Warrior XC Summer 2019 Info

1st practice is Monday August 12th @ 8AM.  All practices that week will be at 8AM starting at the school.  Practices the next week will also be at 8AM with the exception of the time trial and locations are TBD right now.  We are transitioning our website to the school sponsored site.  For future info go to:  https://www.westada.org/Domain/9021

August 3-11 is the no-contact period.  We will not be having any workouts during this time.  Team leaders can coordinate workouts with the athletes.  

I’m really excited to get things going and looking forward to an Amazing year of MHS XC!  This is a ton of info.  Please read all of it.  If you have any other questions please email me at mccrea.russell@westada.org or text/call me at 208-631-8814

Summer Training Schedule:

We will be meeting up a couple of times a week for most of the summer.  During the Month of June we will not meet until after camp.  Formal training will begin the last week of June and will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 am Starting at the school most of the time.  This may change, but if it does it will be posted on the “Meridian High School Cross Country” facebook page.    Look for Locations by Monday evening if there will be a venue change.  I will try to keep runs pretty close to the school, but do want to take advantage of some of the great trails we have around Boise.


  1. Tentative Season Competition Schedule. 
  2. Mon, Aug 12- 1st day of practice
    Thur, Aug 22- Team time Trial Location TBD
    Sat, Aug 31- Tri Meet @ Settlers park in Meridian v. Boise and Rocky
    Sat, Sept 7- Timberlake Coaster Cross
    Thurs, Sept 12- East Boise Classic v. Timberline
    Sat, Sept 21- Bob Firman Invitational (Eagle Island State Park)
    Thurs, Sept 26- Gary Ward (Lakeview Park, Nampa)
    Sat, Oct 5- Nike Twilight (Washington)
    Sat, Oct 12-Gib Floyd in Kuna
    Wed, Oct 16- Dual v. Eagle Location TBD
    Fri, Oct 25- District at Eagle Island
    Sat, Nov 2- State at Pocatello
    1. Explanation of Travel Trips
      Sat, Sep 8 Timberlake Farragut Invitational- Farragut St. Park, Athol ID.  Overnight trip for whole team.  More details Below.  We will be leaving from the school at 7AM this friday to drive up to Coeur D’Alene in a charter bus.  We will be staying two nights in Timberlake High School’s wrestling room.  We will separate the boys from the girls with a barrier made from rolled up wrestling mats.  Students will be responsible for three lunches on the trip.  Students will also need to bring the entry fee to Silverwood theme park which we will be going to after the meet on Saturday.  We will leave early Sunday (6AM) and drive back to the school.  We should arrive close to 3:30pm.  Your child needs to bring some spending money for lunches, and regular needs for camping outside of a tent.  The school will have locker rooms open for the kids to use.  I will send home an itienrary and packing list.  If you have questions after getting the packing list please text or email me.
    2. Sat, Sept 29 Nike Twilight– We will take our top 9 boys and girls athletes on this trip.  This will be determined by their season so far and preference will be given to the last two meets before the decision.  We will make the decision on who will be traveling will be made by Bob Firman.  Athletes who travel will be responsible for paying a part of their trip.  That amount is TBD at this point.
  3. Fundraising!  Here is low down on Fundraising.
    1. Our current large fundraiser has not been decided on yet.  I am open to ideas.
    2. We need to raise about $200 per athlete to make the season work.  This money will go to pay for the following:  Team Shirts, All Team Trip to Silverwood, Meet Entries, Team Equipment, Subsidize part of the Stanford trip for our top athletes and the End of the Year team banquet. If you would rather pay the money and not do any of the fund raisers that is fine with me.
    3. We will be hand writing 10 letters from athletes to people that they know asking for donations.  All your athletes need are 10 names and 10 physical addresses.  I will provide the letterhead, stamps and envelopes.  We will use part of one of our early practices to do this.
    4. Trip payment:  Every athlete will be required to pay $50 out of pocket and or participate in the fundraiser or pay the $200 season fee.  This covers entrance to Silverwood themepark for the athlete.  We receive a large discount if we purchase them beforehand.
  4. Where we Run:  Below are the most common meeting places for runs if we are not meeting at school.
    1. Artesian Road- If you drive North on Linder until you pass the new Temple and drive down the hill.  The first road on your right will be artesian road.  From here we can run on the canal or run over to Eagle Island SP.  It is also a nice place to ice legs in the river after a run.
    2. Bar-de-nay aka Eagle Greebelt- Park at Bar-de-Nay in Eagle and walk over to the greenbelt.  This is a great starting place for runs because we can ice in the river when we are done.
    3. Camel’s Back Park- The starting point of some of the most scenic runs in the foothills
    4. Fort Boise Part- Similar to camels back in scenery… great place for long runs in rolling beautiful terrain.
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Cross Country Pre Season Checklist 2019


Hello all Warrior Cross Country Athletes!  Below is a list of some of the things you will need to take care of before the beginning of the season August 9th in front of the school by the rock!  Information and some forms can be found by going to www.meridianathletics.com, go to the “more” tab on the far right of the screen and then go to the sports medicine section on the far right.  If you or your athlete is ready to work hard, feel great and hang out with some of the best students and people at MHS we would love to have you on the team.  We care about the improvement and health of all our athletes and are open do discussing our training philosophy with parents.  GO WARRIORS!

