Sunday, March 31, 2013

Amy Chen Wins Boettcher Scholarship

Congratulations to HRHS hurdler Amy Chen on being named a 2013 Boettcher Scholarship Winner. This is Colorado's highest academic honor for graduating seniors.  The competition is intense for these 4-year full-ride awards to attend the Colorado university of the student's choice. Annually more than 1300 students apply for the 40 scholarships that are awarded to Colorado's best and brightest graduating seniors. Congratulations to Amy as she joins an elite group of Colorado students who have been selected as this year's Boettcher Scholars!

Here's a Q & A with Amy on her award:

What motivates you to be an outstanding student? What people or experiences have had the greatest impact on your academic development?
I would have to say that I'm really self-motivated. Education, in my opinion, is the foundation for everything in life and is the means for advancement and achievement. I don't think it's necessarily what you learn (because who really uses multivariable calculus every day of their life?) but what you're learning - the perseverance, dedication, and problem solving skills that come with school.

My parents definitely motivate me to do well, and they've been huge support every step of the way. There have been some amazing teachers who changed my mind about certain subjects and some really great classes. Mr. Goings, of course, and Coach Padjen, who also happens to be my counselor and persuaded me to come to HRHS in the first place. And I have some really amazing peers, friends, and teammates who challenge me to do well and to be as amazing as they are both in the classroom and on the field.

What excites you most about being a Boettcher Scholar and what does the scholarship mean for your future?
The opportunities and the relationships, definitely! It is just such a neat community to be a part of. The Boettcher scholarship is something I never expected, honestly, and I never thought that I would stay in state for college. It truly opens a door of amazing opportunities and friendships and connections to an amazing community and I couldn't be more blessed.

What field of study to you plan to pursue in college?
I've decided to major in chemical engineering at CU Boulder! But I'm really indecisive - I like business and have thought of being in the full-scale event planning business organizing the Grammys or the Sundance Film Festival - but there's still time.

What extracurricular activities have made the biggest impression on you at HRHS?
Track, of course! It's time to not think about a test tomorrow or how much homework is waiting (because trying to hurdle with that on your mind never works out well) and just let go of everything for two or three hours and de-stress. Plus it's a ton of fun and we're always laughing, and so many of my friends are on the team.
DECA has also played a major role in my high school experience and taught me leadership and public speaking skills, professionalism, and made me more outgoing. Working with the Cunningham Foundation through DECA showed me we are so fortunate and everyone can give back, and the volunteer opportunities at HRHS - SNHS, NHS, Unified - have been a great way to do so.

How has being a strong student helped you as an athlete, and how has being an athlete helped you as a student?
If I didn't have track very day, I think I would be certifiably insane. There is no way I could function without this mental break every day! The dedication and perseverance bit works both in the classroom and on the track. I mean, I'm really not fast and really not much of an athlete, but sticking with it for four years has been challenging and rewarding. I've always believed that success comes with hard work so I'm willing to put in the time and effort because I'm not as good as I'd like to be.

What question have you answered a lot lately?
A lot of people have asked me, "How did you do it?" or told me, "You're just smart." But I have always believed that very very few people are born geniuses, or born champions. My first DECA roleplay was a 21/100, and my first practice ACT was a 27, and I got deferred then rejected from MIT. Everything is a result of hard work and making yourself better. It doesn't matter what it is, you have to work at it. It's completely okay to fail, as long as you use failure as motivation to pick yourself up and try again. And if you put in the time and the effort and the dedication and you persevere, everything will work out.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Meet Results and Spring Break Workouts

This week, JV competed at Legend on Thursday, and our varsity team outran the snow by only a few hours on Friday. The pictures of Friday's meet are deceiving -- the sun was bright, but the wind was COLD!

Practice resumes Monday. All Varsity and JV athletes are expected to attend all Spring Break Practices.We will have practice rain or shine (or snow on the ground) on Monday, starting at 9 a.m

Those who are out of town for any part of Spring Break should follow the workout schedule here.

