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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 ...

WHAT? You know that anticipation you get as a kid the night before Christmas? Well, this is like that feeling for ALL of us right now. What you say....well the “Official First Day” of cross country practice in 3 days, of course!! WHAT DAY/DATE? This upcoming Monday, August 6th is the first day of XC practice . If you are unable to attend for whatever reason, contact Coach Harris (alexander_harris@psdr3.k12.co.us) ...

Before the 2018 XC schedule BIG reveal, there are two things to note: Fall Sports Physicals: This is VERY, VERY IMPORTANT as it needs to get done BEFORE August 6th (the first OFFICIAL day of Fall Sport practices) ! Every athlete for each year they participate in any EPHS sport, needs a sports physical on file. This needs to be done before any student-athlete can participate in any sport. Here is the LINK ...

It was another great week of training! Thus far, we have been really impressed with the number of XC runners committed to the summer training...IT WILL PAY OFF. EPXC has 2 more weeks of summer training and then the 'official' first day of practice on Monday, August 6th! Please, please, please read each email from now forward all the way through as the next 2 weeks and into the season there is a lot going on. Also, if you look at EPXC team calendar ...

Estes Park Cross Country is entering Week 8!! WOW! I know you probably don't want to hear this (I think parents do, LOL), but we are officially one-month out from the first week of school. The good news is that means the cross-country season is ALMOST HERE! The first meet will be here in a blink of the eye, so let's keep up those summer mileage. Also, try your best to get in AT LEAST 4 days a week of running from here on out; remember during the season, we are running 5 days per week. As EPXC finishes out July and enters August, you’ll notice the EPXC calendar starting to ramp up with practices, races, team dinners, Color Run, and MUCH more! Please check our team calendar ...

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