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State Week!

Hey Everyone,

This week is the week of the State Championships for our Varsity Boys team and its going to be a fun experience. The guys race at 3:30pm @ Lane Community College in Eugene. Everyone is welcome to come watch them run if you can make it over to Eugene. It looks like it might be a wet one, but that will just make it more fun.

For this week, everyone is welcome to come to practice, but it is not required. For the JV athletes it can be a nice time to recover and get ready for Winter sports. We will be doing our MVXC Dessert Banquet on Tuesday, November 9th @ 7pm. The team will provide ice cream sundae toppings and beverages. We will meet in the Commons outside of the Library. We will recognize the amazing job this team did this year and look back at some of the fun and success we had as a team. FAMILIES ARE WELCOME! and encouraged to come. There will be plenty of desserts. Please bring your washed uniforms to the banquet as it’s a great time to just get them all compiled together. Also, we’ll have leftover shirts and socks from this year and previous years for sale. We’ll only be able to take cash or check. If your athlete didn’t get a pair of socks, they get one set for free, and then they can get another set for $10. T-shirts will range from $5 (older shirts) – $15 for this year’s shirt. It’s enough to cover the cost of them.

 

Workouts for the Week:

Monday 11/1 – 3:40pm @ MV. Stadium intervals including the upper football fields.

Tuesday 11/2 – 3:40pm @ MV. Easy 30-min run and strength.

Wednesday 11/3 – 2:10pm @ MV. Captain led, 40 min out & back on the Canal Trail.

Thursday 11/4 – 3:40pm @ MV. 20 min run and long strides on the FB field.

Friday 11/5 – 3:40 pm @ MV. Easy 15 min run and strides.

Saturday 11/6 – Meet is at Lane Community College in Eugene. The race is at 3:30, be there by 1:15pm. Watch the weather and be prepared for snow over the pass, potentially. I can’t organize rides for athletes, so figure out how to get there. Bring rain gear, water and some snacks. Have an extra pair or two of socks so you can swap them out for warmups and the race. I’d like you to wear the BLACK MV (make sure you’ve gotten your pair) Socks we get as a team for the race. You can warm up in other socks if you want.

Tickets for parents/fans: Here is the info from OSAA:

  1. The OSAA has transitioned to a 100% digital ticketing system for the Championships.  There will be no transactions on site.  Patrons will need to have a printed paper ticket from an online purchase or digital ticket on their mobile device ready when arriving at the gate to gain access.  Send your fans to https://www.osaa.org/docs/osaainfo/HTTwebsite.pdf.  This QR takes you directly to the tickets page itself.  Ticket can also be purchased through the OSAALive Mobile AppHomeTown Ticketing App and, of course, the OSAA tickets page at https://www.osaa.org/shop/tickets.  Please help us communicate this change to your communities.  Contact Kyle Stanfield (kyles@osaa.org) or Kathi Fetch (kathif@osaa.org) with questions.

State Championships Ticket QR

 

BOOM!

Hey Everyone,

Wow, what a great end(…ish) to the season. The JV Boys got us started out with some great efforts, PRs and SRs (season records). I was impressed with their guts and willingness to work. The Varsity Girls exceeded most expectations with every runner finishing at, above, or well above their seed place from times this season. Most of the girls had SRs with one having a PR on a relatively slow course, at elevation. The Varsity Boys had all top 5 scorers in the top 20. Nobody PR’d, and that just goes to show how hard the course was. Overall, the Varsity Girls finished 4th compared to their 7th seed going in and the Boys finished 2nd compared to their 4th seed going in. The Varsity Boys will move on to the State Championship Meet that will be held at Lane Community College on Saturday, November 6th. So, we’ll continue practices for the Varsity athletes, but the JV athletes are welcome to join as well.

MVXC Dessert Banquet will be Tuesday, November 9th @ 7pm. The team will provide ice cream sundae toppings and beverages. We will meet in the Commons outside of the Library. We will recognize the amazing job this team did this year and look back at some of the fun and success we had as a team.

 

Workout Schedule:

Thursday 10/28 – 3:40pm @ MV. 30-min easy run with core and stretching.

Friday 10/29 – 3:40pm @ MV. Jog to Al Moody for low slope intervals.

Saturday & Sunday – Rest days, plural.

Monday 11/1 – 3:40pm @ MV. Stadium intervals including the upper football fields.

