RICHFIELD CROSS COUNTRY



Richfield Cross Country 2014!
Boys' & Girls' Teams with runners from 7th to 12th Grade


THIS WEEK

RHS to compete at Apple Valley on Saturday, Sept. 20
Bus leaves at 8:45 a.m.! Bring filled water bottles.
9:45 a.m. GIRLS JV (no one)

10:25 BOYS JV
Mark B., Robbie, Derek M, Bailey, John E., Tyler, Jeremy

11:05 GIRLS VARSITY
Katy, Emma N, Emma M, Judith, Aria, Ava, Nicole

11:35 BOYS VARSITY
Spencer, Liam, Evan, Joel B, William, Mo O, Mo A.

12:05 Boys Ninth Grade and under
Matthew H, Logan, Wyatt, John H, Owen

12:15 GIRLS C
Elizabeth, Abby, Reine, Ingrid, Natty, Crystel

Possible 6th GRADE
Mohamed A, Jace P, Julian L

Volunteers needed for Penn Fest waterstop fundraiser on Sunday
Our team hands out water for the Penn Fest 5K at the southeast corner of 67th / Penn (on 67th Street) at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. Cheer on Coach Marty and other participants in the race that supports Richfield elementary schools. We need to know we can staff the waterstop, so volunteer asap. Sign up on our Facebook page or email Teresa Mattson with questions.

Penn Fest offers other fun activities. Check out what's going on before and after the 5k. http://www.penncentralofrichfield.com/

Sign up now for TC Marathon water stop fundraiser
It's time to get ready for the greatest fundraiser of the season. The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is Sunday, October 5th!

We will once again man the mile 9 fluid station, a great location close to home and early in the race. Plan on working 7 to 11 a.m. to fill water glasses and pass them to runners (including Coach Marty) as they go by.

This fundraiser is a great opportunity for to see runners of all levels running towards their own dream or goal. It is also a wonderful team building opportunity for the Richfield Cross Country runners and their families. (Siblings, parents and grandparents are welcome!) This has been a long standing fundraiser for Richfield CC.

Please register online prior to the event so we can ensure we are filling all of the volunteer slots available. We have 45 slots saved for our group. (All Cross Country runners are expected to participate.) We are compensated for each volunteer that shows up and we would love to know ASAP how many people we can count on from Richfield.

Volunteer Registration Link: http://twincitiesinmotion.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?start_over&id=6455 You will need to register each person participating individually with their own e-mail address. An email will be sent to the group with our password.  Call Hallie Noeske (Robert's mom) at 612-810-6097 or email her.

Kelli Bartholomew the volunteer coordinator from TCM says: "Thank so much, looking forward to working with you guys again!"


Clear your schedules - mandatory practices begin Monday, Aug. 11
The official Cross Country season begins on Monday, Aug. 11 and practices are now mandatory. 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.)


2014 HIGHLIGHTS
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!

2014 HIGHLIGHTS
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 mhuberty2@comcast.net. 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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - 2014!
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  www.urbanwildland.com
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

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


2013 HIGHLIGHTS
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.



CONTACT INFO

Richfield Athletic Office Staff

Todd Olson ... 612-798-6131,