Thank you for supporting your child’s decision to participate in cross country or track athlete at Western Albemarle and/or for cheering on our teams! These athletes have chosen a very challenging endeavor that requires dedication and a supreme work ethic. From this pursuit they become focused and well-rounded individuals and learn sportsmanship, perseverance and teamwork. We hope you will agree that running, jumping, vaulting and/or throwing with the WAHS program builds character and teaches student athletes about setting personal goals and achieving them.
What is FRIENDS? Friends of Western Albemarle Cross Country, Track and Field (“Friends”) was formed as a tax exempt nonprofit by a group of parents in 2010 to support our student athletes and the gifted coaches, many of whom volunteer their time.
WE NEED YOUR HELP.… Running a high-caliber program for these many athletes requires a team of gifted coaches providing the needed guidance and encouragement. As parents, alumni and parents of alumni, we know you are grateful for these experiences. Our teams have found success in part because of the strong mentors and coaches that show up again and again to work with these young people. What you may not know is that several of them are strictly volunteer. Our number one mission in fundraising is to provide stipends for our uncompensated assistant coaches. Friends also helps to ease the burden of expenses for some travel.
Friends is also available to (quietly) ease financial burdens for athletes who might otherwise not be able to compete in invitational or national meets. (Speak with a coach and they can make confidential arrangements – even for new running shoes.) In the past few years, Friends made possible the Old Trail course and arranged for its maintenance, purchased a new pole vault pit, outdoor storage unit and successfully advocated for the replacement of the outdoor track at WAHS. But our primary focus is to support coaching.
We estimate this year’s expenses to be approximately $6,000, most of which goes to our assistant coaching staff over three seasons. School budgets, including athletic budgets, are continually on the chopping block. This letter is our only annual fundraiser. Friends is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax deductible.
Please consider making a personally significant donation today to support our cross country, track and field programs. Donate here. Please subscribe to our blog on our website for emailed updates on our teams, and also follow us on Facebook, where results and photos from meets are posted.
Thank you for your support.
Kathleen Capshaw, President
Alyce Outlaw, Treasurer
Teresa Grupp, Secretary
Tracey Hill, Member at Large
Carol Stutzman, Member at Large
Brian Willcutts, Member at Large
Charles Cole, Member at Large
Thank you to all the coaches, athletes and parents for a great year. This year, thanks to your generous donations, Friends was able to support the WAHS running program by providing coaching stipends to unpaid coaches and assisting with financial support for travel to Nationals and other events. This year’s budget also included a very large grant with the purchase of the storage unit that resides under the visitor’s bleachers to help protect our equipment.
There is more work to do! Next year we need increased support to further supplement coaching stipends! We want to continue to attract and reward our high caliber coaches who are critical to the day to day success and growth of our student athletes. And with continued success will come more travel opportunities and more need for grants for travel. So please support the program with a donation to Friends.
Speaking of success….congratulations to our 3A State Track Champions! Madison Masloff (pole vault), Zoe Clay (3200) and Gannon Willcutts (1600). Read The Daily Progress article.
Coach Girvin provided Friends with a recap of the boys season (prior to the rescheduled events): The boys track and field team capped off another successful season at the 3A state meet this Saturday. The meet was canceled early due to weather, so no official team standings were confirmed, but the boys stood firmly in 7th place and looked poised to improve with potential points remaining in the 800m and 4x400m. All state placers include the 4x800m team of Davis Greene, Trevor Stutzman, Jack Ehlenberger, and Gannon Willcutts, Jackson Smith (4th – pole vault), Trevor Stutzman (4th – 1600m, 5th – 3200m), and Gannon Willcutts (1st – 1600m).
There is no better way to follow the girls team than to check out their site. There’s great coverage of this season and past seasons as well! Check out their site!
Western Girls Finish Runner Up in 3 A West Region
Back row: Alyssa Santoro Adajian, Zoe Clay, Anna Harris, Deborah Ayres-Brown, Faith Reid, Caroline Outlaw
Front: Caroline McGahren
After a rain delay cancellation at the state meet, 4×400 team Corey Sims, Will Koester, Jay Adams and Matt Capshaw returned to Harrisonburg on June 8.
Friends of Western Albemarle Cross Country, Track & Field is happy to report that Gannon Willcutts received the Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar Athlete of the year award. He was honored at halftime of Saturday’s conference basketball game and Western was presented with a check for $3000.
From the Daily Progress: Willcutts was selected from a competitive pool of 18 student athletes from across the state of Virginia, all of which were recognized and honored throughout the fall as Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar Athletes of the Week.
Join us in congratulating him on this well-deserved honor. Thank you for setting an example and for embodying the true student athlete… representing Western and our running programs so well. Gannon will be attending Princeton University in the Fall.
I came across this document online written by a cross country coach from Ohio and found it very insightful and well-written … I thought it could be beneficial to other parents and especially for those with athletes new to running or for parents who are unfamiliar with running. Also not a bad idea to re-visit for anyone supporting the teams. Go Warriors!
-Kathleen Capshaw, Friends of WAHS Cross Country, Track and Field
Thanks to the generous fundraiser efforts of all the Friends donors and a lot of logistics, teamwork and effort— we finally have our new storage container to help protect the pole vaulting and other equipment. Thanks to the team at Mobile Mini for making several trips. Thanks to Jack Masloff, Leigh Capshaw, Steve Heon and others for measuring and thinking this through and troubleshooting. Special thanks to Jack for all the coordination and tree trimming and sight preparation.
Storage for the track team was identified as a need for the program beginning years ago. The size requirements and delivery constraints made it difficult but after some trial and error over several months, we have success. This container will alleviate the long-standing storage problem and protect the equipment.
