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Patriot League Meet Recap Saturday was an excellent day for the EPXC program! Both teams ran significantly faster than last week, we learned what we’ll need to do in order to qualify for state, several athletes took home All-League recognitions, and we earned a team League Champion award. EPXC GIRLS: Congrats to the EPXC girls team, your 2018 Patriot League Champions! The EPXC girls had an amazing race, scoring just 51 points and edging out 2nd place Frontier Academy by 6 pts. This was also one of the “challenging goals” that the team set at the start of the season! The whole girls team also ran MUCH faster than they did at this same course two weeks ago. Cumulatively, they were able to drop 9:54 from their times at the Platte Valley Invitational (PVI). We are confident that the course was still long this past week. Our top 4 runners received All-League recognitions: Annalise ran a 21:05 and placed 2nd and was All-League, Charly ran a -2s PR of 21:24 and placed 4th and was All-League, Mae ran 21:58 and placed 5th and was All-League, and Brooke ran a -13s PR 22:14 and placed 12th and was All-League Honorable Mention. Eva was our 5th runner and final scorer placing 28th with a time of 23:45, -26s faster than at the PVI. Melia was our 6th runner and she ran a -24s PR 24:24, Cailyn was our 7th with a time of 25:36. Sam finished with a 26:40, Sarah ran a -39s PR 26:56, and Daffney ran a 27:41. As we continue to taper down and prepare over the next week and a half, we hope that the girls team will carry the momentum and confidence of their win on Saturday to Regionals on the 18th and on to the state meet after that. EPXC BOYS: The EPXC boys team also had a great race but were narrowly bummed out of the top three for their team finish. They finished in 4th, just 4 points behind Liberty Common and only 1 point ahead of Resurrection Christian. This was a close race, but in total, the boys ran much faster than they did at PVI; and they improved their cumulative time by -4:54! The boys had 2 runners who finished in the top 10 and earned for All-League honors. Nathan was our first across the line, finishing 6th with a time of 18:07 and was All-League, Lucas was also All-League placing 8th with a time of 18:22. Hayden was our 3rd finisher placing 18th with a time of 18:50, Javier was our 4th placing 28th with a -31s PR of 19:11, and Steel rounded out our scoring 5 placing 36th with a 19:26. Cole was next across the line with a 19:34 a -51s improvement over PVI, followed by Derrick 19:59, Atlas 20:14, a -22s from PVI, and Sawyer who ran a new PR of 23:13, a -1:17 from his previous best! On the boys side, the race was very telling of the high level of competition that we have in our league and gave us a good idea of exactly what we’ll need to do in order to qualify for the state meet next Thursday. THANK YOU to Cailyn and her family for hosting team dinner on Friday; the lasagna seems to have been perfect fuel for fast races this weekend! Looking Ahead to Regionals We are a week and a half away from one of the most important races of the season, Regionals on Thursday, October 18th. The 3A Region 4 race is the qualifying race for the CHSAA State XC Meet. To qualify for state, we must finish in the top 4 as a team OR the top 15 as an individual. When the boys and girls team set their team goals at the beginning of the season, the Regional race was featured prominently throughout. Boys Team : Challenging Goals “top 3 at Regionals & send team to state”, Dream Goals: “Win Regionals & 3+ runners in top 15 at Regionals”. Girls Team : Challenging Goals: “Qualify for State”, Dream Goals: “Win Regionals”. This is a very special group of runners and we think that all of their goals are well within reach, now it’s just a matter of following through. We talk a lot about doing the “little things” that will make the team more successful and our athletes summed them up in their goals as well. If our team can commit to doing all of these things for the rest of the season with renewed intensity, then we are very confident in their ability to continuing to achive their goals at state and beyond.   Plans for This Week Monday – Trail Run @ Lumpy Ridge (3:45-5:30 PM) Tuesday – Workout at HS (3:30-6:00 PM) Wednesday – Water Polo @ Aquatic Center (3:30-6:00 PM) *Bring a Swimsuit and Towel Thursday – Workout at HS (3:30-6:00 PM) Friday – Workout/ Team Dinner/ Haunted Corn Maze in Longmont (approx. 3:30-9:30) *More details later this week. Team/ Athlete Photos If you have any photos from our meets or any EPXC events this year, please upload them to this google drive folder ...

