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Official Practice Starts on AUG 24th.

We will meet at 5:00 at the Green Lake Track.   Practice will meet at the High School at 3:00  once school starts.

Cross Country is a NO CUT sport.  Everyone who shows up and signs up is guaranteed a spot on the team and can compete in all races!

Sports Paperwork can be picked up at the office or downloaded HERE.  Cross Country release form  HERE
All Sports packets need to be turned into the office Until Sept 6

Missed the date, you can still turn in your packets, the office is open Mon thru Friday 7:30-2:30

Athletic Paperwork:

You can get the packets by following this LINK 

Or copy this into your browser..... 

Click here for a link to our  Cross Country Photo Albums



Parents Meeting-Mandatory  Sept 3rd  XC at 7:00 PM  in the school commons

Direct Appeal Letters and Envelopes
Due by SEPT 21
Bellarmine Invite
SEPT 12th Bellarmine High School

by posted 11/18/2014
Top 10 List since 2000
  BOYS       GIRLS  
1.James Konugres 16:02 2013   1. Jamie Smith 19:47 2012
2. Zach Gussin 16:34 2002   2. Natalie Bruecher 20:16 2013
3.  Alex Bowns 16:41 2008   3. Veronica Redpath 20:16 2014
4. Luke McClure 17:02 2005   4. Rachel Livengood 21:37 2009
5. Ryan Kelly 17:18 2009   5. Alyson Fromm 21:46 2008
6. Michael Vitz-Wong 17:38 2010   6. Julia Boone 21:47 2009
7. Max O'Neal 17:39 2009   7. Rena Evans 21:47 2008
8. Adam Evans 17:42 2011   8. Marissa Roe 21:51 2010
9. Jason Mills 17:48 2008   9. Erin Philbeck 21:51 2006
10. Garret Wirta 17:50 2008   10. Alexa Stephan-Templeton 21:58 2011
1. Zach Gussin 16:00 2003   1. Jamie Smith 19:01 2013
2. James Konugres 16:09 2014   2. Alyssa Erickson-Wayman 19:26 2003
3. Alex Bowns 16:20 2009   3. Lauren Kangas 19:44 2012
4. Alex Barkley 16:30 2005   4. Natalie White 20:09 2008
5. Mason Watt 16:54 2003   5. Taylor Safford 20:21 2012
6. Blair Scott 16:55 2008   6. Natalie Bruecher 20:23 2014
7. Hanson Lee 16:58 2012   7. Mary Moriarty 20:29 2002
8. Ryan Kelly 16:59 2010   8. Anna Mirenzi 20:40 2010
9. Andrew Hamilton 16:59 2005   9. Rachel Livengood 20:47 2010
10. Aaron Hamilton 17:00 2007   10. Miran McCash 20:47 2004
1. Zach Gussin 15:39 2004   1. Jamie Smith 19:07 2014
2. Alex Bowns 15:46 2010   2. Bridget Berg 19:13 2006
3. Owen Buck 16:03 2014   3. Alyssa Erickson-Wayman 19:18 2004
4. Aaron Hamilton 16:24 2008   4. Erin Philbeck 19:34 2008
5. Alex Barkley 16:26 2006   5. Mary Moriarty 19:44 2003
6. Matt Rusk! 16:32 2011   6. Anna Mirenzi 19:52 2011
7. Ryan Seago 16:35 2002   7. Taylor Safford 19:53 2013
8. Michael Vitz-Wong 16:36 2012   8. Lauren Kangas 19:55 2013
9. Luke McClure 16:36 2007   9. Lauren Hammerle 20:03 2007
10. Andrew Hamilton 16:39 2006   10. Natalie White 20:09 2009
1. Zach Gussin 15:18 2005   1. Bridget Berg 18:23 2007
2. Alex Bowns 15:34 2011   2. Giulia Park 19:09 2014
3. Alex Barkely 16:11 2007   3. Sayaka Yoshinaga 19:13 2001
4. Aaron Hamilton 16:17 2009   4. Lauren Hammerle 19:15 2008
5. James Thompson 16:21 2001   5. Mia Wrey 19:16 2012
6. Andrew Hamitlon 16:25 2007   6. Erin Philbeck 19:18 2009
7. Matt Gerner 16:26 2002   7. Alyssa Erickson-Wayman 19:30 2005
8. Kramer Fry 16:31 2008   8. Talyor Safford 19:30 2014
9. Jesse Bengsson 16:35 2009   9. Mary Moriarty 19:41 2004
10. Brad Carr 16:36 2005   10. Anna Mirenzi 19:50 2012

by posted 03/02/2012

2015 Ballard X-Country
Bob Mirenzi Head coach 206 755-1806  
Patty Hammerle                                                                                                                                                        
Norris Frederick                                                                                                                                                        
Nicholas Gallagher


 PRACTICE Schedule
5:00-7:00 From Aug 24th till school starts, at Green Lake track
3:00-5:00 after school, daily.
Saturday 8:00-10:00 at Carkeek Park, Green Lake or School
drinking, smoking and drug use is forbidden.  If I made aware of, or catch any individual drinking, smoking or using illegal substances, they will be suspended from competing for 20% of the season for the first incident and for the entire season for a repeat incident.
Members of the 2015 Ballard Cross Country Team, are not permitted to miss practices or meets because of conflicts with other sports events or practices.
This will include, baseball, basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse, or any other team, league, community, select, or group sponsored programs.  
Attendance at all practices and meets is required to be treated as a priority over all non-WIAA sports.  By WIAA rule 18.22.4  we cannot give special consideration to allow athletes to skip practice or meets or leave early to attend non-WIAA sport events conflicting with the our schedule.  
In order to run in the first meet, Sept 12th, a minimum of  8 practices are required to run in the first Jamboree and 10 practices are required to be eligible to compete in first meet.
Attendance at all practices is expected and is understood to be a basic requirement to attain an accepted standard of achievement.