  1.  If you are an athlete who is a Freshman of Junior you will need to get a “high school sports physical.”  This form is on the www.meridianathletics.com website.  go to the “more” tab on the far right of the screen and then go to the sports medicine section on the far right.
  2. You will need to complete the SWOL registration (also found on meridianathletics.com)  Instructions and link can be found here.
  3. You will need to fill our the districts IQ form.  Found in the office of MHS.
  4. There are two payments for competing in each sport in the West Ada School District.  You will need to purchase an ASB card for $44… this will get your student into all home games for free and will pay for itself quickly.  The second is a “Pay to Participate” fee that costs $110 per sport with any sports over 2 being fee free. These should be paid to the MHS bookeeper.
  5. We have to fundraise on top of this money because our programs get very little of this money.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact coach McCrea. 208-631-8814
  6. for other questions feel free to email me at mccrea.russell@westada.org
  7. Practice will be from 3:05 until 5pm every day.  Athletes are expected to have running shoes, shorts, a water bottle and a watch or time keeping device.  It will be very hot in the first few weeks.
  8. We are chaging our shorts policy this season.  We will sell all existing pairs of shorts/spandex/spanks for $5 a piece if athletes want to buy them.  Other than that athletes will purchase their own shorts or spandex that should be in plain navy or black… this way they can use them for practice and meets.  We will provide a high quality singlet for every athlete, but will stop checking out shorts and spandex to athletes.



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Run Like The Dickens Mountain Running Camp

Run Like The Dickens!

groupPicRun Like The Dickens is a summer running camp from July 25th to July 29th 2016. The camp is a great place to build friendships, take in the beautiful surroundings and have fun with your friends. The fee for participating in the event is $120 and the camp is located on the southern end of Round Valley. More information such as participant living/sleeping information, what to bring or not bring, contact information and the overall schedule of the event as well as the release form can be found in the brochure below.

hikeCampfires, running, swimming, camp Olympics and more!

Don’t let the cost be an issue, have fun! If the cost of the event is an issue contact Coach Rusty to try to work things out (more information can be found on the brochure).

Download the brochure and release form.

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Wes Lowe Meet

Meridian High School will be hosting Wes Lowe Meet.

April 11th. Saturday
9am-3pm (estimate)

This is one of the biggest JV meet of the year. There will be grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, donuts, bagles and various snacks and beautiful jewelry for sale.

Meridian High School Coaches


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Come join us Meridian-High-School-Cross-Country-Banquetfor our Banquet and the award ceremony.

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More Warrior Mountain Classic Pics

Thanks to an Ambrose School parent we have lots more pics of the race. Follow the link- http://web.me.com/steve_roser/Warrior_Mtn_Classic/Home_page/Home_page.html

You’ll have to use wmc2011 as the password and username

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Warrior Mnt Recap and Week Schedule

Great job to all those who raced at our home meet Saturday. We had some very good things happen both with the team and many individuals. The girls team won on the 6th runner Mikalya Grigg. That is why EVERYONE counts in a XC race. The boys followed with a victory of their own led by Dylan Refaey with a 2nd place finish. The boys JV team ran great placing 3 guys in the top 10 led by sophomore Stephen Berkheiser. Stephen’s dad also posted a bunch of pictures under the “comments” on the Warrior Mnt Classic post.

The upcoming week schedule is as follows.

Monday- 3 PM- 45-50 minutes, 4 x strides, TEAM MEETING

Tuesday- 4 PM- Itty Bitty of Terror @ Sawtooth

Wednesday- 3 PM- 30-35 minutes, Nacho night @ the Moore’s after practice

Thursday- 3 PM- 40-45 minutes, 6 x strides, DST

Friday- Time to be determined (I think there is no school for everyone???)- Short speed session/Relay

Saturday- 60 minutes on own

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Clash in the Valley Recap

Great job to all who raced! The boys were 2 points from Mountain View, 27-29. The girls struggled a bit, but had a great performance from Savannah Combe who was the #1 girl and 5th overall. Dwain Stucker broke 17:00 on the boys side taking 4th overall (and he’s a freshman). Stephen Berkheiser was our 2nd JV boy in his first XC race ever! Great job Stephen. Results can be found on athletic.net.

No practice Monday as I am giving you some time to catch up on homework, sleep, and rest your running minds. Be ready to run hard Tuesday as we prepare for Bob Firman next weekend. The top 7 varsity and top 7 junior varsity will be racing at Firman.


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Warrior 5k Run/Walk” for the community results

Warrior 5k Run/Walk” for the community results are here.

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Labor Day Practice

Remember, if you are in town we will be meeting at 8:30 AM on the track for practice then run to our workout. If you are not in town try to get a workout in. 3 minutes on/1:30 off for 6 sets. Hope to see you there tomorrow morning!

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