Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FAQ on State Leaderboards

If you're new to high school track and field (or maybe even if you're not), you might be wondering what the big deal is with state leaderboards.  Here's a little FAQ.

Q: Why do state rankings matter? 
A: The top 18 performers in each event in each division qualify for the Colorado State Meet in May

Q: What division is HRHS in? 
A: Highlands Ranch High School is a Colorado Division 5A school. Championships are contested separately for each division.

Q: My athlete has a better mark than the one listed for him or her on the MaxPreps and MileSplit leaderboards. Why is the better mark not listed? 
A: For some events (long jump, triple jump, 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles, 110m high hurdles) wind matters, and athletes need to achieve wind-legal marks (trailing wind readings of +2.0 or lower) to qualify for the state meet. Only wind-legal marks will be listed on leaderboards

Q: MaxPreps vs. MileSplit?
Colorado Track XC (MileSplit) provides local coverage of meets (including photos and articles, some of which are available by subscription only), posts individual meet results, and maintains event leaderboards that can be searched and cut multiple ways (by grade, separated by division or not, etc.). MaxPreps maintains the official CHSSA leaderboards for state rankings. Links to leaderboards on MaxPreps are provided under Useful Links in the right sidebar on our homepage.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sabercat Invitational Meet Results and Photos

Awesome weekend weather!
What beautiful days for our meets this weekend! On Thursday, JV competed at ThunderRidge, and on Saturday, Varsity competed at the Sabercat Invitational at Sports Authority Stadium. Click here to see complete results from the Sabercat Invitational.

To see individual leaderboards for the state by event, click here for girls and here for boys. (Please note: only wind-legal times and distances are listed on the leaderboards, and many of our results from this weekend's meet were not wind-legal). Top 18 in each event at the end of the year qualify for the State Meet. You can always find links to results sites under Useful Links in the right sidebar of our home page.

Photos from this week's varsity meet are available here. All our photos are provided by parents, and we welcome all submissions! JV parents, we would love to post more JV meet pictures! Please contact Kim Turnage for information on how you can upload photos to our web albums.

Enjoy Spring Break!
Click here for info on practice schedules and independent workouts for athletes who are out of town.

We Need You on May 5!
Last year, coaches from 14 schools raved about the quality of the meet sponsored by HRHS. Our meet this year is on May 5, and we need the help of all parents to make this year's meet even better (and more fun) than last year's! We need parents to officiate events and staff concessions. No experience needed. We'll teach you all you need to know. And we can't do it without you! Click here to see the volunteer slots that are still available and sign up online (just fill in your name and contact information in the slot next to the job you want to do). Need more information? Contact Lori Schofield, Kim Turnage, or Jim Kientz.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Break Schedule

Spring Break has arrived!

On Friday, March 23, we will have practice for both JV and Varsity from noon to around 1pm.

Also on Friday, Team Dinner for both JV and Varsity at the Turnage's.

On Monday - Friday, March 27-30, we will have practice for both Varsity and JV from 10 am - noon each day. If athletes are in town, they need to be at practice. 

For athletes who will be out of town, click here for workouts to do independently.

Have a great Spring Break!

This Weekend in Track

Thursday, March 22 @ 3:30 - JV Meet at ThunderRidge High School.  Click here for map.
(NOTE: We have a bus to the meet; no bus returning. Athletes need to arrange for rides home from ThunderRidge HS)

Friday, March 22 (noon - 1pm) - School is out, but we still have practice for both Varsity and JV!

Friday, March 23 @ 6:15pm - Team Dinner for JV and Varsity at Connor Turnage's house.

Saturday March 24 - SaberCat Invitational at Sports Authority Stadium (west on Lincoln Ave past I-25; turn right on Chambers)  Click here for the meet schedule.

Let's make it a great weekend!

Monday, March 19, 2012

ThunderRidge Invitational Results and Photos

Congratulations to our athletes and coaches on this week's meet performances! JV competed at Rock Canyon last week, and our Varsity Boys and Girls each placed 3rd in Saturday's ThunderRidge Invitational. Click here to see complete results from the ThunderRidge Invitational. 

Special congratulations to Cody Petrick (400 meter - 49.0) and Connor Turnage (triple jump - 45'6"), whose performances this weekend placed them among MileSplit's US Second Team Elite performers. Click here to see individual leaderboards for the state by event (please note: only wind-legal times and distances are listed on the leaderboards, and many of our results from this weekend's meet were not wind-legal). Top 18 in each event at the end of the year qualify for the State Meet. You can always find links to results sites on our Useful Links in the right sidebar.

 Photos from this week's varsity meet are available here. All our photos are provided by parents, and we welcome all submissions! JV parents, we could really use your help to post more JV meet pictures! Please contact Kim Turnage for information on how you can upload photos to our web albums.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Yard Signs and Spirit Gear

Now in addition to apparel, we have yard signs to help you get your HRHS swag on. The yard sign pictured here is on display for its 4th season and still looks great! Click here to get yours for only $10 (sorry, the pink garden butterfly is not included).

