Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Recommended Races: Winter/Spring 2018

Hi, everyone!
Maddy, Samir & Audrey at the UW Invite

Here's a list of some fun, local races to help with motivation and goal setting as we move through the Winter and into Spring:
  • Saturday, February 10th: Valentine's Day 5K - start and finish in Priest Point Park!
  • Sunday, February 18th: 10th Annual ROAD-ondend-RUN. Highly recommended and a lot of fun. Team up with a partner (teammate, family member, etc.) for four laps around Capitol Lake. Lots of prizes, too.
  • Saturday, February 24th: Dupont Trail Marathon - A fast 5K or 10K trail run!
  • Sunday, March 11th: Donut Dash 5K in Olympia - motivation is its first name
  • Sunday, March 25th: Friendship Run 5K in Olympia - a fun course in West Olympia
  • Saturday, March 31st: Run Like a Fool 5K - this one's down at Capitol Lake in Olympia on a nice and fast course

Stay tuned for more info!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thank you!

Thank you to all NTHS XC athletes, families and supporters for helping make 2017 a great season! On to 2018!

Go Rams!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

State Championship Week!

Congratulations to Sajid and Samir as they travel to Pasco this week to represent NTHS XC at the 2017 3A State Championships! Here's the schedule and priorities for week, including our important Turn Back the Clock Fundraiser on Sunday the 5th:
  • Monday-Thursday: Regular practice at 2:15 PM open to all NTHS XC athletes (meet in the Mat Room)
  • Friday, 8:00 AM: Travel to Pasco. Any NTHS XC athletes and/or family members planning on making the trip please contact Coach Coker ASAP re: travel plan coordination.
  • Saturday, 2:00 PM: 3A Boys State Cross Country Championships. Sun Willows Golf Course, Pasco, WA.
  • Sunday, 7:30 AM: NTHS XC Turn Back the Clock 5K/10K/Half-marathon fundraiser. This year we'll have a water stop on the familiar Chehalis Western Trail just behind Kaiser Permanente (former Group Health) (about a mile south of 26th) on the half-marathon course. It should go pretty quickly! Please confirm your ability to attend here and to see more details.
  • Wednesday, November 8th: NTHS XC Annual Banquet at the Chinook Middle School Cafeteria, 6:30-8:30 PM. Click here for the details! 
Stay tuned for updates--Go Rams!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Westside Classic Week!

District Championship Week is here! It's also conference week at NTHS, so please note some important schedule changes:

  • Monday-Thursday practices will run from 10:30 AM to about Noon. Practices will be mandatory for District competitors and optional for all other XC athletes who wish to continue to train. Please see the Weekly Plan for the details.
  • Friday the District competitors will be traveling to Chambers Bay to check out the course. The vans will leave the pool area at 2:00 PM sharp and return between 4 and 5 PM.
  • All XC athletes in good standing are welcome to take the bus with us to the District Meet on Saturday the 28th! Please note that non-competitors will need to pay an admission fee of $5.00 (w/ASB). The bus will be leaving the pool area at 8:00 AM and should return to NTHS around 2:30 PM. Here's more information re: The Westside Classic District 3 Championships:
Go Rams!

STAR Ram Harriers: SSC League Championships

 Sedulous, Tenacious and Resolute (STAR) Harriers
SSC League Championships @Fort Steilacoom: 10/19/17
James Le - 10th Grade
Sariah Drees - 10th Grade

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

STAR Ram Harriers: 2017 Frosh/Soph Invite

 Sedulous, Tenacious and Resolute (STAR) Harriers
2017 Frosh/Soph Invite @Wright Park, Tacoma: 10/13/17
Abby Ponce de Leon - 10th Grade
Charles Carriker - 10th Grade

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SSC League Championship Meet Schedule

Here's the schedule for Thursday's SSC League Championship Meet at Fort Steilacoom

10:30 AM: Early dismissal
10:30-10:45 AM: Appropriate lunch/nutrition
10:45-11:00 AM: Dress/load bus
11:00 AM: Bus leaves NTHS
1:10 PM: Girls Varsity Race
1:55 PM: Boys Varsity Race
2:30 PM: Girls JV Race
3:15 PM: Boys JV Race
3:45 PM: SSC League Championship Awards
5:00 PM: Arrival at NTHS (approximate)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

STAR Ram Harriers: SSC Jr./Sr. at Capital!

