Monday, August 27, 2018

Spike Night 2018

Join your teammates for Spike Night 2018 at South Sound Running4-6 PM on Tuesday, August 28th:
  • Team spirit contest (up to $200 for the winners!)
  • Nike pro athlete Chris Derrick
  • Team group runs
  • Pizza and pop for all
  • Discount gear and 15% off racing spikes
  • More raffles for free gear!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Smoke report for Saturday, August 25th

Today's practice is still on for 9AM to (no later than) 11 AM. With the lingering, but apparently (maybe) dissipating smoke in the air, here are the factors we need to consider:
  • This practice is optional, but for those of you who need to get in additional practices, you won't want to miss it. 
  • We will evaluate the air quality when we arrive at 9AM. If the AQI remains above 100 for Lacey, we will stay inside and use the variety of cardio machines we have in the gym. If the index is below 100 we will stay outside, but will engage in easy running only (we will go to St. Martin's and visit our home course).
  • Assuming the air quality improves and remains below 100, all should work in an easy run on your own either today or tomorrow (think of your 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 minute groups from our trip to Millersylvania). The other day should be a day of complete rest.
  • We can only count your run this weekend as an official practice if you attend today, Saturday morning, with your coaches.
Cross Country: it's way more than just running! Be smart, safe and conservative with the sketchy air conditions. Go Rams!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Update! First Week FAQs and information

Here's what you need to know and have to be ready for our first practice on August 20th:

What if the air quality is poor due to wildfire smoke?
  • Your coaches and district officials will be monitoring air quality very closely. Poor conditions Monday-Wednesday might mean changes in practice location and/time. Regardless of conditions, our first practice/meeting time and location will not change: 8:00 AM Monday in the visitors' stands at South Sound Stadium (see parking/drop-off information below). Beyond that, our activities and location(s) will depend on atmospheric conditions. For updates, please monitor text messages via our team Remind group. To join, just text @nthsxc to 81010.
Where do we meet for the first practice?
  • Location: Meet in the visitors' stands at South Sound Stadium at 8:00 AM. Plan on practice lasting until 11:00 AM on the first day. PLEASE BE SURE TO PARK/PICK-UP/DROP-OFF IN THE CHINOOK PARKING LOT.
When and where should I turn in all my paperwork and fees?
  • Make sure you are cleared with the ASB/Athletics Office no later than Friday the 18th to be ready for morning practice on the 20th. You will not be able to train with the team until all documents and fees are turned in and verified by Ms. Enlow.
What if I can't get my paperwork in by Friday the 18th?
  • Plan on attending the first practice (see above). It will be an important first meeting. You will not be able to run with the team until you are cleared by Ms. Enlow, but you can, and should, attend practice.
What do I need to bring to the first practice?
  • Come prepared to run. Requirements:
    • Appropriate running clothing and running shoes. If you have questions about this, please email Coach Coker at
    • A water bottle (with name on it)
    • A wristwatch (phone doesn't count). Does not have to be fancy or GPS--any cheap watch that (1) tells the time and (2) has a stopwatch feature. There are many cheap options out there (see Target, Walmart, or Amazon)
  • If you've been training over the summer, please bring your running log
My assigned class prep/picture day or time conflicts with practice. What should I do?
  • Don't worry about it. You can get your picture taken, get your schedule, etc. AT ANY TIME during the week. The only situation in which the published schedule really matters is if you need to meet with your counselor. If this is the case for you, please let Coach Coker know on the first day of practice (8:00 AM on Monday the 20th) or sooner.
How do I make sure I've got the updated schedule for the first two weeks of practice?
  • See our detailed plan for the first two weeks of practice and note the specific times. All practices, except Saturday practices, are required.
Go Rams!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

August Checklist!

August 20th is approaching rapidly! Here's the information athletes and parents need as we approach the season:
  • Be sure all eligibility forms and fees are completed and submitted to the ASB/Athletics Office before the first practice. Athletes will not be allowed to practice until they are cleared by Ms. Enlow. Her office will open August 8th. Click here for all the details.
  • (PDF) Cross Country packet PRINT AND TURN IN TO ASB/ ATHLETICS OFFICE (physicals good for two years)
  • (PDF) Cross Country information READ ONLY
  • Parents and athletes: join the team Remind group. Click here for info.
  • Review the detailed practice and meeting schedule for the two weeks leading up the first day of school.
  • Athletes: come to the first practice prepared to share your summer preparation information (running logs) and personal/team goals for the season. If you're new to running, don't worry! Your coaches will be ready and eager to help you get started.
  • Parents: Please take a minute to consider and complete the Parent Volunteer Interest Form
  • Parents and athletes: Review the Team Handbook for additional info.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact Coach Coker via Remind or email to
Go Rams XC!