Tuesday 11/2 – 3:40pm @ MV. Easy 30-min run and strength.

Wednesday 11/3 – 2:10pm @ MV. Captain led, 40 min out & back on the Canal Trail.

Thursday 11/4 – 3:40pm @ MV. 20 min run and long strides on the FB field.

Friday 11/5 – 3:40 pm @ MV. Easy 15 min run and strides.

Saturday – Itinerary to come.

Week 10 & 11 Workouts: Tune up time

Hey Everyone,

We’re only a week and a half shy of the District Championships! I’ve had a few questions in regards to who will be running, and the answer is everyone! All JV and Varsity runners will compete at Districts (if they’re healthy). For many it some it will be the last race of the year, but hopefully not for all. Districts will be at Pine Nursery this year in the middle of the day on Wednesday, the 27th. We will be checking out the course a few times before then, but let’s be honest, we do that pretty regularly as is. Last week was a great one. We notched another couple of wins on the boys side with both Varsity and JV taking the spot, and the girls raced really well to get 3rd!! Many highlights, but my favorites are always seeing those PRs happen. We’re definitely looking to see a couple more top times tumble down next week.

This Week’s Schedule:

  • Monday 10/18 – 3:40pm @ MV. 45-60 min easy run with 4 strides and a little bit of strength & core.
  • Tuesday 10/19 – 3:40pm @ MV. Run to Eagle park for some short intervals.
  • Wednesday 10/20 – 2:10pm @ MV. Captain led Canal Trail out & back. 20 minutes out, then turn around. Core.
  • Thursday 10/21 – 3:45 @ Pine Nursery. District Course cut down intervals.
  • Friday 10/22 – 3:40 @ MV. 30 min easy run.
  • Saturday 10/23 – 8:30 @ Shevlin Park. Easy out to the far end of the park. 2-min on, 1-min off on the way back.
  • Sunday 10/24 – REST

Next Week:

  • Monday 10/25 – 3:40 @ MV. 20 min easy run, long strides on the football field.
  • Tuesday 10/26 – 3:40 @ MV. Easy shake out jog and strides.
  • Wednesday 10/27 – District Championships @ Pine Nursery. Athletes excused @ 10:40am. Be at Pine Nursery by 11:00am.
    • JV Boys race @ 12:40pm
    • Varsity Girls race @ 1:20pm
    • Varsity Boys race @2:00pm

**Bring warm clothes!!! Bring extra clothes and thin gloves/beanies. It will potentially be cold and windy. Be hydrating always, but especially from Sunday on… Eat a good breakfast, and have some small, healthy snacks (pretzels, fruit, bars, etc.) during the day, but I would not suggest having a normal sized lunch.

Let’s get hyped!! Go Cougs!

Week 9 Workouts: Black Butte or Bust…

Hey Everyone,

Eugene treated the team pretty well. Our ladies got us started with some awesome times and high placings on a beautiful, autumnal course. The guys Varsity played some tactical games on the way to a 1,2,3 podium sweep and an overall team victory. Very shortly after, the JV boys scored another team victory on the back of some gutsy racing. Lunch and the campus walk wasn’t quite the same and SPLASH, but it was still fun.

JV Boys start

This week is our last race before Districts. It is a chance to run on a fast, beautiful course that will give a lone comparison to fitness from last Spring’s season. We’re not quite ready to take the foot off the accelerator just yet though as we have 2 1/2 weeks until we need to be primed. So, expect to work hard still this week.

This week’s schedule:

  • Monday 10/11 – 3:40pm @ MV. 40-60 minute easy jog with some strides & lunges.
  • Tuesday 10/12 – 3:40pm @ MV. Longer tempo & Race intervals at Al Moody park.
  • Wednesday 10/13 – 3:40pm @ MV. Easy 20 minute jog and 4 strides.
  • Thursday 10/14 – RACE DAY @ Black Butte Ranch. **There is no bus transportation to the meet** You must get a ride with parents or teammates. Bring water and a snack. Eat a sensible lunch, enough to last you until 5pm, but not so much that you’re crazy full.
    • Athletes will be excused @ 1pm from class.
    • Please arrive @ Black Butte Ranch (13020 Hawks Beard, Sisters, OR 97759) by 2:30pm
    • Boys JV @ 3:30pm
    • Girls Varsity @ 4:00pm
    • Boys Varsity @ 4:30pm
  • Friday 10/15 – Meet @ the grass area across the flag bridge from the Old Mill Shopping area @ 4pm. Easy run on the river trail loop from there and strides in the grass. Afterward, we’re going to the theatre to watch the new Bond movie. It starts @ 5:00pm. Tickets are on the team. Bring $$ for snacks if you’d like some. This is completely optional and I’ll figure out how many tickets to get when we meet up. Bring some spare clothes to change into so you’re not wearing your smelly clothes into the theatre. You need a mask!! We should be done by 8pm.
  • Saturday/Sunday – Do something active. Run, hike, bike, anything. Just don’t sit around for both days (unless your hurt and recovering).