Part of our Varsity squad heads to University of Texas at Austin for the Texas Relays on Thursday. We wish them safe travels and some great southern sunshine and 70's to compete in while they're there!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

VARSITY MEET RESCHEDULED

We just got word from organizers of this meet's week that the meet will run on FRIDAY 3/22 with a start time of 10 a.m. This change is in an effort to outrun the snow scheduled to descend on us Saturday.


  • Varsity athletes need to be at Sports Authority by 9 a.m. at latest Friday morning
  • Anyone needing a ride to the Stadium, meet near the LockerRoom entrance at HRHS. We will leave at 8:30.
There will be no practice for JV on Friday, but it's a great opportunity for JVers to come out, cheer on their teammates and see what's in store for them when they move up to Varsity.

Anyone still wanting sweat pants or hooded sweatshirts...order online by 10 p.m. Thursday night, and we will bring them to the meet for your athletes. Hard to say what the weather will bring!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

This Week in Track AND Spring Break Workouts

Thursday's JV Meet at Legend has made our week pass quickly! Spring Break begins Friday.

We have workouts on Friday morning, a varsity meet scheduled for Saturday, and ALL JV and Varsity athletes will have workouts during Spring Break (those who are out of town should print and complete the Workout Schedule linked below).

Here are all the details -- LOTS to communicate this week so please read thoroughly:

Thursday, March 21 @ 3:30 p.m. -- JV Meet at Legend High School (click here for map)
  • We have a bus to and from the meet
  • JV athletes will be dismissed from class at 2:20 p.m.
  • Bus leaves at 2:30 and will return to HRHS when the meet has finished
  • Athletes should plan to stay for the entire meet

Friday, March 22 @ 9 a.m. -- Practice for ALL athletes (JV and Varsity) @ HRHS


Saturday, March 23 -- Varsity @ Sabercat Invite @ Sports Authority Stadium (click for map)

Monday - Wednesday, March 25-27 @ 9 a.m. -- Practice for ALL athletes @ HRHS


Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30 
  • Part of our varsity team will be competing at the Texas Relays in Austin, TX. Those who are going will receive an email with details from Coach Padjen on Friday.
  • Athletes who are not in Austin need to work out!!
It is critical that athletes attend practice on the days scheduled or, if they are out of town, complete workouts on their own. Missing an entire week of training puts us more than a week behind when we come back from Spring Break. Parents, please support your athletes in completing their workouts each day during Spring Break. Athletes who are in town are expected to attend all scheduled practices. Click here for the Workout Schedule to be completed by athletes who are out of town and for the Thursday/Friday workouts for all athletes who are not traveling to Austin.

Lastly, folks, it's COLD out there at practice and meets! Our first JV meet was balmy, but the varsity meet last week was cold and windy, and we can expect more of the same in coming days and weeks. Cold weather increases the risk of injury, especially when athletes come to practice or meets in shorts and t-shirts.

  • Our HR Track Sweatpants are thick and warm (plus they have pockets!) and they're a great deal at $20. Our HR Track Sweatshirts ($35) look great, are well made, and keep kids warm too. 
  • Click here to order online, and we will deliver items to your son or daughter at practice (for JV this week we will deliver in time for Thursday's meet for orders that are placed by noon on Thursday -- temperatures are expected to drop by 10 degrees from mid-50's to mid-40's between 2:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday).

Monday, March 18, 2013

Parent Meeting Recap

Thanks to all the parents who attended our Track Parent Meeting last week. We appreciated your patience with our close quarters in the library...next year we'll have to find a bigger space! We covered a LOT of information in the meeting so if you missed anything (or just need a reminder on one or two things) please take a look through the following:

  • Review our 2013 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.

