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  • Monday, August 25, 2014
     
     

    First off, thank you to all of the parents who came out to support your sons on Saturday morning as these guys attacked our tough Ron Beese course for the first time this fall.  The boys were split into four teams that the coaches made as equal as possible but in the end the group captained by the Monahan twins was victorious (even over the perennial powerhouse Alumni squad led by a Coach Root first place finish - yes I AM giving myself a shoutout).  Huge thanks are due to the Lanings and Eirings for organizing a wonderful picnic for all in attendance along with our female team counterparts.  I am extremely grateful to these fine folk as they take quite a bit of stress off of my back when it comes to everything NOT quite related to running.  And one last thank you to all participants who brought beverages, salads, desserts, hot dogs, brats, manned the grill, and/or helped with the clean-up.


    As for the race, our times were not surprisingly slower than what we hope to accomplish in the weeks ahead due to an extremely rough week of training beforehand and sloppy conditions.  Kyle Monahan, Konrad Eiring, and Alex Maher led our troops at the front of the pack followed closely by the group of Andy Gensburg, Tate Fisher, Kurtis Monahan, and Garrett Haufschild.  Also notably appearing in our top twelve for the day were Freshman Nick Laning and Sophomore newcomer Robert Tilley.


    This week will be another tough week of workouts before we finally dive headlong into racing on Tuesday, September 2nd, against the defending conference champion Huskies of Hersey on our home course.  The following day, Wednesday, September 3rd, our Varsity squad will travel to Lakewood Forest Preserve for the Lake County Championship that takes place annually at the very beginning of our season.


    I mentioned on Saturday that I would include a link to the Co-Curricular Code that was discussed.  You can find that link here should you choose to study every minute detail:


    http://barrington220.org/cms/lib2/IL01001296/Centricity/Domain/84/CoCurricularCode.pdf 


    For the parents who could not be in attendance for our discussion of the Code, please contact me, Coach Tom Root, at troot@barrington220.org.  We are required to discuss the Code at the start of every season.  Hopefully we can find a time at the start or end of a practice during the week to make this happen.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


    I’ll be touching base again soon.  Until then, have a wonderful week, and I hope you are all looking forward as much as I am to our annual 40-quarter 2-man Relay Fundraiser/Workout that is happening this Saturday.  Hope to see many of you there at the conclusion of the workout which always seems to draw quite a crowd of parents and family to celebrate the conclusion of this extremely difficult workout and necessary fundraiser to the ongoing success of our program. 
     
     
     
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  • Sunday, August 17, 2014
     
    First off, apologies for the confusion with dates in my previous post.  Judging by the number of runners who still showed up to practice last week, I take it no one looked at the post or everyone just ignored the non-existent dates that I presented.
     
    For those of you still looking for our 2014 meet calendar, it is now up to date on the Schedule/Results link.  Other links are slowly being updated.
     
    This week, we will be practicing every day at 3:00pm at the BHS track.  This will be our practice time for the rest of the season except for meet days and Saturdays (we will also never practice on Sundays).  If any athletes are still interested in being part of the team this year and have not yet been to a practice, they need to report asap to talk with myself and/or the other coaches with their PINK SLIP IN HAND so that we can get them on track with the rest of the team.
     
    A large percentage of our team began meeting to train back in June only a week or so after the track season wrapped up, attended approximately four weeks of "coaches camp," and then continued to train, led by Captains Konrad Eiring and Ben Laning, through August.  In order to be as successful as one can possibly be, runners must build up a large base of mileage prior to the season to prepare their bodies for the rigors of the season and prevent overuse injuries which can very easily occur when an athlete goes from a sedentary lifestyle to running daily in a short period of time.  I am discussing this now so that hopefully those runners who did not run as much as they maybe should have this summer can learn from this and be more prepared for next year.  Regardless of a runner's past experience/training, the coaching staff will do everything in their power to keep our athletes from overtraining at first and developing an injury this season.  At this point, I'd like to quote a past coach of mine.  This applies especially to our most competitive athletes.  "A championship cannot be won over a summer, but it can certainly be lost."  Every athlete on our team must realize that they are part of a championship-caliber team and whether one is our "first" or "last" runner, we are all striving together to be our best selves both on and off the cross country course.  This is a YEAR-ROUND commitment.
     
