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Legends CC Meet - Trumbull County Fairgrounds

Thank you very much to everyone in the village who pitched in last week.  I read an article last week about how Syracuse Cross Country built one of the best cross country programs in Men's NCAA.  One line that really stuck with me was from an assistant coach who said, "The reason everyone is acting very much the same is because it's the average...everyone wants to fit in...they all gravitate towards the mean..."  The coach's point was he holds every runner at Syracuse to the highest standard regardless of who they are that way the "average" runner is an excellent runner.  

http://www.letsrun.com/news/2017/09/rise-syracuse-cross-country-powerhouse-built-scratch-10-years/ 

Everyone involved with our program does a fantastic job of holding each other to high standards.  Dad's setting up the tents, parents volunteering at pasta dinners, family members who drive out to Trumbull County to cheer on their Comets, and of course the runners who are competing.  The more than we continue to hold each other to a standard of excellence the more that will become the "average" for our program.  Everyone's performance matters and everyone is important.  Thank you all for everything that you do.  

It was tough to replicate what we did at Gilmour for a second week in a row at the Legends Meet and it showed in our results, but we continue to show signs of growth.  The varsity team finished fourth overall.  We continue to close the gap on St. Ignatius and St. Ed's, plus we beat the #2 ranked Division II school, Rocky River, who we lost to at Strongsville.  Seven individual Comets ran lifetime personal record times and one Comet ran a season best time on the Trumbull County course.  

The Legends Meet is the last time we will evaluate our success based off of our growth in our 5K times.  For the remainder of the season our success will be defined by the final pillar of our program, winning.  We are going to continue to race with smart tactics but our number one priority moving forward will be winning.  

As we said when we met in July here are our goals left on the table: 

  1. Win the Greater Cleveland Conference
  2. Top 2 finish at the OHSAA Northeast Ohio District Meet at Trumbull County
  3. Top 3 finish at the OHSAA Division I, Region I Championship 
  4. Top 10 finish at the OHSAA Division I State Championship 

Since the inception of the Greater Cleveland Conference the championship has always come down between two teams, Solon and Medina.  It will be no different this year.  That means it is M&dina week.  Families please join the team in abstaining from wearing M&dina's colors this week, gr&&n and y&llow, blue and white is preferred.  Go Comets!  

Comet of the Week: 

Nathan Close (17:24.7) - In order to be a winner, cross country runners have to accomplish two general goals, get a little bit better every day and compete with an aggressive personality on race day.  On a day where PR's were few and far between for most runners, Nathan Close, ran a lifetime personal record time and finished fifth overall for the Comets.  Every time Nathan has never finished outside of the top nine at any meet this season.  Nathan's consistency and competitive fire are both admirable and exactly what it takes to become a champion.  Keep up the strong work Nathan!  

Reminders: 

  1. Bus times - We will depart on Saturday at 7:45 amand will arrive back at SHS around 1:00 pm.  At least three athletes were late to or missed the bus last weekend.  Athletes it is your responsibility to make sure you are on time for the meet.  We will continue to remind you each day before practice and at the Friday meeting.  We will be leaving on time this week.  

 

  1. Attendance- Remember if an athlete misses more than one practice per week unexcused (which includes attending meetings or practices for other groups), he will not compete at the conference meet. 
  2. OHSAA practice- This weekend will be the last weekend of competition for most of our team.  During the OHSAA playoffs practice will be mandatory for ten varsity athletes, seven will compete in the playoffs and three will continue to train as reserve runners in case of injury or illness.  Everyone else is welcome to continue practicing with our team if you would like, but you mustlet Coach Seifert or Coach Wieczorek know in advance and you must attend practice everyday.  OHSAA practices and meets need to have our best focus and discipline.  Athletes may not choose to attend practice sporadically during the playoffs.  We will practice as a full team Monday and Tuesday next week.  JV's and Comets will complete their end of season time trial at the high school, next Tuesday, October 17.  

 

Practice: 

Monday - Thursday at South Chagrin Metroparks, Shelter House from 3:29 pm - 5:30 pm.

Friday starting at Solon High School in room #101 at 3:15 pm.  We will dismiss from the middle school cafeteria at 5:00 pm.  

*There is no school for students on Friday.  Please note we will still follow our usual routine to prepare for the conference meet this Friday.  Athletes please use the carpool system to ensure transportation to Friday's practice.