Richfield Cross Country team members and families handed out water at Mile 9 for the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 5. Congrats to Coach Marty, parents Colleen Nollenberger and Megan Ritchie and alum Erin Brault for finishing the race!
Richfield Cross Country 2015!
Boys' & Girls' Teams with runners from 7th to 12th Grade

Early June, Date TBA
Kick-off picnic for all runners and their families.
June and July, Date TBA
Captains’ practices, typically 8 a.m. runs. Times TBA
Monday, August 17
Official start of season, Monday – Friday practices
Saturday August 22nd
Alumni Run, Start/Finish at the High School and runs through Augsburg
 Park, 9 a.m.
 Monday, August 24
 Scrimmage, RHS and Augsburg Park, against Bloomington Kennedy, 3:30
 Friday, September 4
 Dakota Classic, Eagan High School, 10:00
 Friday, September 11
 Applejack Invitational
 Aronson Park, Lakeville, 3:30
 Thursday, September 24
 Burnsville Invitational
 Nicollet Jr. High School, 3:30
 Saturday, September 26
 Roy Griak Invitational
 University of Minnesota Golf Course
 Boys, 3:40       Girls, 4:30
 Thursday, October 1
 Jaguar Classic
 Hyland Park, Bloomington, 3:30
 Tuesday, October 6
 Victoria Lions Invitational
 Chaska Par 30 Golf Course, 3:30
 Friday, October 10
 Scrimmage, RHS and Augsburg Park, against Holy Angels, at 4:00 Knew as
 The RAH Run
 Tuesday, October 20
 Conference Championship
 TBD, 3:30
 Thursday, October 29
 Section Championship
 Valleywood Golf Course, Apple Valley     Boys, 3:16  Girls, 4:00
 Saturday, November 7
 State Championship
 St. Olaf College, Northfield.
 Couple of meets will also be added for Varsity and JV teams. 6th
 grade/Middle School schedule to come out after August 1st

Clear your schedules - mandatory practices begin Monday, Aug. 17
The official Cross Country season begins on Monday, Aug. 17 with mandatory practices.  Coach Marty urges all runners to arrange their work schedules, dentist and doctor appointments and all other commitments now so that they are free for practices, set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. If you must miss practice, you must talk to Coach Marty "live" to be excused. (If you get voice mail, leave a time when you can be reached by phone.)

Spartan Spirit Alumni Run race results

The Spartan Spirit Alumni Run made history this year by running on the first Richfield High School course, which looped through Augsburg Park and RHS grounds. The  team's traditional race to kick off the cross country season has previously been held at Veterans Park, but with the support of the City of Richfield's Park and Rec Department, Richfield now has a home course. Alumni and community runners showed up in force to join the current Spartan team on the two-mile course.

Top alumni finishers were: Obsa Ali for the men and Hannah Olson for the women. Top current runner finishers were: Spencer Bergen for the men and Nicole Mattson for the women. Complete race results are on the Alumni Race Results tab to the left.

Thank you to Spartan Spirit volunteers!

A big thank you to those who helped create the first cross country course at Augsburg Park! They mowed, clipped, raked and smoothed the way for runners competing in the Spartan Spirit Alumni Run on Saturday, Aug. 16: Will and Dan Bednar; Spencer and Kenton Bergen; Nicole, Loren and Teresa Mattson; Evan, Emma and Steve Matson; Marty Huberty and Aria DeVries.

Thank you to the team parents who provided treats and beverages and helped organize the Spartan Spirit Alumni Run: Kim and Dan Bednar, Kenton and Mary Bergen, and Loren and Teresa Mattson. A big shout out to Coach Marty and Davanni's for providing gift cards for winners. Much appreciation to Rick and Deanne Beaudet, who biked at the front and back of the runners and provided guidance. Thanks to the City of Richfield Park and Rec Department for its support of the course! 