It has been a VERY busy week for the EPXC team; this was our hardest training week of the season AND it was also the week leading up to our home meet. Now that the hardest training and the meet planning are behind us, we can begin to focus in on the championship season races (League, Regional, & State) and tapering (gradual reduction in volume and intensity of training) for peak performance.  Meet Recap: Both teams had excellent races on Saturday. The EPXC girls and EPXC boys varsity teams both placed 3rd out of 14 teams (boys 82 pts., girls 97 pts.), and we had 3 runners in the top-10, and 6 runners set new PRs! In the top-10 we had Charly 7th and Annalise 9th on the girls' side and Nathan was 5th on the boys' side. Our runners who set new PR's included Steel (19:21, -21s), Javier (19:22, -20s), Atlas (19:24, -28s), John (22:09, -1:02), Sawyer (24:30, -23s), and Sarah (27:35, -44s). Complete race results can be found HERE ...

Platte Valley Meet Recap: Congratulations to both EPXC teams on an excellent set of races yesterday at the Platte Valley Invitational! The EPXC boys team placed 2nd and the EPXC girls team placed 1st! This course will be the venue for the Patriot League meet this year and this meet was a good opportunity for our athletes to test themselves against many of the teams that we will see at the League and Regional meets. After much discussion with the coaches running the course with a GPS watch, we suspect that this particular course was approximately .18 miles longer than a true 5k. Below, we have included the adjusted 5k times for each athlete in italics in the results below (note: these are not official times or PRs). For the actual times, please visit the results PAGE ...

Platte Valley Meet Recap: Congratulations to both EPXC teams on an excellent set of races yesterday at the Platte Valley Invitational! The EPXC boys team placed 2nd and the EPXC girls team placed 1st! This course will be the venue for the Patriot League meet this year and this meet was a good opportunity for our athletes to test themselves against many of the teams that we will see at the League and Regional meets. After much discussion with the coaches running the course with a GPS watch, we suspect that this particular course was approximately .18 miles longer than a true 5k. Below, we have included the adjusted 5k times for each athlete in italics in the results below (note: these are not official times or PRs). For the actual times, please visit the results PAGE ...

