Volunteers Needed For Dogwood Meet May 1st and 2nd

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.

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Coach Bain Named Finalist for the 2015 Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Award

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.

Indoor Track & Field Conference 29 Championships

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!

Girls Team

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

Boys Team

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.

Foot Locker Nationals In San Diego

Dear Friends,

I’d like to take the time to thank everyone who generously volunteers their time, energy, and funding to make Friends such a supportive organization. Lindy and I were humbled by the generosity regarding funding of our trip to San Diego to support Gannon at Foot Locker Nationals. The trip was a blast and I’d like to share a bit about it for anyone who wishes to continue reading.

By finishing seventh in 15:01 at the Foot Locker South Regional Meet, Gannon became the fourth Warrior to qualify for the National Meet and the first to do it as a junior (Mark Smith, 1990, Kyle Satterwhite, 2008, Mattie Webb, 2010).  On Thursday, December 11th, we left the Charlottesville airport at 5:15, meaning we got to CHO at 4:00 in the morning. Yikes! When we arrived in San Diego, Gannon was promptly whisked away by the Foot Locker folks. I firmly believe he was treated like royalty from the moment we touched down until the moment he left on Sunday morning.

The meet headquarters was at the Hotel del Coronado. You might want to Google image search that name, dear readers, for my photos below surely won’t do it justice. Simply put, the hotel was majestic. When Gannon was off participating in official activities with the other athletes, the rest of us had a blast reading by the pool, exploring the beach, and meandering through the little shops in and around the Hotel del Coronado. We ate delicious Mexican food on a number of occasions in addition to attending a formal banquet hosted by meet management. Perhaps the best meal of the trip for me was at a small sushi joint on Saturday afternoon after Gannon’s race. Athletes, coaches, and parents alike were lucky to hear from elite athletes on multiple occasions, including Alan Webb, Adam Goucher, Deena Kastor, Meb Keflezighi, Kara Goucher, and many more.

Now let’s get down to business: running. We previewed the course on Friday morning and it was sloppy. An uncommonly persistent rainstorm lasted pretty much all day, which saturated the course thoroughly. The lush grass became extremely spongy in places and one steep downhill in particular became really slick and slippery. By Saturday the weather had cleared up, but the course was still a little more damp than desirable. I was really proud to see Gannon wearing his usual shoes, pants, and jacket in which to warmup on Saturday morning. Many of the other athletes were sporting their new Asics gear. The gifts were ample, but really, couldn’t those kids have waited until after the most competitive race of their season to try new out new gear? Come on, people; dance with the one that brung ya!

The race itself went well! Gannon managed to stay on his feet the whole time, which is more than some athletes were able to say. He made a big move sometime between 1.5 and 2 miles and gained a lot of ground on the pack. It was nice to see Gannon really competing and mixing it up with this national caliber field instead of being satisfied just to have qualified. He finished in 16:04 for 28th place. Despite finishing 7th at the South Regional, Gannon was the 4th finisher on the South squad at the National meet. In addition, he was the 7th junior the cross the finish line in San Diego. Apologies to those of you trying to watch the live webcast on Foot Locker’s website. I understand it was pretty choppy this year.

All in all, the trip was a great experience for everyone involved. Getting some experience with such a competitive field and seeing the course could pay dividends in the future for Gannon. Lindy and I feel privileged to coach such a dedicated and humble young man. Now it’s back to track season for the next 7 months!

Thanks again for all of the continued support and generosity!

Cass

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Gannon and Chance at 5:00 in the morning, having been up for at least 2 hours already!

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Cass, Chance, Gannon, and Lindy on the rear steps at the Hotel del Coronado.

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The view from the porch off Cass and Lindy’s room.

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Gannon showing his excitement at his race uniform!

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Gannon with parents Kate and Brian after the race.

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Gannon and Peter Seufer (EC Glass High School in Lynchburg) compare experiences after the race.

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Gannon with two time race winner Grant Fisher at the banquet.

Support Friends of WAHS Cross Country, Track & Field

Dear Friends,WahsCircletypesmall

Our WAHS cross country, track and field athletes learn perseverance and teamwork, celebrate personal bests and enjoy great camaraderie. As parents, alumni and parents of alumni, we know you are grateful for these experiences.

Friends of Western Albemarle Cross Country, Track and Field was formed as a tax exempt nonprofit by a group of parents in 2010 to support our student athletes and the amazing coaches who provide them with guidance and encouragement to achieve their personal goals.

This past year, Friends has:

  • Provided stipends for unpaid assistant coaches
  • Purchased a new tent and rolling case for the teams
  • Purchased a new pole vault pole used by Caleb Rider to win the National Emerging Elite Championship
  • Paid expenses for coaches traveling to Outdoor Nationals

We are also here 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 and successfully advocated for the replacement of the outdoor track at WAHS.

Did we mention that we pay our uncompensated assistant coaches?

We estimate this year’s expenses to be approximately $5,000, most of which goes to our assistant coaching staff over three seasons. As you may know, school budgets, especially athletic budgets, have been trimmed again. This year we are hoping to purchase a shipping container to protect our outdoor track equipment. Paying assistant coaches and purchasing needed equipment is only possible through your generosity. 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. You may write a check made out to Friends of WAHS Track and use the envelope enclosed in our mailing, or you may donate using a credit card online via PayPal on our website, http://www.FriendsofWAHSTrack.org. Click the GIVE tab.

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.

Kim Connolly, President

Doug Taylor, Secretary

Alyce Outlaw, Treasurer

Kathleen Capshaw, Member at Large

Charles Cole, Member at Large

Teresa Grupp, Member at Large

Carol Stutzman, Member at Large

A Thank You from Coach Whitten

This letter from Coach Whitten is a great reminder of why our Friends group was formed. Friends was able to pay for the coaches’ hotel rooms and gas. None of this can happen without the support of our donor members. Thank you!

“Dear Friends of Western Albemarle Cross Country, Track & Field,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support that you gave to help cover expenses for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals we attended in June.

Seven girls traveled to Greensboro and four coaches. This was the first trip to Nationals for five of the seven girls. What a wonderful experience! By now, I am sure that most of you know how well the girls competed. Katrina Barredo cleared the opening height in pole vault but just missed the next height. Lydia Garner cleared two heights, equalling her PR. Annie Taylor competed in the mile, two mile and ran anchor on the 6th place DMR. Also running on the DMR were Averi Witt, Val Hajek and Chance Masloff. The girls ran an awesome race. Great job by Caroline Outlaw who was an alternate for the relay. She ran on the days leading up to the race and was prepared to run on the relay at a moment’s notice if needed. Averi was also runner-up in the freshman mile. And, on the boy’s side, Caleb Rider won the Emerging Elite Pole Vault!

Western Albemarle was well represented in Greensboro! What a wonderful way to end our indoor season. We are looking forward to returning next year. Thank you very much for your continued support of our athletes and coaches.

Sincerely,

Marie Whitten

Conference Meet at WAHS May 22

Eight teams are competing in the Conference 29 meet this week, hosted at WAHS. We anticipate the events to begin around 3:00. Volunteers are still needed to help with concessions. Please visit our Sign Up Genius page to help with a shift. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B45ABA92EA57-may22home

Friends will receive 40% of the proceeds from the concessions. That helps us provide our wonderful assistant coaches with stipends as well as make one-time purchases such as this 10′ x 20′ new team tent. Image