Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Film trailer: Racing the Rez

Most sports films that concern themselves with high school athletics tend to concern themselves with football.  This film (here's the link to the trailer) is something a little different- a documentary about two different high school cross country teams.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Freeport Meet (9.19.14)

This week saw another short jaunt in the vans, this time over to Freeport's community fields.  The seniors were somewhat the worse for wear after camping out for the week, but both teams managed fine showings, with a number of PRs and course bests for individual runners.  Our athletes definitely took advantage of the fast, flat course and the near-perfect running conditions-dry, cool and breezy.  Thanks to all the family, faculty and friends who came to cheer Merriconeag!  Special thanks to Emma, Eliza and Kip for doing the splits.

Tucker went out with the leader again this week, finishing a strong second overall.  Zach had another good effort, mixing it up with York's top pack.  Dylan and Nick had the race of the day, working their way steadily up the ranks and capping the race with a very fast final mile.  They finished a tenth of a second apart, and Nick again moved up the record boardLars rounded out the scoring for Merriconeag, mustering enough kick to break 19 minutes.  Graham had another incredibly consistent race, improving on his course best from last season.  Helped by Graham's excellent pacing, Eli had another good race (and was able to practice his surges). Davis continued his forward progress, setting another PR and moving up steadily throughout the race.  Lincoln embraced the challenge of a race on very little sleep, going out hard in the first mile and hanging on in the second half.  Thomas, in only his second week of cross country, improved by almost thirty seconds on his time from last race.  Liam continued to build on last week's success, running a very evenly paced race.  The boys team finished second to York, ahead of Freeport and Poland.

Olivia started off strong and didn't slow down, winning her first high school race by a very comfortable margin.  Not far behind her was Sam, who started off  right behind the lead pack, and steadily worked her way up into third place, passing a number of competitors.  Fiona A ran another tough race, holding off a challenge from Poland's top runner in the last half mile and getting in a little drafting practice.  Louise was not far behind her sister, running steady splits and passing competitors to another personal best.  Also setting a new personal best was Sophia, who stepped into the final scoring position for the first time this race.  She capped off her race with a massive kick, but the biggest surprise of the meet was Salome, who worked her way up to finish right behind her sister (and with a huge PR) by running negative splits.  Both girls had been part of a larger pack with Fiona L and Sylvie, who finished within a second of one another.  Fiona L finished a minute ahead of her previous course time, while Sylvie eked out a one second personal best.  Phoebe also improved on her course best, working hard in the last mile to fend off the competition.  Fiona C-D, despite struggling with sleep deprivation, managed to negative split the race.  And an almost fully-recovered Chloe finished her first high school race with a very solid effort.  The girls' team finished a very close second (two points!) to York, beating Freeport and Poland.

Full results can be found here.  As always, please share any pictures you may have from the meet.  We hope to see all of you next week when we travel to Libby Hill in Gray.

Merriconeag on Milesplit

Maine Milesplit has a nice piece on yesterday's meet.  Tucker, Zach, Dylan, Nick, Olivia and Sam all get name checked and there are a few race photos as well.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New PT guidelines: What helps and what's just a placebo?

Interesting NPR story on what physical therapy treatments might not be helpful (mainly "passive physical agents").

Thursday practice at Twin Brook

Practice on Thursday, September 18 (tomorrow!) will be at Twin Brook.  We will transport runners to Twin Brook and will bring them to Desert Rd after practice (4:50-5:00).

Parents may pick up their runner at Twin Brook if they like (4:30 PM), but please let Susan know if you/your runner won't need a ride back to Desert Rd.

Thanks to Sarah and Lucy for driving help!

Eating on Race Day

This article is a good reminder to think about all your meals on race day, not just lunch or your snack in the hours before the gun goes off.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little Tuesday inspiration

Here's an inspiring article about a young runner who lost a leg to cancer, but is still racing.

Monday, September 15, 2014

It must be Monday...

...there are a lot of PR cookies.

Freeport Course Map

Running Levity

A little running pun from Phoebe:

Did you hear about the race between the Lettuce and the Tomato???

The Lettuce was a "head" and the tomato was trying to "ketchup"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Merriconeag Meet (9.12.14)

 It was a very exciting day for both Merriconeag cross country teams on the home course at Pineland.  Motivated by almost-perfect running weather, familiar trails and an incredibly supportive home crowd, Merriconeag runners turned in another amazing performance.  Smashing old PRs and setting new records, all returning runners posted improvements, whether it was from last week, last year's race or all of high school (which leads to a troubling lack of new adjectives to describe their accomplishments).  The day also saw the debut of three athletes.  A big thank you to the middle school team for helping to flag on the course and take splits, as well as to the many parents, friends and faculty who came to volunteer, help with timing, photograph, tend to minor medical emergencies and cheer.  And especially thanks to all the parents who contributed to the post race snack table!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

No late van after the race

Making sure everyone knows there is no late van back to Desert Rd after the race at Pineland tomorrow.  Most runners will have family in attendance, and with so many spectators, it should not be difficult for anyone needing a ride to find one with another family.

Go team!

Words of Wisdom

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The History of XC

Ever wondered about where cross country comes from?  Check out this article.