  • Booster Fees are $60 and 100% helps us provide equipment, uniforms,  assistant coaches' salaries, and other program needs. Click here to contribute 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. Our first meet was cold, and the forecast for next week isn't much better. Those $20 sweatpants are thick and warm, and our kids look sharp while they stay warm in our new hooded sweatshirts ($35).

  • Team Pasta Dinners:  Our first team dinner was a great success! We have 3 more Team Dinners in homes (April 5, May 3, and May 10) and one at CiCi's Pizza (April 25) this year. If you would like to help host/organize any of those meals, please email Lori Schofield to coordinate details. We need a family to host the May 3rd dinner in their home, and we need one or two more co-hosts for all remaining dates.

  • Last but not least, mark your calendar now for May 4, the Highlands Ranch Memorial Track Meet hosted by our team. This meet is our biggest team fundraiser, and coaches from other teams love coming because our volunteers run such a quality meet. This year our meet will be even bigger than it was last year, and we need your help to make it even better. Here's how you can help:
    1. Sign up to volunteer. No experience necessary. Click here to sign up for a volunteer slot or contact Lori Schofield with questions.
    2. Help fill our meet program with ads from people you do business with and/or pictures of your kids. Click here for details on how to sell/purchase ads and recognition ads or contact Gigi Rex with questions.

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

Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 15-16 Meet Results and Photos

We had great weather for our season opening JV meet at Highlands Ranch on Friday. One of our photographers was able to be there for part of the meet, so we have some photos to share from the JV meet (click here).

Both of our photographers this year are parents of varsity tracksters and so are not likely to be at many of the JV meets. If there are any JV parents who would like to take pictures at JV meets, we would LOVE to post them each week. Email Kim Turnage for details.

The turnout was awesome for our first Team Pasta Dinner of the season. Thanks go out to Gigi & Scott Rex, Pam Wheeler, Glory Philip, Yukari Crawford, Shin Wang, and Mandi Bauer, the parents who made the dinner such a great success! Our horde went through 8.5 pounds of pasta (that's just a little less than the weight of a girl's shotput)....plus crackers & cheese, salad, bread and cookies.  WOW!

We have 3 more Team Dinners in homes (April 5, May 3, and May 10) and one at CiCi's Pizza (April 25) this year. If you would like to help host/organize any of those meals, please email Lori Schofield to coordinate details. We need a family to host the May 3rd dinner in their home, and we need one or two more co-hosts for all remaining dates.

Saturday's weather was a little less favorable for our varsity meet, the ThunderRidge Invitational, but our athletes rose to the occasion and had a great meet!

  • Click here for official meet results. 
  • Click here for photos of the varsity meet -- more may be added later in the week, and we'll let you know when they're up.  (For field events, hurdles and relay exchanges, we keep multiple shots of each athlete/attempt so athletes can see their jumps, throws, hurdles or handoffs in progression. Because of this you may see lots of shots of some athletes. Also, it's nearly imposiible to get to all the athletes and events in any one weekend, but by the end of the season, we should have plenty of pictures of everyone....so if we missed you this week, hang in there for next week.)


The hunt for state qualifying marks started this weekend. If you want to learn more about how state qualifying works in Colorado, click here. Minimum qualifying marks for 5A in 2012 are listed here. If your athlete participated in an individual event in the varsity meet this week, he or she has a new or updated profile on Colorado Track XC. Follow these instructions to find it:

  1. Click the link to go to Colorado Track XC
  2. On the top right of the page in the blue menu bar, find the box that says, "enter search term," enter your athlete's name, and click search.
  3. Find your athlete's name on the list that comes up, and click on it. This should take you to the individual's profile page.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

This Week's Meet -- March 15-16

Friday, March 15, our JV competes at HRHS, hosting Regis and Littleton

  • Meet starts at 3:30 p.m.
  • Varsity is required to stay and work the entire meet.

After the JV Meet, all athletes are invited to the Rex's house for our first Team Pasta Dinner:

  •  Gigi & Scot Rex and Glory Philip need two more people to help host the dinner with them. All you have to bring is a side dish and a smile. This is a great way to meet some parents and hang out with the kids. Click here to email Gigi for details on how you can help.