Week 8 Workouts: To the EUG

Well done yesterday to all the racers. Our JV boys got off to a great start with several season’s bests or PRs. That’s impressive given Bend’s higher elevation and the course’s funky tight turns and rolling hills. Our girls Varsity all ran well considering the week we had, and our Varsity boys took home another 3rd place trophy topped by a new #1 runner for the 3rd week in a row.  That shows how competitive the boys team is. So awesome. This week takes us to Eugene to soak in the fall colors and enjoy what should be another flat, fast Valley course.

This Week’s Schedule:

  • Monday 10/4 – 3:40pm @ MV. Easy 35-45min run and strength.
  • Tuesday 10/5 – 3:40pm @ MV. Track workout. You’ve heard me talk about it. There’l be music and a well-deserved treat for afterward.
  • Wednesday 10/6 – 2:10 @ MV. Captain led practice. Run to Eagle park for Ultimate.
  • Thursday 10/7 – 3:45pm @ Pine Nursery Park. We’ll do a shorter workout and then meet and hangout with the Skyview team. It’s a chance for us to talk to students who will be incoming Freshman next year about the program.
  • Friday 10/8 – 4:00pm @ Riley Ranch Nature Reserve. Easy loop run and down to see the river.
  • Saturday 10/9 – Look at the Itinerary. We meet at MV at the Bus loop at 6:15am. Bring a pillow. Lunch will be provided on before we head back to Eugene, but bring money if you want to buy stuff. We’ll have some free time to explore the U of O campus after lunch.

Springfield Invite Itinerary

Week 7 Workouts – Coming Home

Start of the Varsity boys race

Hey Cougs,

Great race yesterday! We had a lot of said performances across the board with 8 of our runners coming home with top 50 medals at the biggest race we’ll see this year. We have exactly 1 month until our district race! We’ve got 3 weeks of work to put in before we start tapering a bit in preparation.

Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday 9/27 – 3:40pm @ MV. Easy 30-50 min run on the canal trail. A little strength and stretching.

Tuesday 9/28 – 3:40pm @ MV. Hollinshead Hills.

Wednesday 9/29 – 2:10pm @ MV. Captain led out & back on the canal to Boyd Acres.

Thursday 9/30 – 3:40pm @ MV. Run to Big Sky for Race start sims.

Friday 10/1 – 4pm @ Drake Park for easy run and surprise treat.

Saturday 10/2 – Oxford Classic @ Rockridge Park.

Be at the park by 9:45am. Boys JV will warm up first, but everyone should be there for sure by their race time.

Race Schedule:

  • 10:40am Boys JV Gold (all JV boys)
  • 11:20am Girls Varsity
  • 11:50am Boys Varsity

**Bring Cougar Pal gifts**

Sunday 10/3 – Volunteering for the Bigfoot race in the morning. This is a fundraiser for the Bend Lapine HS XC programs. This is the only fundraiser/volunteer thing we’re doing, so please be there. No details on the exact time, but it will be around 9am. I’ll have more precise times later in the week.

Week 6 Workouts: Portland Bound!

And we’re off! Wow, what a great start to the season on Wednesday in Silver Falls, as we found a lot of success in all three races.

Starting with the JV boys team, Weston & Mason took it out hard to lead our JV team to 1st place as a team.

The 3400m was a bit shorter than we’re used to, but it just made for some good speed work.

Our Varsity girls followed with 3 runners in the top 10 that led to a 2nd place finish behind a strong Corvallis team.

The Varsity boys ran a tight, smart race with the top 6 within the top 15 overall and a scoring bunch with less than a minute between 1st & 5th.

This week, we head to Portland on Saturday for a high quality competition experience with a lot of runners in each race.

