Welcome to the home of Parkway West Distance Runners!
Thanks to everyone that was able to attend.
Old Coach Shepherd
Andrew Lofgren - 2018 (plus parents)
Grant Aden - 2017
Jon Janson - 2016 (plus parents and sister)
Jacob Cupps - 2016
Evan Wright - 2015
Philip Aden - 2015
James Liao - 2014
Ross Larimer - 2008
Ben Davis (1991) wins the prize for the oldest alum present. Those in attendance this year in addition to Ben:
Well, the rain/snow held off and we had a turnout of 17. It was good to talk to those in attendance...maybe Christmas Eve was not the best day but I think it was a success. We had a warm fire, hot chocolate, bagels, conversation and some went for a run.It was decided that next year we will meet on the day after Christmas, Saturday, December 26.
I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.
In the event of terrible weather, the make-up day will be Friday, December 26 @ 9:30. I will post on this website ONLY if we change.
Please pass the word, and if you have any questions, you can contact "the old coach" at 636-227-9063 or email me at email@example.com.
Hot chocolate and bagels will be provided.
Last year we agreed on Wednesday, December 24 at 9:30. We understand it is Christmas Eve day, but it is still probably the best day to get the most out-of-town individuals.
OPEN TO ALL PRESENT AND FORMER CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES! (MALE AND FEMALE)Last year the weather was bad, and we had it on the Saturday before Christmas, and we still had 14 present. Our record is 30 individuals and coaches from three different decades...LET'S BEAT THAT!
Congrats to Andrew Osborne, Evan Wright, Philip Aden, Logan Stucki, Blake Selm, Matt Morgan, and Kyle Andersen for qualifying on Saturday to the State meet with a third place finish at the Sectional meet in Farmington. It is the 27th time in school history and was a very satisfying achievement. These guys have done everything they could to earn this trip, and they deserve it. I am especially happy for the seniors who have worked hard for 4 years.
Andrew ran a fantastic race. I knew times on the course were likely to be fast, but 16:06 is remarkable. He seemed to be thinking that his training this season was not sufficient enough to run a really fast time, so we can throw that theory out the window. He has been good all season, but he took another step up in performance at just the right time. Evan also ran really well. He has improved every single time out this season, and I expect that to continue for another week. Philip and Logan must have lost focus in the middle mile, but otherwise ran well enough to get the team through. It was left to Blake to clinch the 3rd place position. He moved up throughout the race and gave the team a boost when we needed it. His racing tactics are well beyond his years. Kyle also ran much better this week. Both freshmen looked more comfortable this week and were able to just go out and race. When they do that, their talent shines through. It was quite the struggle for Matt. He was too focused on the course, and not focused enough on his race.
With the girls team also qualifying, it was an all-around great day for Parkway West XC. This Saturday should be as well, as the State meet is truly an experience that everyone lucky enough to participate in it will remember for a long time!
The State meet will be held in Jefferson City at Oak Hills Golf Course. The Class 4 boys race is at 9:00 AM and the girls race at 10:05 AM. The awards ceremony is at 10:40 AM.
A couple things for those planning to attend:
-There will be an entry fee of $7 per person.
-Parking will be an issue. Leave plenty of time to get there and park. There will be a free shuttle bus to the course for those who choose to park at Jefferson City High School.
-Dogs are not allowed on the course.
-There should be NO STUDENTS staying in Jefferson City on Friday night that are not accompanied by a parent or coach. This is not a Parkway West rule or even a MSHSAA rule. The city of Jefferson City has asked us to abide by this rule.
-Ellis Blvd. (the street which the course is on) will be 1-way all day Saturday.
Congrats again and I look forward to the excitement, challenges and opportunities on Saturday!!
On Wednesday, the JV and Freshman will compete in the Findley Invitational. For most, it will be the last race of the season. The meet is at Forest Park, in the Central Fields near the Jewel Box. Take Highway 40 to Hampton, and then at the circle drive follow the signs for Wells Drive. This should take you to the course.
The freshmen race is at 4:30 and the JV race is at 5:10.
Most of the parking is along the streets near the course. Do not leave anything visible in your car!!! We did have a parent get their car broken in to during the meet a few years ago.
It was not our best, but the Longhorns ran well enough to advance to the Class 4 Sectional race on Saturday at Farmington. The seniors led the way for the Longhorns, all finishing in the top 30 individually. This time of year, it is nice to have 4 seniors to lead the way. Coach Witt provided the team with a spaghetti dinner to celebrate, which was enjoyed and appreciated by everyone!!
We now set our sights on the Sectional meet. With another top 4 finish, we can achieve our third and final goal of qualifying for the State meet!