In order to fund this capital project, Friends of WAHS Cross Country, Track & Field had to dip into reserves. We will be sending out our fundraising letter later this Fall and ask that you consider supporting Friends this year in order to build up those reserves again as we look to put focus as we continually do on supporting the unpaid coaches and helping with travel and other needs. We hope there are many opportunities for our athletes to shine.
The Dogwood Track Classic is bigger and better this year. On Friday evening May 1st, the SMR, DMR, and 2000mST will be run. Then on May 2nd, the main meet begins at 11:00 with teams coming from across the state. There will be a state of the art timing system with LIVE results shown on electronic boards.
This meet is put on by AHS, CHS, MHS and WAHS to raise funds for our track teams. We cannot do it without the support of parent and student volunteers. Please visit SignUp Genius for volunteer slots. Please consider giving a couple of hours to help make this event a success.
Congratulations to Coach Lindy Bain for being a finalist in the 2015 Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Award. This award is for youth and high school sports coaches in the U.S. “who embody the ideals of the Double-Goal Coach, striving to win, while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.” He was in the top 75 out of 2100 nominations.
See below for quotes from some of the nominations for Coach Bain.
From the moment you first meet him to when you say goodbye, not only have you made astronomical improvements in your running, you’ve become a substantially better person. I would go as far as to say the improvements you make as a person exceed those as a runner, and his runners improve more than they could have ever imagined. Through being a member of his teams, he has taught me to love those around me, and to forgive those who have wronged you in some way. Also, he has taught me crucial leadership skills that have benefitted me throughout high school and will undoubtedly do so for the remainder of my life. Though among everything I’ve learned from Coach Bain, I strongly believe the most important lesson I’ve learned is to treat everybody equally.
The man has touched the lives of a countless quantity of individuals, and this becomes very apparent everywhere I go with him. There’s not a track or cross country meet I can remember where someone wasn’t yearning to have a word with Coach Bain, and this simply shows how he has positively affected the lives of everyone who has known him.
Coach Bain runs the miles and puts in the hours of sweat equity. His pace has slowed, but his dedication has not. Alumni have taken up Coach Bain’s dedication to the sport. They are visible coaching area teams, assisting and volunteering at local races, mentoring young harriers, and lending support to the up and coming high school athletes. I believe this can be traced directly back to Coach Bain and his guiding hand.
Additionally, Coach Bain took great pride in not only having good runners, but good men on the team. He emphasized good sportsmanship as well as always making sure we thanked the course or track hosts before leaving.
For the last 30 years, he has served as almost a second father figure to the hundreds of boys who have run for him, and the life lessons he imparts resonate for a very long time after each athlete has graduated.
He developed and challenged me athletically without negativity of any sort and prepared me effectively for a productive collegiate cross country/track career. I am without a doubt a better person for having run for Lindy Bain, and my life continues to be influenced for the better through his friendship now as an adult.
The boys that run for him are motivated to be the best athletes they can be, but also the best people they can be. He teaches them to deal with adversity, in life or in sports, in thoughtful and productive ways. He encourages and expects them to be responsible for their behavior.
There is something special about Coach Bain that is simply indescribable. He is able to make you want to do your best, not because you are worried about what might happen if you don’t perform well or because you feel like you have to do well for him, but because he sparks a drive inside of you that makes you want to work as hard as you can and achieve your best.
He dedicates himself tirelessly to seeing that each athlete grows to his maximum potential both on and off the track.
Thank you to all of the coaches, athletes, family and friends that have worked together so far this year. Here is an update on the indoor track teams!
Congratulations to the members of the Girls Indoor Track team on their Conference 29 Championship! Event champions were Annie Taylor in the 1600, 1000 and 500; Taylor Catlett in the 3200; Lydia Garner in the High Jump; Sarah Tolman in the pole vault, Nichole Heon in the 55 and triple jump; the 4×800 relay team of Annie Lorenzoni, Avery Jordan, Faith Reid and Zoe Clay and the 4x200m relay team of Katrina Barredo, Madison Masloff, Nichole Heon and Deborah Ayres-Brown.
Second place finishers were Chance Masloff in the 1600 and 1000; Abby Zimmerman in the triple jump; Katrina in the hurdles; Caroline Outlaw in the 500; Madison Masloff in the pole vault and the 4×400 relay team of Caroline, Zoe, Chance and Madison. Third place finishers were Caroline Outlaw in the hurdes; Emma Ratcliffe in the 1600; Nichole Heon in the 300 and long jump and Katrina in the pole vault. Madison Masloff finished fourth in the 300 and Jess Meeks was fourth in the pole vault. 5th place finishers were Zoe Clay in the 1000, Sarah Titus in the 3200, Jess Meeks in long jump and Caroline Outlaw in the high jump. 6th place finishers were Abby Zimmerman in the long jump and Faith Reid in the 1000.
You can check out more info on the girls team at their site. https://sites.google.com/site/wahsgirlsxctrack/home
The Boys Track and Field team finished second in the Conference 29 Championship! The team’s conference champions consisted of Gannon Willcutts in the 1600M, Trevor Stutzman in the 3200M, and the boys 4 x 800 M relay of Aaron Cole, Matthew Capshaw, Will Koaster, and Ethan Sewell.
The team had silver medalists of Caleb Rider in the pole vault, and 55M hurdles, Trevor Stutzman in the 1600 m, and Gannon Willcutts in the 1000 m. The team also had bronze medalists of Jack Ehlenberger in the 1600 m, and the 3200 m, Blake Tolman in the pole vault, and the 4 x 400 relay of Ethan Sewell, Matthew Capshaw, Aaron Cole, and Gannon Willcutts.