A challenge was thrown out to the Greyhounds this week and as a TEAM we bought in to run in an accomplished fashion.
The day started with a darkness delay but when the boys finally heard the gun, they set off on their goal focused mission. I knew as soon as they came through the 1 mile mark that things were headed in the right direction as the PACE was appropriate for all involved. The boys maintained their discipline and all TEAM members ran PR races!!!! In fact our 2nd wave of Davis (1st)/Connor (3) and Michael (7th) ran so well that they caught the first wave which forced meet management to have to go back and review the finish line tapes (with a little help from out Pope coaches/split timers) to obtain correct times. Having Benny run for a sub 17:00 minute performance with the next 4 athletes (William/Carter/Alec and Paxton) running within a window of 34 seconds will be VERY exciting for championship season. Congrats boys, you set a goal and it was attained.
#IveGotMySwagger Back….SH 😊
Next up were out #1 STATE RANKED Lady ‘Hounds. Reminded of the appropriate required pace was important as the 2nd wave was released at the wrong time interval which caused the waves to overlap. This did NOT deter the ladies as they knew what their splits were supposed to be and after concentrated practice knew what the “feel” should be and were disciplined in their work. Sophie ran a huge PR of 18:36 which places here top 5 all time for Pope XC. Charlottte (5th overall) and Lorel (6th overall) ran season Pr’s with Rachel maintaining her 4th place position and Catherine ran a 40 second PR to run in the 5th spot. The second wave of Isa, Mia and Sarah ran in a tight pack with all 3 running PR races only adding support to the 2020 Warpath Invitational TEAM Champions!!!!
Our JV teams also both WON their races with very impressive strong race performance. The boys took off with a crew of boys who are motivated to get the job done!! After sitting out last week with a soccer match, Jacob ran as if it had raced numerous times to win the JV boys race. Bailey also ran well finishing 2nd overall with Cooper(7th) , Carter (9th) and Liam solidifying the win.
With the depth of our team we truly have a group of varsity girls running for Pope in the JV races!! This week our JV girls won the meet overall with Sam, Cassie and Anna all finishing in the top 10 in the JV race. Emma M, Kaylen, Kylie and Emma J were the other top 7 scorers for the Hounds.
In the Open boys race we put 5 boys in the top 8 for a decisive win. Aiden led for the Hounds with a 2:30 PR, followed by Henry (1:40 PR), Luke, Jake and Noah. GREAT to see the solid training showing some results for the young Hounds!!!!
The Greyhounds took on the hills of the State meet course at Carrollton High School this weekend. To start the day, the boys took off in the varsity division. Benny began with the lead pack with Carter slightly back with a great pack of William, Alec and Paxton just back a few seconds. Learning the particulars of the course is important as we will hopefully be returning in early November for the State Championships. Our boys finished 2nd overall in the varsity divisions with an impressive time split of 31 seconds for the first 5 athletes. This close finishing order will prove successful as we approach the Region and State Championships. PACING will be key when we return to these key meets and we will PRACTICE it from now until then to assure we give our best to the State course… GOAL is PODIUM!!!!
Next the Lady Hounds took off and while it was not our best performance of the year it was enough to still finish at the TEAM Runner up in the competitive field. Sophie placed second overall with a PR on the rough State course, Charlotte finished 9th overall with Lorel and Rachel doing with they needed to help the TEAM placing. Finishing together in the 5th/6th positions were Catherine and then Isa which is great for our finishing depth. LADIES, We need 7 in a tight finish group to do what we want to do at STATE!!!
After a short intermission, The JV squads took to the course in the heat of the day. Many of these athletes were running the tough course for the first time but the girls stayed in the mental game and placed 6th athletes in the top 10. WE perfected scored the meet with Mia (1st), Sarah (2nd), Maddie (3rd) Emma (4th) and Cassie (5th), Anna (6thth) and Kaylen (9th). Congrats ladies…glad to see the depth of the TEAM!!!