The Sectional meet will be held at Engler Park in Farmington. It is an easy drive and takes a little over an hour to get there. Directions to Engler Park. It would be great to see a lot of Longhorn supporters make the trip!
Varsity Boys - 10 AM
Varsity Girls - 11 AM
Open Race - 12:15 PM (Any Parkway West athletes wanting to compete in the open race can do so).
Awards - 1 PM
We should return to West around 3 PM.
The District meet will be held at Parkway Central this Saturday, October 25th. It is the first step in qualifying for the State meet! It should once again be a very competitive race, and it will be fun to see the Longhorns participate!!
The boys race is at 9:00 AM and the girls race is at 9:40 AM. Although we will not be racing anybody in the open race, it is highly encouraged that all team members come out to support the team!
Those not running in the District meet will compete in the Clayton Invite on Friday, October 24th.
Due to the early start of the varsity race, all Longhorns will compete in the JV division. That race will start at 4:45 PM. Due to potential parking issues, please leave early to make sure you are able to see the race! The location of the race is Shaw Park.
The boys competed really well at the Patriot Classic on Thursday. The times were once again really fast, which creates a very positive and upbeat environment for everyone to race in. The varsity was led by a trio of freshmen, with Kyle and Matyas breaking 18 for the first time and Andrew running not far behind. Although this course is known to be extremely fast, this is still quite an accomplishment for each of them. The future looks very bright with this group of freshmen runners. Will Carter and Spencer Aalfs continued their fine racing and did it by racing right next to each other for most of the race again. I wish they would have made the same commitment to running with Andrew Lofgren, as they were only a few meters behind him for the second part of the race. It would have made their pack even a little bit stronger! Bobby earned his redlegs! I was so happy to see this for a kid who has worked really hard and gutted out this performance in spite of some discomfort. I am thrilled he decided to run as a senior. Jay came up just a bit short of redlegs, and expressed his frustration with that, but he still ran well. He has 2 more shots to get the redlegs!
The JV was also led by a freshman, as Matthew Dixon ran sub-19 for the first time. Jacob Cupps and David Pfeil both broke 20. Jack Burraston and Nathan Stucki sprinted to the finish to just barely break under 25 minutes! Overall, a great performance by all. Now, the challenge is to run comparable times over the next couple meets. For anyone who ran in a new minute, we will not have made much progress if the next couple races you go right back to the times you were running before. Accept the challenge!
Thursday, October 16th at Castlewood State Park.
4:45 JV Boys
5:45 Varsity Boys
IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION. Castlewood is a State Park, and thus there are strict rules regarding how we use this park. The park officials do not seem to be thrilled with the idea of hosting cross country meets each year due to the way the park is treated. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING ON THE GRASS. Due to the expected high traffic on Thursday, Parkway South has set up two off-site parking areas with shuttle service to the meet location. Please plan to use these, especially if not arriving early. Make sure to include extra time for waiting for the shuttle bus when planning to arrive for the race you are interested in seeing.
The location of the off-site parking areas:
We are asking for everyone's help in this matter so that this course might continue to be available to us in the future!!
All three levels of competition were won by the Longhorns on Saturday in the new Suburban Central Conference! The varsity scored 28 to win in the first race of the day. It took them a while to get into the race, but the last mile was very good. We let some of our competitors get too far out in the first mile and then did not make much of a move in the second, but the intensity of racing did look much better in the last mile. It is the first Conference championship since 2010 for the Longhorns...a drought I am glad to see come to an end. Members of the team included:
2. Evan Wright 16:57
3. Andrew Osborne 17:00
6. Matt Morgan 17:34
8. Logan Stucki 17:35
9. Philip Aden 17:46
13. Blake Selm 18:03
24. Bobby Nickel 18:58
The JV won with just 23 points, led by individual champion Will Carter, and Spencer Aalfs, who ran stride for stride virtually the entire race. Will ran 18:55 to dip under 19 for the first time ever, and Spencer ran 18:56 to break 19 for the first time this season. Grant Aden and Jeff Arnell ran together all race, and Jeff had the best race of his life. Darion Ellison completed the scoring 5, with his most competitive effort of the season.
The freshmen overcame a very unfortunate lack of interest from our new conference rivals to win the race. Despite not having a single male competitor from any other school, the freshmen ran very competitive times. Matyas, Kyle, and Andrew all ran under 19 minutes and used each other and their own internal competitive spirit to run really good times despite not having anybody to race. Matthew also ran with these 3 for much of the race and was rewarded with a really good time.
If this conference is going to be our new reality for the foreseeable future, this is the type of effort we will need to see! The team enjoyed a donut from Donut Drive-In to celebrate.
Congrats to everyone on a great day!
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