This week’s schedule:

Monday 9/20: 3:40pm @ MV. Easy run to Mountain View park for strength there, then back to MV for stretching.

Tuesday 9/21: 3:40pm @ MV. Run to Pilot Butte State Park for hill repeats.

Wednesday 9/22: 2:15pm @ MV. Captain led practice. Easy run and games.

Thursday 9/23: 3:50pm @ Pine Nursery park. 8,4,8,4,8,4 w/ 1-min rest between each. Finish with 2 x 200.

Friday 9/24: 3:40pm @ MV. Easy 20 minute run & strides.Stretch & get ready.

Saturday 9/25: Meet @ MV @ 5:30am. Itinerary is below.

Nike Portland XC 2021

 

Sunday 9/26: Rest!

Week 5 Workouts: Competition time!!

Indoor fun!

Hey Everyone,

Well, after some indoor workouts and constant adjustments, we’re nearing our first race this week. Phew… it’s been awhile.

This week is pretty busy and with the start of school, it’s important to remember that SLEEP is a really important part of athletic and academic success. If you haven’t already, dial back that bedtime to make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours or more of quality sleep each night.

 

This week’s schedule:

Monday 9/13 – 3:40 @ MV. PICTURE DAY!! Please make sure you’re at practice to receive your uniform and be in a team picture. We’ll get uniforms, go change, do the picture, change again and then head to Mountain View park for some timed intervals. Then back to school for a little bit of strength.

Tuesday 9/14 – 3:40 @ MV. Pre-meet day. Easy 20-minute run and 4 strides with a good stretching session. Tonight – Pack your bag with the following so you don’t forget something in the morning.

Things to pack:

  • Your running shoes and/or spikes (if you have some)
  • Your uniform top and bottom
  • A sweatshirt and shorts or jogging pants for warm ups
  • A change of clothes for after the race, including extra socks
  • Your Cougar Pal gift
  • Snacks for the ride over and right after your race.

Wednesday 9/15 – Race day! You’ll be excused at 11:45 and bus leaves at 12:00. See Itinerary below:

Silver Falls Oktoberfest Itinerary

Thursday 9/16 – 3:40 @ MV. Easy 30-minute run and strength.

Friday 9/17 – 3:45 @ Pine Nursery for workout and two games of Ultimate, we’ll do a beginner game and an experienced game so everyone gets to participate.

Saturday & Sunday – 45-60 min easy run/hike on one of the days, rest on the other.

Go Cougs!

 

Week 4 Workouts: School is upon us…

Lawn games!

Thanks for everyone who came and contributed to Saturday’s non-Black Butte hike. Peter, John and I were all commenting on how great it was to see the team just have fun and play. And now, we start the transition to the start of school and a small shift in the schedule for practices. If you’re not on Remind yet, please make sure to do that as that’s the easiest way to communicate changes like we did yesterday.

As you’re getting ready for school, be sure to pack your workout clothes and running shoes with the rest of your school stuff EVERY day! Also, Bohnlein and Ross are working on putting together a recruitment lunch for Friday and we’ll be asking you all to help as we try to bring more people out to get fit and enjoy good company.

Workouts for the week:

Monday 9/6 – 3pm @ MV. 40-60 minute easy run & strength. If the smoke is too bad to run outside, we’ll do a combo Main Gym/Commons running workout and then go into the weight room.

Tuesday 9/7 – 3pm @ MV. 30 minute Progressive run.

Wednesday 9/8 – 3:40pm @ MV. 9th graders, get out to the XC tree as quickly as possible after school gets out.10th-12th graders just note the new start time. Easy run day.

Thursday 9/9 – 3:45pm @ Pine Nursery. Get there any way you can after school, including just walking over if you need to. We’ll meet by the playground. Time Trial day. ~ 2.5 mile race effort time trial. A chance to see where your fitness is prior to our first race next week. If you have spikes and want to use them, go for it, but regular running shoes will also be fine.

Friday 9/10 – 3:40 pm @ MV. 35-55 minute easy run with strides and a very short strength session.

**Everyday will be subject to change based on the AQI readings, but unless even the indoor air quality is bad, we’ll have practice every day.

Let’s get ready to have a great school year and XC season. As with everything, it is what we make it, so let’s make it fun and focus on improvement.