Our JV boys took off in the final race of the day with excitement and determination to succeed!!! Although a few of our guys struggled with their pacing their dedication can not be questioned!!! Parker ran a smart race and finished strong as 5th overall with Carter just back in the 7th position followed by Michael in 8th. Rounding out the scoring for the Hounds were Cooper and Moe. Be patient MEN your time with come…..PROUD of your determination!!!
Day 2 of the County Championships did not disappoint as the the up and coming 'Hounds prepared to stake their claim and prove that PXC will be successful in future seasons. Our JV boys took off at the gun and although they are not used to leading, William and Paxton set off in the lead as if they had done it numerous times. A sprint to the finish showed the dedicated work they put in with William finishing as the County Champ with Paxton just a stride back in 4th place. Rounding out the scoring for the JV pups included Parker, Jacob, Carter D., and Cooper. The future looks bright for our young groups of runners!! VIDEO (Mr Hanlon) OUr girls JV squad ran well and was led by Claudia, Maddie and Sarah. All girls either ran an overall personal best or season PR!!
The varsity races were next and in traditional CC meet tradition the competition was as competitive as any Region or State meet. The boys started off the and Zane ran tough to place in the top ten with Carter and Benny finishing with impressive PR races. Also scoring for the :Hounds were Alec, Connor, Davis an Sean. , Our future is bright with 4 of the top 5 varsity finishers in the County Championships being 10th graders!!!
Our highly competitive varsity girls team ran with the best of the best and cam up jsut short of the County Championship. Sophie ran a very smart race and was able to outlast the competition for an Individual CHAMPIONSHIP. Lorel (7th) , Charlotte (8th) Rachel (13) , isa (32), Catherine and Mia all ran well to pace our impressive Lady Hounds. The motivated girls will continue their hard work to be prepared for continued success as the season progresses.
Many of our JV Open athletes only began this crazy XC thing a short few weeks ago but today at the Cobb County Championships they really looked like they looked like experts and made Greyhounds Nation PROUD!!!!!! In the HEAT of the afternoon the JV boys showed off their hard work and secured the team win!!!! Moe started off in the lead pack and never surrendered finished impressively as the individual runner-up!!!! In his first high school XC race Andrew finished 4th overall with another first year runner, Ian, in 5th along with Lawson 7th, then with a very impressive kick Mick was 8th then finishing out the top 7 for the Hounds were Henry in 11th and Liam in 12th. Congrats boys on a great night of racing.
With big/lil sister gifts exchanged and bows in place the JV Lady ‘Hounds stepped to the line in the HOT summer sun with a mission and purpose!! The ladies got a great start and stayed mentally in the race as the race progressed even under the condition!!!! Sam took control of the race early and led to a substantial WIN, with a very close group of greyhounds finishing within a tight pack!!!!! Scoring for the included Kylie (5th), Linsey (8), Alice (14th ), Kaylie (15) Emma (17) and Lexie(21) rounding out the top 7 for the blue wave. Congrats girls on starting off the Cobb County Championships with your TEAM WIN!!!
In the first full team meeting of the 2020 season the Greyhounds arrived in their shiny new uniforms, full of spirit and ready to ROLL. First up were the boys and they toed the line in a very impressive army of men The varsity boys got out with Zane and Benny starting off in the lead pack with Carter just slightly back. The blue wave of athletes from the 4-10 positions all finished within 60 seconds of each other which is motivating for the future. This depth will be pivotal once we get to the championships part of the season. In the combined results of all raced (297 runners) our boys placed 5th out of 15 quality teams behind Zane (8th), Carter (14), Benny (15 and PR), William (30 and PR) and Alec (32) Davis (34 and PR) and Paxton (37) were in the 6th and 7th positions which added important points to other teams!! Continued work with these dedication boys will lead us to great success 😊
Our determined girls took off from the line and didn't even blink as they ran through ankle deep puddles and secured themselves a great start. Drawing on the strength of their teammates ALL our ladies ran in packs of "blue waves" to great success. Sophie battled up front briefly but pulled away to WIN for the second week in a row. Placing our next 3 athletes in the overall top 15 in the blended results is a great strength that teams will have a hard time competing against throughout the season. Lorel (5th) , Charlotte (9th) and Rachel (15th) were all within seconds of each other with Isa (27th), Catherine (3oth) and Claudia (37th) rounding out the top 7 positions. CONGRATS ladies on your second TEAM WIN in a row :) Looking forward to the CC Championships!
