Monday, September 26, 2016

PARENT INFORMATION - home invitational Oct 22 and regionals Oct 29

I posted this on facebook in a group chat, but I know some parents do not have facebook so I am also posting here....  here is a link to the time schedule for our home invitational Home Invite Information

Hello GHSXC parents - Just a quick note here from Coach Jeff Kalember - our home invitational is coming up quickly and once again I'd like your help. We host over 1000 runners and 1000 spectators to our home meet on Oct 22nd, and then again on Oct 29th for regionals. I need help with concessions, packet hand out to coaches, parking, t-shirt sales and finish line. I would like to have two shifts at each area if possible so people are not stuck doing one thing all day. These big meets make us BIG $$ for the team so we can do nice things for the kids like new warmups and nice tents 🙂 Our concession stand will be much smaller this year (hot dogs, brats, candy, drinks and coffee/hot chocolate) - we will also have a "FOOD TRUCK" (happy taco) for food. If you'd like to work the concession stand, please be thinking about how we can easily cook hot dogs and brats and keep them hot! Many of you have helped in the past and know how this whole process works - if you're new we'll train you. I am tentatively planning a parent "organizing" meeting for Wednesday Oct 19th at GHS - let's say 6pm. You do not need to respond to this message in this group chat - or 32 people will get constant notifications. If you have a message for me please send it directly so everyone doesn't have to deal with notifications.

Send me a message on facebook or text me if you have any input or ideas. 989-370-0924 or email too 906jkal

Sunday, September 25, 2016

GHSXC grads doing well at collegiate level

Former GHSXC runner Charlend Howard was 2nd at the prestigious Roy Griak Invite in Minnesota this weekend, pacing his UW Oshkosh team to a 1st place overall finish.  As an all-stater for GHS he went 15:50 at MIS in the D2 XC finals in 2012.  He was the last GHS overall BNC conference champion.  Charlend's results here RESULTS 

In addition, the Smith twins, Alexis and Katelyn were part of Northern Michigan University's 3rd place finish at the Griak Invite.  Alexis finished as NMU's 5th girl and Katelyn was 7th.  NMU was 9th in the D2 National XC race last season and returns all runners in addition to the Smith girls.  Full results here - NMU RESULTS  The Division 2 portion of the Griak Invite featured 40 teams and almost 400 runners.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Congratulations to the boys GHSXC team placing first overall of all D2 teams at the 48th annual Delta College XC invitational.  Full results here RESULTS   The girls team placed 2nd in the D2 results, being edged by Ogemaw Heights.

On the boys side Zak Goddard again led the blue devils - notching a solid 10:40.  I am very happy with Zak's progress this season.  In looking at past results from Delta he is headed for a solid top 10 in our regional in October.  Ethan Huey, only a sophomore, continues to impress and placed 17th overall today, just 10 seconds back of Zak.  Ethan can hang with Zak and if he does it at regionals he's headed for "All-regional" status and a trip to the MHSAA state finals.  Nick Green possibly had the race of the day for the blue devils placing 27th and only 17 seconds behind Huey.  Nick continues to improve and work on his speed - I am looking for big things from him in October.  Andrew Quaal was our 4th man today - Like Green he could possibly have had the race of the day.  AQ lacks good footspeed so a race like this (only 2 miles) is tough for him, so I was impressed today.  In varsity scoring Kenny Smith was our 5th man in solid position to solidify the win for us.  Jon Thorold also saw his first varsity action today and ran a good race.  In the boys JV race Jack Hervela (out last race) and Justin Desloover (sick this week) came back with a vengeance, earning back their varsity positions for our next BNC race.

On the girls side Carlie Martella continues to show she is one of the top runners in northern Michigan.  Her 6th place today in a time of  12:12 ranks her with our past GHSXC runners who have been All-State.  Carlie has the foot speed of an elite 800m runner, but 4 years of big summer miles has now given her the endurance she needs to be top 30 at the state meet in November.  She has the confidence to run even splits so that race ends where she wants it - in the low 19's by November.  Our girls 2-3-4-5 pack of Kowatch, Massey, Keysor, and Edwards was solid today and gave us what we needed for 2nd place.  I was especially impressed with Adrienne today - speed and short races are usually not her forte - but she came through solid as 5th girl.  Cameron Martella again earned varsity status in just her 3rd high school XC race and Autumn Zimmer rounded out our top 7.  Varsity runner Bri Martin has shown progress in knee rehab and should return to action at BNC #2 after a good week of practice next week.

GHSXC is off racing next week and is back in action at BNC #2 at TCCentral on Oct 4th.