Sign up for pasta dinner and meet treats
Pasta dinners the night before race days have become a great tradition that has formed lifelong friendships and the support of a running community long after graduation. Help support our runners by hosting a pasta dinner and/or bringing bagels to races. Multiple families can divide the duties and the cost by joining together for a dinner.

To sign up, please check out the schedule for openings (see the
Spaghetti Dinners & Meet Treat/Bagels tab at the left.) Email parent volunteer Marci Matson with the date you'd like to host or help out.

DECA and CC runners team up - school store fundraiser in September
Show your spirit in September and you'll help the Richfield Cross Country team! DECA will donate 5 percent of all store sales during the month to help out the CC team. Purchase either at the RHS "Spartan Avenue" store or online. Share the fundraiser activity with your friends to boost our sales and our donation! DECA will also show off our team during the month, by posting our photos and news! Thank you, DECA!

Thank you to Penn Fest volunteers
Thank you to Teresa and Loren Mattson for organizing the waterstop event for Penn Fest. This is a way for our team to show our support for running in the community and for the 5K that benefited Richfield elementary schools. Thank you also to the runners and parents who volunteered: Spencer, Kenton and Mary Bergen; Kimberly and Dan Bednar; Mark and Joel Blanchard; Derek and Nicole Mattson; Evan and Marci Matson; Emma Nollenberger; and John and Jackie Hughes.  It was fun to cheer on Coach Marty and Assistant Coach Jessica, who both competed in the 5K.

CC Team are Grand Marshals of the Richfield Fourth of July Parade - July 4, 2014

Richfield Boys and Girls Cross Country teams were honored to be selected as Grand Marshals for this year's parade. 2013 highlights include the boys capturing the Classic Suburban Conference title and runner Obsa Ali winning the state championship and running at nationals.

Thank you to the "shoe crew" led by Lisa and Jerry Nygaard for creating our awesome shoe float and to everyone who worked to make our entry a success. Richfield Cross Country was praised for its large turnout and enthusiastic participation from the team and running community.

A few cardinal Richfield Cross Country shirts are available for $7.50 each. Contact Coach Marty as soon as possible if you want one of the 6 mediums or the 1 extra-large shirts.

Good turnout for the 2014 Kick-off Picnic
Despite a one-day delay due to bad weather, a good crowd turned out for the Cross Country Kick-off Picnic on June 17. Thank you to the captains' parents who grilled and provide the main meal and to the other parents for contributing yummy desserts and healthy fruit. While the team went for their inaugural run, Coach Marty Huberty informed the parents of a few changes this season. (See updates below.)

A warm welcome to new runners!
Five new runners joined the team at the kick-off picnic. New runners are invited to join anytime this summer. For more information, contact Coach Marty Huberty at 952.994.7262 or Please join our Facebook group Richfield Cross Country for updates and our email list by emailing Communications Coordinator Marci Matson.

Davanni's Fundraiser set for Oct. 2
The CC fundraiser at Richfield Davanni's is already set, strategically scheduled for the big Vikings-Packer game on Thursday, Oct. 2. Eat pizza, support your Spartan runners and watch the Purple defeat the Pack. (Some ill-informed folks among us think the Cheeseheads will win. Bring your fellow fans and cheer on your team.) The fundraiser will be held the night before the Shakopee invitational in place of a pasta dinner.

2014 Captains
Katy Stark, Nicole Mattson, William Bednar and Spencer Bergen

First Summer Practices start Wednesday, June 18, 7 a.m. for boys, 7:30 a.m. for girls, meet at RHS parking lot
Urban Wildland - 5K & Half-Marathon - Richfield - Saturday, August 3, 2013
First Official Practices start Monday, August 11, 3 p.m - 4:30 p.m.
Spartan Spirit Alumni Run is Saturday, August 16, 9 a.m., Richfield High School
Davanni's Fundraiser - Tuesday, October 2
Twin Cities' Marathon Water Stop Fundraiser - Sunday, October 6th

Penn Fest Waterstop - Sunday, September 21 - 11 a.m., Donaldson Park

Obsa wins 2013 State!
  Obsa had a strong lead coming into the finish line on the St. Olaf College 5K state course in a time of 15:12, 2 seconds off the state record.  Thanks to all the Richfield fans who cheered and sported Obsa on a Stick.  Special thanks to the RHS Marching Band for the use of the Big "R" Spirit Flag, to Lisa Nygaard for making more Obsa (with correct pronunciation marks) on a Stick, and to team Grandparents the Nervicks for sending cookies to celebrate Obsa's win.