 Sedulous, Tenacious and Resolute (STAR) Harriers
SSC Juniors and Seniors @Capital High School: 10/11/17
Brendon Bancroft-Connors - 12th Grade
Riana Drees - 12th Grade

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

STAR Ram Harriers: Bill Kehoe South Sound Invite!

 Sedulous, Tenacious and Resolute (STAR) Harriers
Bill Kehoe South Sound Invite: 10/7/2017
Aben Cherniske - 9th Grade
Zoe Durkin - 12th Grade

Monday, October 9, 2017

XC Gear Available Online!

Did you miss the order deadline for NTHS XC 2017 gear? You have one more chance! Click below to visit the online store, and please note that it will close at MIDNIGHT on Thursday, October 12th. Go Rams!

Monday, October 2, 2017

STAR Ram Harriers: Curtis Invite!

 Sedulous, Tenacious and Resolute Harriers
Curtis Invite: 9/30/2017
Sophia Spence - 10th Grade
Ian Coker - 9th Grade

Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall Gear Available for Order!

Click here to view/print the order form. Monday will be collected next week--the order deadline is October 6th! Purple. White. Awesome.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

STAR Ram Harriers: T-Line 5K!

Sedulous, Tenacious and Resolute Harriers
Timberline 5K: 9/27/2017

Emma Brown - 9th Grade
Tyler Hunter - 12th Grade

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Team photo(s) now available

Our 2017 team photo--plus many other great photos from the Ramrock 5K--are now available for purchase here. Please contact Paul Caldwell with any questions at

Saturday, September 23, 2017

STAR Ram Harriers: Ramrock 5K!

Sedulous, Tenacious and Resolute Harriers
Ramrock 5K: 9/21/2017
Bella Eisman - 10th Grade
Sajid Amin - 11th Grade

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

STAR Ram Harriers for September 16th

Sedulous, Tenacious and Resolute Harriers for September 16th!

Audrey Olson - 11th Grade
Issac Robledo - 12th Grade

Sunday, September 17, 2017

XC Week of September 18th

Congratulations to all Ram Harriers for a great day of racing at the Fort Steilacoom Invite! It looks like all the times are updated now on Also, lots of photos are posted on our photo page. If you have more to add, please feel free to upload them.

We have another busy week coming up, including our home meet: the inaugural Ramrock 5K at St. Martin's on Thursday. Be sure to check and our weekly plans for more details. Here are the highlights:
  • Monday: Regular practice
  • Tuesday: Regular practice
  • Wednesday: Early Release and EARLY PRACTICE from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: Ramrock 5K at St. Martin's. NO BUS--athletes need to get to the SMU track by 2:30 PM. We will take a formal team picture at 2:45 PM, then the boys race at 3:45 followed by the girls at 4:15. Seven other schools will be there: Timberline, River Ridge, Capital, Yelm, Central Kitsap, Orting and Highline.
  • Friday: Regular practice
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM practice
Stay tuned to for additional updates as we go. Go Rams!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

STAR Ram Harriers: September 13th

Congratulations to Gian and Grace, our first STAR Ram Harriers for Wednesday, September 13th! What is a STAR Ram Harrier, you ask? A STAR Ram Harrier is one who demands and demonstrates the following character traits. A STAR Ram Harrier is:

  • Definition: showing dedication and diligence.
  • Definition: not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined.


