August 22, 2017

UPCOMING RACES:  September 2017


Saturday 9/2, 7:30 AM:

 Conchs Cross Country Classic

  Robert Price Memorial XC Course at KW Golf Club

           

This is a KWSR MEMBERS ONLY event.  There is NO ENTRY FEE, but your membership must be current. ONLY up-to-date (i.e., paid up) club members are allowed.  We will have membership applications for those who want to join or to renew.  Click the link above to see if you are due for renewal.


There also is no pre-entry.  Just show up, sign the waiver, and run.


We will have KWSR merchandise for sale on site. Get some new finery for the new season.  We have new hats now too!


KWGC requests that we park in the American Legion lot next door.  Try to remember that when you pull in.


This is the opening race of our Fall Grand Prix Season.  Lace ‘em up and get some points!!  You’ll get 5 just for finishing!

    

Click that silver banner above to see the final standings from last Spring.


NEW GRAND PRIX SCORING REWARDS PARTICIPATION


GP Grand Poobah Dave Whetzel has put some changes into the scoring charts for our annual Grand Prix competition.  The revamped point distribution will put more teeth into the old adage that “half of life is showin’ up.”


Dave says, “I want everyone to have a shot at winning the GP. The new point system should motivate runners to run more races. By closing the point system it really makes it closer for all runners not just the fastest. We want the average runner to be motivated to run the races and feel competitive.”


So, for our Fall Season, which kicks off on Saturday 9/2 with the annual Conchs CC Classic at KWGC, we’ll be scoring our races this way:

> 15 for overall winner

> 13 for a masters win

> 11 for 1st in AG

>  9 for 2nd in AG

>  8 for 3rd in AG

>  7 for 4th in AG   

>  5 for non-placing  finishers

>  3 for volunteering

> 15 points each for runners who complete the most       races, to be awarded at the end of the GP


The full schedule of races is being finalized and will be posted soon.


 

   

2017 GP Season 1

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The group meets on Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 6:00 AM at White Street Pier for a casual few miles in the pre-dawn cool.  All levels welcome.


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CONCHS CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC

Saturday 9/2, 7:30 AM


September is just about here.  Though that doesn’t mean cool weather, like it does in the frosty north, it does mean that Cross Country season is once again underway.  


The KWHS Conchs will continue the 20-year-old tradition of launching their season with a get-together race with KWSR on the home course at KWGC.  It’s a good shake-out time trial for the kids in a low-pressure situation.  


It also gives our members a chance to get off the pavement and onto the soft grass for a good quality workout.  We’re all a little short on races lately, too, so it’s a good shake-out all around.


For the last several years we’ve used a dual meet format, with age 19 being the boundary.  Those over 19 are on the Sage-n-Savvy squad.  Those 19 and under comprise Youthful Hubris.  


Last year, the Sage Women took down the KWHS girls 25-30.  However, we had the Marathon Dolphins with us, and the combined Youth team prevailed 23-34.


The Male Division was a rout all round.  KWHS assistant coach Doug Weeks won the race handily, but the Hubris boys took the next 10 places – 4 from KWHS and 6 from MHS.  


Sage-n-Savvy has an even more daunting task this year, as KWHS boasts both their strongest teams ever in both genders and their best individual distance runners ever in both genders.  We well remember diminutive Nicole Matysik and lanky Owen Allen as precocious 11- and 12-year-olds in the local 5Ks.  Well, since then, they have ravaged the KWHS records books and are among the best prep runners in Florida – and they are only halfway through high school.


But, fortunately for all of us, GP scores are based mostly on age group placing, so how much the kids beat us by doesn’t really matter all that much.


What does matter is coming out to run, to volunteer, or just to watch, and show support for these young athletes and wish them well as they start what should be a great, great season.


See you at KWGC!







HIGH SCHOOL XC17 PREVIEW


A lot of coaches will tell you that things go in cycles.  Some years there is talent to work with, other years, well, not so much.  Teams have down-cycle years where they struggle to compete and up-cycle years where they reap awards.


In Monroe County in XC17, the up-cycle is a common theme, especially for the boys. Here’s some things to keep your eye on this season, from north to south:


Coral Shores Hurricanes


Coach Gabe Saurez’ boys squad placed third in Districts last year, without a runner in the top 10.  But the Canes put 5 runners in the next 17 places, barely more than a minute apart, to advance to Regionals.  With tight grouping, and 3 of those 5 returning, the Canes look to climb the ladder at Regionals.  Very impressively, in May, CS runners Connor O'Neill, Chandler Rowland, Zach Roth, Zac Rodriguez, Jack Yeager and Tyler Vandergriff finished first in the all-male, first in their age group, and 5th overall out of 105 teams in the Keys 100 race.  Zeal and togetherness like that will take them a long way in XC.


The Canes girls did not have their best year last year, but had a sophomore, Katherine Robinson, as their top runner at Districts.