Team Award Winners for 2013
Rookie of the Year: Emma Nollenberger & Tyler Dankers
Most Improved: Tyannah Huttner and Liam Hoppe
Spartan Spirit: Emma Matson & Ben Nygaard
Workhorse: Nicole Mattson & Jacob Beaudet
Outstanding Runner: Katy Stark & Obsa Ali
Coaches' Award: Judith Dominguez & Joey Hamilton
Captains' Award: Rachel Strom, Cherish Kovach, Spencer Bergen, Benjamin Nygaard & Jacob Beaudet

The Richfield Boys' Cross Country Team is the 2013 Classic Suburban Conference Champions.  Crowned on Tuesday, October 15 at St. Croix Bluffs, Hastings, the guys become the last champions for the dissolving conference making history for the conference and Richfield. 

Thanks to our overwelming turnout for our team banquet Nov. 4!
We appreciate all of you who came and brought delicious food to the potluck.  It was grand to have a full house.  Special thanks to captains - Rachel Strom, Cherish Kovach, Benjamin Nygaard, Spencer Bergen & Jacob Beaudet plus their families - Becky & Steve Strom; Judy, Mike & Autumn Kovach; Mary & Kenton Bergen; Lisa & Jerry Nygaard; and Deanne & Rick Beaudet for organizing the banquet.  Thanks too to Coach Marty, Coach Kenton and Coach Okey and the athletic office for preparing the certificates and letters for our athletes. Thank you Lisa Nygaard and Sam Petrov for all the work on the slide show capturing our busy 5-month season.

2013 Spartan Spirit Alumni Run
Thanks to the over 50 people who joined us for the Richfield Spartan Spirit Alumni Run
Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Veteran's Park. Thirty-five Richfield Cross Country Alumni, current team members, siblings and parents ran the approximately 1.8-mile, timed run. Thanks to Jim Lundberg (RHS Alumni '68) for giving the pre-race pep talk noting he has been running for 51 years and encouraging those at the start line to keep running and setting goals. Congratulations to Alumni Men's Winner Jake Bauer ('12) and Alumni Women's Winner Klare Case ('07). Leading boys' team winner was Jake Beaudet, senior, and leading girls' team winner was Nicole Mattson, 8th grader. Thanks to the Nygaard, Bergen and Beaudet families for organizing and hosting the event connecting Richfield Alumni with current team members and their families. Thanks to all the families who brought fruit, desserts and snacks. Special thanks to Davanni's for contributing two of the four prizes and to Zak Beaudet, Richfield Alumni '11, for helping arrange the use of the course cones with the City of Richfield. May the Spartan Spirit be strong at this year's races.


Richfield Athletic Office Staff

Todd Olson ... 612-798-6131, Athletic Director
Mike Karnas .. 612-798-6132, Assistant to Director & (Permits)
Bonnie Johnson ..612-798-6134, Clerical Assistant

Richfield Cross Country Coaches
Coach Marty Huberty at or 952.994.7262
Coach Kenton Bergen at or 612.229.4933
Coach Jessica Okey at or 612.798.6123

2014 Richfield Cross Country Captains
Girls' Team - Katy Stark & Nicole Mattson
Boys' Team - Will Bednar
                      Spencer Bergen 612.598.2117
If you are not getting occasional e-mails from the coach or team parents, please contact Coach Marty at or Marci Matson at

Go Spartans!

Contact: Marty Huberty
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