WE RAN A XC RACE!!!! The Top 12 athletes traveled to Jasper, GA to compete at the Pickens Peek. After 5 months of no racing but determined training the Greyhounds performed in GLADIATOR fashion The day started with a 30 minute delay after some weather damage to the trail but this did not deter the ladies as they were ready when the gun finally sounded. Sophie took the lead from the start and never looked back as she ran for a decisive win. Pope's strength lies in the TEAM aspect so Lorel (3rd) and Charlotte (5th) and Rachel (9th) continued the blue wave by finishing in the top 10 overall. Isa (13th)rounded out the scoring for the ladies with great additional team support by Catherine (15th), Maddie (18th), Claudia (19th) and Mia (22nd). TEAM CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!
WOW…. After cheering our very talented girls’ team the boys did not disappoint. Knowing that we had numerous boys who had dedicated themselves to the necessary summer training, the coaching staff had high hopes for this young boys team. Zane started his senior campaign in high style with an individual runner-up finish. The rest of the team scoring was led by super-sophomores Benny (10th overall/21 second PR), Carter (13th /:54 faster over last year ), William (17th/ :51 PR) and Jr. Alec (25th/ :25 faster than 2019). Having strong support in the 6+ team positions is important in adding points to other teams. After our top 5 runners our boys led a 21 second blitzkrieg of Greyhounds with Davis, Michael, Sean, Parker, Connor and Jacob (FROSH) !!! Congrats boys on your TEAM Runner up finish…you make us PROUD!!!
TEAM STORE will be open for the next week. The only item that is mandatory is a team uniform. You will NOT be charged on the UA site for the uniform but will pay the Booster directly as we ordered/ paid for the uniforms back in May to guarantee their delivery by the first meet..
ALL other items (sweatshirts/Tshirts/pants etc are for athltes and/or parents as spirtwear.
All XC athletes must have a Strava account. Set up your account on the Strava website and then search Pope HIgh School XC to be added to the team.
REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE :) Any and all athletes who are running XC in the fall should be doing general fitness activities now(slow running/elliptical/weights etc) Returning athletes should check email for a summer calendar within the next week.
Pope High school has adopted Sara Hall and Scott Fauble through ATC's cheer zone program. Please follow them on social media, welcome them to Atlanta and wish them GOOD LUCK in their quest to represent the USA in this summers Olympic games in Tokyo. #USA!!
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Instagram/Twitter - @sarahall3
Mondays Flying 10's results!!
McNeil (avg) 1.16 Stellmach (avg) .995
Sage (avg) 1.195 Cameron (avg) 1.005
Ball (avg) 1.235 Cohen (avg) 1.07
Edjua (avg) 1.25 Eagan (avg) 1.075
Bradford (avg) 1.285 Hayes (avg) 1.09
Baylark (avg) 1.31 Stephen (avg) 1.115
Benson (avg) 1.31 Gutzmer (1 time) 1.14
Johnson (avg) 1.335 Sims (1 time) 1.15
Lewandowski (avg) 1.355 Morgen (avg) 1.155
Dixon (avg) 1.36 Nixon (avg) 1.165
Wednesday is a Sprint Holiday!
New Remind 101 numbers!!!
As of 12/8/2019 previous remind 101 has been deleted!