  • Definition: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

RAM! (dedicated to continuous personal and team improvement)

  • Definition: (1) a person who engages in persistent attacks on others (2) a cross country runner!
Go Rams XC!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week of September 11th-17th

Great job by all Ram Harriers at the 2017 Capital Invite, and special congratulations to all of our first-time racers! You will NEVER forget your first race! All of the results are now posted on Here are our notes for the upcoming week. Please note the important change to our schedule:
  • Due to the cancellation of the Timberline 2-mile last week due to smoke, we are adding one more date for our Junior/Senior athletes: October 11th at Capital. Freshmen/Sophomores will compete two days later at the Wright Park Invite. Please see for all the details.
  • Photographer parents! Please feel free to drop photos you've taken in our shared Google Photos album. Click here for the link, or see it above. It's a public folder, so if you find a picture you like, help yourself!
  • This week's practice/meet schedule is now posted here. As always, please visit for more detailed meet info. Wednesday we're at Shelton, and Saturday at Fort Steilacoom.
  • Families: if you couldn't make it to the Capital Invite, be sure to try and get to the Fort Steilacoom Invite this coming Saturday the 16th. At last count, 81 high school teams will be there! That's more than twice the size of the Capital Invite. It's one of the biggest meets around, and it's a blast for athletes and spectators alike. If you've never been to an XC meet before, go! You'll be hooked.
Please don't hesitate to email or message me via Remind with any questions. Go Rams!

Coach Coker

Monday, August 7, 2017

One practice to go until Day One!

NTHS XC schedule leading to the first day of school:

***Fall eligibility packets and fees are due to Karly Enlow in the NTHS Office before your daughter/son can participate in practice. Click here to link to the forms and additional info
  • September 5th: Special time due to 9th Grade Orientation + uniform distribution: 10:00 AM - NOON 
  • September 6th: First day of school and first meet! Timberline Two-mile jamboree at Wonderwood Park in Lacey. Girls 3:45 PM, Boys 4:15 PM
Once school starts, all practices will begin promptly at 2:15 after school and end at approximately 4:15 to 4:30 PM. See team schedule for meet and invite information.

Go Rams!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017 XC Eligibility Packets and Fees

All NTHS XC Athletes can begin submitting eligibility forms and fees to the ASB/Athletic office beginning Monday, August 7th. Please note that--due to construction--the office will temporarily be located at the NTHS Gym Concession Stand. Please park in the north (student) parking lot for access and follow the signs. All forms and fee information can be found here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Coach Coker via email.

Go Rams!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

South Sound Cross Country Camp

There is still time to register for the 2017 South Sound XC Camp coming up July 24th-28th. If interested, please email Coach Coker at and let him know--there might still be an opportunity for a team discount! We'll also try to coordinate carpooling as much as possible.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Training!

Summer Captains' Runs have begun! Meet at 8:00 AM, M-F at the NTHS pool. Be sure to log all your runs (whether with the team or on your own) with's training log tool. Also, have fun!
Also--Fall eligibility packets are now available to download and complete. Ms. Enlow will be able to receive all paperwork beginning August 7th. Download your NTHS XC Fall 2017 eligibility documents here.

Go Rams!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Black Hills Triathlon Support

Our next fundraising opportunity is coming up this Sunday, June 25th. If you can make it, sign up as a run volunteer here. Or, you can just show up in the Thurston County Fairgrounds parking lot at 6:50 AM to help out. For more info, email Coach Coker. See you there!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Spring Information Updates

Thanks to all the athletes and families who were able to attend our Spring meeting on June 15th. Here are some updates and follow-up reminders:

  • Don't forget to sign up for Remind to receive updated information via text. Click here to learn how!
  • Athletic packets will be available on the NTHS Athletics page beginning July 1st. Ms. Enlow will be able to accept them after August 7th--please stay tuned for confirmation of the exact date.
  • Summer Training information is available here. If you have questions, please email Coach Coker  at
  • Our next fundraising opportunity is happening on Sunday, June 25h. If you can make it, sign up as a run volunteer here. Or, you can just show up in the Thurston County Fairgrounds parking lot at 6:50 AM to help out. For more info, email Coach Coker.
  • South Sound Cross Country Camp (July 24-28) is available here. If, interested, please let Coach Coker know so he can coordinate a possible discount.
See you soon--Go Rams!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Spring Information Meeting 6/15

