The XC Buzzzz

REMINDER: The final installment for Booster Fees is Due August 17th.

If you have not fully paid booster fees yet, the following is what you owe by August 17image003:
Returning Runner: $100
New Runner: $130

We now have 3 ways to pay:
1) Checks payable to RHS Cross Country Booster Club can be given to Courtney Webb, Coach Dugan, or dropped off / mailed to Dawn Webb, 295 Devereux Downs, Roswell 30075
2) Sent via PayPal (which is so easy!):
PayPal – send $ to friends –  Note:  There are no fees if you link PayPal to your bank account; fees apply when using a credit card.
3) Paid via the Hornet Store on TeamApp (note:  this is only for those who owe $100 or $130. If you owe a different amount, please pay via #1 or #2.
Please contact our treasurer, Dawn Webb, at if you have any questions.

Meet the Coaches and the XC Board:

Please feel free to contact any of us for questions and/or help.


Coach Evans has been running for 40 years and has logged a total of 25,0Picture of Coach Evans.00-30,000 miles so far. This is his 12th season coaching and teaching at RHS. He was at Crabapple for 8 years before RHS. He has a wife Carol, 2 older boys, a dog-named Sam and a cat named Isis (she was named 15 years ago after a Greek Mythology God).
What he likes most about coaching: Being with the kids and seeing how they improve.
Hobbies: running, mountain climbing, backpacking and gardening.


Picture of Coach Dugan.Coach Dugan is married and has two kids: Evan 12 and Emmi 4. She has been a teacher for 7 years, 5 at Roswell. She played all types of sports in high school, including cross-country. In college she played softball at Mercer University. She enjoys all types of physical activities but always gravitates back to running. She has trained for a marathon and two half marathons, but was only able to run one of the 1/2’s due to injury. She understands the hard work and disappointment that can go into training. Her goal is to inspire kids to want to become life-long runners. She fully believes running should be an outlet to relieve stress, but to have fun while doing it!


Picture of Coach White.Coach White has been coaching for 34 years. He coached at Missouri State for 5 years. He has coached Track and Field at RHS since 1996 and this is his fourth year with the RHS XC team. Bob has a wife and 2 grown kids.
Hobbies: Coaching.
Favorite thing about coaching: interactions with the kids.




Coach Nieman is married to his beautiful wife Tori. He enjoys traveling and running. He has been running long distance for about 2 years. He has completed 3 marathons (2 road and 1 trail) and 5 half-marathons. Coach Nieman’s goal is to run 50k then a 50 miler. He enjoys running, especially long distance running because it teaches you a lot about trusting the process and pushing yourself mentally. He truly believes that anyone who is willing to work hard can be a great runner, you just have to work hard and put in the time training. He enjoys seeing the kids work hard and do more than they thought they could.


Picture of Coach White.

President: Bob White,

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Vice President of Volunteers: Eileen Leisses,


Vice President of Technology and Covered Bridge: Bob Holben,


Treasurer: Dawn Webb,


Secretary/Communications: Ann Vance,


This week’s Meet:

Battle of the Fairways Stage Races
Friday, August 18
400 Laurel Canyon Trail, Canton, GA  30115

The entire 2 miles can be seen standing in 1 place. It will be the most spectator friendly course of the season. It is a challenging course with terrific footing, rolling hills and a fantastic mountain view.
Cost: Will be $3 per spectator over 8 years of age

There will be 6 – 2 mile stage races
6:00 pm stage 1 JV Girls (Red/Blue beginners)
6:20 pm stage 2 JV Boys (Red beginners)
6:40 pm stage 3 V- Girls (Varsity 8-15 on team)
7:00 pm stage 4 V- Boys (Varsity 8-15 on team)
7:20 pm stage 5 V- Girls (Elite top 7 per team)
7:40 pm stage 6 V-Boys (Elite top 7 per team)

Please look for a NEWS item to come out very soon with specific information for all runners.


We still need your help!  We are continuing with Watermelon Wednesdays through September.  Please sign up to imagesbring watermelon (preferably chilled) at about 5:20pm. on a Wednesday.  It’s so  refreshing for the runners in this heat and humidity!  Click here to signup.


Pasta Dinner next Thursday, August 24


We are excited to have our first pasta dinner of the season at the Roswell Area Park Pool.  Practice will be at 4pm and will end at the pool for swimming and dinner.  Runners: please listen for logistics next week.


Parents: a Sign Up Genius will be coming out soon for help with Set-Up, Clean-Up and/or Cooking.



Practices Next Week:

Practices are subject to change or be added due to weather or coach’s discretion.  Please have your runner pay close attention to announcements at practices.  Varsity is the group that most likely has weekend practices added.

  • M (8/21): Practice starts at 4:15pm (per Fulton County adjusted schedule) at RHS
  • T-W (8/22-8/23): 4pm at RHS
  • Th (8/24): practice at 4pm with Pasta Dinner at Roswell Area Park Pool after practice.
  • Friday (8/25): 6am at RHS for Varsity and elite JV
  • Friday (8/25): 4pm at RHS for everyone else

Covered Bridge Meet:

The Covered Bridge Meet is a meet that we host at Garrard Landing Park (where the Time Trial and picnic was held).  It is a big endeavor and we need all parents to volunteer to help.  It will be a little different this year: A middle School Meet will be held Friday evening, September 8th and the larger High School Meet will be held Saturday morning, September 9th.  A Sign Up Genius will be coming out asking for your help soon.  It’s a great meet and we hope you all can come out to watch and help out.

Pre-Sale of Covered Bridge T-shirts for our team and parents:

RHS Custom Covered Bridge T-shirts will be sold for about one week prior to the meet to just our team and families.  Watch for more to come on that.


August Birthdays:

We only know your birthday if you have it entered in TeamApp under your profile.  So this is who we know to celebrate:images

Evan Watson (8/2)
Reid Shepard (8/4)
Owen Roberts (8/9)
Hayes Thomas (8/9)
Kathy Thomas (8/9)
Jackson Foster (8/10)
Coach Dugan (8/15)
Brielle Trygg (8/22)
Julia Haley (8/27)
Morgan White (8/28)
Megan Leisses (8/30)
Sarah Sandreuter (8/30)
Brayden Lewis (8/31)


Interested in getting involved next year?

We’d love to know if you have an interest in helping next year.  We can start getting you involved this year to make the transition easy.  Please contact Dawn, Ann, Eileen or Bob if you’re interested.


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