Welcome to the home of Parkway West Distance Runners!
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR...I HOPE 2017 IS GREAT TO YOU. HOWEVER, A LOT OF HOW GREAT IT WILL BE, DEPENDS ON YOU! MAKE IT GREAT!!!!
Thanks to everyone for taking time out of your busy schedules to drop by. It was fun and I appreciate you attending. It was fun seeing you and getting to talk to you. (I regret not getting to talk Brett and Jeremy a little more.) Next year I think that I will have everyone mention one or two things that you remember about participating in cross country and/or track at West.
Jonah Yates - 2020
Zane Yates - 2019
Nathan Stucki - 2018
Andrew Lofgren - 2018
Brett Dubuque - 2013
Jeremy Busch - 2012
Justin Murry - 1999
Mike Jones - 1998
Matt Peters - 1994
Ben Davis - 1992
Steve Sagarra - 1991
Mark Brimer - 1991
Parent - Stephen Yates
Coaches - Kevin John, Kristin Witt and Dale Shepherd
Those in attendance this year:
Christmas Eve morning is a tough day to expect a big turnout! Nonetheless, we had 12 alumni and present athletes, one parent and 3 coaches and we had fun talking and sharing stories. Several went for a power line run and Matt Peters made the young ones run harder than they wanted.Next year Christmas is on a Monday, and it was decided that we would meet at West on Saturday, December 23rd. Mark your calendars!!!!
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ALL TRY TO MEET AT 9:30 TO MAKE INTRODUCTIONS WHILE EVERYONE IS THERE!!
THOSE THAT WANT MAY GO ON A RUN BEFORE 9:30 (IF YOU HAVE A LONG RUN PLANNED) OR AFTER WE MEET AT 9:30, OR YOU CAN JUST MEET AND SHARE STORIES.
WE REALIZE THAT IT IS CHRISTMAS EVE MORNING, BUT THIS SEEMED TO BE THE BEST POSSIBLE DAY.
OPEN TO ALL FORMER AND PRESENT CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK&FIELD ATHLETES (MALE AND FEMALE), COACHES AND PARENTS.WE WILL MEET SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 9:30AM IN THE GYM FOYER AT PARKWAY WEST.
HOT CHOCOLATE AND BAGELS WILL BE PROVIDED.
PLEASE, PASS THE WORD, AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY CONTACT "THE OLD COACH" AT 314-704-8586 OR SDSHEPHERD@MINDSPRING.COM.
I KNOW THIS IS A BUSY TIME OF THE YEAR, BUT I HOPE YOU CAN FIND THE TIME ATTEND AND VISIT. LET'S HAVE A RECORD TURNOUT!!!
I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!!
Matt Peters - 1994
Mark Brimer - 1991
Ron Cross - 1991
Those in attendance besides the ones already mentioned were:
*The total numbers jumped to 31 because as I was getting ready to leave Zach Edmonson (1998) and his family (total of 4) had just driven in from Chicago (they had not even gone to Zach's parents' house yet) and were hoping that there would still be someone at school.
The oldest athlete in attendance was Brian Thomas (1988). He wore his letter jacket, and it still fits. Unfortunately we do not see those much anymore.
Because of the rain, we decided to have the 7th annual get-together at West. We had four different decades of Longhorn alumni and present athletes represented (80s, 90s, 00s and 10s)a nice turnout of 31*. The oldest attendee was the old coach (70) and the youngest Nate Chisholm's daughter (Brooke) who is 2 months. We are trying to expand the invitation to present and former track & field athletes, also, and had three in attendance.The damp weather did not keep a group of individuals from going for a run..."Exercise is cheap medicine"!
Nate Chisholm and family - 1998
Peter Blair - 2004
Bryant Blair and dad (Tom) - 2009
Sam Lillard - 2011
Bryan Witt - 2011
James Blair - 2012
Jeremy Busch - 2012
Chris Carter - 2013
Maggie Hulen - 2017
Cibby Kimbrough - 2017
Jamie Poppen - 2017
Kyle Anderson - 2018
Zane Yates and dad - 2019
Coach Witt and husband, Aaron
the old coach
IN 2016, CHRISTMAS IS ON SUNDAY SO WE WILL HAVE THE GET-TOGETHER ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24.
Due to the weather and weather predictions we will meet at West instead of Queeny. If it is not raining, you can still go for a run on some of the old "Runs in the Subdivisions".SEE YOU THERE AT 10:00
I know that this is a busy time of the year, but I hope that you can find the time to attend and visit.
In the event of TERRIBLE weather, we will meet at West High. I will post on this website, ONLY, if we have to change.
Please, pass the word, and if you have any questions you can contact "the old coach" at 314-704-8586 or email@example.com
Last year we met on Christmas Eve morning and still had 17 attend with Ben Davis (1991) being the elder statesman. Our record is 30...LET'S BEAT THAT!
Those that want to, may go for a run before 10:00 (if you have a long run planned), or after we meet at 10:00, or you can just visit and share stories. It is important that we all try to be present at 10:00 to make introductions.
OPEN TO ALL PRESENT AND FORMER CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES (MALE AND FEMALE), COACHES AND PARENTS.We will meet SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 (10:00AM) in the upper parking lot at Queeny.
Hot chocolate and bagels will be provided, and we even had a fire last year.
I look forward to seeing you there.
8/28 - Parkway Quad - V, JV, FR
9/12 - Stan Nelson Invite @ Northwest Intermediate - V, JV, FR
9/19 - Parkway Central Invite @ P. Central - V, JV, FR
9/26 - Hancock Invite @ Jefferson Barracks - V, JV
9/28 - Blowpop Invite @ Kirkwood Park - JV, FR
10/3 - Parkway West Invite @ Living Word - V, JV, FR
10/10 - Conference @ P. Central - V, JV, FR
10/15 - Patriot Classic - JV, FR
10/16 - 2 mile dual meet @ P. West track - V
10/23 - Clayton Invite @ Shaw Park - JV, FR
10/24 - Districts - V
10/28 - Findley Invite @ Forest Park - JV, FR
10/31 - Sectionals - V
11/7 - State @ Oak Hills Jeff City - V
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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