Workouts week 8 -

Monday Sept 26 - Distance day - going long, with a 15 minute tempo in the middle
Tuesday - shorter day
Wednesday - we pay tribute to the Tribute, just a little hill workout followed by some distance.
Thursday - shorter day.
Friday - warmup, 2 miles, 6x800m hard, then harder, then hardest, then 2 miles.
Saturday - freshmen, new people OFF, experience people go longer distance
Sunday - off
Monday - short and easy with stride outs
Tuesday Oct 4

- BNC #2 at TCCentral - races at 4pm boys 430pm girls at Courtade Elementary off Rasho Road - google directions.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Big North Conference meet #1

Full results here  --  BNC 1 RESULTS

Highlights - Carlie Martella 3rd overall against some of the toughest competition of the year and topping ALL Cadillac girls - who are ranked #2 and #3 in our regional.  Great day for Carlie.

Boys led, again, by Zak Goddard with a solid run and just 15 seconds from "All Conference."

Other highlights, Cameron Martella makes varsity top 7.  Boys without Justin Desloover and Jack Hervela on our varsity and both boys and girls still beat rivals Petoskey.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Week 7 DELTA and first BNC Meet, plus MSU recap

MSU Invite a success.  We went to MSU with one goal - Our goal was to get a big meet experience.  It doesn't matter, at this point in our season, if we are fast, slow or medium, all that matters is that we build into the important races in October.  It was nice to watch the college races and see all the fanfare that over 5000+ runners attract.  Pretty cool to see all the team tents and the awards stage and Sparty.  Most of all we experienced the hype.  So, when regionals rolls around and we have 16 teams on the starting line it will not be intimidating in the least.  MSU helps you deal with pre-race jitters and pre-race preparation.

complete results here  RESULTS

Boys - Overall I dont think we ran all that well, but there were definitely some highlights.  Our time gap from 1st to 5th man is down to 55 seconds.  We need to keep working to get our pack closer and closer to Zak and Ethan - IF we can get that down to 30-35 seconds we will be tough and have a shot at STATE FINALS and top 3 at regionals.  Ethan had a great race and today finished as our #1 man for the first time in his short career, just edging Zak at the finish line.  It is good to have him bridge this gap up to Zak as it makes Zak work harder and running with a teammates helps both of them.  Zak also had a good race.  Nick Green was super solid as #3 man, running a season best time by over 30 seconds in the heat.  Justin Desloover also ran very well, over a minute faster than the MUD run and steadily improving.  I believe Justin can hit those mid- to low-17's by the end of the season on the right day.  Derek Gia was solid as 5th man and also had a season best time in the heat.  Andrew Quaal rounded out our varsity competitors with a season best time also.

Of special note was a steadily improving Jon Thorold in the JV race, finishing as our top JV runner and earning his way onto the varsity for our first big north conference meet on Tuesday.  He has been steadily improving after a 2 year break from XC competition.

According to the results on we finished 9th of 40+ teams on the boys side which is impressive, unfortunately that's in error.  We truly were in the 15th place range due to one of our girls mistakenly appearing in the boys results in 20th place!

Girls - On the girls side we finished 29th of 43 teams.  Again, just like the boys, we have to remember we didn't come here to win, or run out best times of the season, or medal.  We came here for the big meet experience, and we achieved this goal.  Carlie Martella was again our top runner, finishing 26th of 291 runners in a season best time of 20:21.  Carlie handled the big race very well improving almost 100 places from her sophomore season on this same course.  I think a lot of people think Carlie is just "blessed with good genetics" so she does well.  Yes, this is partially true, but 90% of Carlie's success is hard work and summer miles.  She has improved dramatically from her freshman/sophomore seasons and that is no accident.  Alli Kowatch, Adrienne Edwards and Autumn Zimmer have solidified themselves as a nice 2nd pack behind Carlie and all had good efforts today.  Amanda Keysor was solid as our 5th varsity girl - stepping into a huge invitational in our most important position and handling it with maturity and poise.  Laina Thomson and Angela Sharkey rounded out our varsity.  On the girls side we have many new runners filling big time varsity positions and they steadily keep improving which is a good sign.

Of special note in the girls races were the Massey twins who are back in action after some injury issues - both earned their way back into varsity positions for the BNC meet next Tuesday.  Also of note was Cameron Martella in her first GHSXC run finishing as 8th girl only 20 some seconds from our varsity.  Girls are still without varsity runner Bri Martin, slowly nursing a knee injury back to health.  When she returns we'll move up the results sheet substantially.

Week Workouts -

Monday - easy medium distance with stride outs.
Tuesday - BNC meet @ Alpena - Crittendon Soccer Fields, 751 Woodward Ave, Alpena.  Boys ALL at 4pm and Girls ALL at 430pm.  This is TOUGH competition.  We have TCCentral boys ranked #3 in division 1 and TCW boys ranked #8 and Cadillac boys ranked #9 in D2.  On the girls side, TCC girls ranked #3 in division 1, TCW ranked #9 and Cadillac girls ranked #5 in D2.   To have SIX ranked teams is the toughest I have ever seen the Big North Conference in 20 years.

