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, August 4, 2017

KXC Spirit Pack and Warm Up Jacket Orders Due 8/10

It's time for all of our boys to connect to the BSN Team Store, so they can order their new meet warm up top. These Holloway Raider tops were selected by our seniors and can be personalized with an athlete's name by going to bsnteamsports.com and then entering the following team code:  zCfRHJkPRq

KXC BOYS ONLY should order one jacket at the price of $48. After the team store closes on Sunday, BSN will credit all accounts who purchased the warm up top with $24. BSN has dictated that this be the easiest process for all families to only pay $24 (in the end) without coaches hunting down families for $24 checks.  The other half of the cost of the jacket is being paid by the coaching staff through our activity account with fund raised monies and remaining monies from our summer conditioning camp. In the ordering process there is an opportunity to add your name to this garment for no additional cost. This is the jacket you're looking for on page 2 of the flyer.

KXC Families should consider piggybacking on the order by grabbing any new t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel. The orders for such garments can be made simultaneously with the warm up jacket order. Please keep in mind that the team warm up jacket is for the team only.

This fall, our team is getting some new equipment via the uniform rotation. The boys will have new jerseys and shorts for racing, and new backpacks to carry equipment on meet days only. The same shorts and backpacks will be on sale, on the Team Store, should an athlete wish to purchase any of them.

If you have any questions regarding the order, please contact Coach Clarey. Our window is short for orders so that we can get the equipment back to our team and families earlier in the fall. THE TEAM STORE CLOSES AT 11:59PM ON SUNDAY, AUG. 13. There can be NO exceptions after the deadline. When it's closed, it's closed.

You can see the flyer in the PAGES connection in column to the right.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Register Online NOW for CJ's Run

The following LINK will connect you to registration for a special event at Kaneland High School on August 11. CJ Girolamo and his family are working with the Greater Chicago Epilepsy Foundation to present an evening 5K on the school grounds.  Proceeds will benefit research, treatments, supports and therapies for those who suffer from epilepsy.

The run will begin at 7pm, and we are looking for runners and volunteers to help with this special event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Coach Clarey. If you are interested in participating, please use the link above to connect to the registration.

As always, our KXC Family steps up to serve others. Please join our family this time, as we support the Girolamo's and the Greater Chicago Epilepsy Foundation.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

To Our Boys Going to Prom

Dear Boys,

You're about to head out for your junior/senior prom, and some of you believe the hardest part was asking your date. There's so much more to this. Get ready.

Yes, you were inspired to think of the prettiest, classiest, "top tier," most "knock-out gorgeous" young lady you knew and then ask her to the prom. And you succeeded. It's only fair to fill you in on three of the many reasons, and now ultimate responsibilities, that you have in this date you're going on tonight.

1. The goal of asking this perfectly awesome young lady to a very memorable and special dinner and dance was to get you and your teammates out of a comfort zone you've long been in. Your circle of close friends from the team just doubled when you complete this date. You have succeeded in this first task admirably and with some well thought out creativity. But you're not done. In fact, all you've done is enter the race.

2. This is a tremendous test of your skill, agility, ability, and understanding of how to be a gentleman. Of all the things you already know, have been taught, seen modeled by the best of parents and family, this is your chance to showcase your current levels of chivalry. After all, you are KNIGHTS.

What is chivalry?  In a nutshell, it is the combination of qualities expected of an ideal KNIGHT, especially courage, honor, courtesy, justice, and readiness to help those in need.

Courage:  You have demonstrated the courage to ask such a phenomenal young lady to this dance.

Honor: Her family, as well as yours, expects you to treat this young lady like the most special beauty on earth.   Allow her to be herself fully by being on your best of behaviors.

Courtesy:  Everything you do has her best interests in mind. Holding and opening doors. Waiting for her to start eating. Offering a coat, handkerchief, arm, or seat are always general courtesies you should extend to your date.

Justice:  Remember that no father of your date has any problem with dispensing justice should you not be the KNIGHT we know you really are.

Readiness to Help Others:  Your "wing-men" on this mission are your teammates. Keep them close, but not so close that people would think your teammate was your date instead of the lovely lady you invited.  And when it's time to dance, you WILL get up and dance with your date and the team.

3. When you go with your "pack," apply the Geese Lessons during cross country season: give powerful encouragement and compliments, stick together, call your teammate (including your date!) up to stay in the pack, and keep your pack together. Include everyone from your team. Leave no runner, or date, behind.

In addition to these few reasons why prom was a good motivator for you, please accept these experiences and thoughts in mind as you go about your remaining hours of "prom weekend:"

a. You continue to represent our cross country and track programs when you wear the tux. You are a KNIGHT 24/7, act with chivalry the entire time.

b. When it's time for pictures, smile for 95% of them, and behave. The other 5%, be goofy. You're kids.

c.  When you eat dinner, remember that THIS is NOT a race! Use the napkin, slow down, chew with  your mouth closed and only speak after you've swallowed.  Act with class and grace.

d.  When your date needs something, be the first to respond and help. Check in with your date and ask if she needs anything. Work according to your good judgment and intuition.

e.  When it's time to dance, get off your butt and go see this as a workout. You're not afraid to lift in front of girls in the weight room. You have no problem running in short-shorts without a shirt on (off campus, of course) in public. Go watch and learn quickly, listen to the music, sing along to the music, and enjoy the dance itself.  YOU CANNOT POSSIBLY BE A WORSE DANCER THAN COACH CLAREY, so go take that next risk and have fun. Same pack fundamentals as running. Go together, stick together, dance together (dates included, of course!), and have fun together.  You will regret sitting out, when you want to be in the lineup. The lineup is on the floor. Go dance like you compete.

f. When the dance is over, and you're nearing the end of your night, just like a race, you need to finish strong. Make good choices. Be in the right place at the right time with the right people, doing the right things.  Remember that not only is this your prom, but it's HER PROM. Be the gentleman she will be proud to have called her date, 100% of the way.

This prom will be an amazing experience for you. This is the start of new, bigger things, exciting things.  Most of all, this is an opportunity to test yourself and be great. In life, there are many memorable moments. Make this a great time with your date, with your teammates, with your family and friends.

We've long said that there will always be better runners, but never a better team. Be a great teammate, be a great date, be a KNIGHT.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Richtman Runs to 4th at State Finals; Fastest Knight in History

Junior harrier Matt Richtman joined some elite company on the podium at Detweiller Park when he crossed the finish line in 14:36.  Richtman surged into the top pack through the first mile, with sights set on the Aho twins from Grayslake Central. Running through the mile mark in 7th, the lead pack began to shake off challengers. Matt utilized his surges well through the "triangle," before emerging and racing through the two mile mark in 9:38 (which bettered his fastest 3200 time on the track in the spring). He continued to pull away from the pack, and used his newest asset to racing, a relentless finish, to seal a fourth place effort in front of thousands of cross country fans.

Matt earned his second All State medal in the sport, after finishing 18th as a sophomore in 2015. His time of 15:04 broke Conor Johnson's previous program best (15:18, in 2012).