Author Archives: Jared Bassett

Rust Buster Meet Info

Hey Cougs,

Please read the info below for the Rust Buster meet this Saturday at Pacific Crest Middle School. You should know by now which category you will be racing in. Look below for your race time and plan accordingly with your race partner. You will need a race bib and chip for timing, so come find me before your event and I’ll give them to you. I will be in the staging area on the football field. I’m super excited to get our first competition underway!

Rust Buster Map 2.0 (2)

 

Event Basics:

-> 2-person alternating 2-leg relay … Runner 1 runs 3250m loop, “tags”, Runner 2 runs 3250m loop, “tags”, Runner 1 runs 1750m loop, “tags”, Runner 2 runs 1750m loop and finishes.

-> “Tag” will be the moment when teammate on course crosses the leg finish line timing mat. Tagged runner goes at that moment across start timing mat. No hand-to-body tag necessary.

-> Three categories: male-male; female-female; mixed. Assuming numbers of teams in each category are roughly balanced, each category will be run as a separate race of up to 30 teams.

-> To match OHA and Bend-LaPine safety guidance, all school teams will need to adhere to a location and time schedule with athlete arrival, warm-up, warm-down, and departure.

-> The course is a mix of grass, dirt/gravel, and short pavement sections. 2-way road crossing of NW Crosby will be a “normal crosswalk crossing” requiring runners to yield to cars that do not voluntarily stop. Volunteers on both sides of road will slow/stop runners as necessary

Safety Areas Plan:

Within the fence of the PCMS track & ballfields complex is considered the “Stadium Area”. Only coaches and runners within the scheduled Race Block shall be within the complex fence per the schedule below.

The surrounding school parking lots, area multi-user paths, Pacific Crest Ballfields (if not occupied by other sport teams), and Discovery Park grass fields are all considered public areas where teams can have runners can warm-up, warm-down, and have a centralized “team spot”.

As soon as team pairs complete their race, both runners must gather personal items in the Stadium Area and depart ASAP. Warm-down must take place outside the Stadium Area.

Event Schedule:

9:30am — Block “A” team pairs enter Stadium Area for warm-up.

10am — Race Block “A” start (Boys Relay)

11am — Projected final finish of Block “A” race, Block “B” team pairs enter Stadium Area.

11:30am — Race Block “B” start (Girls Relay)

12:15pm — Projected final finish of Block “B” race, Block “C” team pairs enter Stadium Area.

12:30pm — Race Block “C” start (Mixed Relay and “overflow” teams if necessary)

1:30pm — Projected final finish of Block “C” race

XC Week 2: 3/1-3/7

We had a great first week of practice, with some great workouts and awesome attitudes. Everyone brought their A game to practices and did exactly what they needed to do the first week. Now we head into Race Week! It’s hard to believe, but we actually have a race this week. It will be a fun and low-key rust buster for us to get used to racing again. The meet will be Saturday 3/6 at Summit High School and will be a morning race. On Ahtletic.net it is labeled as a 10am start but I know there will be a more specific race day schedule for the meet eventually.

Our race schedule for the season is up on Athletic.net.  https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/School.aspx?SchoolID=263 

Below is our practice schedule for the week. Please remember to bring warm clothes. It is colder than you think!

 

 

Monday 3/1Mountain View @3:30pm

Tuesday 3/2- Pine Nursery @3:30pm

Wednesday 3/3- Mountain View @3:30pm

Thursday 3/4- Pine Nursery @3:30pm

Friday 3/5- Mountain View @3:30pm

Saturday 3/6- Race Day @Summit 

 

 

Please don’t forget to communicate if you are going to miss practice. I’m using a much more lenient attendance policy this season, mainly because this is a weird year, and we all have a lot going on right now. If you know you are going to miss practice, just reach out and let me know.

Let’s have another awesome week of XC, and let’s continue to take advantage of the time we’ve been given! See you soon!

Go Cougs!

MVXC Week 1: 2/22-28- Practice Schedule and Important Info

Hey everyone,

Our first practice is right around the corner! So, I just wanted to outline the practice schedule and locations for the week. Practices will start at 3:30pm and will typically end around 5pm.

