Friday, October 24, 2014

Driving/parking info for Twin Brook

We have been notified that because of the very wet weather this week, there is no spectator parking at Twin Brook.  Drivers may park at Greely High School on Route 9 and take a shuttle to Twin Brook (shuttles start running at 9:00).  Parents may drop off runners at Twin Brook and then go off-site to park.  Student drivers may park in the lot on the Greely road side of Twin Brook and walk through (about a 10+ minute walk).  As you can see, all of this may pose a problem, as our boys need to be on-site at Twin Brook by 8:30 and girls by 9:00.  Lisa Mainella and Hans Gundersen have stepped up, driving a van and a car from Desert Rd (a total of 15 runners).  Runners wanting to take the van should be at Desert Rd for an 8:00 AM departure.  Parents can then take care of their own driving/parking.  

And ... late breaking news ... The Pierce's aunt, Ann Russell, lives at 224 Tuttle Road and has offered her driveway for MWS family parking.  If you are approaching Twin Brook on your right, Ann's house is the second house AFTER the Twin Brook entrance.  It is a cape-style house with a gray barn.  Please feel free to park here rather than take the shuttle from Greely.  It is a very short walk to Twin Brook.  However, as all MWS families will not fit in this one driveway, be sure to leave ample time to park at Greely High School and take the shuttle in case this driveway is full.

Many thanks to the Mainella/Gundersens and the Pierces for coming to the rescue in the driving/parking department!

Arrival times for our runners on Saturday are:
Boys - 8:30
Girls - 9:00

Race times for Saturday are:
Boys - 10:00
Girls - 10:35

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Science of Stink

Ever wondered why your running clothes can smell so...awful?  Here's the answer.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Can you tell which runner is which?

Trails were a bit muddy today, although there's no way this picture does it justice.

Mark your calendars...

...Lars and Eli will be hosting a pre-Regionals pasta party at their house on Friday after practice.  Check back soon for more details.

Info for Regionals

Check the Race Schedule tab for info about arrival times and race times for Regionals this Saturday at Twin Brook.

Monday, October 20, 2014

And now a word from your captains...

Fiona writes:

This week the team continued to enjoy our annual end-of-season taper. We had many good runs, including a solid hill workout on Tuesday and a fun practice Thursday at Desert Rd, followed by a team pasta party. (Sorry it was so last minute, but thanks for coming!) Everyone represented Merriconeag well at WMC’s on Friday, despite the fact that the “injury” portion of the season is beginning to spread throughout the team. Congrats to all ye fleet feet! And also congratulations to the runners whose last race it was– you guys all had a fabulous season! This week we will both work hard and rest up for regionals next Saturday.

Course Map: Regionals at Twin Brook

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Western Maine Conference (10.17.14)

The Western Maine Conference meet this past Friday took place yet again at St. Joseph's College in Standish, where the wind off Sebago Lake tempered the unseasonably warm temperatures (at least somewhat).  The perennially challenging St. Joe's course even offered a few new hills this year.  In the end, several Merriconeag runners were recognized for their efforts with all-Conference status.  It was a long afternoon with four races- boys and girls varsity, and boys and girls junior varsity, followed by an award ceremony.  Thank you to the middle school coach, John Olson, for stepping into the assistant coaching job (and for lugging the shelter).  Thank you also to all the parents, friends, family, parent photographers, and other supporters.  We also had surprise visits from alums Jack Pierce ('12) and John Burgess ('13), who helped with splits and cheered on the runners.  Read on to learn more after the jump:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Upcoming Regional and State Races

For those folks curious about how next week's Regional race leads into the States race, read below for notes from the official MPA Cross Country bulletin ...

The number of teams qualifying for the State Meet in each class will be one-half of the teams that start the race at the Regionals. The top 30 individual finishers in Class A, B and C in each region will qualify for the State Meet.

Also, the schedule for the upcoming Regional race is:

OCTOBER 25, 2014 at Twin Brook Recreational Facility, Tuttle Rd, Cumberland

C - Boys – 10:00, Girls – 10:35 (these are our races!)
A - Boys – 12:00, Girls – 12:35
B - Boys - 2:30, Girls – 3:05

No instruments on Friday, October 17

Runners - you will be leaving at 1:00 today with no ensemble, so no need to bring instruments to school.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pre-Race Pasta Party

The Ahearne and Pierce families will be co-hosting a pre-conference meet pasta party after practice tomorrow at the Ahearne residence (13 Sandy Beach Road, Freeport).  Please note, tomorrow' practice will be at Desert Road.

From Sam:

All runners are welcome to come and share in the festivities at the Ahearne’s house on Thursday the 15th! Since we have a rather large team, it would be great if everyone could contribute to the meal in some way.
  • Freshmen girls: Desert
  • Freshmen boys: Bread
  • Sophomores: Salad
  • Juniors: Drinks
  • Seniors: Drinks
The Ahearnes and Pierces will provide the main course, and there will be a vegetarian option.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

And now a word from your captains...

Zach writes:

This past week kicked off with perfect running weather.  The foliage season is in full swing and the crackling of dry leaves underfoot was heard along all the trails of Pineland.  Tuesday marked our first speed workout of the year.  Everyone worked hard and we all clocked some great times.  The week finished up on Friday with a very fun race at Cape Elizabeth.  Although the course was short (and a little confusing at first), many of the team ran quite fast times and enjoyed the lack of hills.  This concluded the regular season meets for the year, and this next week will mark the transition into the important meets of the season.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cape Elizabeth Meet (10.10.14)

Gull Crest Fields in Cape Elizabeth was the location for the last regular season meet.  The flat, fast, short (only 3.0 miles) course wound around the playing fields and through the woods- even cutting directly through a middle school football game.  Cool temperatures provided some fast times despite many of the runners taking an easy week.  Thanks to all the spectators (especially those who took photos and provided medical aid), as well as Phoebe and Eliza for taking splits (despite the lack of mile markers...they're just that good).

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Words of Wisdom

Cape Elizabeth Course Map

Please note that this week's course is a 3.0, not a full 5K.


Even though it's been on the schedule since last spring, Cape Elizabeth has just switched the time of tomorrow's race.  Our races are now at:
4:30 - Boys
5:00 - Girls

Sorry for any inconvenience this causes anyone.

Since this race is farther away than usual, we will provide transportation for the driving students.  The driving students all know their plan - some are still driving, some will leave a car in Yarmouth on the way down - so please talk to your student if you have questions.

Also, we will have a van at the race, so we can provide rides for some students back to Desert Rd after the race.  Let Susan know by noon Friday if your runner needs a ride back to Freeport.