Thursday, November 5, 2009

Banquet/gear turn-in

Athletes, please turn in your equipment at the track closet on Monday, November 9th after school.

Also, we will have our end-of-season banquet on Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 in the choir room. We will try to keep it to 45 minutes. We will had out awards, letters, and watch the completed highlight film. We will also have a team photo and a copy of the video for you. Please invite your parents.

Monday, October 26, 2009

"Life is full of risks even the devil wouldn't take."

A looooong bus ride to Sheridan this last weekend and the SV harriers were able to strut their stuff for the rest of the state. On the boy's side nearly every runner ran a personal best to lead us to a 9th place finish. Everyone will be back next year, and men, its time to take another big step forward with some serious running this spring and summer. The girls came to win it and came up a bit short. Ladies, I know you don't consider a 3rd place a good thing but remember to keep it in perspective...this year you amassed more wins than any other xc team in school history-combined. Any other sport at the school would love to be 6-2 against individual opponents. We are doing the right things. We will retool, tighten the ship and then be back for blood next year. Use the disappointment to fuel your desire. To all runners we have had an amazing trip this fall. Thanks for making SVXC what it is. Seniors, thanks for your contributions. We will miss you.

Those who are interested in running at the Nike Northwest Regional on 11/14. Please meet in Coach D's room Wednesday at homeroom. We will practice after we meet.

State results HERE.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Spaghetti Feed Tomorrow 6 p.m. in Cafeteria

Spaghetti feed tomorrow 6 p.m. in Cafeteria

Parents and families of all SVHS Cross Country runners are invited to join us for Spaghetti in the high school cafeteria tomorrow night at 6 p.m. Please bring some bread or a salad to share. We will provide the pasta, sauce, and drink. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 19, 2009

On to State in Sheridan

Friday was the 4A west conference meet in Evanston. Another great performance by the Braves and Lady Braves. As a team the JV boys finished 3rd, the Varsity boys were barely bumped from a podium spot and the JV Girls and varsity girls cleaned up winning their respective races. Times from the races are found here.

The bus for state will be hitting the road at 6 a.m. on Friday morning. Pack your flats, uniforms, and speed as it is time to roll the dice and make a withdrawal from the bank!

State details/race times can be found here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Regional XC!


1:30 PM

Location Bear River State Park
Exit 6 of I-80 (East exit)

Bus Parking
Available at the State Park close to the starting area

Hospitality Area
Will be at the shelter near the start area. Coaches, workers, administrators and bus drivers are welcome.

Course Fairly flat, with 2/3 asphalt and 1/3 hard gravel trail.

Walk Through Runners and coaches may walk through the trail on Friday morning prior to the starting time. The course will not be set up until Friday morning.

General Information Restrooms are available, but, shower and dressing facilities will be at the high school if needed. We will not provide towels.

Coaches Information Coaches will receive a packet with the runner identification stickers. Please make sure the information is correct and the runner has the sticker on the upper left side of their running top.
We will run 7 boys and girls in the Varsity division. The Junior Varsity divisions may have 7 entrants.
We must have a roster of runners and a team photo mailed or faxed to Dauna Bruce by Wed., Oct. 7.

T-Shirts We are selling Conference meet T-shirts for the cost of $20. If you would like to make a team order to guarantee that your team members get the size they want, orders must be placed by Oct. 12th. We will collect the money when the teams arrive.

Starting Times 1:00 PM Coaches Meeting
1:15 PM National Anthem
1:30 PM Girls JV
2:00 PM Boys JV
2:30 PM Girls Varsity
3:00 PM Boys Varsity

* We have been questioned about the possibility of combining JV and Varsity races. If you have a strong opinion about this please call. We can discuss this after we have received the entries if you wish. If we combine time adjustments will be made to start times.

Awards Girls JV 1-10th places ribbons
Boys JV 1-10th places ribbons
Girls Varsity 1-10th places Conference awards
Boys Varsity 1-10th places Conference awards

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bob Conley Invitational-Pocatello

The cool weather couldn't cool off the times at the Bob Conley Invitational held on the campus of Highland High School in Pocatello. 20 schools and 15 full teams participated in the meet. The JV teams got us started off right with some huge personal best by Gabe, and big and little Ben's. Keep up the good work fellas. The girls JV, despite not filling a full team also ran to personal bests- Charli took a huge chunk of time off to lead the girls and score a medal with a time of 23:35.22 and Zandi killed it-almost breaking 24 minutes in the process and is definitely in the hunt for the most improved award this year. The Rebeccas also score season bests.