Wed - easy distance day.

Thursday - hopefully on the GHS track!!  1x mile race pace, 2x800 race pace

Friday - easy and short with stride outs.

Saturday - DELTA INVITATIONAL @ Delta College - Google Maps the directions.  Full meet information and time schedul here DELTA INFORMATION  Boys varsity is the first race at 930am.  Most likely we depart GHS Saturday morning at 600am.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

MUD RUN RESULTS and week 6 plan

As I typed that headline above I thought to myself "HOLY CRAP ITS WEEK 6!!!"  Can you believe we're already into week 6 of our season???!!!  That means 7 weeks until regionals!!!

Mud Run Times here -

Mud Run Boys - FIRST OFF CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BOYS TEAM - MUD RUN LARGE SCHOOL TEAM CHAMPIONS!!!  Led by senior Zak Goddard's 2nd place 18:15 in the 11/12th grade race and Ethan Huey's 2nd place 18:19 in the 9/10th grade race we came home with a nice trophy.  I was very impressed with both Zak and Ethan today - these times rank them as the 7th and 9th fastest boys for GHS in the 12 years of running this course.  Given that the mud/water was extremely high this year, I think they'd have been even faster on a drier day.  Nick Green also had a huge race for us today (placing 5th in the 9/10 grade race), in our 3rd spot, improving his time from Clare by 30 seconds or so on a much much tougher course.  4th man Jack Hervela is back in action and had "the race of the day according to Coach Warren" - not having raced an XC race in a year he was super solid for us today. 5th man Andrew Quaal is coming off a summer of hard work and big mileage and nearly ran faster than Clare (a much faster course).  These top 5 guys really ran well and are only about 60 seconds apart.  If we can get that 1-5th man gap down to 40 seconds we are definitely looking at the possibility of making it to the State Finals this year.  Team Captain Justin Desloover and Derek Giallombardo rounded out our top 7 varsity.

Of special note were newcomers Jon Thorold (8th man in only his first high school XC race) and Jacob Book (a freshman in his first race and 9th man).  Both of these two have a chance at making our varsity by the end of this season with some hard work and determination.

Also of note was our boys 9/10 grade race.  Huey in 2nd, Green in 5th, Quaal in 7th is 3 runners in the top 10 of over 100 runners.  First year runners Thorold and Book were not far behind.  This is a bright sign for the future of this boys team.

Led by senior captain Carlie Martella's 2nd place (20:34) finish the lady harriers pulled out an impressive finish.  Without the service of Brianna Martin (knee) and the Massey twins (knee and ankle) we still showed our depth as several young ladies stepped up to help us out.  Martin and the Massey girls are all varsity runners and to be without 3/7 of your varsity and still place 2nd overall is quite impressive.

Fist off, Martella's time ranks her as the 3rd fastest girl with the 4th fastest time in our school history on this course, only to be outdone by State Champion Sloan Secord's 2007 time and multiple all-state and MSU runner Thereseann Zimmerman (Huprikar).  When you mention Carlie's name amongst this sort of company you kind of step back and say "wow!"  She has the speed and the endurance to be one of the best runners in the north this season.  I am looking forward to seeing where she will be in October/November.  Allison Kowatch was solid in our #2 position, working hard as always and really stepping up big today.  Autumn Zimmer held down 3rd position after pushing through some hip issues earlier in the week.  Freshman Amanda Keysor was impressive in the 9/10 grade race as our 4th varsity runner and Adrienne Edwards was our 5th varsity scorer.  Adrienne has been a solid 4 year runner for us and without her today we'd have slipped to 3rd place.  Freshmen Laina Thompson and Angela Sharkey rounded out our varsity scoring.


Monday Sept 12 - Easy Distance run - 2 mile warmup - 3-6 miles easy.
Tuesday Sept 13 - Mrs Kalember's birthday, wish her well.  2 mile warmup,  3x 1 mile each one harder than the last.  2 mile cool.  IF IT IS THUNDERSTORMS WE MOVE THIS TO WEDNESDAY.
Thursday Sept 15 - 2 mile warm, 3 miles easy, 4 x stride out
Friday Sept 16 - Michigan State Invitational - bus departs GHS at 8am.  BRING $ and snacks and water and food.  We WILL get pizza on the way back but don't plan on that filling you up.  Bring your own food too.  Complete schedule of races, maps, etc on this website -  - click on the "coaches information" link and you will have all the information you could ever want. GAYLORD IS RUNNING IN THE BRONZE RACES - CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR TIMES AND MAPS AND INFORMATION  I would estimate we'll be home about 9-9:30pm from this meet.
Saturday Sept 17 - on your own easy distance run for varsity 4-12 miles.  JV/freshman/newrunners OFF.
Sunday Sept 18 - OFF

Monday Sept 19 - easy distance
Tuesday Sept 20 - first Big North Conference Meet at Alpena

Monday, September 5, 2016


First and most importantly I hope you got some good runs in this last weekend!