On Saturday, March 16, Varsity competes in the ThunderRidge Invitational at Sports Authority Stadium.

Directions to the stadium: Go East from HRHS on University, which  becomes Lincoln Avenue - Continue east past I-25 to Chambers (south on Chambers to Stadium)

  • Varsity athletes need to be at the stadium by 8:00 am 
  • For anyone needing a ride, we will leave HRHS at 7:30 am (be at entrance to LockerRoom l by 7:15)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sign the Covenant and Bring It to the Parent Meeting

Before you come to the Parent Meeting (Tuesday, March 12 @ 7pm in the HRHS Library), take a few minutes to review our 2013 Track and Field Team Handbook. Athletes and their parents need to read the Handbook, print and sign the Covenant on page 13, and return it on Tuesday night.

At the Parent Meeting (did we mention that's Tuesday, March 12 @ 7pm?), meet the coaches as they answer all your questions and share philosophy, goals, nutrition tips, expectations for the season, and more. We'll also have HR Track yard signs, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and long sleeve t-shirts available for both athletes and parents to purchase.

If you haven't already clicked over to the 2013 Handbook, do it now! Read every word, remember to print and sign the Covenant on page 13, and bring it with you Tuesday night.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

What will it take to make it to State this year?

Saturday's snow has us only dreaming about state qualifying marks and new PRs. Next Saturday, athletes across Colorado will start defining what kinds of marks it will take to get to State in 2013.

The top 18 marks in each classification qualify for the State meet in May. For more details on how State qualifying works in Colorado and how to follow State Leaderboards this season, click here.

What kinds of marks should we be setting our sights on? What it took to qualify last year might be our best guess for what it will take this year. Coach Alan Versaw over at Colorado Track XC graciously gave us permission to publish the 5A data from his "What Did It Take" series. And he notes that what it takes to qualify for State has been on a steady rise over the last several years, so every year it gets a little tougher to make it. Click here for HRHS's results in the 2012 State Meet.

Here are the minimum marks that qualified in 2012:

5A Boys 2012 State Qualifier Minimum Marks:

100 Meters - 11.07 (6 of top 10 seeds advanced to finals)
200 Meters - 22.29 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
400 Meters - 49.67 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
800 Meters - 1:57.65 (8 of top 9 seeds placed)
1600 Meters - 4:28.86 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)
3200 Meters - 9:48.62 (5 of top 9 seeds placed)

110 Hurdles - 15.34 (5 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
300 Hurdles - 40.66 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)

4x100 Relay - 43.48 (6 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x200 Relay - 1:30.35 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x400 Relay - 3:26.59 (6 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x800 Relay - 8:14.51 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)

High Jump - 6-3.0 (15 of 18 entries cleared opening height of 6-0)
Pole Vault - 12-7.0 (18 of 20 entries cleared opening height of 12-0)
Long Jump - 21-9.0 (5 of top 9 seeds placed)
Triple Jump - 43-8.5 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)

Shot Put - 47-6.25 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)
Discus - 147-9 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)

5A Girls 2012 State Qualifier Minimum Marks:

100 Meters - 12.55 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
200 Meters - 25.60 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
400 Meters - 58.78 (5 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
800 Meters - 2:18.93 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)
1600 Meters - 5:13.13 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)
3200 Meters - 11:35.44 (5 of top 9 seeds placed)

100 Hurdles - 15.95 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
300 Hurdles - 46.71 (9 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)

4x100 Relay - 50.23 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x200 Relay - 1:45.89 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x400 Relay - 4:03.76 (6 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x800 Relay - 9:47.57 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)
SMR8 Relay - 1:50.44 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)

High Jump - 5-2.0 (18 of 18 entries cleared opening height of 4-10)
Pole Vault - 9-6.0 (20 of 21 entries cleared opening height of 9-0, one entry DNS)
Long Jump - 16-11.5 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)
Triple Jump - 35-4.0 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)

Shot Put - 35-1.0 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)
Discus - 110-2 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)

Used with permission from Colorado Track XCColorado Track XC provides the most comprehensive coverage of high school track and field in the state. Some of their content is freely available, but lots of the best analysis (including the analysis above) is available only by subscription. Click here for subscription details.


