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“Some sessions are stars and some are stones, but in the end, they are all rocks and we build upon them.”
— Chrissie Wellington



Wesleyan Meet:

WOW! What a fantastic meet for our team!  Girls Varsity, Girls JV, and Boys JV all took first place!  Boys Varsity took second place!  Go Hornets!

Top 10 finishers:
Boys Varsity:
Jack Rhodes (1st) and Michael Parnes (9th)

Girls Varsity:
Mallie McKenzie (2nd), Sarah Sandreuter (3rd), and Abby Smith (6th)

Boys JV:
Kendrick Wong (3rd), Henry Loving (6th), Hunter Watson (8th), and Tai Crisco (10h)

Girls JV:
Leah Ehrhardt (1st), Lynley Blocker (3rd), Kalea Mills (5th), Maggie Stephens (8th) and Abigail Mellor (10th)


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Congratulations Hornets!

Runners of the Week (8/20):

Jack Rhodes and Abby Smith

Adam Clark and Melanie Tribick

Covered Bridge T-shirt pre-sale (new order-by deadline is TONIGHT!):

We have an AWESOME Covered Bridge T-shirt available for pre-sale in the HORNET STORE on TeamApp. It’s the same super soft shirt we had last year but in athletic grey. It was great to see so many parents wearing it at the meet so place your order NOW! We need to place the pre-order by TONIGHT (Sunday) at 10pm – so make sure you place your order by then! We will have the shirts to you before the meet.

Tip – for those that are “in between” sizes, we recommend you go up one size. If you’d like to see a sample of the shirt, please ask a parent that might have one from last year. Shirts will also be for sale at the meet.

Thank you to Vicki Tribick for this year’s design. It looks great!!

Here’s an official description of the shirt: Bella + Canvas Unisex Triblend Short-Sleeve T-Shirt in Athletic Grey (50% polyester, 25% combed and ringspun cotton, 25% rayon)

Practice this week:

Monday, 8/27: Sweet Apple at 7pm
Tuesday, 8/28: Sweet Apple at 7pm
Wednesday, 8/29: Sweet Apple Park at 7pm
Thursday, 8/30: Sweet Apple at 7pm
Friday, 8/31: 6:15 AM at RHS (track)


38 Families have not signed up to volunteer at Covered Bridge yet.  WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP!!    Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to work Covered Bridge on Saturday, September 8.  ALL PARENTS OF RUNNERS ARE NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE IN SOME CAPACITY.  This is a significant undertaking and we need more than 120 volunteers.  If your name is not on this list, please sign up today! You are guaranteed to have a good time and make some great memories. Please see the Sign Up Genius and help us out!


Nutrition is one of the most modifiable and controllable factors in athletic success, but too often it’s often overlooked. Paying special attention to good sports nutrition, especially starting at a young age, may be the key to reaching new heights.


Short answer: no. Although some studies have shown enhanced performance following caffeine ingestion, these studies are limited to laboratory conditions and laboratory forms of caffeine. Drinking coffee hasn’t produced the same results.

Caffeine is a stimulant, and stimulants aren’t needed for enhanced performance in athletics because we already produce a natural stimulant, epinephrine, in response to the anticipation and intense physical activity that comes with racing. In addition to caffeine, energy drinks are loaded with extra stimulants plus tons of sugar, and a mixture of herbs and vitamins that can have unknown effects on the body. Ingredients in energy drinks are often not standardized so one drink could provide way more caffeine or stimulants than anticipated. Side effects of stimulants include dizziness, nausea, anxiety, irritability, the jitters, and possibly even heart palpitations.

Bottom line: Energy drinks don’t provide real energy, which can come only from calories, but they do provide a potentially volatile mixture of ingredients that may severely impact performance and health.

“Caffeine is a bigger issue than a lot of people realize. In 10 years of coaching, I’ve had two kids drop — not drop out, but drop — in races, one in the state cross country meet. In both cases, the doctor described it as a condition produced by consuming caffeine before a race. As a result, I’m very cautious about kids thinking even a little caffeine buzz before a race is a good thing.”

— Alan Versaw, Coach of the Classical Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, 7-time Girls and 3-time Boys State Cross Country Champions



Spirit Night at Johnny’s Pizza on Wednesday, September 12 from 11am-10pm. Dine-in, carry-out & delivery.  You must mention RHS Cross Country when ordering. The website is: johnnysnewyorkstylepizza.com   Johnny’s will give 20% back to the team.



We need 4 more volunteers!! Watermelon Wednesdays will continue during our hot training times.  Please sign up to bring Watermelon or Icees here

Please sign up!  The athletes find this very refreshing. 

Thank you to the following families for providing Watermelon:
Wiggins, Andrews, Watson, DeCamp, Brown, Manus, Cooper, McKenzie, Sandreuter, Aehl, Tribick, Trygg, Hinds, Smith, Villaca, Jones, Gomez, Brunner, Sorensen, Thompson, Mellor, Stowers, Clark, Cartier, Greve, Robertson, Griffith, Fallon and Martin.

Coming Up:

Pasta Dinner on Thursday, 9/20.  Hosted by Emily Smith.




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