Groves Cross Country

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    The Second Half of the Season Begins!
    We resume competition with two races this week.  On Tuesday, Sept. 28, we return to Memorial Park in Royal Oak for the OAA Blue Jamboree #2.  Athletes should arrange to arrive by 3:45 PM.  The varsity (top 10) boys will race at 5:00; the JV, in the Open Race at approximately 5:45.  We are hosting this meet, so we could use a few parents to direct traffic on the course (and keep spectators out of the way) and manage the crowd around the finish line.
    On Saturday, we race in the 21 Legends Classic at Huron Meadows Metropark.  The varsity (top 10) boys will race in the Blue Division at 10:40 AM; the JV, @ 11:50.  Athletes should arrange to arrive at the park by 9:30 AM as traffic builds up at the park entrance and parking might be tight.
    Meet Date/Time/Location Update
    OAA Blue Jamboree #2: Tuesday, September 28 @ Memorial Park (Royal Oak); Varsity (top 10) @ 5:00 PM, JV @ 5:30
    Legends Classic: Saturday, October 2 @ Huron Meadow Metropark; Varsity (top 10) @ 10:40 AM, JV @ 11:50
    Oakland County Meet: Saturday, October 9 @ Kensington Metropark; Varsity (top 7) @ 10:30 AM, JV (next 7) @ 11:30
    Gabriel Richard Invitational: Saturday, October 16 @ Hudson Mills Metropark; JV @ 1:10 PM, Varsity (top 10?) @ 2:20
    XC Season - Part 2
    The boys wrapped up the first part of the season by finishing 9th out of 21 teams at the Autumn Classic at Stony Creek Metropark this past Saturday, and nearly every athlete posted a season-best time.  We have no competitions this coming week, but will resume racing next Tuesday, September 28, when we host the second OAA Blue Jamboree at Memorial Park.  Following that, we'll race for three consecutive Saturdays (Legends at Huron Meadows Metropark on 10/2; County at Kensington Metropark on 10/9; and Gabriel Richard at Hudson Mills Metropark on 10/16).  
    Off and Running!
    The boys face only one competition this week, the Autumn Classic at Stony Creek Metropark (Bay Point Beach) on Saturday, September 18.  The boys will run in two races, divided by time, beginning at 11:00 A.M.  Following the competition, we will enjoy a picnic with the girls' team.  We're then off until we host the second OAA Blue Jamboree back at Memorial Park on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
    Update: We will not have bus transportation for this Saturday's meet.  Boys should arrange to arrive to the park no later than 10:00 AM.  Boys who run faster than 22:00 will run their race at 11:00 and the remainder of the team will run at 11:30.  The 100 fastest times in both races combined will earn medals.
    Let the Jamborees Begin!
    Our second week of school brings two competitions: our first OAA Blue Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 9, and the Averill Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 11. OAA Blue Jamboree #1 will take place at Memorial Park in Royal Oak.  Varsity (top 10) boys will run at 5:00 PM; JV, at 5:30.  On Saturday, the teams will compete in the Averill Invitational at Kensington Metropark (Possum Hollow Picnic Area). Varsity (top 10) boys will race at 10:30 AM (silver division); JV, at 11:30 (bronze division).  Our normal 3:15 - 5:00 PM practice schedule resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
    Update: a one-way bus will depart Groves at 8:00 AM on Saturday, Sept. 11, and transport athletes to the Possum Hollow Picnic Area at Kensington Metropark.
    And We're Back!
    School begins this week, and so does our competitive season!  We begin racing at the Mustang Invitational at Cass Benton Park in Northville on Tuesday, August 31.  The 11/12 boys race at 4:30 PM; the 9/10 boys, at 5:30. The district isn't providing bus service for weekday meets, so make sure your athlete gets to the park at least 30 minutes before race time.  Here's a link to a map of Tuesday's course; and here's a look at the week ahead.
    Monday, 8/30: 1/2 day of school; practice and uniform distribution at 3:15
    Tuesday, 8/31: full day of school; Mustang Invitational
    Wednesday: team pictures at 3:00 (athletes should wear a uniform)
    Thursday: practice after school at 3:15
    Friday - Monday (Labor Day Weekend): no practice; runners should get miles in on their own.
    Afternoon Practices Begin
    The team will begin afternoon practices (3:15 - 5:00) on Monday, August 23.  Athletes are encouraged to bring water and ice packs to keep cool during the hot August weather. We'll also have a parent meeting this week on Tuesday, August 24, at 6:30 PM in Groves Room B-3. Also, here's a preliminary look at our schedule for the season; updates/changes will appear on our page:

    8/31        Mustang Invitational                         4:30 (Cass Benton Park - Northville)

    9/9          OAA Blue Jamboree #1                     4:30 (Memorial Park – Royal Oak)

    9/11        Averill Invitational                            10:00 (Kensington Metropark – Possum Hollow Picnic Area)

    9/18        Autumn Classic                                10:00 (Stony Creek Metropark)

    9/28        OAA Blue Jamboree #2                     4:30 (Memorial Park – Royal Oak – Groves Hosts)

    10/2        Legends Classic                                10:00 (Huron Meadows Metropark)

    10/9        Oakland County Meet*                      9:00 (Kensington Metropark – Possum Hollow Picnic Area)

    10/16     Gabriel Richard Invite                        10:00 (Hudson Mills Metropark)

    10/21     OAA Blue League Meet                      4:30 (Hess Hathaway Park)

    10/25     Bloomer 9/10 Invitational*                4:30 (Bloomer Park – Rochester)

    10/29     Regional*                                         3:30 (Chandler Park Golf Course)

    Practice Starting Time Change

    We have decided to run our practices from 8:30 - 10:15 AM every weekday for the first two weeks of the season.  Starting on August 23, we will switch to afternoon practices (3:15 - 5:00 PM).  Here are some important upcoming dates:

    Friday, August 20: Inglenook 3200 m time trial

    Monday, August 23: afternoon practices begin

    Tuesday, August 24: tentative date for parent meeting (6:30 PM @ Groves)

    Monday, August 30: first day of school

    Tuesday, August 31: our first competition, the Mustang Invitational at Cass Benton Park in Northville

    Official Practices Begin Monday, Aug. 9!

    Are you ready to compete in the OAA Blue Division this fall? We'll begin official practices on the Groves track at 8:00 A.M. Monday, August 9 -- make sure to get a physical and all your "paper"-work done by then (go to We start racing on Tuesday, August 31, at the Mustang Invitational in Northville.  Check the Groves pages on for information about our schedule this season. You can see a preliminary schedule on the "Parent Meeting Agenda" file linked below.

    Summer Training
    Dive into the world of running as you work to maximize your summer mileage. Log your weekly mileage here and stay connected with the team via social media. Voluntary captains' practices will start at 8:00 A.M. every weekday at the Groves track (note time/location change). Check out the pre-season training document (preseason meeting agenda) for training ideas. Stay tuned for more announcements about targeted team races and prizes for summer mileage achievements.
    Running Form
    As you log more miles and gain more experience, your form (and efficiency) will improve.  The bounding and plyometric drills we do before every practice should help as well.  You can also focus on some simple ideas that will improve your running form.  New Balance's Good Form Running site provides a useful set of principles to run by.  You can watch a great breakdown of an Olympian's running technique here. You can also check out this super slow motion clip of the Boston Marathon finishers
    Get the Right Shoes
    Make sure you have a decent pair of running shoes in which to train. Local stores like Hanson's, Running Fit, and Level Multisport have experienced runners that can answer questions about your individual running needs.  All three stores will give you a discount if you mention that you're running cross country.  Above all, find a shoe that fits your running style, frame, and foot-strike pattern.

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