The girls race was almost more nerve-wracking after the race than during...when they finally figured the scores correctly Star Valley had won handily with 71 points over Twin falls with 105. Hailey posted a personal best again running 19:50, followed closely by Brittney (who will break 20 minutes soon) and Brooke who ran 15th despite taking a digger. Randi ran with the leaders for much of the race before her recent illness got the best of her but she managed to hold on to 17th. Ashley went to the pain cave early and often, Abby ran a personal best, and Kirsten is finally getting back in form after dealing with injury for the last couple of years. Nice work ladies, lets keep the momentum going!

On the boys side they brought their "A" game. Learning from their slow start at Bear Lake the week before--the men of Star Valley got out early and often and buzzed through the course running many personal bests and running six runners within a minute of each other. Keep running hard men...lets earn some hardware of your own. Competing and running strong as a team may be enough to win it next weekend.

Official results were as follows:

24 Micheal Rider 10 Star Valley 18:00.00
32 Jared Inskeep 11 Star Valley 18:11.00
41 David Livingston 9 Star Valley 18:25.49
58 Nathan Merritt 11 Star Valley 18:51.31
66 Cody Rich 12 Star Valley 19:05.88
72 Taylor Kennington 11 Star Valley 19:18.38

8 Star Valley 214 24 32 40 56 62 68 -
Total Time: 1:32:34 Average: 18:30.74 1-5 Split: 1:06

6 Hailey Ricks 9 Star Valley 19:49.93
7 Brittney Nethercott 10 Star Valley 20:05.06
15 Brooke Nethercott 10 Star Valley 20:30.31
17 Randi Robinson 12 Star Valley 20:45.47
34 Ashley Hall 10 Star Valley 21:52.78
40 Abby McArthur 11 Star Valley 22:14.15
47 Kirsten McKen 12 Star Valley 22:24.21

1 Star Valley 71 5 6 14 15 31 37 44
Total Time: 1:43:04 Average: 20:36.71 1-5 Split: 2:03

8 Charli Fisher 12 Star Valley 23:35.22
17 Zandi Chamberlain 9 Star Valley 23:58.94
43 Rebecca Ryan 9 Star Valley 26:05.12
69 Rebecca Jenkins 9 Star Valley 28:02.5

19 Ben Sabat 9 Star Valley 20:05.06
20 Gabe Waldron 9 Star Valley 20:06.28
41 Brad Deyholos 12 Star Valley 20:46.78
43 Ben McArthur 10 Star Valley 20:48.46
84 Chris Sessions 12 Star Valley 22:31.90

7 Star Valley 160 17 18 35 37 53 - -
Total Time: 1:44:18 Average: 20:51.70 1-5 Split: 2:27

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bear Lake Photos

Coach Ricks once again caught the SV harriers in action...check them out.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Bear Lake/Bob Conley--Pocatello 10/10

With three weeks left in the season the Braves and Lady Braves brought in the homecoming week with a bang. Amid the snow, cold, and some healthy competition from 11 schools the Star Valley runners continued their quest for perfection. The Braves were led by David Livingston to a 4th place finish. The girls charged to the front of the pack (literally) with super performances by Hailey, Brittney, Brooke, Ashley, and Abby to win the meet and to beat the Soda girls for the first time in school history. We are looking to continue to improve and get over our "niggles" and colds to put on our best performances of the year at State.

Bob Conley this upcoming Saturday. Below is the information for our meet this weekend. The bus leaves at 6:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Pack a lunch, your racing flats, and your race-face and we'll tangle with some schools from Idaho one more time before heading into conference action.