The NTHS XC Spring Information Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 15th at 6:30 PM in the NTHS Orchestra Room (located across from the main gym entrance). All current and future athletes and their families are encouraged to attend. Topics will include:

  • Meet the coaches, captains and other team members
  • Summer training specifics and safety
  • A "Shoe Talk" with Greg from South Sound Running
  • Gear information
  • Summer camp and team activities info
  • 2017 schedule information
  • Team communication tools
  • Parent volunteer information
  • Time for Q and A

See you there!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

NTHS XC Senior Spotlight: Carter Vu

"Just keep pushing"
Name: Carter Vu
Plans for next year: "I'll be attending Central Washington in the Fall and I plan to major in aviation."

Favorite thing about Cross Country: "My teammates always pushed me above and beyond my limits which lead to great success."

Lessons learned: "Don't let your mind tell you to stop/give up--just keep pushing through the pain and keep on running." 

Friday, June 2, 2017

NTHS XC Senior Spotlight: Logan Anderton

"Never give up"
Name: Logan Anderton
Plans for next year: "For the next 2 years I will be serving a mission for the Chiesa Di Gesu Cristo Dei Santi Delgi Ultimi Giorni (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) in Rome, Italy."

Favorite thing about Cross Country: "My favorite thing about cross country was the opportunity to push myself, physically, mentally and emotionally. I learned how to work hard, and how to not give up when the going gets tough. I am not built like a runner. At all. In fact, I'm sure that the coaches thought that I went to the wrong practice for the first couple of days."

Lessons learned: "The lessons I learned in cross country have served me in school, at work, and on my mission, now. Learning Italian was one of the hardest things that I have done, and it continues to be so. But, I learned during my time in cross country to never give up. Even if you're not first. Even if you are last. You never give up. Thank you cross country for teaching me so much."

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NTHS XC Senior Spotlight: Brandon Christensen

"Be prepared for hard work"
Name: Brandon Christensen
Plans for next year: "I will be attending University of Washington in Seattle in pre-engineering classes, and I plan to continue to run independently."

Favorite thing about Cross Country: "The social aspect and the bond you make with your teammates."

Lessons learned: "Be prepared for hard work, but if you can put in the time and effort you will have results."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NTHS XC Senior Spotlight: Tommy Johnson

Name: Tommy Johnson
"You have to work for it"
  • 4-year Scholar Athlete (Cumulative GPA: 3.99)
  • 4-year Senior varsity letter winner
  • 4-year State Participant
  • South Sound Conference Male Scholar Athlete - Fall 2016
  • Career stats (
Plans for next year: "I will be attending Yale University, where I will either be studying computer science or applied mathematics."

Favorite thing about Cross Country: "My favorite thing about Cross Country was going to the State meet as a team."

Lessons Learned: "It takes time, commitment, and practice to be successful. If you want to be great, you have to work for it."

Monday, May 22, 2017

NTHS XC Senior Spotlight: Mason Cooper

"Always pushing my limits"
Name: Mason Cooper
Plans for next year: "I am going to Central Washington University this Fall to study construction management or some sort of engineering, while also joining ROTC to become an officer in the Army."

Favorite thing about Cross Country: "My favorite thing was always pushing my limits and trying to do a little better on each thing I did."

Lessons learned: "I learned that I can run a lot faster and farther than I ever would have imagined through hard work and dedication. I also learned that not every race will be your best race for whatever reason, but as long as you give it your all that's all you can ask for."

