The Wildcats had a busy week, highlighted by our third DeKalb County meet on Tuesday, our annual "Pace Poker" competition on Thursday, and the Darlington XC Festival on Saturday.
On Tuesday, many of the Wildcats participated in the third DeKalb County meet at Druid Hills MS. In the three mile race, great races were turned in Ian Kelley, Katie Luquire, and Alex Parrish. In the two mile race, the Wildcats saw fast races from Ben Bass and Troy Anders on the boys side and Lauren Caplan and Ellie Canalichio on the girls side. Times for this race have been posted in the "XC News" section of the website.
On Wednesday, we awarded several more Runners of the Week with the coveted t-shirt. Congratulations to Jack Martin, Ben Planer, Andrea Carrasquilla, and Cassidy Drew, along with 8th grader of the week, Brian Weinshenker.
On Saturday, the Wildcats traveled to Rome, GA for the 11th Darlington XC Festival at the Darlington School. This was a new race for the Wildcats, and we were greeted with a quick course and ideal race conditions, and many of the Wildcats took advantage of it by posting season best times. The Girls JV team finished 3rd out of 11 teams, and were led by great performances from Julie Hensley and Frances Abele. The Boys JV team finished 9th out of 15 teams, highlighted by great races from Max Noto and Sam Lucius. The Girls Varsity team toed the line against some of the best teams in the state, and responded by finishing 3rd out of 20 teams, with three top 20 individual performances, led by Kelly May Sheehan, who broke 20 minutes while finishing fourth. Shanel Stewart helped out the Varsity squad with her best race of the year. The Boys Varsity team rounded out the day by surprising some of their competition and finishing 9th out of 26 teams, and were led by strong races from Jackson Watson and Gerardo Romero. Great job by all of the Wildcats!
Full race results from Saturday can be found here.
The Wildcats do not race next weekend, but it is still a busy week ahead. On Thursday, some of the younger Wildcats will represent DHS in the DeKalb County Junior Varsity Championships at Druid Hills Middle School (see race rosters below). The Wildcats have a strong tradition in this meet, so we hope to see a lot of support for our 8th-10th grade racers!
Because of the JV County Championships on Thursday, there will be no practice on Thursday. Additionally, there will be no Friday practice (morning or afternoon) this week. We will be holding a Varsity practice on Saturday morning that will be off-campus. Time and location will be announced later in the week.
Race Lineups for JV County Championships:
Congratulations to the following individuals, who will be representing Dunwoody at Thursday's JV County Championship at Druid Hills Middle School. This race is only open to 8th-10th graders, and will be two miles in length.
Boys Team: Ethan Herod, Brandon Shockley, Ben Bass, Ben Planer, Troy Anders, Jonathan Polston, and Ethan Rudnicki. Alternates are Sam Lucius, Jason Hughes, and Jake Planer.
Girls Team: Julie Hensley, Chloe Thomas, Lauren Caplan, Rosie Coffie, Julia Echols, Olivia Vergura, and Christy Holloway. Alternates are Jenny Quijano, Caitlin Howie, and Ellie Canalichio.
Championship season begins this week, so let's put an extra priority on our practices and preparation as we strive for success!
See attachment for results from this past Tuesday's race. Great job everyone!
The Wildcats had a much needed week off from racing, and were able to get in some great workouts while preparing for the second half of the season. The week saw mile repeats, Oxford Chase hills, and a "Big 21" ab workout! Great job by the athletes to come prepared to work hard and get better for their next races.
This week, there are two meets on the schedule, and most Wildcats will race once, either on Tuesday at our third DeKalb County Meet at Druid Hills Middle School, or on Saturday at the Darlington XC Festival at the Darlington School in Rome, GA. There are a handful of runners who will race both Tuesday and Saturday.
The lineup for Tuesday's race is listed below. Note that most 8th-10th graders will race in the 2-mile JV race in preparation for the upcoming DeKalb County JV Championship race on October 2nd, where the top 7 8th-10th graders (not including Varsity runners) will race. Tuesday's meet will help the coaches determine which 7 athletes will represent the Wildcats in that race. Tuesday's race lineup:
On Saturday, the Varsity and top JV Wildcats will travel north to Rome, GA for the Darlington XC Festival. The bus will depart at 6:00 AM from DHS. Saturday's race lineup:
These lineups will be posted at Monday's practice, so if athletes have questions about their race status for either meet, they can check with the coaches then. It is also possible that we have made an oversight or error, or that injuries or illnesses may change the lineups slightly!
Get ready for a great week of racing!
The Wildcats just finished up a busy week, with two races highlighting their calendar, including the annual overnight trip to Furman University.
On Tuesday, many of the Wildcats participated in their second DeKalb County Meet at Druid Hills MS. Many runners improved upon their times from the first County meet, and are becoming not only runners, but racers! The 3-Mile race was highlighted by great performances from Jonathan Polston and Lauren Caplan, and the 2-Mile race saw excellent performances from Brandon Shockley and Kimberly Amacher. The coaches were especially pleased with the preparation for each race, as well as helping with team gear both before and after the race. Great job Wildcats!
