Our dual meet against Maple Valley starts at 4:30 on Thursday. There is a two-way bus. See the meet sheet for more info.
I would like to remind all of our athletes and parents about our upcoming community service project.
On Saturday, May 10 we will meet at G-AMS at 9:00am. We will then break into groups and drive around Augusta, collecting food that residents have left at the end of their driveways. We will deliver the food to the food bank/church in Augusta and are expected to be done by noon (times may vary as this is the first time we've done this).
While we are doing this in Augusta, the boy scouts are doing the same in Galesburg.
We need every one of our athletes to attend this event. We also need 6-10 people willing to drive and use their vehicle for transporting the food. This can be an athlete, parent or other legal driver. Please let me know this week if you are willing to be a driver on May 10. Any parent who is uncomfortable letting his/her student ride in a car with another HS student should either volunteer to serve as an adult driver or let me know so I can make arrangements for your child with another adult driver.
Also, we are still in need of 2-3 individuals to volunteer to distribute flyers this Saturday, May 3--either in addition to attending May 10 or in lieu of attending. The time of day is flexible for the 5/3 assignment.
It turned out to be perfect weather at Bangor on Friday night, and there were several G-A performances that were beautiful in themselves. The highlight of the night was the boys' showing in the discus, in which Ryan uncorked a whopping 141'4" and Terry broke into triple digits with a 101'0". Together, their throws of 242'4" were just 8 feet shy of the meet record, and good enough to earn first place by nearly twenty feet. Ryan's throw surpassed the mark he will need to throw at regionals in order to qualify for the state meet, and Tristan's distance is the third-best in the state by a freshman so far this season.
G-A's shining moments continued in the field events, where Sierra N. and Madison teamed up to take 2nd place in the high jump. Madison's new personal record of 4'11" and Sierra's jump of 4'4" actually tied the first place team from Allegan at 9'3", but they were edged out in the tiebreaker. Madison and Savanna jumped 15'3" and 14'0" respectively to earn 2nd place medals in the long jump as well.
The girls' freshman-only 4x100m relay team took home 2nd place medals as well as the girls team finished in 7th out of 12 teams. This is despite only bringing seven girls to compete and leaving several events open in the lineup. The girls' team scored points in every event in which they competed, including a 4th place finish from the 4x100m team and a pair of 5th place finishes from the freshman duo of Taylor and Alyssa. The boys finished in 9th out of 12, with the 4x100m team of Jared, Nathan, Tristan and Ryan scoring an 8th place finish. Overall, we left Bangor with one of the more successful set of performances we have had there in quite some time.
A few athletes still have not turned in green goal sheets, and as a reminder--completing the goal setting process is a requirement for a varsity letter or end-of-the-season award! Have a wonderful weekend and see you at the track on Monday!
The two-way bus leaves for Bangor on Friday at 2:15. Please view the meet sheet for more info.
Also, our community service project is coming up soon. Don't forget to mark your calendars for 9-noon on Saturday, May 17 to pick up food in Augusta. We are also in need of 2-4 athletes to deliver flyers the preceding Saturday (May 10). This can be in addition to your attendance on 5/17 or in lieu of it.
The girls' team defeated Hackett 76-56, and the guys fell short by the score of 84-43 on Tuesday night. It was a solid team effort as many athletes tried new events, multiple personal records were set, and the Rams represented the school well yet again.
In the girls' meet, Alyssa had a three-foot improvement in her shot put to take 2nd place. She paired that with a 3rd place performance in the disc and a surprised-yet-willing last-minute performance in the winning 4x100m relay team. Whitney tried the high jump for the first time and finished third, while Sierra N. and Madison both set personal records in the event as well. Madison won the 300 hurdles and the long jump, while Sierra N set another PR in the 400 en route to a 2nd place finish. Savanna won both the 100m and the 200m dashes, including a best-in-the-region performance in the 200m with a time of 27.85. Bethy had lifetime-best performances in both hurdle races on the way to a 1st and a 2nd place performance, She also joined Ana participating in the long jump for the first time ever. Taylor took part in two winning relay teams white Sierra B. scored a 2nd in disc, 3rd in shot, helped win a relay, and won the not-contested pole vault.
In the guys' meet, G-A took first place in all of the field events, led by Ryan who won the shot, disc and high jump (in an exciting jump-off for first place). Jimmy finished first in the 110 hurdles and 2nd in the 300m hurdles, both times edging out a Hackett runner at the finish line to score eight points in the meet. Logan braved the hurdles as well, finishing third in the high hurdles in his first ever attempt at the event. Cole had an impressive day, scoring in the long jump and the 400m dash. Jared's 200m time took over a second off of his previous best time as he finished in 2nd place. Bryan improved his shot put, nearly hitting 30 feet while Tristan scored points in the shot, disc and long jump (winning the long jump). Nathan C. matched his season-best time in the mile despite a windy backstretch, Nathan W. overcame a frustrating day in the ring to help the 4x100m team to win his heat in the 100m, and Danny and Robert dealt with pulled muscles on a cold afternoon. Robert was able to chip two tenths of a second off of his team-best 100m time though, as well as score a 2nd place in the long jump.
