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!