Change of plans…

Hey Everyone,

With the AQI being not good for something as strenuous as hike/running Black Butte, we’re going to cut that part out of today. The air out by Camp Sherman is significant better than Bend’s at this point, so we can still be outside without feeling like we’re standing in a campfire.

I have a lot of food that Max and Sophie aren’t going to be able to eat, so…

New Plan:

  • Meet at 10 am @ MVHS to caravan
  • Head to Camp Sherman for swimming & games Peter has set up.
  • Eat, relax, rest our legs from a hard week and enjoy being a team.
  • Leave for Bend at 2pm and arrive back at MVHS around 3pm

Bring a swimsuit, and towel still, but probably not the hydropak. Let’s still have some fun today and be glad we didn’t get all wound up for a race in Prineville only to get out there and not be able to race.

Week Three Practices 8/30 – 9/4

Hey Cougars,

We’re a week and a half from the start of school and inching closer to our first meet. You’ve all been working hard, and we’re impressed with the focus during workouts. This week, we’ll be heading out to Camp Sherman on Saturday to climb Black Butte and have some fun social time. For workouts, we’ll still be focusing on base miles, strength and keep dipping our toes into speed workouts.

 

Monday 8/30 – 3pm @ MVHS. Easy Run and strength.

Tuesday 8/31- 3pm @ Pine Nursery Park. Whistle Drills in the big field.

Wednesday 9/1 – 3pm @ MVHS. Head to Hollinshead park for some short hill repeats.

Thursday 9/2 – 3pm @ MVHS. Easy Run and strength.

Friday 9/3 – 3pm @ MVHS. Head to Al Moody for longer intervals.

Saturday 9/4 – Meet at MVHS @ 8 am to caravan up to Camp Sherman and Black Butte for a hike/run to the top and then back down the pool for some swim time and a BBQ lunch. Please let Coach Young know by this Wednesday if you can attend so that he can get the right amount of food. We should be heading back to Bend by around 2pm.

What to bring:

  1. Water, a decent amount and the easier to carry up the butte, the better
  2. A snack, either for at the top or shortly after we’re done at the parking lot before we head to the pool
  3. A swimsuit and towel for the pool after the hike.
  4. Sunscreen, a long sleeve shirt and a hat if you want one.

Sunday 9/4 – Rest day. Recover, hydrate and start to get ready for school!!

Week Two Practices 8/23 – 8/29

Hey Everyone,

Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to the first week of official practices. We’re going to continue this week to make sure we’re ramping up a bit while still thinking about each athletes current fitness. The main workouts this week will focus on getting a bit more speed endurance in and continued emphasis on strength. If you’re going to miss practices, please make sure you communicate with Coach Young so that he knows it’s an excused absence. The Athletic department is putting an emphasis on athletes being responsible and accountable for showing up and we’re being asked to take attendance for more than just contact tracing.

If you are not cleared to practice (at least Family ID and Physical) you can’t come to practice. Please make sure you get these done as quickly as possible. As we get closer to the season, you won’t be cleared to race until the Pay-to-Play is taken care of.

This week’s workouts:

Monday 8/23 – 3pm @ MV. Easy run. Strides & Strength.

Tuesday 8/24 – 3pm @ MV. Hill workout @ near Shepard and Revere.

Wednesday 8/25 – 3pm @ MV. Easy run to Eagle park for a few short repeats.

Thursday 8/26 – 3pm @ MV. Tempo workout & Strength.

Friday 8/27 3pm – 3pm @ Phil’s Trailhead longish easy run. Bring a handheld water bottle if you have one and water regardless as there isn’t water out there. If you need a ride, make sure to connect with a teammate sometime throughout the week to get it arranged. Coaches can’t facilitate carpooling.

    1. Easy & Short Route: Marvin’s Garden to Gravel Road to Phil’s Trail and back to trailhead.

 

2. 4-Mile Medium Route: Ben’s Trail to M.T.B. to Kent’s back to trailhead.

3. Shorter Hard Route: Ben’s Trail to KGB to Phil’s back to trailhead.

 

4. Hard Route: Ben’s Trail to All of KGB to Marvin’s Garden back to trailhead.

 

Saturday 8/28 – Easy Run on own or with teammates or friends.

Sunday – Rest, eat, hydrate.

 

Also, Footzone it doing their annual Spike Day’s Sale for central Oregon’s local high school students. It’s a great chance to get a good deal on spikes or running shoes for the season. The flyer is below.

FootZone High School Athlete Weekend 2021