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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!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kuipers To Host Pasta Party on Oct. 14

Dylan Kuipers, and his family, would like to host the team for a pasta party on Friday, October 14th.  Details:

Where:  600 Maple Ave, Elburn
When:  6:00pm on Friday, October 14
Contact Info/RSVP:  Shanne Kuipers  630-770-3402
Email:  digum@sbsglobal.net

Please make every effort to join this team event, carb load, and have a good time ahead of Conference!

Monday, September 19, 2011

ACC Charger Classic is this weekend!

You can google the address for the Oakhurst Forest Preserve, which is in the south east portions of Aurora.  The address is:  1675 5th Avenue, Aurora, IL

Our first race of the day will be a top 7 race for Frosh Soph boys at 9:30.  Our next run will be for the Top 7 Varsity Boys at 10:30, and finally an 11:00 Open race that is Coed.  Awards are starting at 11:30.  Since it's homecoming weekend, it'll be a good day to bring your child home with you after the race.  Just sign out in the team camp.  Runners going with another FAMILY, must bring a note from their parents.  There will be no cell phone calls, asking for permission.

It is important to note that there is a $5 charge for parking at this meet.  Our bus will depart and come back at noon.  Parking is at Oakhurst, and also across the street at St. Athanasios Church.

As always, there will be a sheet coming home with your athlete on Friday, detailing which race he will run, as well as directions, race times, awards, and all that you need to know.  The bus will NOT STOP on the way home, for lunch.  Plan accordingly.

Eddington Invitational a Huge Success!

Thank you families for your tremendous outpouring of support for the team and coaches, by lending a hand at the Larry Eddington Invitational last Saturday.  We had a beautiful day with six great races, many surprises, plenty of awards, and 20 Personal Records (PRs).

As coaches, we rely (perhaps too heavily) on our parents to help us pull off this major undertaking.  We are thankful to the boosters for helping us with the chip timing of the meet, as well as their covering the concessions this year.  We understand that they had a very successful day, with the trailer, and we're happy about that.  Our boosters have done a ton for us in the past 2 seasons, and to help them get one extra date on the calendar for concessions is a plus.

It's wonderful how our KXC Family continues to pull together and make great things happen.  Thank you to the Pollastrini's for getting us a camera for the video review at the finish line.  And also, special thanks to Mr. Brundige and Mr. Peterson for coming on Friday, to help rake acorns off the course.

When we host Regionals in October, we're going to have a limited number of parking places available for parents, and there will be a meeting on Friday to cover the roles and responsibilities necessary to ensure a flawless meet.  It's our hope that without being rushed to get everything covered in a few minutes before race time, a meeting like this can help all responsible parties have the chance to ask questions and feel comfortable with the jobs they choose.  As coaches, we take the blame in minor miscues, and we will work to make sure everyone feels secure with the plans for that important day. 

Thank you, parents, for your unending support, love and commitment to our program.  You are big shareholders in our season.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Peoria Picnic Moved to Henry

On Saturday, following our race in Peoria, we will pack up the team camp and head back up river to Henry, Illinois.  This has been a historic stop for our teams that head down to the IHSA State Finals, in recent years.  When you are on your way to Peoria on Saturday, coming down Interstate 39/51 South, you should exit at IL 18 and head west toward Henry.  Upon crossing the large bridge over  the Illinois River, look down to your right... this is where we're setting up for the picnic.  The immediate street at the base of the bridge is where you'd turn to get to this boat launch.  (So remember that, coming home from the race!)

We anticipate the team arriving at the Henry boat launch area around 12:30pm.  In the past, there's typically only one or two picnic tables at the most.  If you're able to bring camp chairs, portable tables or card tables, we can set up the food on those.

Juniors and Seniors have been asked to bring main dishes to pass.  The Brundige Family and Peterson Family are working on potentially getting some meat from Ream's Market to grill.  Feel free to contact Jenn Brundige or Donna Peterson for more details.

Sophomores and Freshmen are being asked to share a salad or dessert.  Please bring your own beverages.  The coaching staff will provide plates, napkins and plastic ware.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Clarey via email or cell.

IHSA Awards Kaneland the Chance to Host Regionals at Elburn Woods

The IHSA is finalizing their plans for this fall's State Series.  There are already two things that we can count on.  First, that on Saturday, October 22nd, our boys and girls teams will be running at home on the Elburn Woods course.  Likely, the start times will be 10am for girls, and 11am for boys.  This will mirror the times of our races the following week, up at Belvidere High School for the Sectional.

The top 7 teams at this year's Regionals will advance to Sectionals.  The top 5 teams from the 21 team Sectional will advance to State.

We are thankful for the chance to have one more race on our home course.  The IHSA is scheduled to submit assignments for Regionals and Sectionals on September 16th.  We are all anxiously awaiting to see who will be coming to the Woods!