All Athletes (new or returning):
Text @popetrack to 81010
All Parents, please use this separate number:
Text @popeparent to 81010
(we are only allowed to have 150 on a remind "class roster" so we have to use 2 classes, maybe a 3rd later)
Monday, January 20:
Congrats to Joe Stellmach for having the fastest flying 15 and fastest average
Congrats to Sydney Ball-fastest flying 15 and Leah Sage-fastest average
Top 5 girls: Sage, Ball, Gibbs, Dixon Hess
Top 5 boys: Stellmach, Cameron, Hayes, Stephen, Zegers
Get your physicals loaded into parentvue before you can participate
Sprinters bring spikes on Monday/Wed/Fri if you have them.
If you do not have spikes, no worries!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE POPE XC TEAMS WHO BOTH MAKE THE PODIUM AT THE STATE MEET. Boys were 2nd behind Cole (3rd), Will (4th) and KC (8th) Zane (15) AND the girls were 3rd behind Charlotte (12), Sohie (13) and Lorel (14). CONGRATS XC Greyhounds who finished the season is high form!!
Congratulations to the boys and girls teams who qualified for the STATE XC CHAMPIONSHIPS next week in Carrollton GA. The Varsity girls qualified as the 3rd place team behind Lorel's incredible 3rd place finish and Sophie finishing 7th overall!!! Isa, Rachel and Bella ran well to secure the team finish and move on...#HigherGoals:)
The boys finished as the REGION CHAMPIONS behind a very impressive 1-2-3 finish of Cole (Region Champion), Will (2nd) and KC (3rd). Securing the Champinship were Zane (13th) and Alec!! Congratulations PXC!!! #IMPRESSIVE!!
Wed. 10/23 Run on your own (shake out run)
The Pope XC teams had an incredible showing at the Coach Wood Invitational!! The Varsity Boys started off the day by placing 3, Yes, THREE athletes in the 15's for the meet. Fans this has never been done before so we definitely applaud Cole (15:10 School Record), Will B (15:36) and KC (15:42) for incredible performances. The rest of the varsity squad also ran well as Zane again ran in the 16's and pulled his training partner Nick to run under 17:00 as well!!! Alec, Carter, Conner, Bryce and Paxton all ran in the 17’s and added need support for our team as we move into the REGION Championships next week.
Our lady ‘Hounds then took to the course and held firm in their defense of their high 6A high ranking!! Both Charlotte and Lorel ran in the 18’s with Sophie just a few paces back with a season PR. Rachel broke 20:00 for the first time and Isa had an incredible 1 minute PR to finalize the scoring for the Hounds. Bella and Sarah ran well in the 6th/7th spots with Mia and Anna adding on nice performances in the mid 21’s!!!! Our depth on the girls side will be pivot as we move on to Region and State. Congrats ladies!!
At the prestigious Wendy’s Invitational in Charlotte, NC the PXC team ran well in the cooler weather that hopefully is here to stay.
Cole battled to the line for an Individual Runner up finish..post race interview. KC and Will also ran in the elite front pack and came around the lake with STRONG finishes…KC 8th and Will 15th, Nick and Zane ran together and continued their consistent strong 4th/5th scoring positions for the Hounds. Our boys ran in the Championships division and finish 3rd overall or 3rd of 102 total teams in the combined results of the meet. Value these performances boys as what we have is special!!
The JV teams ran well with numerous athletes taking advantage of the GREAT weather. Our girls team for the varsity division was led by Charlotte with top notch JV performances turned in by Claudia, Ashley and Alice Big shoutout to MK and Sara for their huge PR’s!!! Top scorers for the boys JV team were Carter, Bryce, Benny, Conner, EthanS, Davis and Sean. Other Notable performances of incredible PR races were Ethan W and Jacob!!! Keep grinding Greyhounds!!! Thanks guys/gals for a FUN TEAM experience on our trip to Charlotte…LOVE spending time with all you quality kiddos!!!
