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!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pasta Parties Coming Soon! 9/7, 9/14, 9/21!

We are getting a big response for pasta parties!

On Friday, September 7, Brayden Miller's family will host our first event of the season.  Please join them at 120 Cobbler Lane in Sugar Grove for a delicious pasta dinner, ahead of our Peoria Invitational.

On Friday, September 14th, the Messina Family will team up with others to host another pasta event for the team.  This is ahead of our home meet, the Larry Eddington Invitational.

And on Friday, September 21st, Aaron French's family will host our team for an all important carb loading feast, on the eve of our date at Aurora Central Catholic's Charger Classic.

Boys, your social calendar is filling up.  And so will your stomachs!

KXC Baggo Tourney a Complete Success!

On Sunday, August 26th, the KXC Families and Team put on a Baggo tournament to raise money for new meet warm ups, as well as to raise some money for our friends at Marklund Home.  After all the week's fund raising, we were able to raise $2500, between the Booster's Dodge Drive-a-Thon Event, our sponsorships, donations, and participation in the adult and high school divisions.

Pictures posted are of the winners, but the real winners are the team, and our biggest fans at Marklund.  Thank you, ALL, for participating!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

October 19 - KXC Parents Work the Booster Barn... Info Here!

We would like to have EVERY KXC FAMILY represented in the Booster Barn on Friday, October 19th.  Please contact Robert Johnson, to reserve your time for the game.  Email your family name, KXC athlete's name, and your cell phone number to Robert Johnson.  His email is robertjohnson@mchsi.com

Strong representation is necessary for our program.  Please take 90 minutes out of your busy schedule, on a Friday night, to give back to an organization that gives so much to our program.  THANK YOU!

Baggo Tournament This Coming Sunday! Sign Up NOW!

Our first annual Baggo Tournament (going to be played on cornhole, 4 foot boards!) will be held this coming Sunday, August 26th, at Kaneland's Harter Middle School.  A high school and under division will begin at noon, with teams entering to play at a low cost of just $20 per team.  Each winning team member will take home a set of these handcrafted boards and bags!  The adult division will begin at 3pm, paying $40 per team, and the champions will split $250!  There will be prizes awarded for second and third place, also.  Please email your team name, and two members, to kanelandxc@gmail.com.  Registrants can pay upon arrival.  The middle school cross country team will have refreshments for sale that day, as well.  Proceeds from this event will help the team purchase new meet warm up tops.

KXC Campout a Great Success

Special thanks to Robert Johnson and Mike Pollastrini, for buying and grilling our supper at the annual campout.  Silver Springs was unseasonably NICE for a change!  Drenched only once, the team found time to complete our four separate runs totaling 20 miles for varsity, played softball and ultimate frisbee.  (oh, and the coaches won the baggo tourney!)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Chicago Trip Update

I'm disappointed to share that we will not be heading to the city today.  For those of you reading the blog this morning, I've been struggling heavily with this decision.  Radar shows that there is consistent precipitation in the area, and slowly moving in the direction of where we are to head this morning.  Without a specific place to shelter our 20+ backpacks from the elements, the fact that I needed to get a mom to cover for absent coaches (both had prior commitments), and the diverse needs of our team heading into the big city of CHICAGO, I've decided to pull the plug on the trip in. Supervision and safety are paramount on a trip like this, and given what I'm up against as a coach, I need to make this call.  (hard as it is, because I loved the trip a year ago) 

Our Plan B rests on meeting in the parking lot of the train station.  I'm still heading over there soon, because not everyone will know to look at the blog today.  We will run our workout, play Ultimate Frisbee in Elburn, and go have breakfast at Papa G's or the Country Kettle.  I estimate our morning workout, and all that comes after it to be complete at around 9am. 

My apologies for the disappointment.  We'll make it a great day, regardless.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


If you are ready to sign up for a slot in our first ever Kaneland XC Baggo Tournament, please do so by emailing your team name, and two players' names, to kanelandxc@gmail.com .  We are now taking entries via email, and your payment of $40 for the adult division, and $20 for the HS and under division can be made on the day of the tournament.  Please start spreading the word about this fund raising effort to secure new meet warm ups for the team this year.

Campout CURRENTLY on as Scheduled...

Keeping an eye on the skies all day, it looks at this point like we can start packing the cars to go down to Silver Springs.  We will meet in the area where the bus picks us up for away meets.  Those who live in Sugar Grove can meet at the BP gas station around 9:25.  We can caravan through and meet you there.

In the event that we need to break camp due to storms, prior to 5:00, we will be served dinner by Mr. Johnson and Mr. Pollastrini (among others) up at Kaneland High School.  There, we will also complete our team baggo competition.  (This is not THE baggo tournament that people should be signing up for...)

Check in on this blog, and also watch for messages from texts today, so that you are up to date on our plans.  STUDENTS MAY DRIVE down this year, if that helps some of you.  It can help us leave in a more timely manner, should storms roll through.  Given the power of some recent storms, we are not taking any chances.  We can accomplish all that we need to, through the runs and activities, without the overnight, if necessary.