make it to the race on time.

Week 2 of Official Practices

We will continue to ramp up the practice depending on your current fitness. For those that have had a
busy summer and not doing much running, you will be working on your base training to get ready for
the race season that coming up very soon (next week). Those of you that have been training are
probably ready to get out and race. Look down below to see information about trainer shoes and racing spikes on sale at Footzone.

We are also dealing with the smoke in our area. We cannot practice outside, if the AQI is over 150, so
that means that practice may get moved inside the high school at a moments notice, so always check
the SportsYou app before traveling to practice in case the location has changed.

Reminder: If you cannot make it to XC practice, you are required to contact head coach Carol before
practice begins on the app in order to be excused.

Right now: plan on traveling to all races on the MtV XC Calendar. It will be a busy, fun season.
Coaches are looking forward to working with you to help improve your fitness for our team races.

August 21- Monday– 8:30am- Mountain View HS- Monday looks to be a bad air day so please just
head into the school commons. We will double check the AQI and let you know the training plan for
the morning.

August 22- Tuesday– 8:30am- Mountain View HS- Lets meet in the commons and the training plan
will depend on the AQI.

August 23- Wednesday– 8:30am- Drake Park – meet near the central rest rooms- warm up run, drills,
hill workout, strides and stretching. Don’t forget your water bottle.

***Sunset Hike Night!!!– this is completely optional, and just a fun activity that you can participate in
if you are up for a hard hike. Coaches cannot organize carpooling, but the plan is to meet at the Black
Crater Trailhead at 6:00pm. Please communicate your questions to your captains. The trail is about 7
miles roundtrip. BRING water, snacks and a headlamp. We’ll plan on hiking (its steep in parts, so
be ready to sweat), but if you want to try and jog it, you can try. The plan is to be up there for the the
last 20-30 minutes of sunset, then hike down as soon as the sun sets at 7:58pm. It will take about an
hour to hike back down, so anticipate driving back from Sisters in the dark and getting back to Bend
around 10pm. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join. If parents don’t want to hike, but instead
head up to Dee Wright Observatory or just drive some of the pass, that is a great option as well.

August 24- Thursday– 8:30am- Mountain View HS- Easy run day- 20-40 minutes. Hopefully outside
if the smoke hides.

August 25- Friday- 8:30am- Shevlin Park- near the parking lot next to the pit toilets. Depending on
the AQI we will run a bit longer and add in 2 x 5 minute pick-ups during the run. We will add some
strides at the end and some cool down stretching.

Looking ahead: Our first race is August 29- Tuesday morning at Juniper Golf Course in Redmond.
Our second race is September 2- Saturday at Marist HS in Eugene. Please note this is the Labor Day
long weekend, but the team will be racing. More details to follow.



I’d like to invite all student athletes to Spike Days at Footzone next weekend. Friday August 25th – Monday August 28th
As Central Oregon’s only source for an expert fitting of running shoes and competition spikes in Central Oregon we want runners to be set up with the best equipment for a successful season.
During these days, all Cross Country athletes will receive 20% off competition spikes. We have a large stock in models from Nike, Brooks, New Balance and Saucony. All other equipment including training shoes will be 10% off for student athletes as a part of our year round discount to young runners. Additionally we have a sweet gift with every purchase from our vendors.

Please make your team and parents aware of FootZone Spike Days to take advantage of our great product and service at a discount.Best of Luck this season. Please let me know anything else we can do to support your team.


Thomas Morgan

FootZone Bend


Sunset Hike Night!! This is completely optional, and just a fun activity that encourages team bonding. Coaches can’t organize carpooling, but the plan is to meet at the Black Crater Trailhead at 6PM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23. The trail is about 7 miles round trip. 


BRING water, a snack and a headlamp. 


We’ll plan on hiking (it’s steep in parts, so be ready to sweat). The plan is to be up there for the last 20-30min of sunset, then head back down as soon as the sun sets at 7:58pm. It will take about an hour to hike back down, so anticipate driving back from Sisters in the dark and getting back to Bend around 10pm. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join if they’d like. If they don’t want to hike, but instead head up to Dee Wright observatory or just drive some of the pass, that’s a great option as well.

If you are a photographer, this hike has some amazing views to get some good shots. If it is too smokey, we will cancel the hike so be on the look out for messages on SportsYou.

First Official Week of Practice

Welcome to the first official week of practice cougars! For those of you that have been showing up to the preseason summer practices, keep up the good work! Practices are now mandatory and we would love to see you come out to run with the team. Every week this blog will be updated to let you know where the practices are and what the workouts will be.


Always bring a water bottle to practice. If you are able, bring a watch to keep track of how long you are out on your runs.

If you are able, follow Mountain View Cross Country on Instagram at mv_xc. Sign up for SportsYou (the app) notificaions with the code 38LV-A436

August 14-Monday: Pine Nursery Park

First official day of XC practice. You must be “cleared” by the Athletic Office in
order to attend the official practices. Now that it is official XC season the team will meet 5 days a
week. Attendance will be taken. Practice locations will be announced on SportsYou as well. We will stick to
the mornings until school starts, but again, always check the updates on SportsYou and the blog.
Drills, jog to the straight row of pine trees, 3 person relay- 12 x 100m each person, cool down stretching. Coaches will
make a 100m course.
*** If you are not cleared, please get out and run on your own.

August 15-Tuesday: Mountain View High School, meet at the cross country tree

Drills and out for a 40-60 minute run- please consider Pine Nursery and get off the concrete sidewalks.

August 16-Wednesday: Drake Park

Drake Park- Run to warm up, drills, hill workout, team stretching.

August 17-Thursday: Mountain View High School, meet at the cross country tree

Drills and out for a 40 – 60 min run with 3 x 2 minute pickups (faster) in the middle of your run. Recommend going to Pine
Nursery to get off the concrete sidewalks.

August 18-Friday: Pine Nursery

Warm up drills, 3 x 5 minute brisk run around the park with easy 5 min run between. Watches come in handy for this workout. Cool down back to the start and do some stretching.