We have Pine Nursery reserved for the team to use for practices during the season, so we will be meeting there or Mountain View depending on the day/workout. Checkout the schedule below and make note of the practice locations.

Practice Schedule Week 1

Monday 2/22- Mountain View @3:30pm

Tuesday 2/23- Pine Nursery Park @3:30pm (meet at picnic shelter)

Wednesday 2/24- Mountain View @3:30pm

Thursday 2/25- Pine Nursery @3:30pm (picnic shelter)

Friday 2/26- Pine Nursery @3:30pm (picnic shelter)

 

Other important items before practices start

 

I am really looking forward to getting the team back together and to finally say we have made it to the Cross Country season! This will be a quick season, so let’s bring our best effort and attitude to every practice and make this season count!

I’ll be sending out more in-depth details on the season itself soon, but just wanted to focus on this first week to start out. See you all soon!

 

Go Cougs!

MVXC Season 2!

Hello MVXC crew!

I hope you have all had a good winter so far and have been able to get out and enjoy the snow a bit.

I wanted to update you all on our XC season and what it looks like as of right now. Our official season will start on February 22nd and will go through early April. We will plan on having practices every day starting at 4pm and end 5:15-30pm. It will be a bit of a challenge with the early sunsets, but we will just have to be efficient in that time frame. If we can make it work, It is possible Wednesday practices could start earlier with that being an early release day.

Meets- Currently, all of the Central Oregon coaches are working together to come up with a meet schedule that works for everyone and follows the guidelines put in place. The competitions will have a number cap for each race, so we are limited on how big the races can be right now. With Covid numbers starting to decline, hopefully we will see our meet options get better and have the opportunity to have bigger competitions. I will post a meet schedule once we finalize it with the other coaches. 

What can you do right now? I know a lot of you have bee doing Nordic and are still in season, which is great! If you are not doing Nordic and have not been running. Now is the time to start getting the legs moving again and get some easy aerobic miles in. That way when you show up for practice in late February, you wont spend the first few weeks feeling sore and out of shape. So start running easy mileage now just on feel, but be careful with the snow an ice! Try and find places that clear paths to run on. Maybe think about getting some traction for your shoes like Yaktraks or screws for your shoes (which you can get installed at FootZone). We don’t want to get injured before the season starts, so be smart and safe!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the crew back together and get some races in! It is going to be a very interesting season with it being in late winter, but we have to be thankful for having this opportunity at all. You have all put in some great training from July through the fall, and those miles don’t just disappear. Let’s be ready to take advantage of this condensed XC season and see what we can accomplish! I will be in touch with more season details as they are solidified. Talk to you soon!

 

GO COUGS!

Change of plans

Hello everyone, 
Looks like this week is going to be cut short due to the statewide mandates put in place. All school sports will have a freeze starting Wednesday 11/18. 
So, that means our time trial scheduled for Friday will be moved to Tuesday (tomorrow) 11/17 at 3:30pm at Phil’s trailhead. It will also be our last practice for the pre-season. I’m sorry we have to end it prematurely, but it is what is. If you can make it tomorrow, awesome! If you can’t, I totally understand. Thanks for being flexible during these crazy times. See you tomorrow!
Go Cougs!

 

Last week of XC pre-season 11/16-11/22

This will be our last week of pre-season practices before we break for winter. As of now we haven’t heard anything on how the new statewide mandates will affect us this week, so we will just continue practices as planned until told otherwise. 

Monday and Wednesday, we will plan on meeting at Mountain View @3:30pm. Friday we will be having a voluntary 5k trail time trial. Since this is an off campus get together, no one is required to attend. If you can make it, awesome! This is simply a fun opportunity to race a 5k on some dirt and end this preseason on a strong note! We will plan on meeting at 3:30pm at the Phil’s trailhead parking area and go from there. Please remember to bring a mask just like you would at practice. We plan to do the time trial in the same time frame a normal practice would last, so please plan accordingly. I know this location isn’t the most convenient option. But with parks being off limits for the team, we had to be creative for a location that would be fun to race a 5k. 

