Lady Knights Cross Country
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Creekside junior Claire Openshaw is the St. Johns County Runner of the Year after finishing inside the top 3 in five of her eight races in 2018. Source: All-County Girls Cross County: Creekside’s Openshaw is Runner of the Year for the third straight year
A day after Creekside won a second consecutive girls state swim title and finished third in the boys championships, the Knights took home a pair of third-place finishes at the Class 3A state cross country championships in Tallahassee.Ashlyn Iliff (18:23.9) and Claire Openshaw (18:28.1) finished 10th and 11th at Apalachee Regional Park to lead the […]
Claire Openshaw and Elizabeth Iliff finished 1-2 at the Region 1-3A girls cross country championships to lead Creekside to a second-place finish in the girls 5K race Saturday at New World Disc Golf in Jacksonville.Creekside finished with 67 points to trail winner Tallahassee Chiles by 24 points. Ponte Vedra (fourth place, 146 points) and St. […]
Four county girls teams also advanced to regionals with Creekside dominating with just 22 points, followed by Ponte Vedra (59), St. Augustine (71) and Nease (113). Bartram Trail (114) finished just one point behind the Panthers to miss the regional cut. Creekside’s Claire Openshaw (18:27.2), Elizabeth Iliff (19:11.0) and Blake Petrick (19:24) finished first, second […]
Creekside: The Claire Openshaw effect — the junior placed third in last year’s 3A final, won a state track title in spring and holds a top 5K time of 18:09 — automatically makes the Knights a team to watch. But add the depth of the four fleet-footed freshmen from the 2017 squad (Lauren Bolnick, Ashlyn […]
Creekside: Already carrying a pair of state titles from 2015 and 2016, the Knights return a possible Class 3A challenger in senior Matt Ortiz. A veteran of the Knights’ state championship squad from two years ago, Ortiz brings the right combination of experience and speed, and he lowered his personal best to 16:18.30 at the […]
- The team always comes first. No one’s personal goals come before the team’s goals.
- Trust. Trust your teammates, your coaches, and the training programs.
- Be present and be on time. I know that everyone is late once and a while but being constantly late shows a lack of respect for your teammates, yourself, your team, and your coaches.
- Runners who miss practice during the season without a valid excuse will be subject to suspension from ameet or other appropriate consequences. I expect runners to inform me if they will be absent from practice. Doctor’s appt., dentist trips, etc. are understandable and expected but can be avoided. Please plan your appointments on days that we do not have afternoon practice. Proper communication with the coaches will eliminate any possible problems.
- Conduct yourselves as ladies and gentlemen, in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in all other aspects of your life. Represent your family, Creekside High School, and your teammates in a positive mannerat all times.
- Practice won’t be canceled because of bad weather. We can always do something that can make us better athletes and runners.
- Bring water and a watch to practice each day!!!
- No flip flops or backless shoes will be worn to school, meets, or any team gathering.
Run faster than 22:00 on a legitimate 5K Cross Country course
- Run on 3 varsity races during the season
- Be a member of a district, regional, or state team
- Coaches Choice. Coach always has the last decision. If someone works hard everyday, does all that is asked, and is dependable, this athlete can earn a letter.
- Runners need to drink plenty of water. Living in Florida there is no way around it. I recommend all athletes drink at least six to eight 16 oz bottles of water each day. Notice that this amount is double the average person. Gatorade is great for after workouts, but water is better before and during workouts. Bring a water bottle to school and practice every day.
- Caffeine is a diuretic, which means itactually pullswater out of your system. When we drink a 12 oz Coke, we have to drink 24ozs of water to get to our desirable level of hydration. Caffeine and carbonation should not be consumed by serious Cross Country runners.
- Runners should be eating a diet rich in carbohydrates (for energy), protein (for muscle development), calcium (for bone strength), and iron (for oxygen transport). Oxygen is the most important food for our working muscles. There is very little nutritional value in junk food. Also, don’t worry about counting calories; our bodies are magnificent machines that will burn anything if the furnace is hot enough.