Friday, May 19, 2017

NTHS XC Senior Spotlight: Dylan Willis

"Consistency is key"
Name: Dylan Willis
  • Four-year Scholar Athlete (Cumulative GPA: 3.9)
  • Four-year varsity letter winner
  • 3-year Districts participant
  • Career stats (
Plans for next year: "Next year I am going to attend Western Washington University and study Industrial Design. I will start classes in September and submit a portfolio to apply for pre-major in October. Looking forward to continuing running on my own (XC team?)."

Favorite thing about Cross Country: "I have two things that I really enjoyed in Cross Country. First, doing long runs around Lacey/Saint Martins with my teammates was always fun. Especially when finding new routes. I also cannot forget the feeling that comes after a good race. Knowing you ran your absolute max for the entire race and finishing strong always feels GREAT. Especially if you are rewarded with a PR!"

Lessons learned: "When it comes to running/racing advice, consistency is key. It is important to find the right starting pace. (not sprinting, but fast enough to put you in good position). Once this has been found, hold it as long as you can! (This was always a good challenge/motivator for me)."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

NTHS XC Senior Spotlight: Elora Shields

Pushing herself to be the best!
Name: Elora Shields
Plans for next year: "I plan on going to SPSCC to get my associates in nursing then continue on with my education, hopefully at Saint Martin's University then the University of Washington."

Favorite thing about Cross Country: "The energy throughout the season was the most amazing part about being on the team because you have everyone pushing you and believing in you to improve and do your best."

Lessons learned: "Push yourself to be the best, the 5K will be over with in no time." 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NTHS XC Senior Spotlight: Sophia Risvold

"It's never too early. to start"
Name: Sophia Risvold
Plans for next year: "I will be attending the university of New Mexico and studying biology (possibly pre-med)."

Favorite thing about Cross Country: "The team dynamic that the cross country team develops throughout the season is my favorite part. I enjoy the bonding that goes on while growing as athletes."

Lessons learned: "It's never too early to start training for the season! Savor the time you have on the team because the season flies by." 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NTHS XC Senior Spotlight: Charlie Jellison

Name: Charlie Jellison
"Pain is temporary"
Plans for next year: "I'll be attending the University of Washington in the Fall and I plan to study business. However, nothing is set in stone, so I'm still keeping an open mind about my major." 

Favorite thing about Cross Country: "the sense of camaraderie that there was among teammates every year. Being in pain with people is a great way to bond." 

Lessons learned: "the fact that pain is temporary. No matter how much it hurts at the two-mile mark, it will dissipate once you cross the finish line."

Monday, May 15, 2017

Capital City Marathon Week Updates

NTHS XC Athletes and Families:

Here is our latest calendar update regarding Spring plans and activities:
  • Spring meeting information: Thursday, June 15th at 6:30 in the NTHS Orchestra Room. For all athletes and parents planning to participate in 2017--save the date and stay tuned for details.
  • Capital City Marathon week is here! Sunday is the big day, but there's a lot of fun stuff happening in addition to our water stop:
    • NTHS Cross Country Water Stop at Mile 22 - Sunday the 21st, beginning between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM on Eastside Street just south of the Legion Way intersection (see image below). Current, future and past athletes are welcome! Please confirm your ability to help at this link. Wear your purple! Also--the weather is looking good!
    • Tracktown movie Friday night at the Capital Theater at 6:30 PM. Reviews are good--get tickets here or wait for the night of the show.
    • 12:00-5:00 on Saturday is the Run Fair at Sylvester Park--lots of fun stuff happening, including a free running clinic with special guest Jeff Galloway. Click here for more info.
  • 2017 Strawberry Short-K 5K race at the South Bay Grange on June 10th. 9:00 AM--only $10 for students, and we'll be helping with the race, too. Proceeds come back to the team, so help spread the word!\
  • Black Hills Triathlon on June 25th--our last fundraiser for the season. Sign up as a run volunteer here and stand by for more info. 
  • Summer running shirts should be here by the end of this week!
If you have any questions, please let me know. Go Rams XC!