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2018 Season Information

The 2018 cross country season is right around the corner and that means paperwork needs to be completed before the first official practice.

A completed physical form and signed concussion form is required. Bring the completed forms the first day of practice at 7 a.m. Monday, August 13 at the Helena Middle School parking lot. All required forms can be found on the Activities Home Page as well as the HHS Main Office. The cost is $70 for the first sport, which includes the required activity ticket.

First Practice Day: Monday August 13, 2018. Meet at 7 a.m. at Helena Middle School in the main parking lot. Runners must have:

  • Physical completed
  • Concussion statement
  • Activities procedure regarding alcohol, tobacco and drug use & general code of conduct.

Parent Meeting: Monday, August 13th at 6 pm at Helena Middle School – on the outside bleachers.

First Meet: Billings Invitational, 12 p.m. Friday, August 31, Amend Park

To compete in the first meet, runners must participate in at least 10 days of official practice. The first and second week of practice, we will meet every day at 7 a.m. at Helena Middle School. On Tuesday and Thursday, we will also meet in the evening at 7 p.m. We will also meet on that first Saturday at the Mount Helena Parking Lot at 8 am for a trail run. On Saturday, August 25, we will meet at 8 a.m. at Helena Middle School.

Beginning Monday, August 27, we will meet at 3:30 p.m. SHARP in the upper gym at Helena High School. Arrive on time, so we can begin practice in a timely fashion.

Team pictures will be taken on Thursday, August 16 at 7 a.m. during the morning practice.

If you have any questions, please use the contact form below.



2018 Summer Training Plan

Hello Bengals. We can’t wait to get started, and with that in mind, the 2018 summer training plan has been posted and can be viewed by clicking here, or by visiting the “Training” portion of the website.

Summer training begins Monday, June 11 and continues through mid-August, when the official season begins. All practices throughout the summer (Monday-Friday) will begin at 7 a.m. from the Helena Middle School parking lot next to Vigilante Stadium. Please try to arrive a little early to ensure we can get started on time.

As noted above, we will only meet five times per week, but the training plan does indicate Saturday runs that you’re encouraged to do on your own or by organizing with your teammates to complete together.

We can’t wait to see all of you and to welcome our newest additions to the team. Go Bengals!

Winter Track Training Plan Posted

I have posted a winter training guide on the Training page, which you are encouraged to use as you train throughout the winter in preparation for the 2018 track and field season.

In that page, you’ll find training plans split into three-week sessions. Initially, I have only posted weeks 1-3, and after communicating with those of you using the plans, I will evaluate and post further weeks to ensure the training is working well for you, and to determine whether we need to make adjustments.

You will notice I have included some suggested winter road races and track and field events in the training schedule. Those events can provide great fitness markers that can be used to properly adjust training and recovery to ensure you arrive at the start of the track and field season fired up, healthy and fit.

Also on the Training page, you’ll find Training Paces, which should be used until they are updated after a few weeks following this program.

Last thing. Please take the more cautious route out of the blocks. There’s no reason to go crazy right from the start and to bite off more than you can chew. Level 1 should be accessible for everyone on the team, and Level 2 is where the more experienced runners should be by the time we reach the actual season. Level 3, for now, isn’t something many runners on this team are yet prepared for, based on training age and experience.

Check in with me regularly and let me know how the training is going. I will try to meet with some of you for some running this winter, and as we get closer to some of the road races and indoor meets, I can help with coordination, etc.

Happy running!

State Meet Weekend

While the state meet is certainly something worth getting excited about, for those about to run, this is a time to remain calm and reflect on all of the hard work and dedication it’s taken to get to this point in the season.

Whether it was the miles, the smoke, the heat, the cold, a nagging injury, or a sickness, you’ve all endured more than most to prepare for arguably the most exciting four hours of competition in Montana high school sports, when all classifications invade a patch of grass in Helena, Montana — your home turf. Nearly every school in the entire state of Montana will be represented at Bill Roberts Golf Course on Saturday, October 21, and you belong among the best.

Trust the training and believe in the process that got you here. And most importantly, be you. Run your race and dictate your destiny. Go Bengals!

♦ Words to think about this week.

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” – PattiSue Plumer

♦ Remember when I told the middle schoolers, you’re the toughest out there?

“In football, you might get your bell rung, but you go in with the expectation that you might get hurt, and you hope to win and come out unscathed. As a distance runner, you know you’re going to get your bell rung. Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear. You’re not coming away feeling good. It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days. It’s not a strategy. It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort. Any serious runner bounces back. That’s the nature of their game. Taking pain.” – Mark Wetmore, University of Colorado XC coach

♦ And one more bit of motivation for good measure.

“There is something about the ritual of the race, putting on the number, lining up, being timed, that brings out the best in us.” – Grete Waitz

Caption Contest 1

Photo credit: John Smith

I absolutely love this photo, so I thought I’d start a caption contest. The expressions in this photo are fantastic with Devin looking like Mel Gibson in Braveheart; Jordan’s surprised look; and Kylie, Rachel, Abbey and Meriweather’s pure joy. Use the comments to post your caption.

Building a home

As the 2017 season winds down, I have begun developing a website to provide an online home for Helena High Cross Country.

Hopefully, this site will serve as a place where athletes and parents can find important information like workouts, schedules, meet results, photos and important updates throughout the season and offseason. This site will also serve as a first point of contact for incoming freshman and their parents, so they can learn more about the program and contact coaches to sign up for the upcoming season or get the information they need to attend summer workouts, etc.

While the primary intent is to establish a home for information, etc., this site will also hopefully provide the team members with an online home they can take pride in. Once we have established some content and built out the site, parents and athletes are invited to share the page with their extended family and former Bengals, so the entire Helena High family can stay informed and celebrate the program’s progress.