Wednesday, November 15, 2017


for 2018 I am looking at getting the team some NICE Sporthill running pants.  These pants are comfortable (not tights, more loosely fitting) warm and super functional.

I have 2 pair of XSMALL
2 pair of SMALL
and 2 pair MEDIUM.

I'd some people to stop by and pick up a pair and run in them for a week or two then bring them back clean and give me some feedback - in other words do you like them?  do you think the team will like them, sizing seem appropriate?  etc.

stop by my classroom Thursday/Friday and check out a pair!!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Hey all - remember the XC banquet is Thursday Nov 9th at GHS in the commons area, 6pm.  We will have subway subs for dinner - I have subs for 150 people so bring your appetite and your family!!

In addition we will have cake for dessert.  Eat Cake!! 

I have plenty of plates and forks and cups.

If you would like to bring some drinks that'd be great - maybe a gallon of milk, a gallon of chocolate milk, a 2L of pepsi or your favorite drink.  Not mandatory, but we will not provide drinks.

I will not argue if some mom/dad wants to make their favorite dessert to put out alongside the cake.

About 640pm we'll move to the auditorium for the awards and slideshow!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


for 2018 we will have an "application" for you to fill out if you are interested in becoming a team captain.  These applications will be available sometime this spring and I will let everyone know via a remind text how they can get an app.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

end of the season information

1.  Still want to race???  There is a 5k, a 1k "hill climb" (think Tribute) and a 13.1 mile half marathon this weekend out at Treetops.  It is called the "Treetops Trifecta" -- you can do one race or sign up for all three races to try to "win the crown" for the best cumulative time.  I know the race director and he's set up a $10 discount code GAYLORDXC if you're interested in the race.

Here is a link to the race information

2.  Turn in your jackets by Friday.  You can keep your shorts, your jersey and your adidas black tights!!  I am looking into buying some very nice running "pants" for next season.

3.  Banquet next week Thursday November 9th, 6pm GHS for dinner, get your awards, your varsity letters and certificates, your "picture book", followed by Subway for dinner and desserts by our culinary classes.  Then a pretty neat slideshow.

4.  On Saturday coach Warren and I will be going down to Ohio to watch former GHSXC runner Katelyn Smith compete with the #17th ranked NMU Wildcats in the Division 2 XC regional race.  The wildcats can qualify for the NCAA championships for the second year in a row with a good race.  Currently Katelyn is the #2 runner for NMU and holds the NMU 5k record of 17:18.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

D 2 XC regionals

Full results with times.

Cambrie Smith missed  being all-conference by one place and today she missed being all-regional by one place (4 seconds)  During the season she had many performances that looked like she had a shot at all-regional and possibly all-state but her asthma and a viral or bacterial lung infection in the last 2 weeks caught up with her.  While it is disappointing, I urged her to use this as fuel for the fire for next season.  She is an amazing runner and has 3 more years to qualify for the state meet.  #2 Cameron Martella was also just off "all-regional" honors and had a near season best time.  #3 girl Mya Legel again had a personal best time of the season, taking over 20 seconds off last weekends NMXCC time.  Mya came into the season with no running/racing experience and has developed into a solid varsity runner.  I am looking forward to seeing what a summer of running miles and a year of experience will do for her 2018 campaign.  Amanda Keysor was solid in our #4 position and Nadia Keller came through with a season best time in 5th position.  Mackenzie Massey and Zoe Palmer rounded out our varsity.  Zoe, a senior, has worked hard to earn her varsity position with tireless miles and a great attitude.  She does not complain and always gives her all and today, in her last race, she was just 2 seconds off her personal best time.

On the boys side all 7 of our boys had season best times and we return 5 of the 7 varsity runners for our 2018 campaign.  Andrew Quaal led the team with a solid time of 1720 -- a season and personal best.  I urged Andrew and the other boys to make sure that next season we START with these times and improve from here.  If we can do that we will be a top 5 team next season.  #2 Nick Green also had a season/personal best time at 1730.  Nick is a hard worker and has the ability to be low 17's next season, possibly the 16's with Andrew.  #3 man Jordan McDuffie came through with a solid sub 18 minute performance.  Jordan has improved immensely from his 2016 season and battled dealing with type 1 diabetes to boot.  He is a positive thinker and hard worker and we will miss him next season.  #4 man Jon Thorold had a season best but I think he has more in him.  Jon will be a solid 1730 guy for us next season - he needs to work on his speed a bit and hopefully with a good track season he'll be tuned up for XC in 2018 and start in the 17's.  Kade Dalson, only a freshman, was again our #5 man - He will be a force to be reckoned with next season and I think he could possibly challenge Andrew/Nick for the #1 position.  He had no middle school running experience and a summer of good miles will really help him.  Senior Mason Monchilov had a season best time to end his XC career.  A soccer transfer, Mason has been on and off the varsity for the past few seasons but really turned it on here in the last month to become a solid varsity runner.  We will miss Mason and Jordan next year but they've been a great set of role models on the team for our younger runners.  Jacob Book was our #7 today, only a sophomore, Jacob has gained valuable experience for next year after moving up from our JV.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Parents and JV and Varsity kids all have jobs to make our regional XC meet go off.  This will earn us about $1000 more in concession stand $$ for the team.

