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:
For the parents who could not be in attendance for our discussion of the Code, please contact me, Coach Tom Root, at email@example.com. 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.
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.
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 milesBoys Open (unlimited) 3 miles
Elk Grove Dual
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.