Let’s have a great last week of pre-season training and keep that great work ethic rolling! 

Go Cougs!

Practice 11/13

 

Hey XC crew,
I’m going to go ahead and cancel practice for this afternoon. It’s going to stay nasty all day and we really don’t have a place to meet and stay out of the rain. Since it is a recovery day, no sense in getting you all soaked and cold. If you can get an easy run in on your own that’d be great. Have a good weekend and see you next week!

MVXC 11/9-11/15

Hey everyone,

I hope you all have had a great weekend! Just a little update for the week. For this week’s practices, prepare for colder temps. The forecast for the week looks to be on the chilly side, but not quite as wet as we saw at last Friday’s practice. So, please come to practice prepared for cooler temps and bring layers to throw on after your workout. 

We will continue to meet at Mountain View at 3:30pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Wednesday we will have a team 2 mile time trial. This will be a great opportunity to test out the legs, get a little friendly competition in and gauge our fitness level. So, let’s be ready to run fast on Wednesday!

Remember our message from last week. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” Let’s keep working to be better than we were the day before!

Looking forward to another great week of practices! See you all Monday @ 3:30pm. 

 

Go Cougs!

 

 

 

XC Week 11/2-11/8

Hope you all had a fun and safe weekend! This week we will be shifting our practice start time to 3:30 pm with the evenings getting darker earlier. Practices will still be the same length, ending around 4:45-5pm. Plan to meet at Mountain View Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ 3:30pm.

Please be sure to bring warm clothes to practices. Temps will be dropping in the evenings and you will want to have extra layers for when you aren’t running. Come to practices prepared and willing to work hard. Workouts might not be as intense as they usually would be this time of year, but that  doesn’t mean they are any less important! See you all Monday!

 

Go Cougs!

XC Fall Practices October 26th-November 20th

Hi Everyone,

The fall Track season is about to wrap up, which means we get to jump back into some cross country training! We have been given a 4 week period to get together and get some more training in as a team. Starting October 26th we will have practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 4pm-5:15pm at Mountain View High School. This is considered a part of the official XC season, which means all athletes must be cleared through Family ID and signed up for the sport in order to practice.

We no longer have to stick to our 10 athlete pods, but we do need to have masks on when we are gathered as a group and not running. There will also be a digital sign-in and sign-out process for when athletes arrive and leave practice. If we stick to the guidelines and protocols, we get to keep practicing and not get shut down. 

A few things to keep in mind before coming to practice on Monday. Please bring warm clothes for when we aren’t running. Temps will be dropping especially right around practice time, so please be prepared. Also, please bring a water bottle so you have water that is easily accessible and you don’t have to go inside the school to get water. Last but not least, don’t forget to show up with a positive attitude and a willingness to make yourself and your teammates better. I know we still have a while until we get to actually lace up the spikes for competition. But success for the season comes from what we do now. So, let’s bring our best to every practice!

I look forward to getting XC back up and running and can’t wait to get the crew back together. See you all Monday 10/26 @4pm at Mountain View!

Go Cougs!

Season 1 Fall XC

Hello Mountain View XC Fam,
I hope you all are doing well and that the start of classes has been a smooth transition for everyone. I wanted to update you all on what the plan is for the Fall “season 1” and what XC will look like for the Fall. The district came up with a priority system for each sport that gives every sport a time slot in which they can hold official team practices. Since Spring sports were cut short, those sports were given first priority. So, there is a fall track season which will be September 28th-October 23rd. I will be coaching the distance crew during that time and once that wraps up, we move into the Fall sports time slot (October 28th-November 20th).
So we will get together for some training after the fall track season wraps up. I highly recommend signing up for fall track if you have nothing else going on. This is a great opportunity to work on our track speed during the fall! Thank you for your patience with this ever-changing season. Biggest thing to remember is that our actual XC season is still on for March. That’s when we get to lace up the spikes and compete! Let’s keep our eyes set on that and stay ready and motivated. I’ll have more details on XC practices as we get closer. Thanks and be safe everyone! 
Go Cougs!