    All athletes should have received an invitation regarding next Saturday's Intrasquad meet and Parent Picnic.  All parents and athletes are required to be at this practice at Ron Beese park primarily because this is when we discuss the co-curricular code of conduct.  On top of that, our Intrasquad meet also gives us a first glimpse into what we can expect to see throughout the rest of the season.  Here is the schedule for that day:
     
    7:30 - Runners arrive to set up course
    8:00 - Runners warm up
    9:00 - RACE
    10:30 - Picnic and "Meet the Coaches"/Code Talk 
     
    I for one can not wait to see the guys unleash the training that they have built up onto our home course at Ron Beese Park.  You will also see a few alumni, both young and old, competing with our current athletes (myself included).
     
    Feel free to email me at any time with questions or concerns at troot@barrington220.org.
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  •  First 2014 XC Practice is at 3:00, Wednesday, August 13rd!
     
    ATHLETES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PRACTICE WITHOUT A PINK SLIP FROM THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR'S OFFICE.  PLEASE COME PREPARED. 
     
    This is just a reminder that our first practice is taking place this Wednesday, August 13th, at 3:00pm at the BHS track.  For those athletes who will not be able to attend the 3:00 practice due to band or another pre-discussed conflict, we will also have a small group of coaches and athletes meeting at 7:00am on each of those three days (Wednesday 8/13 - Friday 8/15)
     
    We will also be practicing Saturday, August 16th, at 7:00am at Ron Beese Park. 
     
    Looking forward to seeing you all out there!  -Coach Root 
     
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     From the desk of Coach Root...
     
     
    Greetings BHS XC team, families, coaches, alumni and our vast international network of fans (I’m looking toward the Czech Republic on that international part, David Cerny…),

    This is the first post coming across the interweb from Coach Root.  I am attempting to get this site back up to date after a slow summer here.  My energy over the last couple of months, along with the rest of the team, has been aimed at getting fitter and faster.  We’ve been anything but slow…


    Captains Eiring and Laning led the charge in June leading the guys down the hugely exciting road that is summer running before a high school cross country season.  Interim assistant coach McAuliff (2012 BHS graduate/marathoner/student XC coach at Marquette) and I took over leadership in July for our official summer camp where we saw an extremely competitive ultimate frisbee tournament crown the “Bob Squad” champions of the BHS front lawn, the Alumni (aka Team Fatty) extend their championship streak to five years running in the “Skinny People Throwing Heavy Objects” competition, and thousands of miles logged by young men devoted to bettering themselves and preparing to do battle across Illinois with some of the most strong and fierce athletes our state, and even our nation, has to offer.  Across all levels, guys have shown an indomitable grit and dedication that will undoubtedly leave them prepared for it.


    This past weekend we returned from our annual team trip to Devil’s Lake, WI, near the Dells where we ran some of our absolute toughest workouts and explored some of the most beautiful trails and areas the midwest has to offer.  I’ll be posting a link to some photos asap from that trip so keep an eye out.


    These next couple of weeks are back in the hands of our devoted captains and other leaders of our squad during the “blackout period” when I am not allowed to have any contact with the athletes.  I ran past the high school track this morning and the guys who were stretching post-run there dutifully scattered from sight…  We’ll be back in business August 13th at 3:00 at the BHS track for our first “official” practice of the 2014 season.  For those athletes with conflicts such as Band practice which I understand is also at 3:00 for that Wednesday through Friday, we will have an alternate practice time of 7:00am for those three days for those athletes.  Coaches Stec, Medansky, Weisenberger, and I will be around as we are available both of those practice times to make sure all athletes are able to start the season off on the right foot at the appropriate level of intensity and mileage based on the work they have done throughout the summer.