It has been another busy week for the EPXC team. We hosted our 5th Annual Color Run Fundraiser, competed at the Wolverine Invitational, and are only 2 weeks away from our home meet, the Longs Peak Invitational. Please read carefully as there is a lot of information for the upcoming week.   Wolverine Invitational: This past Friday, the EPXC team traveled down to Monfort Park in Greeley for the Wolverine Invitational hosted by Frontier Academy. It was a record high-temperature day (93 F) and EPXC ran against a very competitive field of teams. Both teams managed to have a great set of races, and a few of our runners even set new personal records for the 5k! The EPXC girls ran first and placed 2nd out of 11 schools! The girls team finish was very impressive however, their individual results required a little closer inspection to fully appreciate. On the bus ride down to the meet, the discussion focused around being aggressive and trying to set new PR’s on this historically quick course, but only Eva and Sarah were able to leave with new PRs (-13s and -1:26). Most of the girls team was not able to PR, likely because of the heat, and many seemed a little disappointed after the race. On closer inspection, their results were really very encouraging. If we compare the times of our top 6 returning runners to their performances on this same course at this meet last year, we are a very impressive 10:26 faster than we were in 2017! Here’s a quick rundown of the full individual places and improvements. Annalise placed 4th and improved by 59s. Charly placed 11th and improved by 2:35. Mae placed 15th and improved by 1:08. Brooke placed 17th but it was her 1st race on this course. Zoe placed 30th and improved by 27s. Eva placed 32nd and improved by 2:26 and set a -13s lifetime PR! Melia placed 46th and improved by 2:51. Caylin placed 71st but did not have a previous time for this course. Sarah set a new lifetime PR of -1:26! Sam placed 98th. Overall, it was a very encouraging race and if the girls are able to improve as much as they did from this point to regional last year, then we will be very well positioned to qualify for State. The EPXC boys ran next and placed 5th out of 12 schools. On the boys side, almost every runner either set a new PR or improved on their time from last year. Cumulatively, the returning boys team dropped 2:26 from their 2017 times! Here’s a quick rundown of the full individual places and improvements. Nathan Zurfluh placed 11th and was within 10s of his 2017 time. Lucas Russell placed 14th and dropped 6s from his course PR and was within 3s of his lifetime PR. Hayden Filsinger placed 21st and set yet another PR dropping -30s from his time! Cole Murray placed 29th and dropped -21s from his PR and 2:04 faster at this meet than last year! Steel Wolf placed 40th and took an impressive -43s off his PR. Javier placed 42nd and was within 4s of his PR. Derrick was 50th and improved by 7s from this meet last year. Our boys roster was a little short sided due to a mix of ineligibility and injury, which likely affected our team score for this meet. Even so, we will need to be on the lookout for Frontier Academy, University, and Liberty Common and do everything we can to get ahead of them before Regionals if we want to have a chance of qualifying for State. We’d like to thank Coach Stafford and the Moreau family for hosting team dinner and to the Harroffs for filling the snack box this week (the Gatorades on ice were perfect for a hot day like Friday!). Color Run: The 5th Annual Color Run was a big success again this year! We had approximately 70 runners participate, collected sponsorships from 12 local businesses, and raised just over $1000 for the Estes Park XC team! Thank you to all of the athletes, parents, staff, and sponsors who made the race possible again this year. Team Shirts : EPXC’s team shirts finally came in on Friday! For all athletes who ordered a team shirt, they are $8 each. Please bring your money to practice at some point this week. Checks can be made out to “EPHS Athletics”. Injured Athlete Policy: In an attempt to better serve our runners, we are asking that any athlete who knows ahead of time that they will not be able to run during practice at 3:30PM, let either coach know via Remind.com or email at least one day ahead of time. We will ask injured runners to report to either the school or community center pool at 6:30AM for cross training. This will allow for both coaches to provide better rehabilitation exercises, guidance, and supervision than we can during the normal practice time when we are out on the roads with the team. We would also ask that any athlete who cannot run, please report this to their parent(s). Parents play a big role in the rehabilitation process at home, making sure athletes do prescribed home exercises, ice injuries, sleep adequately, etc. Please talk to your athlete about this policy and let us know if you have any questions. Platte Valley Bronco Stampede: EPXC’s next race will be on Saturday, September 22nd in Kersey, CO for the Platte Valley HS Bronco Stampede. Coach Harris will send a meet sheet out later this week ahead of the race. This will be an important race for us, as it will also be the venue for the Patriot League Meet in September. Team dinner on Friday will be hosted by Kelsey Persyn, one of EPXC’s volunteer coaches. Longs Peak Invitational – Volunteers Needed!: We need as many volunteers as possible for EPXC’s home meet on September 29th from 7AM - 3PM. If you are available, please consider helping out for all or part of the day. Please also extend this invitation to friends and family. Ruby Bode will be our volunteer coordinator this year. Please fill out the following form to let her know your availability for the meet.  Longs Peak Invite Volunteer Link ...

