2013 Award Winners: From Back to From - Cherish, Judith, Nicole, Katy, Obsa, Jacob, Benjamin, Rachel, Emma N., Emma M., Liam, Tyler & Spencer. Missing Tyannah.
Richfield Cross Country 2013!
Boys' & Girls' Teams with runners from 7th to 12th Grade


Davanni's Fundraiser for Trip to Nationals in Portland, OR- November 26

Come Tuesday, November 26 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. for some good food and to send off Obsa and Coach Marty to Portland, Oregon, for the Nike Nationals Competition on December 7.  Please invite your teammates, friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to make this trip a reality.

Obsa wins 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.

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.

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

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

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. 

Congratulations!  Obsa Ali, cross country standout at Richfield High School, was selected as a semi-finalist for this week's ASPIRE Athlete of the WeekClick here to see a video clip from last week's ASPIRE Athlete of the week segment during the High School Sports Rally on WCCO (CBS).

 An announcement was already posted on our Facebook page. You are welcome to share this announcement with the teachers, students and members of your community, encouraging them to vote. The online poll is now open and people can vote ONCE PER DAY until 3pm on Friday.
 We applaud your success in cultivating an environment that encourages and enables student-athletes to achieve greatness in athletics, academics, community involvement and character.
 ASPIRE Beverage Company was founded by two coaches who couldn't find a healthy sports drink for their teams and families -- so they created one. Our all-natural FIRE, ICE and STORM sports drinks improve the health and performance of athletes. 
 Driven by the new USDA and Alliance for a Healthier Generation guidelines, we are proud that so many schools have already chosen to eliminate Gatorade, Powerade and other unhealthy products! ASPIRE is currently served in the cafeterias, student stores, vending machines, concessions and/or sports programs at 100+ high schools in Minnesota.

  Congratulations to Obsa Ali - Kare 11 Athlete of the Week for winning the Gold Race at the Roy Griak Invitational at the U of M on Saturday, September 28.  To see Kare 11's feature, go to:

Coming UP...

Davanni's Fundraiser for Trip to Nationals - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
                                                                         - 4:30-8 p.m., Richfield Davanni's on Penn

National Championships - December 7 in Portland, OR

Summer Kick-off Picnic - First Week of Summer Break 2014 (Graduation is June 9)

Spartan Spirit Alumni Run - Saturday, August 16, 2014

Going the Extra Distance - Special Thanks Goes To....

Coach Marty, Coach Kenton and Bill Hoppe for driving and being chaperones for the Sioux Falls, SD trip for the Heartland Nike Regionals.

Katy Stark and Emma & Evan Matson families for the LASTA PASTA dinner on Wednesday, October 23.

Robbie Noeske family for providing bagels for the Section meet October 24 at Valleywood.

Will Bednar and Mark & Joel Blanchard families for hosting the Sunday Special Pasta Dinner and foosball tournament on October 20 over MEA weekend.

Liam Hoppe families for shuttling bagels for the Lefty Wright Championships on Monday, October 21 at Bassett Creek.

Emma Nollenberger Family for the championship bagels at the Conference Championships on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Nathan Libra and Logan Juell Families for all the spaghetti with toppings including meatballs at the pasta dinner on Monday, October 14.

Becky Strom for the creating the signs; to Lisa Nygaard, Marci Matson and Deanne Beaudet for taking & printing pictures; and to Mary Bergen for helping with the set up for Davanni's Fundraiser.  Special thanks to Coach Marty and to Davanni's for making arrangements for this fundraiser.

To Lisa Nygaard for making the "Seniors on a Stick" for our Senior Day at the Shakopee Invitational on Tuesday, October 10.

To all the runners and families who helped with the TC Marathon Fluid Station Sunday morning, October 6.  You showed true Spartan Spirit in your work ethic and your encouragement you gave the competitors on the course.  Coach Marty had a good 79th marathon run finishing in 4:11.

Derek & Nicole Mattson, Liam Hoppe, and Emma Nollenberger families for hosting the pasta buffet on Monday, October 7.

Emma and Evan Matson for bags o' bagels at the Shakopee lnvitational on Tuesday, October 8th.

Coach Marty & Deb for the No Yolkin' Egg Run and Famous Egg Bake on Saturday, October 5th.

Blanchard & Blanchard for sending bagels for the Chaska meet on Tuesday, October 1.


First Summer Practices started Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- 8 a.m. Meet at RHS parking lot
Urban Wildland - 5K & Half-Marathon - Richfield - Saturday, August 3, 2013
First Official Practices started Monday, August 12, 3 p.m - 4:30 p.m.
Spartan Spirit Alumni Run is Saturday, August 17, 1 p.m., Veteran's Park, 64th & Portland

First Meet is Friday, August 30, 2013 - Dakota Classic, 2 p.m. in Eagan.
Penn Fest Waterstop - Sunday, September 15 - 11 a.m., Donaldson Park
Twin Cities' Marathon Water Stop Fundraiser - Sunday, October 6th

Davanni's Fundraiser - Thursday, October 10  5 - 8:00 p.m.
Fall Sports Pancake Fundraiser - Cancelled due to a date conflict.
Team Banquet - Monday, November 4


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

2013 Richfield Cross Country Captains
Girls' Team - Cherish Kovach & Rachel Strom
Boys' Team -        Ben Nygaard  - 612.481.8787
                           Spencer Bergen 612.598.2117
                           Jake Beaudet 612.741.5867

If you are not getting occasional e-mails from the coach or team parents, please contact Coach Marty at and Deanne & Rick Beaudet at to get added to our mailing list.

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. Full Results Coming Soon.
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.

Go Spartans!

Contact: Marty Huberty
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