    We are all anxiously looking forward to getting into the new season and school year.  Hope you all have a great next few weeks before we see many of you at the track on August 13th.


    Warmly,

    Coach Root

     
     
     
     
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  • Click HERE for Spring Break Workouts
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  • End of Year Awards
     
    To all runners:  The link is now active for you to go online and vote for the team awards for this year.  You can vote for team MVP, most improved runner, outstanding freshman, and next year's captains.  Awards will be presented at the Fall Sports Awards Night on Wednesday, November 14th.  Please only vote once.  Vote online by clicking here.
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  • September 21 - Mixed Results at Argo and Peoria
    After a Sophomore win and varsity loss at Hoffman Estates on Thursday, the team hoped to regroup this weekend with our annual trip to Detweiller Park for the Peoria Invite.  We split our squad this weekend, taking the top 10 to Peoria and the rest of the team to the Dave Brady Invite hosted by Argo High School.  
     
    At Peoria the satisfaction of some individual strong performances was tempered by the team's worst finish in several years.  Jake Herb was our top finisher (14:52) and placed himself 7th on the all-time list of Barrington runners at Detweiller Park.  Jake is running great right now and should be a part of the conversation as one of the top runners in the state.  Behind Jake, Kyle Monahan (15:34),  Andy Gensburg (16:19), Connor Smith (16:19), and Kurtis Monahan  (16:27), and Ben Laning (16:43) all ran personal bests.  Even with some strong performances, as a whole team, we did not run well and finished 14th, well behind conference rivals Hersey and Palatine.  This left us with a feeling that we have a lot of work to do but confident in our abilities to get the work done.
     
     
    At Argo, the highlight of the day was the Frosh/Soph team finishing 2nd overall behind strong performances by Alex Maher (2nd, 16:18), Garrett Haufschild (3rd, 16:31), Jack Coombs (16th, 17:07), Ben Simone (21st, 17:27), and Nolan Sadler (28th, 17:40).  The short-handed varsity team (runners at Peoria and many taking the ACT) banded together well for an 8th place finish.  Strong runs were turned in by Tate Fisher (28th), David Joyce (40th), Nathan Otto (45th), and Nick Cogswell (50th).  The open race was won by Adam Phillips in a rehab assignment, followed by 9 runners in the top 26.  This race is not scored, but its clear Barrington would have finished at or near the top.  
     
     
    Looking Ahead 
    This week we have our first home meet of the season against Schaumburg on Thursday followed by the Palatine Invite on Saturday.  The Palatine Invite always serves as a mid-season check point for us and the start of the season where we begin to focus on racing well.  Let's see how the guys respond.
     
     
     
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  • September 12 - Palatine Dual
    Hi Dad!  We knew we had a tough task last night in trying to bring to an end Palatine's staggering 69 dual meet win streak.  Even with our #3 and #5 runners out with injury, our guys were confident and ready  to come out on top.  In the end, the men of Palatine showed their fortitude and extended the streak to 70, winning 22-35.  We were in the race til the end. It shaped up into mini-battles within the race; our #1 vs. their #1, our #2 & #3 vs. their #2 & #3.  The only problem was that Palatine won every battle.  While I know the guys are disappointed with the loss there were a lot of bright spots to take away from the effort.  Jake Herb had his best race so far.  "The Herb" as we found out Palatine's runners call him (Jake proudly declared on the bus ride home "I have a reputation!")ran stride for stride with Palatine superstar Graham Brown.  Although Brown pulled away in the last 200, Jake ran a 15:05, the second fastest time on this course in Barrington's history.  To put Jake's effort in perspective, last year at the Palatine Invite, Ryan Burgoon ran 15:11 and went on to place 12th in State.   Behind Jake, Kyle Monahan had a break out race and seems primed to step in and fill some holes in the lineup.  I'm extremely proud of the way Jack Foley and Connor Smith ran.  They came to compete and, along with Konrad Eiring, rounded out our scoring five. Tynan Bowyer had a strong performance, running the course in 17:44 and venturing into our top 12 for the first time.      
     