Things have started to pick up speed (not just EPXC runners) as we start getting into the thick of the XC season, the runners are finding their stride, and EPXC has a lot of events coming up in the next month. Please read carefully... St. Vrain Recap: EPXC had an excellent showing at the St. Vrain Invitational this past Saturday. In summary, EPXC had 5 individuals finish in the top 20, 7 course PR's, and 8 lifetime PR's!  The varsity girls ran in the first race of the day and were led by Annalise Basch who finished 8th Overall in 21:41, a -41s improvement from her time on this same course last year. Brooke and Charly also placed in the top 20, placing 14th & 17th respectively. Brooke had a lifetime PR of -21s and Charly bettered her course time by -30s. Zoe bettered her course time by -21s, Samantha by -49s, and Daffney by - 1:33. The girls placed 4th as a team, 6 places better than last year, WOW!  The varsity boys ran next and were led by Nathan who placed 8th with a time of 17:32, a course PR of -36s. Lucas was also in the top 20, placing 14th and bettered his PR by -9s. Hayden continued his streak of running a PR every race this season, he improved his PR by -2s. Cole PR'd by -17s, Derrick took -19s off his course time, Javier PR'd by -4s, Atlas PR'd by -32s, Steel PR'd by -1:07, and Woody PR'd by -34s! The boys placed 5th as a team, one place better than last year. A 'Thank You' to the Basch and Raymond families for hosting a great team dinner this past Friday and for filling the snack box for the St. Vrain meet.  Next Race - Wolverine Invite (9/14): EPXC's next race will be the Wolverine XC Invitational at Monfort Park in Greeley. This is the course that Regionals will be run at again later this season. The middle and high school teams will be traveling to and back from this meet together. Class dismissal will be at 12:15pm, and we will plan to be on the road by 12:30pm; we should be back in Estes by 7:00pm.   2018 EPXC Color Run (9/13): The 5th Annual installment of the EPXC Color Run will be held this Thursday at 4pm. Registration for a guaranteed t-shirt and sunglasses ended on Friday 9/7, BUT you can still register for the sunglasses and race only entry for $10. Please consider registering and encourage others to do so! The entry is online and entry fees can be paid at any of the district front offices or brought to either coaches. Registration Link ...

It has been another great week for the EPXC team! Below is a brief recap of EPXC's last meet and some important information on upcoming events. PLEASE read carefully and sign up for any and all volunteer opportunities, if you are available.  Washington Park Invitational This past Thursday, August 30th, the EPXC team had an excellent set of races at the Washington Park Invitational. The EPXC girls varsity team stole the show, placing 1st Overall as a team at the meet, beating out 4A and 5A schools in the process! All of the girls ran strong races, and our top 4 runners were in the top 15, with EPXC freshman runner Brooke setting a lifetime PR, taking 55 seconds off of her time. The EPXC boys  varsity team placed 8th  overall, however, finished second among 3A schools; beaten out only by Skyview Academy. The boys had strong individual  performances , including new lifetime PRs for Javier (-30s), Cole (-33s), Atlas (-1:00), and Hayden (-1:02)!  The JV races were run on a 2 mile course and both EPXC teams ran great races. Coach Harris has a spreadsheet with the team's individual results (including 5k conversions for the 2 mile race) and a link to the full results for the invitational ...

WOW! What a great opener to the 2018 XC season! This morning, the EPXC team ran in their first competition of the year, the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede in Colorado Springs. Both coaches were expecting to see improvement, but teams performed WAY better than even we had expected. The EPXC girls team finished 5th out of 14 teams and the EPXC boys team finished 6th out of 19 teams; it’s worth noting that all of the teams in this particular race are potential state meet qualifiers. A couple of other stats to put EPXC races in perspective. 1.) We totaled the times of the top 6 runners in the CMS 2017 edition and compared them to our top 6 runners today; the boys team improved by 3:54, and the girls improved by 13:46! 2.) Every runner who ran in this race last year, ran faster this year and the 4 returning boys dropped 5:42 from their times, and the 4 returning girls dropped 11:14 from their times! This race showed us that all of the summer training has indeed paid off, but it also presented us with some challenges; to catch up to and surpass the teams in our league that finished ahead of us today. We'd like to mention in particular the individual performances of Ian (19:19) and Hayden (20:22), both of whom beat their all-time PRs (personal records) for the 5k today! We'd also like to thank the EPXC families that helped to support the team this week. Thank you to Mary Zurfluh and Tonya Russell for the great locker decorations, thank you to Mary Zurfluh for hosting team dinner on Thursday, and thank you to the Russells for filling the snack box this week.   Chase Murray: As we're sure all of you have heard by now, one of the EPXC family, Chase Murray, has been diagnosed with and has begun treatment for Leukemia. This was very hard news for all of us on the team to receive last week, but the response from the team and the community has already been amazing. For those interested in following Chase’s progress and helping out, there is now a Caring Bridge ...

