Congratulations on a great season.
Welcome to the Sinagua Middle School cross-country season. First and foremost, all cross-country information will be located on the SMS athletics/cross-country page. Please refer to this for dates, times, and all information concerning SMS cross-country. The meet schedule will be up soon and times will be added as soon as schools determine their meet details. The season runs from Aug. 19 to Nov 2. Runners at state will be determined by meet times and attendance. There will also be two alternates selected as well. This year’s coaches are Steve Rhode, Tom Viskocil, Gretchen Downey, and Erin Osborne. CC practice is M, T, TH, and F with an occasional meet on Wednesday 2:30-4:00 (late bus passes available).
SMS promotes team unity in practice and in meets. Thus, runners are expected to encourage each other in practice and stay at the meets until the last race is completed. Also, if parents could donate healthy snacks and drinks to the team for the meets, that would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to donate, please have your runner bring those items to school and give to a coach or Mr. Tadd Ragan, the athletics director, or bring to any meet that you wish.
SMS will provide transportation to the meets (and return for the Williams, and state meets only.) All other meets, runners will be expected to be picked up from meet site. Runners will be notified when the schedule/times/dates is updated on the SMS athletics page, Cross-Country tab. The fundraising dates at SomeBurros will be Sept. 19, 2019. The money raised is given back in the form of gifts and food at the end of the year banquet that will include a slideshow of the runners throughout the season. Money also raised helps pay for busing to Williams and regional and state meets.
SMS will host its meet September 19 and could use as many volunteers as possible at Fox Glen park. SMS cross-country uniforms are provided by SMS and practice jerseys for meets are courtesy of Northland Hospice.
Meets, locations, times and updates will be updated on the SMS cc tab under athletics.
I am pleased to announce that Coach Viskocil, Coach Goodley, and Coach Osborne will all be returning this year. We will all share coaching duties on a regular basis.
SMS could always use help to host the SMS Invite. Please contact Mr. Tadd Ragan or myself if you are interested.
The end of the year potluck dinner to recognize each runner. This will be hosted in the SMS commons at 5:30 sharp. The date is set for October 30th at 5:30 pm. (The date may change)
All cc information is on the SMS website, athletics tab, cross country tab.
I look forward to having a great and successful season.
Coach S. Rhode