Cross Country

Head Boys Coach – Matthew Miller . matthewmiller@natickps.org

Junior Varsity Boys Coach – Justin Voldman . jvoldman@natickps.org

2019 Summer Training Totals

2019 Cross Country Schedule

What you should bring to all practices:  Water bottle, running shoes, weather appropriate clothing.  All runners should hydrate properly with water prior to arriving at practice, and should have their own water bottle at practice.

First Week Schedule (Must complete registration and bring yellow sheet from Athletics to participate)
- 1st practice Aug 22 @ 4pm at Elm Bank (Second Upper Parking lot)
  - Aug 23 @ 4-6pm at Elm Bank
  - Aug 24 @ 9-11am at Town Forest (Varsity only - meet @ Tilly's)
  - Aug 26 @ 6:30-8:00pm at NHS Track ( Optional Parent meeting & 2 mile Time Trial)
  - Aug 27 @ 3-5 pm at NHS Baseball Field
  - First Day of school: Aug 28 @ 2:45 pm (meet at tennis courts and warm-up to baseball field)

Normal Practice Schedule on school days:  Practice is every day, rain or shine, from 2:45pm to 5:15pm.  Meet at softball field at 2:40.

Labor Day Practice:  Monday Sep 2nd is Labor Day.  There will be practice.  If you are on family vacation, you are excused from practice.  All other runners are expected to be at practice.

Jewish Holiday Schedule:  Sep 30th & Oct 9th are  school holidays.  We will have practice: If you are on family vacation, or observing the Jewish holiday, you are excused from practice.  All other runners are expected to be at practice.

Columbus Day:  There will be varsity practice on Columbus Day.

Early Release Days:  Practice or meets will go as regularly scheduled on Wednesdays.  Athletes will be responsible for getting back to the high school for practice or the meet bus.

Practice Policy for all runners:  All runners are expected to be at every practice. Excused absences include sickness, doctor appointments, and family commitments. Coach Miller or Coach Voldman need to be sent an email as soon as possible notifying us of an upcoming absence.  Being absent from practice without communicating with the coach is an unexcused absence. Please be aware that one unexcused absence will result in a one-week suspension from competition.  More than one unexcused absence may result in removal from the team.

Meet Schedule

Bay State Conference meets: Boys varsity race starts at approx 5:00.  Girls start at approx 4:30.  There is a JV race that starts at 4:00.  There may be one JV race combining boys and girls, or if larger numbers, a boys jv race first followed by girls JV.  Bus for all meets leaves from the back of the school at 2:40.

It is strongly encouraged for the purpose of team-building and supporting other athletes, that runners stay at the entire meet and ride the bus back to the high school.  However, athletes may ride home with a parent/guardian – please tell coach when leaving.

To ride home with another athlete’s parent, an email must be sent to the athletic director (tcollins@natickps.org) giving permission.

Helpful websites:

Athletic.net

Bay State Running

Milesplit

Mass State Track Coaches Association

HOW IS A CROSS COUNTRY MEET SCORED?

The last competition for everyone will be on Sat, October 26th; the Bay State Conference Meet. After that, some of the kids will be done for the season. Runners participating in meets after the conference meet, based on performance and season-long effort, will continue to practice until their last competition.

Fri 9/6Practice Meet – Red v White v Blue@ Elm Bank  Bus leaves school at 2:40 and returns around 5:30
Wed 9/11@ Brookline w/ Wellesley@ Larz Anderson
Wed 9/18@ Weymouth w/Braintree@ Wompatuck State Park
Wed 9/25@ Milton w/Newton North@ Houghton’s Pond
Sat 9/28Ocean State Invitational***@ Goddard State Park, Warwick RI
Wed 10/2vs. Walpole@ Walpole
Thu 10/10@ Needham@ @Cutler Park
Sat 10/12Bay State Invitational Relays *@ Wrentham Developmental Center
Wed 10/16vs. Framingham@ Elm Bank
Sat  10/19Brown Invitational *@ Goddard State Park, Warwick RI 
 Sat 10/26   NOTE: ACT same dayBay State Conference Meet****@ Wrentham Developmental Center
 Sat  11/2  NOTE:  SAT same dayMSTCA Coaches Invitational*@ Wrentham Developmental Center
Sat 11/9EMASS Division 2 Meet*@ Wrentham Developmental Center
Sat 11/16All State Meet**@ Gardner Golf Course, Gardner MA
Sat 11/30

 

Foot Locker XC Northeast Regional*Van Cortland Park, Bronx, NY

 

Sat 11/30

 

Nike Cross Nationals NE Regional*Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls, NY

 

* Individual entries based on season performance – not all Natick athletes will compete

** Qualifiers from EMASS Meet
*** 7 varsity, up to 20 JV, and 7 Freshman runners will participate.  Based on season performance
**** All Natick runners compete.  Last meet except for post-season runners