On A HOT afternoon the Greyhounds ran at the Cass Cartersville Invitational at Dellinger Park. The JV squads started off the day with both boys and girls winning the TEAM Championship. The boys were led by Bryce, Alec, Paxton, Ethan and Parker. The girls were led by Mia’s WIN in the girls race with strong support from Catherine, Maddie, Emma and Kaylen.
The varsity boys did a workout in preparations for their weekend race ALL ran together at tempo pace yet still managed a 3rd place team finish. The Varsity girls showed their tenacity during the heat of the day to prove their TEAM readiness for the later part of the season!! With strong performances of Sophie, (Individual Runner-up) Lorel (3rd), Isa (6th), Bella (9th), Rachel (12) and Anna (15) our girls were able to WIN the TEAM Championship. Great job PXC…FUN day up in Cartersville 😊
At the Wingfoot Classic, with an incredible 2-3 person deep cheering section throughout the entire course, the Greyhounds had one of their best performances of the year. With the top teams in the Georgia in the meet, all our athletes had to step up and perform under the lights in one of the most hyped meets in the state!!
Our freshman boys started off the day with an incredible group of spirited “pups” with Benny, Ashton, Liam, William and Lawson leading the huge team of frosh to a 3rd place team finish. Next up were the freshman girls with Claudia, Kylie and Emma scoring for the Greyhounds. Congrats Freshman you represented PXC well
Next our HUGE group of JV athletes took on the course as the sun started to set. After an injury in the early part of the season, Bryce was back in form leading the group along with Parker (PR race), Ethan , Michael (PR race) and Davis (PR race). Next the JV girls were up and were led by the incredible PR performances of Ashley, Anna, Mia, Emma D and Catherine!! Very impressed with the improvement of this group of athletes.
And just when you thought night couldn’t get any better the Varsity races started!! At this point in the night is was very DARK so safety was emphasized after one of our JV athletes was injured on the course because he could not see where he was going. With this in mind our Varsity boys started of the race with extreme caution yet measured competition/the course and moved up in the race to allow for ALL 5 boys to run career PR races!! Cole, KC and Will all joined the ELITE 15:00 club in leading the TEAM to a 2nd place overall in one of the most competitive meets of the year. XC fans this may have been one of the BEST performance ever by a Pope XC boys team!!
Next our hard working varsity girls stepped to the line and also didn’t disappoint!! Charlotte didn’t allow the competition to intimidate and ran to a PR race of 18:53 with Sophie, Lorel were just behind with consistent quality performances. With Rachel out of the lineup Bella stepped up as our #4 runner and ran to an almost full minute PR race!! Then Isa and Sarah ran shoulder to shoulder throughout the race to PR races for both runners!! We are where we need to be Greyhounds, Keep up the hard work!!
Trust me PXC fans when I say that this was a night to remember with quality performances and incredible spirit. THIS is what XC is all about!!! Set a new goal PXC, as the season is still yours to have!!results
Congratulations to the VARSITY teams who ran well at the Warpath Invitational on Saturday. Our top 7 boys ran to a 3rd place finish on wet course with 6 of the 7 athletes running personal best times. Cole, Will and KC all placed in the top 10...Zane broke 17:20 and freshman phenom Carter ran another great PR to solidify the team finish. The girls also ran well with ALL running season best times to place 5th overall in a field of 30+ teams. The girls had our typical trio up front of Charlotte, Sophie and Lorel who were all top 20, with Rachel having huge Pr and Isa rounding out the scoring for the Greyhounds. The JV teams also ran very well at Warpath with numerous athletes inching up towards a varsity position. Our team depth Is important and will take us where we need to be later in the season. Warpath results
Also very proud of the JV group that went over to Milton to run a tough 5Kcourse!! With GREAT attitudes and a blue wave mentality the athletes took care of business. See the following video of our awesome open athletes :) Congrats to Liam (3rd), Ryan(4th), Vaclav (10) William and James for leading the young Hounds to a team runner up finish in the Open division!! The Open girls also competed well behind the determination of Alice, Moran and Charlotte, while the JV girls were lead by some great top 20 performances by Catherine and Anna. THANK you senior athletes for your great leadership at the meet!! Milton results pope results
On Saturday at the Cobb County Championships the JV girls started off the day for the running 'Hounds in impressive fashion. Claudia led the girls with an quality 6th place finish along with Maddie, Kaylen, Emma and Kylie. The JV boys race was very exciting as our racing “pups” placed 3 athletes in the top 10 to earn the TEAM runner-up trophy!! Carter ran another PR race to finish 2nd overall!! He had strong support behind him in Alec (9), Connor (10), Paxton (13) and a gutsy finish by Michael (15). VERY proud of this group and excited about what they can do in the future.
