Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Big North Conference finals.  Again, the big north is just too strong for us this year.  We ran ok, had some bright spots, had some low spots. 

I believe this marks the first year since the inception of the BNC that we've not been able to get a runner on the all-conference team.  Between ranked TC's, Cadillac and a tough Alpena and Petoskey squad it was tough going.

Freshman Cambrie Smith toughed out a gutty race battling allergy issues and just missed all-conference honors by ONE PLACE.  Heartbreaking for Cambrie, but I urged her to use it as fuel for the fire for next season.  Her experience this year will help her make that first team next year.  Cameron Martella had a good race as #2 girl in 24th, about right where she was in the first two races.  Amanda and Mya were solid as usual and Mackensie Massey made a great move to get closer to these two.  Mack has a good week of practice last week and has been coming on as of late.  Zoe Palmer and Autumn Zimmer rounded out our varsity but Nadia Keller jumped into a varsity position for this saturday with a great race.

On the guys side our 1-5th man gap came back down which is good -- 46 seconds from 1-5th man.  Nick Green bounced back to our #1 position, running a solid time on our tough course.  Jordan McDuffie  had his first time as #2 man coming in just behind Nick and Jon Thorold was just steps behind in 3rd position.  Andrew Quaal had an "off day" as our 4th man, but he will be back this saturday for a 17 minute time again.  #5 for us today was Mason Monchilov.  Mason has been a little up and down this year but seems to be putting it together in these closing weeks.  Jacob Book and Kenny Smith were our final varsity runners, but freshman Kade Dalson and sophomore Jacob Thorold snuck in with times just fast enough to earn varsity positions for the NMXCC meet this weekend.

Full results at

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Saturday we host our HOME INVITE the schedule is as follows.

Middle school girls 10am
Middle school boys 1030am
6th and under race 11am.
Varsity girls 1130am
Varsity boys 12noon
JV girls 1230 pm
JV boys 1pm.

JOBS LIST - parents your names are typed.  Kids i hand wrote them in.  Everyone needs to do their jobs to make this work.  Big day Saturday!!!

Parents who are getting the stuff after school - Laura Korff from the culinary arts class ordered all of the stuff and says there is a LOT of it.  Be sure we have three vechicles.  Also Mr. WIlson said we can use the football "covered" trailer to haul stuff out there if someone has a vehicle with a trailer hitch.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tues Oct 17

Tuesday Oct 17th Gaylord hosts the  20th annual Big North Conference championships (or maybe it is 21?)

Schedule is as follows...

Girls varsity top 7 only race at 4pm,  Boys varsity top 7 race at 430pm, JV girls 5pm, JV boys 530pm

Varsity athletes are excused from school at 2:20pm so they can get there in time and warm up properly.  JV have plenty of time to get out to the country club in time - 5 miles west of town at the Gaylord Country Club.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

workouts Oct 9-15

Oct 9 Monday - longer distance run.  Varsity 7-8 miles, JV 5-6 miles

Tuesday - short and easy

Wednesday - PRACTICE IS AT GAYLORD COUNTRY CLUB - Big North Conf prep, Hills and then finishes.  This will be a hard day.


Oct 12 - Thursday - short and easy 

Friday - 1.5 mile warmup, 13x400m, first 6 will be race pace with short rest, last 7 will be progressively quicker.  1.5 mile cool

Saturday - JV OFF, Varsity/top 8-9-10 should go for an easy 30-50 minutes

Sunday - off

Oct 16  Monday - short and easy with stride outs

Tuesday - Big North Conference Finals at the Gaylord country club.  Girls varsity top 7 only race at 4pm,  Boys varsity top 7 race at 430pm, JV girls 5pm, JV boys 530pm.

Wed - short and easy

Thursday - Varsity practice only, no JV practice

Friday - short and easy with stride outs,

Oct 21 - Saturday - Home Invitational at Michaywe - Last race for JV

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saginaw Invite

The Blue Devil harriers headed south to the Saginaw XC Invite this weekend, full results here

The fast course was a little wet in places but provided fast times, at least half of our runners had season best or lifetime best finishes.  The girls were 6th overall of 21 teams and the top Division 2 team, while the boys were 10th of 24 teams and the 3rd overall Division 2 school.

Cambrie Smith again led the lady blue devils, placing 7th overall as the top Division 2 runner in a field of over 150 runners.  Cambrie was also the top freshman in the field posting a fine time of 20:21  Each race this year Cambrie has improved her focus, her racing skills and her ability to move up through the race.  She definitely is in the mix for earning all-regional honors here in three weeks.  Cameron Martella was, again, our #2 girl coming in with a season best time also.  Her 16th place finish earned her a medal and ranked her as the #3 division 2 girl in the field.  The duo of Mya Legel and Amanda Keysor continue to work together to pace each other and push each other through races and today they both posted season best times, our goal for them is to crack down another 30-40 seconds to be in the 21's.  Autumn Zimmer rounded out our scoring as 5th girl.  I don't think Autumn had a particularly "great race" but it was close to her best time of the season.  She ran her fastest time of the season on Tuesday at the BNC race in Petoskey and I think her legs are still a bit tired from that.  Zoe Palmer and Mackensie Massey rounded out our varsity squad and posted season best times.  Zoe, in fact, had a season best time by almost a minute!  Well done!

In the girls JV race Nadia Keller led the way, followed by Laina Thomson and Zoe Pomarzynski.  Each of these ladies earned medals for a top 30 finish and the JV squad placed 3rd overall.  Well done ladies.  Courtney Zaremba and Hannah Conner rounded out JV scoring.