    The frosh/soph team won their second dual meet in a row (26-29) behind the individual winner, Alex Maher.  Alex covered the 2.5 mile course in 13:37and was followed by Garrett Haufschild, Nolan Sadler, Jack Coombs, and Ben Simone as our scoring five.  Behind the strong leadership of Haufschild, freshmen Ben Simone and Nolan Sadler had the best races of their young careers and Jack Coombs keeps getting better every week and is showing glimpses of a promising varsity career.  Thomas Hermann, Ian Fournie, and Austin Shinn continue to improve and played key roles in the win.     
     
    In the end, Palatine beat us in another dual meet.  Last year we responded positively and ended up beating Palatine at their own invite, and two more times with close one point margins at Sectionals and State.  We have a lot of work to do but we have some key runners coming back and many others primed to step up.  I'm excited about the season to come!
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  • September 9 - The Week Ahead
    Thursday - Palatine Dual Meet.  Deer Grove East Forest Preserve off Dundee, just east of Smith Rd.  Races start at 4:30 with JV girls, followed by frosh/soph boys, Varsity girls, then Varsity boys.  Bus leaves at 3:00.
     
    Saturday - Wauconda Invite - Bus leaves promptly at 7:00
    Where: Lakewood Forest Preserve, Route 176 and Fairfield Road           

    Directions: Enter Lakewood at main entrance on Route 176, one block west of Fairfield.  Proceed straight past the museum on the left to the second right turn which will take you on a circular drive to the pavilion where your team can set up camp.  The buses will be able to park along the circular drive.  If entering from Ivanhoe Road, take the first left from Forest Preserve Road around to shelter.

    Schools: Barrington(boys), Cary-Grove, Conant, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Glenbard East(girls), Glenbrook South, Grant, Grayslake Central, Grayslake North, Harvard, Huntley, Johnsburg, Kaneland, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich (girls), Lakes, Lane, Libertyville (JV Girls) , Lisle, Marengo (boys), Marian Central, McHenry, Mundelein, New Trier, Oak Park-River Forest (boys), Richmond-Burton, Round Lake, St. Edwards, Stevenson, Vernon Hills (Boys & JV Girls), Warren, Wauconda, Waukegan, West Chicago, Wheaton-Warrenville South(boys), Zion-Benton

    Races: Begin at 8:30 AM                 Freshman Boys                                   3 miles

                                                                 Girls F/S (unlimited)                          3 miles

                                                                Boys F/S (unlimited)                          3 miles                        

                                                                Girls Varsity (top 7)                           3 miles                        

                                                                Boys Varsity (top 7)                           3 miles                        

                                                                Girls Open (unlimited)                       3 miles                        

                                                                Boys Open (unlimited)                       3 miles  
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  • September 5 - Barrington Wins Lake County Invite and Elk Grove Dual
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    Lake County Invite 
    We started the season off with a strong showing at the Lake County Invite on Tuesday and a Dual meet win against Elk Grove on Wednesday.  The team executed our race plan well.  We wanted our top four to go out and be among the top 10 at the mile with our secondary pack 10 seconds behind.  It was our thought that many guys went out too fast during intrasquad and a more conservative first mile would produce a faster finish.  We finished with four in the top eleven and Kyle Monahan and Jack Foley moved up nicely to give us six in the top 20.   We still have some work to do but this was a good start and our Fourth consecutive County Championship.  
     
    Results
    Elk Grove Dual
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    At Elk Grove we worked on improving our 1-5 split and packed up for the first part of the race.  
    Elk Grove showed a lot of fight with their front runner, Frinter, staying in the lead group and their
    2-5 hanging around. In the end, our guys showed their fitness and pulled away for a nice 21-40 win.
    The frosh-soph also won behind the exiting debut of sophomore Alex Maher, who ran down an Elk Grove runner
    in the final 300 meters fir the win. Our frosh-soph team is showing a lot of promise early in the season.
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