Attendance roll will be taken at each practice.
Check in and check out, with your coach, is required.
Showing up after start time is counted as late and will count as a missed practice.
Leaving early will count as a missed practice.

Runners suffering from injuries are required to attend practice, we have trainers available to create suitable workouts for any situation.
An athlete who misses a practice because of an unexcused absence, the week of a meet, will be ineligible to run on the Varsity team that week.

Any athlete who misses two practices because of an unexcused absence will miss the meet.
An athlete who misses 6 practices, unexcused, will be dropped from the team.                                                 The day after each meet is considered to be the first day of the week preceding the next subsequent meet.
If you are injured you must attend practice and meets.
You must give 24 hour notice to your coach prior to an absence; any non-notified absences will be considered unexcused. Your coach will let you know if your notified absence will qualify as excused or unexcused.



Absences that don’t count against the athlete include:

  • Absences on days when you are absent from school because of illness.
  • When an athlete is placed on the inactive roster due to injury or extended illness
  • Missing because of school field trips or college visits

Absences that count but are excused:

  • Doctor’s appointments (Please make every effort to schedule appointments during times that will not conflict with practice or a meet.)
  • Death in the family
  • Others with a parent note that are deemed appropriate, by the coach

Absences that are NOT excused:

  • Unspecified family emergencies 
  • Birthdays or other celebrations
  • Trips to the country, mountains, ocean or the big city
  • Baby-sitting
  • Jobs and job interviews
  • Lacking workout clothes
  • Anything not listed on the excused items above
  • Concerts, games, meets, bouts
  • Showing up late for practice
  • Leaving practice early

Athletes may be tardy with notes for the following:

  • Tutoring or make-ups
  • Any of the excused absence reasons above


            Once the competition season starts;

  • 1st unexcused:  Not eligible to run on the Varsity team.
  • 2nd unexcused:  Miss the meet.
  • 6th unexcused:  Leave the team.

The coach can null any consequence if he feels the absence is deliberate to avoid a meet.


In order to earn a Varsity Letter, an athlete must compete in or attend all meets.

Conflicts with SAT’s, ACT’s and Band/Orchestra Events are accepted.


The Metro, District and State Varsity team will be chosen based on :
            Priority of the team focus
            Frequency As a Varsity Runner
            Team leadership




Our only fundraiser is a letter-writing campaign where we ask each athlete to bring in a minimum of 3 addresses.  Athletes fill in a letter asking for donations and sponsorships to these addresses.  I will collect the address and letters and send out additional information.  That’s it, no cookie dough, no pizza, no coupon cards!  All money collected goes to the team.  This is a hugely successful fundraiser for our team and program!  It allows our athletes to spend their time training, instead of selling.  Participating in the fundraising campaign provides a great way for each team member to become involved in the health of the team and allows every runner a way to connect and invest in their team.


What do we fund-raise for?

  • Meet entry fees
  • Transportation
  • Equipment
  • Additional coaches' stipends
  • Tips on Being a Supportive Parent
  •  If your son/daughter has a problem or question, they should communicate with head coach immediately. If is not resolved, a parent should
  • contact the coach at the appropriate time (usually not during or immediately after a meet).
  •  Do expect and encourage your son/daughter to fully invest in every meet. Each Cross Country course has its own challenges making it very hard to compare times from different venues.  Do expect them to give full effort.  If by some odd chance, they have a sub-par performance or result, they probably need your support more than ever.  It is important to stay POSITIVE!
  • Please do not add workouts to their schedule unless you discuss them with the coaches. We are open to suggestions and certainly do not want to discourage athletes from doing extra work if they can handle it. However, our workouts are designed to peak our athletes at meet time, and additional workouts in many cases will work against the athlete as well as risk injury.
  • Distance running can be a humbling experience for athletes and their parents. A ‘poor’ performance (or simply having a bad day) in some sports is often unnoticed or hidden, but in Cross Country the last runner in a race has no place to hide. It’s extremely important to stay positive and be supportive. Let them know how much you love them and appreciate their efforts. Hard work and full effort is our only goal.
  • Urge your daughter/son to eat right, dress warm, keep good hours, get plenty of sleep, be a good citizen and great teammate.
  • Monitor their workload. Cross Country is hard work and teaches many of the same lessons that having a job does, like time management, commitment, organization, teamwork and honesty.
  • Please support all our athletes in all the meets.
  • We encourage your attendance at your child’s meets, and the team appreciates your support as well. Please allow the coaches to do the “coaching” and try to limit extended conversations to and your child is done competing. Please give your child some “space” while they are warming up and competing. We also want boyfriends/girlfriends to keep their distance until the athlete is done competing; we appreciate your support in this area.
  • Don’t miss a chance to witness your sons/daughters working very hard at something that is important to them.  Being a parent doesn’t get much better.
  • If you have questions and reasonable goals for your child, what exactly are good marks, etc., please speak to the coaches. You may also email me (top of first page )


WE will use Email as much as possible to contact athletes and Parents with news, updates,  etc.




by posted 05/29/2011
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