Course Description
next to Highland golf course, east of the freeway

Race Divisions
Mens Races
2,500 Meters middle school 9:30 AM
5,000 Meters Junior Varsity 10:40 AM
5,000 Meters Varsity 12:00 PM
Womens Races
2,500 Meters middle school 9:00 AM
5,000 Meters Junior Varsity 10:00 AM
5,000 Meters Varsity 11:20 AM

Driving Directions to Highland High School:
Take I86 or I15 towards Pocatello, Idaho. Once in Pocatello take Exit 71 and turn east on Pocatello Creek Rd. Next, go north on Olympus Dr. Continue north on Olympus Dr. until you come to North Fairway. At North Fairway turn east until you come to Bench Rd. At Bench Rd. turn south and follow the road to the Highland High School general parking lot.

Highland High School has three parking lots available on campus. The three parking lots on campus have 600 FREE parking spaces. Additional parking is available at the Bannock County Fairgrounds, located across the street from Highland High School on Church Hill Downs Rd.

Girls Middle School Top 5 Medal
Boys Middle School Top 5 Medal
Girls J.V. Top 10 Medal
Boys J.V. Top 10 Medal
Girls Varsity Top 15 Medal
Boys Varsity Top 15 Medal

Members of the Girl’s & Boy’s Varsity Team Champions will receive Championship Medals and

The Girl’s & Boy’s Varsity Team Champions will also receive Championship Plaques.

Monday, September 28, 2009


We will be traveling to Bear Lake High School in Montpelier on Wednesday for MS and HS XC action. The Middle School races start at 4 p.m. followed shortly by the boys and then the girls. Nearly everyone will be running at the same time so if you want to catch the action make sure you arrive shortly after 4 o'clock...and bring your raincoat and your galoshes.

Bob Firman Results/Video

Spectacular performances by the SVXC squad at Eagle Island State Park in Boise. Runners overcame the heat and humidity to score personal bests. Kudos to the girls varsity who just barely missed bringing home some hardware. They ran a text book race- cruising through the first mile in 6:37 (about 65th place) before throwing down the hammer. They finished 10th, 16th, 19th, 24th, and 73rd places for fourth place. That is some serious passing.

results can be found HERE.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Evanston Results/Bob Firman Invitational

Another excellent week for Star Valley Cross Country is in the books. Last Wednesday we traveled to Evanston to see the Regional course and check out the competition from Green River, Rawlins, Evanston, and Lyman and came home with buckets of hardware. Once again the girls logged a perfect score and Ashley Hall put in the performance of the week by keeping the gap to 45 seconds despite taking a digger part way through the race. The boys also showed their strength in pack running by edging out Green River for the win despite not placing anyone in the top 3. This next week we will be traveling to Eagle Island State Park in Boise to take on over 80 schools and get a preview of the Nike Northwest Regional Course at the Bob Firman Invitational. We will be competing with the division 1 (large schools). Click on the "Bob Firman" for race times. We will leave Friday morning at 10:00 and travel to Boise. We will check in then we will preview the course and stop for something to eat. (Please remember that School District Policy will provide for meals only on the second day.) Keep working hard and all your wildest dreams will come true...if you don't believe your coaches just ask Pedro...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Home Invite/Evanston this week

Despite a sparse turn out for the varsity races this last Wednesday at Star Valley Ranch, the Star Valley Braves and Lady Braves showed their stuff by packing up and running hard. There were multiple personal bests for the course reflecting all the hard work you put in this summer and pre-season. Randi, Hailey, Brittney, and Brooke ran together for nearly the whole race before Randi pulled away winning with a time of 21:50. They will undoubtedly run faster this season with some competition. Abby and Ashley showed their determination to close the gap on the top 4 and will undoubtedly be players in our success this fall.

On the boys side Jared showed his experience by outlasting superfrosh David Livingston for the win. The Braves filled in behind them well with big course-bests for Taylor, Nathan, Michael, and Caleb. Other solid performances were turned in by Logan, Gabe, and Ben. Keep believing and working hard men and you will turn heads at the end of October.

Jackson cancelled their meet due to lack of interest so we will be running at Bear River State Park on Wednesday, September 16th. Evanston, Green River, Rawlins, and Lyman will also be attending. Bear River State Park is the first exit from Evanston on I-80 East. The races will start at 4:00(JV girls) 4:30 (JV boys) 5:00 (Varsity girls) 5:30 (Varsity boys). Complete schedule to follow. JV and Varsity teams will be based on performances this last week. Keep working hard and believing....

