Wednesday, October 29, 2014

XC News and Updates

Lots of news to share …

Practice Info
-          No practice Thursday (tomorrow)
-          Friday practice at Desert Rd at 3:00

-          Vans leave at 7:30 AM from Desert Rd
-          Vans are stopping for pizza on the way home (see below for more restaurant info)
-          Vans will return to Desert Rd 4:00-5:00.  Kids can call from the road.

We need an RSVP for every runner (send email to Susan) with the following information:
-          Saying if you want a ride to the race in Belfast
-          Saying if you want a ride back to Freeport after the race in Belfast
-          If you don’t need a ride at all, send a note saying that

Pizza Info for Saturday
Vans are going to pizza on the way home from the races in Belfast.  We have made reservations for just the runners.  If parents or other family members want to join in, great - and please make your own reservations.  If your runner is not going to pizza at all, tell Susan in your RSVP note re: van rides.
The restaurant is:
Roosters Coal Fired Pizza
110 Community Drive

End-of-season gathering

Please put Monday, November 10 on your calendar!  We will be getting together on that Monday evening at 7:00 PM in the Community Hall.  We will have potluck dessert and say thank you to a number of folks.  It is always a nice way to cap off the season, so please plan on being there and bringing a dessert to share.  This is an event for runners and their parents, with siblings most welcome.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A solution to smelly wet shoes

Here's a brief video on how to best dry out your running shoes (and spikes), which seems apropos, given the weather last week.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Regionals (10.25.14)

Regionals this year involved a lot of numbers.  Seven boys.  Seven girls.  Six course PRs.  Six top ten finishes.  Nine runners in the top 30.  Six individual medals.  20 team medals.  Two team plaques. All in all, not a bad day.

After what felt like 40 days and 40 nights of rain, the course at Twin Brook was wet, but not as muddy as expected.  The morning was cool, but with little wind and bright sun, the conditions were close to perfect for running.  Although the traditional crowds were a little thin, perhaps in part due to parking restrictions, Merriconeag was well supported by family, friends and faculty.  Regionals also marked the return of the dome tent (and a new parental set-up record).  Thanks to all our supporters, and particularly to our alternates Davis and Phoebe, Eliza for taking splits, and all the photographers. More after the jump:

Regional Meet Coverage

Check out this article on Milesplit, which name checks several of our runners- Tucker, Zach, Nick, Olivia and Sam.  Olivia and Tucker are interviewed as well.  There's also photos from both races, and a video from the boys' race.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Congratulations the Merriconeag boys and girls cross country teams.  Both were runner-up at the Western Maine Class C Regional meet this morning at Twin Brook.  Check back soon for full results, photos, meet re-cap and more.

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.

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.