Races start at 10am with D4 girls, then 1030 D3 girls, then 11am D4 boys and 1130am D3 boys.

Then a break to get warm.

Then  division 2 (GHSXC) girls at 2pm and division 2 boys at 230pm.

If your name is not listed below and you can help just message me!! thanks!

2017 regionals  Saturday Oct 28th
730 am Chris McKenzie picks up coffee
8-10am Parking Bryce Zack F, Jacob T, Zack O, Kellen Minyon and Mrs Killian and Mrs Thorold and Mary Steele,  Collect $5 per person or $10 for a car. 
10-1130am – Jude, Carsen, Lincoln, Chase, Parker and Parents McDuffie, Mastenbrook, Miller
1130-120 – Zack B, Quentin, Ian fox, Cam Mead  and Parents Ron Mead, Pete Thomasma and Jerry Kole
After 120pm – let cars in free and go watch Gaylord race

Packet pickup – 8-10am all D3/D4 teams arrive – Parents Henley, Dalson, Johnson, Zaremba hand out packets,  D2 teams will arrive later probably 1130-12noon.

Concessions ----  Christl Keller helping whenever and wherever
9-1030am  Remi, Autumn, Gemma, Megan P, Jon Steele, parents GREEN, Martella, Keysor, Anthony
1030-12noon  Zoe P, Laina, Courtney Z, Kenny, Parents  Pomarzynski, Zaremba, Robel
12noon-2pm   Donnevon, Chase, Carsen, Jude and Parents Green, Peterson, Sharkey, Sheahen

Finish Line – Coach Warren, Kalember, Desloover, Book, Mr Wilson

D2 girls race 130pm – afterward girls help clean up concession area
D2 boys race 2pm – afterward boys help clean up garbage with Mr. Keller and me

Race schedule

10am D4 girls, 1030am D3 girls, 11am  D4 boys, 1130am D3 boys   -- BREAK    130pm D2 girls, 2pm D2 boys

Sunday, October 22, 2017


If you could plan on doing the same thing on saturday for REGIONALS as you did this weekend at the invite that'd be helpful.  We will have FAR fewer people this weekend, so less work!  But still need help!

Regional week workouts and JV information

the TOP TEN from our race this last weekend (Cambrie included obviously) will practice this week - Why ten?  Well if we have 2 or 3 people get sick or cannot run for one reason or another I'd like some backups!

Monday - Cool and rainy, dress appropriately - we WILL run outside whether it is raining or sleeting or cold or windy,  DRESS FOR IT.  Long pants, long sleeve shirt, XC jacket if you like.  Better to overdress than underdress.  Easy 40 minutes or so, just to work out the kinks.

Tuesday - 1mile warmup inside, then 30 minutes outside easy.

Wednesday -- Meet at Coaches house in Michaywe, we'll do our regional prep plan.  Park on my street, wait for everybody, then jog over to course.  We'll jog to course, do an easy mile, stretch quickly.  then from the start do a HARD 800m, rest/recover,  hard 800m, rest/recover, hard 800m.  That's 1.5 miles of "hard" then run one more loop of the course easy for 4 miles total.

Thursday - day off for varsity -- JV meet with coach after school to assign jobs, short meeting.

Friday - short easy run with strides

Saturday -

Schedule/Race Times:
8:00 am Course Opens/Packet Pick-up starts - JV BOYS WORK PARKING
9:50 am National Anthem
10:00 am Division 4 Girls --- JV GIRLS WORK CONCESSIONS
10:30 am Division 3 Girls --  JV GIRLS WORK CONCESSIONS
11:00 am Division 4 Boys -- JV BOYS WORK CONCESSIONS
11:30 am Division 3 Boys --  JV BOYS WORK CONCESSIONS
12:00 pm Division 3 and 4 Results and Awards  JV boys/girls work concessions
1:20 pm National Anthem - JV boys/girls work concessions
1:30 pm Division 2 Girls -
2:00 pm Division 2 Boys
2:30 pm Division 2 and 1 Results and Awards

If a few JV parents work concessions during the D2 races that'd be great but most everyone will be watching races at this point so you probably won't have to do anything.


Fast times at Gaylord High!!!!!!

The 5th annual Northern Michigan Cross Country Championships produced some FAST TIMES this weekend out at the Michaywe Country Club.  A week of no rain and ideal racing conditions combined to give us our fastest times this course has seen.  A quick look a the numbers shows...