Our Varsity girls team then stepped up to the line and put THREE athletes in the top 9 athletes in the very competitive County meet that boasts numerous highly decorated athletes. Charlotte ran a smart race and finished 4th overall with Lorel (6th) and Sophie (9th). A strong group followed up our fabulous 3 in Rachel, Isa, Sarah, Sophia, Ashley and Bella. This depth in the 4 through 7+ positions will prove to be very beneficial as we move on the Championship part of the season!!!
Next, the varsity boys lined up against some the State’s best
athletes and the race did not disappoint. Cole solidified his position as one of the top 5 best XC runners EVER at
PHS with a remarkable 15:45 (4th overall) performance. KC and Will also ran exceptionally well at
this early part of the season placing 6th/10th respectively. Zane
and Nick maintained their positions as they ran in the 4th and 5th
positions for the Greyhounds. Stay focused Greyhounds the best is yet to
come. team splits meet results
The Varsity boys led off the day at BOA in a field of 350 runners with a 5th place finish behind the big PR of Cole (5th), KC (13) and WIll (15). Zane ran a great PR race with Nick and Carter just behind to solidify the Greyhound team!
The Varsity girls raced next with some impressive performances and placed 4th out of 40+ teams. Charlotte led the ladies with a great sub 20:00 performance (5th) followed by Lorel (10) and Sophie (17) with Rachel maintaining her consistency for the 4th scorer and Isa running strong to finalize the TEAM score.
Keep doing your thing Hounds we are on the right track :)
I am trying something new this season with team leadership
roles. WE have an incredible group of
people who do great things for PXC. This
is an effort not to exclude anyone and to reinforce that this is OUR
team..meaning we should all be work together to make this the best program
possible. WE will have a group of weekly
“captains” who will in charge of a week…both meets and practiced….. Starting
TOMORROW through next Friday our Captains will be
Madalyn Corcoran Carlton Kell Patrick Haskin
The Greyhounds started off their 2019 XC campaign with some impressive early season performances. The varsity boys started off the day with a GREAT pack of 3rd Cole, 4th Will and 5th KC followed by Nick and Zane who lead the boys to a TEAM runner-up finish.
The Varsity girls continued the blue wave going 4th Charlotte, 5th Sophie, 6th Lorel with Rachel and Ashley running well to round out the scoring. This was a great TEAM WIN for the Hounds and lends promise to the season with the great depth of runners in the 4-10 spots!!!!
After a very impressive BAAAHAA circle the JV athletes represented PXC
impressively with each team placing as the TEAM runner-up. Paxton (4th), Ashton (9th) Benny, Charlie and Davis where the lead
runners for the boys. AS the day progressed
Greyhounds overcame the heat to run well with Claudia (2nd), Sophia
(9th), Emma D, Emma M and Catherine pacing the JV girls team .
The future is bright but we must continue the dedication to a season long plan of hard work!!! GREAT kick off week GREYHOUNDS!!!
Weekly practice schedule:
In order to attend XC meets athletes must attend ALL practices.
Kick off Pizza Party- Thursday 8/15 in the PAC from 6:30-8:00
Meet the Coaches, learn about XC and preordered uniforms and Spirit wear will be distributed :)
WE are NO LONGER accepting new athletes for the 2019 Pope XC team.