Tuesday - first day of school and it is supposed to be 88F!!!!!!!  That's hot.  With it this hot it is nearly impossible to do a hard workout and be safe about the temperatures.  We will do our normal 2 mile warmup and stretch in the halls (cooler).  Then we'll go back to our favorite patch of woods and do some race pace 800's.  The full loop is just short of 800m and we won't do many, just a few to keep some leg moving faster.  I will send people back to GHS when it looks like you're getting hot!

Wednesday - Supposed to be a bit cooler.  Warmup 2 miles.  2xMILE at race pace, no faster.  2-3 mile cool down.  If it is thunderstorms this day we move this workout to Thursday.

Thursday - 2 mile warmup, 4miles easy.

Friday 30 minutes easy with stride-outs x 4.

Saturday - Charlevoix Mud Run.  Charlevoix High School, Marion Center Road.

8am - Bus arrives at 5200 Marion Center Road, Charlevoix High School
9AM - Boys 11th/12th
930AM - Girls 11/12th
10AM  - Boys 9/10th
10:30AM - Girls 9/10th
11AM - Open Race for parents and spectators.
11:30am Middle School
12noon - Awards.

Back to GHS 1:30-2pm approximately.

2001      Thereseann Zimmerman – 5th in state
2007      Sloan Secord – state champ
2031      Sloan Secord – all state
2043      Alexis Smith – as junior, all state
2050      Sammy Hunt – 6th in state
2052      Thereseann Zimmerman –all state
2057      Sloan Secord – all state – 8th
2109      Amber Kassuba 10th in state
2112      Sammy Hunt – All state
2119      Amanda Olds – All state
2123      Amber Kassuba – All State
2123      Carlie Martella – as a junior
2121      Megan Borgeson – all regional
2128      Amanda Olds – all regional
2136      Amber Kassuba
2139      Dawn Pagels
2140      Courtney Busch as a senior
2140      Anna Kassuba – all regional
2142      Katie Harriger
2151      Katelynn Dreyer
2153      Anna Kassuba    
2157      Geena Duff
2159      Emily Byrne as a senior
2159      Katelynn Dreyer
2202      Megan Borgeson
2208      Amanda Olds
2211      Sammy Hunt
2212      Anna Kassuba
2215      Katelynn Dreyer
2216      Brianna Martin as freshman
2216      Barb Counsil
2214      Maria Kulka
2222      Anna Kassuba
2223      Geena Duff
2225      Dawn Pagels
2227      Courtney Busch as junior
2230      Katelyn Smith as junior
2232      Katelynn Dreyer
2245      Carlie Martella as sophomore
2246      Barb Counsil
2246      Amanda Olds
2251      Amber Kassuba
2256      Barb Counsil
2258      Geena Duff
2258      Megan Borgeson
2258      Noelle Warren
2306      Ellen Seidell
2310      Savannah Hypio
2319      Maria Warren
2325      Alli Kowatch

2335      Paige Hypio


1733      Charlend Howard – All state, conference champ
1740      Charlend Howard – all regional, junior
1745      Charlend Howard – all regional, sophomore
1746      Jayden Hesselink – conf champ, all regional
1803      Joe Jones – All regional x2
1808      Eric Hoxie – all regional, sub 10 for 2 mile
1809      Nate Fischer – All regional, senior
1810      Andrew Olds – All regional, sophomore
1816      Andrew Olds - Junior
1817      Ian Callison - senior
1818      Andrew Olds - sophomore
1820      Joe Jones - senior
1821      Nate Fischer - junior, all regional
1825      Roger Kirk
1831      Bryan Slocum - junior
1832      Zak Goddard 2015 as a junior
1833      Zak Goddard as sophomore
1835      Nate Fischer - sophomore
1838      Nick Branham - senior all regional
1839      Travis Kooi
1840      Jack Hervela as sophomore
1843      Andrew Olds
1844      Ethan Huey - FRESHMAN
1844      Sterling McPherson
1845      Collin Monusko
1847      Brian Counsil
1848      Nate Fischer
1850      Matt Jaroneski - Freshman
1855      Josh Olds
1857      Jayden Hesselink
1858      Charlend Howard – as a freshman
1900      Brian Hoxie
1907      Justin Desloover as a Junior
1907      Ian Callison
1907      Ian Callison
1911      Josh Olds
1923      Bryan Slocum
1928      Jake Pasternak
1924      Sean Hope
1927      Javas Marshall
1941      Eric Counsil
1944      Jayden Hesselink
1957      Justin Desloover as sophomore