19/26 boys for GHS had season best times.
10/12 girls for GHS had season best times

Boys were 15th/38 teams, girls 13th/38 teams, probably 10th of 38 teams with Cambrie Smith.  Cambrie was out with a slight cold and we thought it best to play it safe today.  She'll be back at full strength next weekend for our regional meet.

Overall the invitational produced a new boys course record for 5k - 15:43 by Aiden Smith of Alpena, and a new girls record of 16:55 by Sielle Kearney of Traverse City.  In the middle school races we also had new records  - Thomas Richards of St Elizabeth Ann Seton in 10:34 and Allison Chmielewski of Roscommon in 10:55!  WOW!!

For the Blue Devils Cameron Martella rose to the occasion and posted a season best time, moving her regional ranking to 15th on  Her time of 20:17 was a season best by almost a minute.  The 2-3 duo of Amanda Keysor and Mya Legel ran almost the whole race together and finished with identical times of 21:55.  These two have had a great season and it was nice to see them post personal best times!  Mackenzie Massey also had a season best time as our 4th runner and has definitely benefited from our speedwork in the last few weeks.  As a freshman Mack was down in the 21's and we're hoping that with a week of rest and some easy runs this week she can crack that 21 barrier again at our regional meet Saturday.  Nadia Keller came up HUGE on Saturday with a season best by almost 2 minutes to score as our 5th girl for the first time this season.  Nadia has flirted with the varsity position this season but today was her day.  Angela Sharkey also had a huge day, earning her first varsity point and getting a nice pat on the back for all her hard work this season.  Hannah Conner overcame some shinsplint issues to run a season best in the JV race - Hannah put in a lot of work over the summer and her shinsplints just took that all away so it has been nice to see her back racing here in the last few weeks.  Courtney Zaremba also had some shinsplint issues but came in strong today with a near season best time.  Laina Thomson was just a few ticks behind Courtney and consistent Zoe Pom had a season best time in her last JV race of the season.  Gemma Bryant rounded out our JV team just missing a season best time, but had a great effort.

On the boys side we had Andrew Quaal leading us with another time in the 17's.  This marks Andrew second time breaking the 18 minute barrier and he's getting faster at the right time of the season.  He logged countless summer miles to get here and this season it has paid off big time for him.  Consisten Nick Gree was only steps behind as #2 man, hitting the 17's for the first time in his GHSXC career, taking 33 seconds off his season best time.  Jon Thorold had a good race but had a better race on Tuesday at our BNC finals at the Gaylord Country club.  Sometimes when a runner has a great race on Tuesday it is tough to bounce back for another on Saturday.  I am confident that Jon will be much closer to Andrew and Nick.  Jordan McDuffie had another great race and is flirting with that 17:xx barrier - he has the speed and he has the endurance to make it happen and at regionals next Saturday I think it will happen.  LOOK OUT - FRESHMAN KADE DALSON had a break out race going from 8-9-10th man to 5th man in a season best 18:26.  Kade ran a time today that impressed us all - especially since he had virtually no running experience in middle school and didn't even join the team until the first day of school.  Senior Mason Monchilov was just steps behind Kade and I also think Mason, like Jordan, can step up his game at regionals and break into the 17's.  Solid sophomore Jacob Book ran countless summer miles to break into the varsity and he sealed that today with a great performance, finishing as our 7th man.

In the boys JV race a  number of runners impressed us - Jake Fousek made an appearance as 8th man, earning him the "backup" spot for regionals if someone is injured or cannot run.  Jake has worked tirelessly all season and he earned that spot with a season best time.  Sophomore Jacob Thorold also had a good race, running his second best time of the season.  Bryce Davison stepped up his game and ran a season best time by OVER a minute... well done Bryce!!  Senior Evan McKenzie was also huge for us today - putting in his best performance and a season best time by over a minute 20 seconds.  Zack Fortune was hampered by knee issues this season but manged a season best time today - I look for Zack to have a chance at our varsity next year if he can keep the injuries at bay.  Freshmen Seth Johnson and Zach Olund had nice races and season best time and senior Jude Kole ended on a good note with a season best.  Our 22 minute crew of Donnevan Thomasma, Lincoln Mastenbrook, Chase Henley, and Parker Schorrfaar had solid races in the middle of the JV race and Cam Mead had another personal best time and improved almost 5 minutes during this season.  Jon Steele was just a step behind Cam and also had a season best time.  Stuart Williams and Ian Hotelling hit their stride with solid 24 minute times and season bests and Zack Bright ended his XC season on the right foot with a season best.  Sam "one arm" Desloover made a comeback after 4 weeks of no running to jog in and finish his season with his arm in a cast and a smile on his face.

This week our "top ten" runners will continue practicing in preparation for the Division 2 regional here at the Michaywe course next Saturday.  The varsity girls will race at 1:30pm and the varsity

boys at 2pm.