Welcome to Kaneland Cross Country!

The purpose of this blogsite is to allow full access to the team, practices, history, and future events. Please check back with this blog throughout the summer and fall for new updates on the team. Feel free to share it with friends and family who follow the program!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thank you, IHSA! A 5th Sectional is Added!!

The IHSA has determined that equality will reign in the coming fall for all Classes competing in the IHSA State Series. 

Assignments for the IHSA Regionals and Sectionals will come in September.  Until then, we are left to wonder where we will head for a Regional that feeds into an extra Sectional.  This fall, for the first time, there will be 3 Regionals that feed into one Sectional.  You must finish in the top 7 teams at the Regional, to advance as a team to the Sectional.  At the Sectional, you must finish among the top 5 teams, in order to advance to Peoria for the Class 2A State Finals on the first Saturday of November.  Our road will be a tough one, because we still reside in the most talented area of Illinois for cross country programs.  Only the IHSA knows where they are going to spread out the talent for this year's Sectional complexes.  But our opportunity is there, and we need to work very hard in order to put ourselves in a position to be able to advance.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


1.  All physicals need to be taken care of by Aug. 10th.  No one runs with the team if their physical is not completed.
2.   The Corn Boil 5K in Sugar Grove will be held on Saturday, July 30th.  Be there early enough to get registered, and warm up with teammates, if you intend to run.
3.  Information about the campout will be coming home soon, via the mail.  The cost for the campout will be $20.
4.  We are planning a trip to Chicago on Monday, August 15th.  We will ride the train in, early in the morning, have breakfast, see Millenium Park, and ride the train home.  More details forthcoming, in the mail.  Cost of this trip will be around $20, athletes covering their tickets and breakfast.

As always, if you have questions, please contact your coaches.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Johnson's and Albano's Host Next Breakfast Run on Aug. 6th

Thank you Brundige Family for hosting the most recent Breakfast Run.  Pancakes on the Grill?  Kids are still raving about them.  Perhaps we can get some more of that great cookin' on the campout?

Next up!  The Johnson and Albano Families are hosting a breakfast run on Saturday, August 6th, from 7:00 to 9:30am.  Boys and girls should report to the Johnson's home (711 Highview Court, Elburn).

This is by far the most breakfast runs we've ever had.  The Kuiper's had a nice turn out on July 7, and the next weekend the Meisenger's, Messina's, and Paulson's put out a spread for about 20 runners!  What a great way for this team to continue to bond and work at developing base mileage together.  Thank you, families for hosting.  AND THANK YOU ATHLETES FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT AND TRAIN WITH ONE ANOTHER!  It's going to add up to a great fall.  Believe it!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friends of Hiawatha 4k road race

Congratulations to Nathaniel Kucera, Kaneland Sophomore, who won the 2nd Annual Friends of Hiawatha 4K Road Race!  Not bad for his first race off the track.  Coach Baron said this was an impressive victory, where he dusted the competition by nearly 2 minutes.  Let's get the team up to Kirkland next summer, to run this.  Way to go, Chin!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Breakfast Run at Kuiper's a Success!

Joe Kuipers, and family, hosted the first Breakfast Run of the summer.  Here are some pictures from the morning run, and dip.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Block 1 is Done

Sunday, July 10 was our last day for recording miles in Block 1 of our summer training.  Please total up you mileage from running, swimming, and biking since June 13th.  Please share this amount with coaches ASAP.  There are many runners who have not yet give a total for mileage so far.  It's important for you, and the coaches, to know where you are currently in your training, so that necessary adjustments can be made if needed.  Compare your total to your goal, to see if you are on pace.  Heading into Block 2, in most cases, you are only increasing your daily mileage by a mile.  Remember to use the bike or pool, in order to supplement your mileage.  4 miles of running to 1 "mile" of swimming or biking is the ratio we like to use.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your coaches.