There were many accomplishments to be proud of and it was another successful day for the Running Rams. Way to go team!
Are you available to help on the morning of Saturday, May 17?
The G-AHS Sports Boosters is a tireless group of community members who works hard to support G-A athletes. Just this spring, they purchased our teams a new 20x10' pop-up tent and new girls' discs. Next year, I plan on asking them for help purchasing new uniforms for our guys' teams.
In the past, the Boosters have done many fundraisers throughout the year, but they are changing things this year to focus on one or two larger-scale fundraisers. One of these is the Galesburg Ford "Drive One For Your School" Event. For those of you who aren't aware, Ford pays out $20 for every person who test drives one of their vehicles during this event. That money goes directly to Sports Boosters and we can earn a maximum of $6000 during this event. In real terms, that's the profitability of approximately 15-20 home football games. This has been a missed opportunity for us in the last few years because of low attendance.
On May 17, we need at least one adult and 3-4 players per team to be on hand first thing at Galesburg Ford. We will utilize these people to knock on doors and spread the word about the event. Would you please consider helping out the Sports Boosters that Saturday morning? Your efforts will help Boosters raise money, which in return will help our track and cross country teams afford nice things for our athletes!
I am really hoping to see the track and cross country teams well-represented at all future events, starting with this opportunity on May 17. Parents and athletes, please let me know as soon as possible if you are able to serve as one of our team representatives.
I'm excited to announce that the Kalamazoo chapter of Team Half Step has decided to form an official partnership with the G-A track & field and cross country teams. Team Half Step is a non-profit running club that aims to raise money for local schools' track and cross country teams. What that mean's for G-A is that there is now a local organization focused on providing financial support for our runners. Team Half Step is particularly interested in helping with the cost of running shoes and cross country camp for G-A athletes and their families.
I met with the co-founders of the Kalamazoo chapter of Team Half Step, Lizzie Stewart and Megan Walters. They believed that partnering with our teams would be a good fit and I look forward to seeing how they can help our teams. We are certainly blessed to be the recipients of this group's goodwill and commitment to area athletes.
If you would like to support this organization, please visit the Team Half Step (Kzoo) website, or join their facebook group. I would encourage you to promote and/or participate in any of their future fundraisers, as they are essentially fundraisers for our teams. Thanks for your support and go Rams!
There is a one-way bus to the Hackett meet tomorrow. Athletes must stay at the meet until its completion. Please see more info on the meet sheet.
Also, this Wednesday, April 23 is picture day. Please bring uniforms and warm-ups to practice, in addition to practice apparel to change into after pictures. Order forms were handed out on Friday, and I have extras if you need one.
Stay tuned for an exciting announcement later this afternoon!
After a long spring break and the longest pre-season in history, our team finally had a full meet and some nice weather in which to enjoy it! The girls came 8 points short of defeating Constantine, despite being outnumbered considerably. If you take away the points Constantine scored in events with no G-A runners, we would have outscored them by ten points! So despite coming up short in the final tally, there was a lot to be proud of at this meet.
Sierra B. and Madison both turned in the impressive feat of winning all four of their events. Sierra won the disc, shot and pole vault; Madison won the high jump, long jump and 300m hurdles; and both were on the winning 4x100m relay team (along with Savanna and Sierra N.).
Bethy had a lifetime best time in the 100m hurdles, Ana cleared her first-ever bar in the pole vault, and Savanna won the 100. Sierra N. scored in all four of her events, and Whitney won a thrilling 3200m to go with her 3rd place finish in the mile. Alyssa earned a 2nd place finish in the shot and a 3rd in the disc, and Taylor started her disc career with an impressive mark.
On the guys' side, Ryan dominated both throwing events, setting new lifetime-best marks in both while picking up a pair of wins. Nathan C. cut over 30 seconds from his 2-mile time on his way to a 3rd place finish. Robert earned a pair of 3rd place finishes while running two events he had never run before--the 300m hurdles and the 100m dash. Tristan scored 3rd place finishes in both throwing events. Danny (HJ), Bryan (SP/DT), Jimmy (HJ/Hurdles) and Logan (PV) competed in their events for the first time ever in a meet. Nathan W. had a lifetime best throw in the disc, and Cole had substantial improvements in both his 100m time and his 400m split since the Comstock meet.
You can view results from this meet or from the season on athletic.net.
With no wind in the forecast, it's looking like today might be our nicest day yet! As we enjoy the sunshine, there are a few items that need the attention of our athletes and parents:
I am in my 11th year coaching high school sports, and my second coaching cross country.