On the boys side Andrew Quaal popped a season best/lifetime best time of 17:42 - it is great to finally see Andrew in those 17's ... He's worked so hard to get there.  Currently he is about 40-50 seconds ahead of where he was last year and that could mean 1715 or 1720 by the end of the season for him.  Solid Nick Green was again #2 across the line for GHS, coming in with an 1804 after a very fast first mile.  Today our goal was to go out a bit faster than we usually do, just to test the waters - and for Nick we found out that's not the way to go.  For him, next meet, we'll be back on even splits.  Jon Thorold was #3 again today, in the same boat as Nick.  I think we had him go out a bit too hard, he is more of an even splits runner and that's when he performs best.  As a coach, I like to push kids to try different racing strategies as some runners do better with a faster start and some with a slower start and today we found that out for many of our kids.  Jacob Book had his race of the season running a season best time by almost a minute - and becoming our 4th man.  When  you run a career best by a minute you know you're having a great day and that fast start really helped Jacob achieve it today.  5th man Jordan McDuffie was solid today but didn't really have a huge personal best time for the season.  Still, he is about 2 minutes, on average, ahead of where he was last year.  Mason Monchilov and Kenny Smith rounded out the varsity team for the GHS harriers.  Mason's time was a season best by a good 30+ seconds, telling me he had a good solid race but Kenny ran a bit better at our BNC meet on Tuesday.  On the hilly, tough Petoskey course he was about the same time, telling me he probably has some tired legs still from that race.

On the JV side nearly all JV boys had personal or season best times.  The biggest JV time jumps were Jacob Thorold 43 second improvement, Jake Fousek 1 minute20 second improvement, Seth Johnson 38 second improvement, Zack Fortune 1:18 improvement, Kellen Minyon 1:08 improvement, Stumaan Williams 18 seconds improvement, Cam Mead 46 second improvement, Ian Hotelling 1:27 improvement, Zack Bright 36 second improvement.

I am especially proud that 29 of the 33 runners competing today had season best times.  It is important that we improve each meet, learning to race harder, utilize pacing more, and finish fast.  As these last weeks of the season approach we will finally begin to "rest" more on race weeks of importance.

The blue devils are off next week and return to action Oct 17th at the Gaylord country club for the Big North XC Championships and again on Oct 21 for the Northern Michigan XC Championships at the Michaywe Country club.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

pics from BNC2

BNC #2

Full results/times/scores here  -

Just 2 weeks ago at Big North Conference meet #1 we were 6th of 6 teams ... but look at those scores this week .....Girls, you were ONLY 9 points from ALPENA and only 18 from PETOSKEY!!  WOW, you ladies ran GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!  And more good news, you did this without #4 girl Mya Legal nursing a bad ankle.  WE CAN BEAT ALPENA and PETOSKEY in our last BIG NORTH RACE!!  WE CAN.  That's our goal for the next two weeks - focus on that.  Men - we also improved from BNC #1 - our first man to 4th man gap was only 27 seconds, great work.  Kenny was our 5th man and he was 30 seconds back of Jordan but Kenny is feeling better and I know he has a great race in him coming up later when he is 100% healthy.  In that boys race we're competing against TCC/TCW who are D1 state qualifying teams.  Alpena, with 3 of the best runners in that D1 regional, Cadillac ranked #10 in the state in D2 and Petoskey who just WON the Don Baese invitational over 11 teams.  The competition in this conference is incredibly tough.  Don't hang your heads.

Individually we had some GREAT breakthrough performances.  On this brutally tough, hilly course in very warm conditions we had a number of personal best times.  Cambrie improved from a 15th place to a 9th place and was only 10 seconds from 7th!! WOW!  Cambrie also had her personal season best time on this tough, tough course.  Cam also ran extremely well, improving from 29th to 17 and also running a season best time.  Cambrie has set herself up for Big North All-conference honors if she has a good last race at our home BNC finals even and Cam has an outside shot with a great final race.  Amanda Keysor didn't run in BNC #1 and was solid today, she continues to improve and although her time today was not a season best she had a good effort.  Autumn Zimmer was #4 today running a season best time and getting closer to Amanda than she's been all season.  I told her I saw signs of the Autumn from 2015 when she made the state finals with our state-qualifying team.  Zoe Palmer was our 5th girl today running her ultra-consistent time and solidifying her place on our varsity.  Mackensie Massey and Nadia Keller rounded out the GHS varsity positions.

On the boys side we had a a great 1-2-3-4 time gap with Andrew Quaal leading the way and Nick Green just steps behind.  Both of these young men ran right about where they were in BNC #1, consistent and solid.  Jon Thorold and Jordan McDuffie were also right about where they were in BNC #1.  In looking at the times on this course and comparing them to other races, it looks probable that each of these guys has a chance at cracking into the 17's at a race that has flat, fast terrain - that's Saginaw.  I am going to be asking them for that effort on Saturday - going out at 5:30-5:40 and holding it to the finish.  Senior captain Kenny Smith seems to be on the mend, recovering from a viral bug that's been nagging him as of late.  He had  a solid start and was right with our lead pack, just fading a bit at the last mile.  If he can hang tough, that will be a huge boost for us in the team scoring.  Jacob Book and Mason Monchilov rounded out our varsity team.

The blue devils are back in action on Saturday at the Saginaw Heritage Invite.