Next week marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. The EPXC runners have been training hard, building their mileage base for the past 12+ weeks, and we are excited to see all of that hard work pay off as we transition into the competitive season! This morning the team ran the EPXC Annual 1-mile time trial on the track. This workout serves as the first real indicator of the athletes' fitness going into the season; the runners absolutely crushed it! All of EPXC's returning runners beat their marks from last year, dropping a collective 7:22 from their 2017 time trial times; an average of 40 seconds per runner! It's great to see all of the summer miles already paying off.   The opener to the 2018 EPXC season will be the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede (CMS) at the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs on Friday 8/24. This same course will host the CHSAA State Meet on October 27th. At camp the athletes stated their intention to qualify for and compete at the state meet this season; the CMS meet is a great preview for athletes so they know what to expect at state. This year we will be bringing a full roster, Varsity & JV, down to CMS. All athletes who have the reached the minimum 5 practice requirement by 8/24 will be on the travel roster. We will be departing at 7am and returning around 5:30pm on 8/24. We will send out a link with more meet info including race times later this week. Positive Coaching Alliance - Parent Workshop On Wednesday 8/22, there will be a workshop for all parents of student-athletes in the high school auditorium from 6-7pm. The main focus of the presentation is how to best support your athlete's athletic achievement as a parent. We attended a coaches' workshop by PCA earlier this week and highly recommend it! Parent Meeting Recap Yesterday, we had our EPXC parent meeting. Below is an abbreviated agenda from the meeting, key information, and sign up links. If you were not able to attend, please read the following carefully and let us know if you have any questions. 1. Introduction:    - Coaches & Team Philosophy 2. Rules, Policies, & Other Info:    - New Eligibility policy : The main change is that eligibility grades will be posted on Fridays and will affect runners' eligibility to compete beginning the following Monday through Sunday.     - Varsity Letter Requirements : Finish in the top 7 of EPXC runners in four or more meets OR be a member of the state roster.     - New Uniforms! : This season we are planning to phase out the old uniforms for a new set of New Balance uniforms! As a part of this, we will be switching to a "BYO Shorts" uniform policy. We will be asking every athlete to purchase their own matching uniform bottoms, which they will keep. The girls team has already done this beginning last season and the boys will switch to new shorts once EPXC's new uniforms arrive. Most of the girls already have the black New Balance shorts from last year. If these were lost or need to be replaced OR if this is your first season with EPXC, please let Coach Harris know ASAP so that he can order more.  3. The Role of Parents & Coaches:    - Team Dinner Sign Up : We like to have a team dinner the night before every meet during the season. Several nights were signed up for last night, but we still need more! If you are interested in hosting, please add your name to the calendar using this link (Team Dinner Sign Up ...

We are through the first 'official' week of cross country practice and everyone is looking real strong, fit and ready to have a GREAT season! It seems as though nearly everyone has developed a strong endurance base from the summer training and ready to start tackling some 5K specific workouts. These speed workouts will sharpen the legs, heart and lungs to begin dropping significant 5K times, AS LONG AS 100% is given by each of you every day at practice. For this upcoming week, EPXC will continue to have practice from 6:30AM to approx. 8:15AM Monday (8/13) thru Friday (8/17). After next week we'll start our regular after school practice which can be found on our team calendar ...

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