Now is also a great time to order spirit gear for the family or join our booster club to help support the overall expenses of the program. Go ahead and click for one stop shopping.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

First Meet Photos

Congratulations to all our athletes on their opening meet performances this weekend!

Here are links to meet photos...and LOTS of them...including this once-in-a-season shot of the HRHS Weight Persons 4x100 Relay. Go Falcon Throwers!!

Click here to view all our photos from Saturday's varsity meet.

We have many fewer photos of Friday's JV meet (click here to see them) and would love to have more!

If you have photos of this weekend's meets to share (or would like to share your photos of upcoming meets), please email Kim Turnage for details on how to do that.

Watch for the email on Thursday from the Coaches, which will include directions, meet schedules, and all the information you need for this week's meets.

Individual results are not available online for Saturday's Varsity Conference Relays because all events were relays. Next week we'll send you a link to see individual results along with links to meet photos. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Track Parent Meeting Recap

We had our biggest Parent Meeting turnout ever to kick off the 2012 season! Thanks to all who attended! We covered a LOT of information. Here are some highlights and reminders:

  • Shoe Night @ Runners Roost in Lone Tree Wednesday, March 7 starting @ 5:30 -- discounts on shoes for our athletes.

  • Our first meets are THIS WEEK. Athletes are expected to stay and cheer on their teammates until the end of the meet.
    • JV at ThunderRidge Friday @ 3:30 pm - Athletes ride the bus there and need parents to drive them home. 
      • (DIRECTIONS:  North on University; West on Wildcat Reserve Pkwy, South to School -- NOTE: Several miles past Mountain Vista HS)
    • Varsity at Sports Authority Stadium Saturday -- Field Events start at 8:30, Running Events start at 9:00. Arrive one hour before start time. No bus.
      • (DIRECTIONS: East on Lincoln Avenue (continue past I-25) - Turn South on Chambers).
    • HRHS is responsible for filling a total of 4 volunteer slots at Saturday's meet for the shot put and discus events -- 2 slots are from 9am-noon; 2 are from noon-3pm. This is a great opportunity for athletes who are new to our program to team up with a parent to cover one of the time slots and get a taste of what a varsity level competition looks like! Contact Jim Kientz to sign up.

  • Review our 2012 Team Handbook with your athlete. 
    • Pay special attention to nutrition tips, ideas for eating at meets, and tips for how to be a supportive parent for your track athlete.
    • Please print out and sign the final page (Covenant) and have your athlete bring it to his or her coach at practice this week.

  • Join our Booster Club! Dues are $60 and 100% helps us provide equipment, uniforms,  2 coaches' salaries, and other program needs. Click here to give online through PayPal (you can pay with a credit card if you don't have a PayPal account).

  • Get your gear on! On that same link (go on....click over there) you can see all our Spirit Gear. Order and pay online, and we'll deliver items to your athlete at practice. If you've recently found new HR Track gear in your athlete's dirty laundry, he or she has brought home gear on an IOU. We'll be in touch soon via individual emails to help you settle up on that.

  • Our first Team Pasta Dinner is scheduled for March 16 @ 6:15pm. We have co-hosts signed up to help but still need a host home. Parents of returning athletes, please consider hosting this fun team building event for our athletes. Contact Jim Kientz to sign up for this date or check on other open dates.

  • Our athletes will be practicing over Spring Break every weekday morning 10am - noon. If your athlete will be leaving town for the break, he or she should see the coach for workouts.

  • Finally, mark your calendar now for May 5, the Highlands Ranch Memorial Track Meet hosted by our team. Last year, coaches from 14 schools raved about the quality of our meet, and our parent volunteers were the reason the meet was so incredible. This year the meet will be even bigger, and we need your help to make it even better. Watch for details on how you can get involved.

Parents, thanks for all you do to support your athletes' participation in HRHS Track! Please let us know if you have questions or need information.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

2012 Handbook and Parent Meeting

Before you come to the Parent Meeting tomorrow (Monday, March 5 @ 7pm in the HRHS Library), please take a few minutes to review our 2012 Handbook for athletes and parents.

At the Parent Meeting (did we mention that's tomorrow night, Monday, March 5 @ 7pm?), meet the coaches as they answer all your question and share philosophy, goals, nutrition tips and expectations for the season.

Don't miss it!

Other upcoming events to add to your calendar:

  • March 7 -- Shoe Night at Runners Roost - discounts for HRHS athletes 5:30-8pm
  • March 9 -- First JV Meet @ HRHS @ 3:30pm
  • March 10 -- First Varsity Meet @ Sports Authority Stadium @ 9am

See our calendar for all scheduled events


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