Quad Meet on Saturday, 9.26:
Service will be competing in a Quad meet this Saturday against South, East, and Eagle River. Due to the size of the Service and South squads, we have been told we must split the racing up into a Varsity/Junior Varsity race, and an Open Race. It is not ideal for team unity, but it is in the interest of everyone's safety.
Varsity and JV girls and boys arrive at Kincaid at 10am. You will start your races between 11am and 11:15am.
Open Racers will arrive at 11:45 am. You will start your race between 12:30pm and 12:45pm.
We felt having 2 athletes go out every 10 seconds , sending out 12 athletes a minute, maintained a safe racing environment for our athletes last Saturday. This Saturday, we will be sending out 4 athletes at a time every 20 seconds, still holding it at 12 athletes per minute, but allowing athletes a bit more competition at the start of the race. The increased interval will create less competition in the latter stages of the race as it will be harder for athletes to make up a 20 second gap as opposed to last Saturday's 10 second gap. We plan to continue taking measured steps towards more head to head race starts. If we feel the race course becomes too congested, we will back track towards a less crowded format.
Regional Championships next Saturday, 10.3:
Mark your calendars for the Regional Championships on Saturday, October 3rd. Race format, timing, and course are pending. We will not be doing a mass start. Instead, we will continue to use the wave start method.
You will probably want to block out your calendars from 9am to 4pm for that Saturday. This is the highlight of the Open and Junior Varsity season. We are training the Open and JV racers to be at their peak performance for this meet. Hopefully, everyone can help make sure the athletes get a chance to race. Due to covid concerns, we cannot offer bus transportation to or from Kincaid. We will also have to take the year off from our regional barbecue tradition.
Near Point Hike:
I am planning to uphold the annual tradition of a team near point hike. Tentatively, we will meet at Prospect Trailhead at 10am on Sunday, 10.4 and hike up to the summit of Near Point. Athletes will break into small buddy groups similar to how we have operated training runs this season.
Have a great week!