On Wednesday, our Runners of the Week were announced. Congratulations to Brox Labus and Gabe Hoffman on the boys side, and Kelly May Sheehan and Mariah Fuller on the girls side, as well as Rosie Coffie, who was named the 8th grader of the week!
On Friday, a large group headed up to Furman University in Greenville, SC for the Furman XC Classic and the annual cross country overnight trip. Despite some thunderstorms that cancelled our pre-race run on Friday, the Wildcats were not deterred from a great trip with some great racing. The annual tradition of Friday Night Trivia saw "Team America" come away victorious, having to navigate questions about government, science, current events, running trivia, and Dunwoody cross country (and coach!) trivia. Thank you to Don and Shannon Dill for coordinating most of the logistics of the trip, as well as chaperoning the trip.
On Saturday, the Wildcats faced hot and humid conditions at the Furman XC Classic, but came away with some great team and individual performances. The girls team finished 3rd out of 16 teams and took home an award, and were strengthened by a strong 4-5-6 pack of Callie Dill, Ally Womble, and Elayna Harris which made the difference today. The boys team followed with a strong 7th place finish and were also strengthened by a solid pack of their 2-6 runners. Great races were turned in by Benson Ross and Jackson Watson to help the Wildcats to their great finish. The girls JV team was not to be outdone, finishing 4th out of 9 teams, and were led by great races from Sophia Tarrago, Ellie Vergura, and Cassidy Drew. The boys JV team had the toughest racing conditions as the last race, but still had a strong showing, finishing 7th out of 13 teams. Ethan Herod led the charge with a 7th place overall finish, and the team also saw great races from Ben Planer and Davis Apseloff.
It was great to see many parents show up to support our team, and we were also able to say hello to DHSXC alum James Dwyer, who was running in the collegiate race for Clemson University. Full race results for the Furman meet can be found here.
This week, the Wildcats get a much deserved break from racing with no meets on the schedule. We will have practice at regular times Monday through Friday, with no events scheduled for the weekend. The next race for most of the runners will be either our third DeKalb County Meet on Tuesday, September 23rd or the Darlington XC Festival on Saturday, September 27th. Race lineups for both of these races will be announced next weekend.
Thank you for your support of Dunwoody XC! Go Wildcats!
- Coach Boucher
Here are the results from this past Tuesday's meet. Great job everyone! Lots of season bests!
There have been some incidents with the snacks provided for runners this season. Runners have been overeating before races, leaving trash laying around, and generally abusing the courtesy of the snacks provided. As a result, the coaches have asked that we not provide snacks for the runners at meets for the rest of the season. If your runner needs drinks or snacks for his or her race, please be sure to send drinks and snacks with your runner.
It was a busy week for Dunwoody Cross Country, with another busy week ahead of us. The week started with a raucous nugget eating contest and milkshake drinking contest during our Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night on Tuesday, continued with dodging raindrops at practice for most of the week, and ended with some great racing at the Coach Benson Double Dip Invitational at Marist on Saturday.
The varsity races saw great performances all around, as the boys finished 13th out of 21 teams and the girls placed 7th out of 18 teams in very competitive fields. The boys team was aided by a great race from Jerrett Lupoli, while the girls were paced by Kelly May Sheehan, who finished 13th in an excellent field.
In the JV championship races, the boys finished 11th out of 19 teams and saw great races from Jackson Watson and Brandon Shockley. The girls team finished an impressive 5th out of 14 teams, and were led by Chloe Thomas, who had a great race, finishing 18th overall.
In the remaining First Year Runner race and Open race, the Wildcats saw great efforts from many on the team, some of whom were running their first 5K (on one of the toughest courses in Georgia!). On the boys side, Jason Hughes, Leighton Chen, and Ethan Rudnicki were just a few who had great performances. On the girls side, Lauren Caplan, Julia Echols, and Rachel Wolfson produced memorable results in their respective races. Great races by all, and thanks to all of the parents and students who came out to cheer on the Wildcats!
Results of all Dunwoody athletes who participated can be found here:
Full race results can also be found on Georgia Milesplit here.
Also, congratulations to Ansley Heavern who was honored by Georgia Milesplit as the 5A Runner of the Week for Georgia for her great performance last weekend at the Clara Bowl Invitational!
It is another busy week for the Wildcats, with two meets on the schedule. On Tuesday, many of the Wildcats will race at County Meet #2 at Druid Hills Middle School. The Varsity 3-mile race will start at 5:15 PM, and the Junior Varsity 2-mile race will start at 5:45 PM. The preliminary race roster for Tuesday's meet can be found here:
Please note that this roster may change slightly between now and Tuesday. Athletes with questions about their race status for Tuesday should bring those to practice on Monday.
On Friday, about 45 of the Wildcats will head to Greenville, SC for the Furman XC Classic on Saturday. Because of this trip, there will be no practice (morning or afternoon) this Friday. We will send out more information about the Furman meet and trip specifics later in the week.
As always, thanks for your support of Dunwoody XC, and it was great to see a large turnout for today's meet!
- Coach Boucher
Each week the coaches will be picking "Runners of the Week". Please look for them under the "Runner of the Week" tab. Please congratulate Ansley, Brannon, Sydney and Gerardo for being our Runners of the Week last week.