Hale XC is just 9 weeks away! Our annual summer training is a huge part of our season and the commitment to summer training has grown over the years. We typically begin 9 weeks prior to our first official season practice, and this year is no different!
Every year I consider the current team to be the most important in school history, but this year it is an even more powerful statement. We have an opportunity to build on our tradition and make it stronger in the most uncertain of times. We can be really process focused, and love each day like we always do. This spring gave us an amazing opportunity to really BECOME runners, learning to love running for it's beauty and escape it provides us. To love being out in nature, being healthy and testing ourselves. Many of us didn't allow for any obstacles and instead used this trying spring to become stronger. Guys challenged each other from afar to prove there were no limits in their ability to do some awesome record long runs, personal best time trials and get out the door daily for the love of the sport. Becoming a runner is so important and can lead to a lifelong love that I am thankful for every day. Although we would rather be racing, this mini timeout provided an opportunity that I'm so proud many of you took advantage of. It showed why we are one of the best teams in the state.
Now, we are excited to get back to normal and racing! We are still transitioning and it will be a gradual first few weeks as we get back to normal. I'm hopeful for a mostly normal season but be prepared for some differences probably in race size and possibly other areas this fall. Summer running and being able to be back together running will provide hope and happiness. The mental health benefits of being able to connect safely with friends is huge, and I'm thankful we are back to that point! Being together will be the best gift and it's what I want the guys to enjoy right now! Be in the moment, life is good.
We welcome any athlete that is willing to be positive, have no limits and build up others. Look at the world right now and realize the power of love with no conditions. Our group of young men is excited to welcome in the freshmen this summer. Once you come aboard, you're immediately part of the family. There is no seniority or rankings based on class. This team is all for the cause, and every kid is important.
Our 4 captains this fall are Brennan Kompas, Collin Raschka, Joseph Hertel and Joshua Truchon. These young men will be an amazing example for their teammates and provide an incredible experience to all of those involved. They have already met with me and understand the importance of their role. They are there to guide, promote and love all while listening and being sure to let everyone on the team steer the ship. They are knowledgeable and will be great motivators to help promote our No Limits philosophy. We are lucky to have these four loving men on Hale XC!
There's been good news! It is planned that our AD and superintendent have come to an agreement on opening the school July 6th! Beginning that day, we will plan open runs from the Hale Commons at 8:45 a.m. daily Monday through Friday. I plan to be there daily and have worked it out with my work schedule already. The coaches have no received specifics but it appears we will split into groups of 10 (hopefully more for outdoor sports), and will have daily health questions the kids must answer in order to practice. Obviously, please do not come to runs if feeling sick in any way! Run on your own in these cases. :)
Weekly Summer Workout Guideline
Fall XC Schedule -
We hope the schedule goes on as normal! Be prepared for changes of course this year, as there may be limits on race sizes etc. that will cause us to add more meets or change things up.
Click here for the meet schedule
Check out our team standards, blog, and records for a little background on the program and it's successful history! Our 2018 and 2019 team books on the records page are good to read. We returned to the state meet in 2018 as a team for the first time since 2012 and then repeated in 2019 moving up to a 15th place finish. We return a strong squad and bring in a great freshmen class looking to build upon our recent success!
This year we will need to communicate more often and be flexible to any changes. Be sure to stay connected and check in often, always feeling free to reach out to Coach Mach via email or phone.