Friday, March 8, 2013

March 9 Meet Canceled

Due to the incoming snowstorm, DCSD is canceling all activities on Saturday, March 9. This includes the Continental Conference Relays HRHS Track had scheduled for this weekend (which, if the weather comes in as predicted, might have required bobsleds instead of batons).

Stay warm and safe this weekend, and let's all hope for more Spring-like weather next weekend!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Schedule Changes This Week and Saturday's Meet

This week HRHS Track is participating in a community service project. On Friday, March 8 from 4:30-5:30, our team will be distributing grocery bags throughout the community for HRHS's canned food drive to benefit Denver Rescue Mission.

Our first team dinner of the season will be postponed to next Friday, March 15.

Saturday's weather forecast is sounding a lot more like Winter than Spring. We will send out an email blast as soon as we have word on whether or not Saturday's meet will run. Please check your email periodically between now and then for an update.

If you have not already done so, please mark your calendar for the required Parent Meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 7pm in the HRHS library. 

Our first JV meet will be at HRHS on Friday, March 15 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Our scheduled JV meets have all been added to our calendar. Click here to check the schedule as we know it. All JV and Varsity athletes are invited to the Team Dinner starting at 6pm that day.

Spring in Colorado is always an interesting time. The weather can make meets iffy and we have to rely on meet sponsors to make decisions, sometimes at the last minute. We will do all we can to communicate as quickly as possible when things are changing, and we appreciate your flexibility. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Shoe Night at Runners Roost: Wednesday 3/6

Tonight is Shoe Night for HRHS Track athletes and their families at Runners Roost. We hope to see you there!
  • 20% off all purchases in the store during Shoe Night and throughout the season for athletes and their families 
  • 15% off all purchases during the off season
  • Jen Collins from Nike will be there tonight to answer questions and hand out free goodies for athletes
  • Free gift with the purchase of a trainer and spike
  • Runners Roost will provide pizza and drinks
Runners Roost
9994 Commmons Street, Ste 230
Lone Tree, CO 80124
(720)536.5879

      Friday, March 1, 2013

      Welcome to HRHS Track 2013: Important Dates

      Welcome to the 2013 Track and Field season at Highlands Ranch High School!

      With all the snow outside, it's hard to believe that track season is already underway, but our first varsity meet is only one week away. Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

      • March 6 (anytime 5-8 pm) -- Shoe Night at Runners Roost — Quality shoes are a key part of injury prevention and performance enhancement. Runner's Roost will customize the fit to your athlete's running style AND give HRHS Track athletes and families a 20% discount on their shoes (click for details)
      • March 8 @ 6pm — Team Dinner — all track athletes are invited for a team pasta dinner at Trevor Rex's house to kick off the season (address provided at practice)
      • March 9 — Varsity Conference Relays @ Sports Authority Stadium (click for map)
      • March 12 @ 7pm (HRHS Library) — REQUIRED PARENT MEETING (this is a change from our original date due to HRHS basketball state playoffs)
      • March 15 @ 3:30pm — 1st JV Meet (details TBA)

      Please check our calendar and mark your calendar with important dates (or, if you have a Google calendar, subscribe to ours using our gmail address....here's how). Our JV meet schedule is still being firmed up. Watch for more details coming soon. 

      If you're new to HRHS Track, our website and emails are your best sources of information. Expect to get 2 or 3 emails a week with updates on team dinners, meet schedules, locations and results, and other important news. (Really....if you haven't been to the website, go see our calendar or meet our coaches or check our team records.)

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