Coral Shores XC Schedule

F  9/08  King of the Hill Inv, Tropical Pk, Miami

F  9/15  SW Miami Eagles Inv, Thompson Pk, Miami

S  9/23  End Of The Road Invit., Key West

F 10/06  305 Classic, Thompson Pk, Miami

F 10/13  Junior Orange Bowl, Thompson Pk, Miami

F 10/20  Small School Inv., Thompson Pk, Miami

T 10/16  District 16-2A, Thompson Pk, Miami

S 11/03  Region 4-2A, Tradewinds Pk, Ft.Laud.

S 11/11  State 2A Meet, Apalachee RP, Tallahassee



Marathon Dolphins


2016 was an amazing year for Coach Jim Murphy’s boys.  Led by senior Joel Zaila, they got better and better each week, and closed the season with first place at District 16-1A, second place at Region 4-1A, and put 5 runners under 18:00 to earn an astounding third place at the 1A State Championships (actually tying for the runner-up spot, but missing out on the tie-breaker).  It was the best State Meet finish ever and best Regionals finish ever by a Keys school.


The bad news is that Joel has graduated. The good news is that #2 Aydan Child (junior), #3 Matthew Pinkley (senior), and the Rotchford twins, #4 Jon and #6 Thomas (both freshmen) are all back, all a year stronger, and all with a season of track & field in their legs for the first time ever.  Keep your eyes on the Dolphins!


The operative word for last year’s MHS girls squad was YOUNG.  Their fourth-place-finishing Districts team, by grade, read 8-10-6-8-7-9.  How can that be anything but promising?  Haley Buxton and Noemi Fakete led that squad, with Riley MacDonald, Hailie Gonzalez and Destiny Story giving strong support, with all 5 just 1:03 apart.


Marathon XC Schedule

F  8/25 Under The Lights Inv., St. Thomas U, Miami

S  9/02 DDD Sommer Inv., Estero Comm. Park

S  9/09 KW XCursion, Key West Golf Club

T  9/16 Pine Crest Inv., Tradewinds Park, Coco Cr

S  9/23 Mt Dew UF Invit, Gainesville

F  9/29 FLrunners Inv., Holloway Park, Lakeland

F 10/06 305 Classic, Thompson Park, Miami

T 10/17 Miami Ctry Day Meet, Greynolds Pk, Miami

T 10/26 District 16-1A Meet, Palmer Trinity

F 11/03 Region 4-1A, Tradewinds Pk, Coconut Creek

S 11/11 State Class 1A, ARP, Tallahassee



Key West Conchs


Coach Terence White is excited about his 2017 teams, and with good reason.  He had a loaded stable returning from 2016 anyway, but a couple of key additions have pushed it up to another level.


The boys 2016 team won District 16-2A for the first time ever, and had 3 sophomores claiming top 10 places: Owen Allen (1-KW’s first District XC Champion), Jason Block (2), and Scout Graft (7).


At a strong Region 4-2A Meet, they placed 7th and missed a State Meet berth by just one place, but Owen qualified individually, running a KW soph record 16:54.  In track, Owen crushed the school 3200 record, running 9:38 and earning a State Finals spot.


That’s a pretty good group to be bringing back, but throw in sophomore Robert Pedroza, who moved to KW in time for a monster track season, placing top 7 in the 1600 at States, shatter the KWHS 1600 Meter Record with his 4:25.43, the fastest by any freshman in Florida. Just for kicks, he also won the Hemingway Sunset 5K a few weeks ago, cruising along before zooming through a 3:03 final K.


It should be a lot of fun watching Owen and Robert in full stride this fall.


As good a show as they will be, though, they will be hard pressed to beat the Nicole Matysik Show.  Nicky placed sixth in the State Class 2A Meet last year, with her 18:20 clocking making her the fastest sophomore in Florida.  Only 3 of the KW boys ran faster than that!  In track, she earned State Meet medals in the 800 (5), 1600 (2) and 3200 (2) and owns School Records in all three.


The girls team also returns junior Megan Mayer (21:30 in 2016) and sophomore Telissa Llama (23:54).  With new faces Yassah Dudley, a senior transfer who ran sub-22 last year, and Sophia Casler, a promising freshman, the Conchs aim to improve significantly and make a good run at that coveted State Meet berth.


Key West XC Schedule

S  9/02 Conchs Cross Country Classic @ KWGC

S  9/09 KW XCursion, Key West Golf Club

S  9/16 STU Bobcat Inv., STU Campus, Miami

S  9/23 End Of The Road Inv., Key West Golf Club

F  9/29 FLrunners Inv., Holloway Park, Lakeland

S 10/06 FSU Invit, Apalachee Reg.Pk, Tallahassee

F 10/13 Junior Orange Bowl, Thompson Pk, Miami

T 10/26 District 16-2A, Thompson Pk., Miami

F 11/03 Region 4-1A, Tradewinds Pk, Coconut Creek

S 11/11 State Class 2A, Apalachee RP, Tallahassee


Best of luck to all runners on all teams!  

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