Welcome to the home of Parkway West Distance Runners!
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!
The Longhorns will venture forth to new locations and new opponents for the conference meet this year. It is the first year of the Suburban Central Conference, made up of the smaller schools in the Suburban conferences. It will be a new experience to say the least. This year the meet will be held at Willmore Park in South City. A trip to Donut Drive-In or Ted Drewes after watching the meet is highly encouraged!!
Location in the park - Picnic Ground 1A
We have not received an updated schedule...so the following is my best guess.
9:00 Varsity Boys
9:30 Varsity Girls
10:00 JV Boys and Girls
10:30 Freshman Boys and Girls
West Invite information
This Saturday we host our very own Parkway West Invitational. It is a great event with lots of teams and great competition. It is also our biggest fundraiser of the year. Thanks in advance to all who are helping us with the event. The schedule and address is included in the information above.
Other information for parents:
The Blowpop Invitational is Monday, September 29th at Kirkwood Park. There is no set time schedule. The Varsity race will be approximately 4:15 and the JV/FR race will be approximately 4:45. It is a 3 loop course, so it is very spectator friendly.
The Longhorns will race Saturday morning at Jefferson Barracks for the Hancock Invitational. It should once again include some great competition. SLUH, Lafayette, and West Plains will all likely make an appearance.
The class 4 varsity race is at 11:00 AM and the class 4 JV race is at 12:00 PM. The awards ceremony for each race is at 12:30 and 1:15, respectively.
Directions to the course Once you enter the park, park rangers will be directing traffic.
We will return to West around 2-2:30.
Congrats to all three levels (FR, V, JV) who swept the Parkway Quad today! It took a team effort by all!
In addition, the individual winner in all three races wore the Columbia blue. I have personally attended 11 Quads, and can't remember a team sweeping both team and individual titles. I will have to check the record books! Individual winners included Evan Wright (V), Will Carter (JV), and Kyle Andersen (FR).
In addition, West won the Quad for the 8th year in a row on the varsity, setting a new record for consecutive wins!
Great job and congrats!!
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