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Firth Mud Run Results

Great work this weekend! Both boys and girls showed their toughness and groovy sense of style and fashion while swimming the moats and braving the sands at Sandy Downs. It was a's hard to tell if the brown chunks in your teeth are from the dirt and mud or from the pie that was snarfed on the bus. Full Results can be found HERE.

Photos soon to follow. See you Monday!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Firth Mud Run @ Sandy Downs

Saturday we will be leaving the High School at 9:30 a.m. for Idaho Falls. We will stop at the lower valley elementary schools and Silverstar to pick up athletes as needed. The race times are as follows:

Jr. High race (1.5 miles)- 12:00
HS Girls race (3.1 miles)- 12:40
HS Boys Race (3.1 miles)- 1:30

Pack a lunch, get your costume ready and get ready to run fast and get dirty!

Google Directions:

Driving directions to Sandy Downs Park
(208) 529-0671
112 mi – about 2 hours 16 mins
Suggested routes

Afton, WY 83110
1.Head north on US-89
(37.2 mi)
2.Slight right at US-26
Entering Idaho
(68.4 mi)
3.Turn left at N Woodruff Ave
(3.6 mi)
4.Continue on S 15th E
(2.0 m)
5.Turn left at E 65th S/York Rd
(0.3 mi)
6.Turn right
(0.2 mi)

Sandy Downs Park
6855 S 15th E
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Off and running... (yes, pun intended)


We are up and going, looking to achieve our goals for the year. If you're feeling a little tired and sore-join the club. Here is a list of this season's meets to help you plan for the next couple of months.

8/29- Firth Mud Run @ Sandy Downs
9/9- Star Valley Invitational @ Cedar Creek
9/18- Jackson Hole Invite @ Teton Villiage
9/26- Bob Firman @ Eagle Island State Park-Boise
9/30- Bear Lake Invitational
10/10- Bob Conley Invitational @ Pocatello
10/16- Regionals @ Evanston
10/24- State @ Sheridan

*11/14- Nike Northwest Regional @ Boise

*The powers that be at Nike has moved Wyoming from the Southwest Regional to the Northwest which is much closer for us. We can take full teams and/or individuals who would like to participate.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Midnight Madness Tonight!

Cross Country Practice officially begins tonight at 12:00:01 a.m. Bring your running gear, a light, and something to sleep in. We will have a short run, some games, chocolate chip pancakes a little sleep and a second practice at 7 a.m. Call a friend or teammate and remind them!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Midnight Madness Coming Up!

The 2009 XC season will begin promptly at 12:00:01 a.m. on August 17th. Show up at least 10 minutes early with a sleeping bag, a pad, and a light to run with. We will hold our second practice at 7 a.m. after some food and some sleep. More details on the season have been emailed. See you at Midnight!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It's Not Too Late!!!!!

There are just under 3 weeks left until Midnight Madness! Can you believe it? This summer has flown by and now we are staring down the barrel of another season. If you have not got in as much running as you should have it is not too late. Three weeks is enough time to close the gap with your teammates. So get out and run! Just a few reminders.

It is no contact time with coaches from now until the start of the season. Get together anyway and get some running in on Wednesday nights!

If you are around this weekend I would encourage you to get come and run the Swift Creek 5k--Register at the Afton Town Hall.

Keep working hard-the sky's the limit!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ragnar Relay This Weekend

This Friday and Saturday 12 of the toughest hombres and hombrettes will be taking on the Ragnar Relay- 187 miles from Logan to Park City! Check out the video. Also, make sure you start running TOMORROW! There is no time like the present. Your dedication and determination will determine our success this fall-Don't wait!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Let the Season Begin!

Star Valley Cross Country 2008 from Ty Draney on Vimeo.

We will be starting the season with a bang this next week! Our first team run will be up Dry Creek we will meet at the pull out by the Forest Service sign at 7:00. Those who have signed up will also be running the Wasatch Back relay on Friday/Saturday. We are in the process of finding one more leg for the girls and getting leg assignments finished. Get out there and get running! Time to start banner hunting!

I just received camp brochures for Summit View this summer. It will take place on July 23-25. The cost is $75. I will bring the brochures to the first team run. If you will not be there please email me ( with your mailing address so I can mail you one. I really believe that this camp is well worth your time and $$$.