Due to the rising numbers of the COVID-19 Virus, Denver East has elected to not participate in Session 8, which was scheduled to begin next week and run through December 4th.  As of now only Session 8 is cancelled and we will re-evaluate for Session 9 after the Thanksgiving Holiday, which is currently scheduled to begin December 7th, fingers crossed. 

We will be posting workouts to be done on your own here on the website two or three times a week. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.  Have a wonderful Holiday break, and stay safe! 

Michael Tasker Head Track & Field Coach

Sign Up for Next Track Session

Track & Field Athletes!

Pre-season track & field practice will continue into session 8 of in-person off-season training following Denver Public Schools COVID guidelines.

All participating athletes will have to fill out the waiver below to participate before 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 11th. After this time, the waiver will close and DPS will not be accepting any late submissions.

— Once registration is complete, Coach Tasker will reach out with practice times and dates to the registered athletes.


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NCAA EC Webinar for Student-Athletes

Hi Runners!  

Coach Kohuth thought some of you would want to see this NCAA information. 

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Guest Speakers: DU Sports Psychology Grad Students, Maria D’Ugo and Allodia Park

Guest Speakers

Join DU Sports Psychology Grad Students, Maria D’Ugo and Allodia Park for a Google Meet tonight at 6:15pm. Here is the meeting link:  Google meets link

 Maria and Allodia are in a program at DU that is designed to develop individuals in the sport, performing arts, health and fitness, and mental health fields who want to improve the performance and lives of the people they work with. This program focuses on the psychological factors that influence human performance while practicing assessment and intervention strategies that enhance an individual’s performance and personal growth.

All cohorts are welcome to attend this meeting.

Cohort 1

All cohort 1 runners will continue to train together this week.

Cohort 2

Cohort 2 runners are eligible to join the VRC.  Click here for more info: Virtual Running Club (Cohort 3)

Meet the virtual runners at the E at 4:00 on Mondays (today), Wednesdays and Fridays.

Cohort 3 (VRC) and Cohort 2

Please join the google meeting at 6:00pm tonight for a brief update before the guest speakers arrive. Google meets link

Paperwork & Physicals for 2020 | Thursday Meeting Link

Paperwork and Physicals for the 2020 XC season:

Here is some advanced notice about registration for the 2020 XC season.

Parents should be ready to upload paperwork and physicals into Family ID as soon as the district Oks us for the regular season—it will most likely be a quick turnover between registration opening and the official first day.

There are blank forms for physicals below:



Physicals are valid for 365 days.  If you turned one in last xc season, you will need to turn in a new before the official start of this season.

Coach Kohuth will share details about what the season will look like as soon as he knows them.  Stay tuned to this website for more information.

Link for the Thursday 5:00pm meeting:

Meeting ID

Phone Numbers

(‪US)‪+1 352-608-0152

PIN: ‪861 822 936#

Watch for an email or check the xc website for news on possible practice

We are waiting to find out from DPS if we can do phase 3 xc practice next week.  We assume there will be a short window for you to sign up for phase 3 practice, so please check your email often today.

If we are allowed to hold phase 3 practice, we will post information on how to sign up for it.  Website subscribers will get an email with the information.  If you are not a subscriber, you can either subscribe by clicking the +Follow button on the lower right-hand side of your computer, or continue checking this website today.

Get your xc prize tomorrow morning!

Hey runners!

Stop (or run) by the non-working fountain near 17th and the Esplanade in City Park on Friday, July 24 from 9:15 to 10:00am to get another fun and useful xc prize!!

We will also have East XC hand sanitizers if you haven’t received one yet or if you need another one!

See you at the fountain!

Guest Speakers for Tuesday, June 30

We have a fantastic panel of speakers for this week’s meeting, see more info below.  Here is the link for Tuesday’s meeting at 5:00pm:

Meeting ID

Phone Numbers

(‪US)‪+1 747-202-5470

PIN: ‪498 766 362#

Laura Puckett Daniels

Head Track Coach and Co-Head Cross-Country Coach of the Crested Butte Titans

Laura grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she started running cross-country and track in seventh grade. In gym class, the only activity she enjoyed was the day everyone else hated–the once a year one mile run. So when cross-country became an option, it was a natural fit. Laura ran at a small private high school (240 kids) for 7th-10th grade, where she competed in the State Championship (single A division) for cross-country twice and track once (4 x 800). Laura then transferred to a large public high school (2500+ kids) for 11th and 12th grade. There, she competed in the State Championship (double A division–there are only 2 divisions in Minnesota) for cross-country once and track twice (3200). Laura’s team became the cross-country Conference Champions and Regional Champions, and she held her school record for the 4K in cross-country (girls only ran 4K back then!). Laura went on to run Division 1 cross-country and track at Davidson College in North Carolina. At Davidson, she ran the 5K in cross-country and the 3K and 5K in track. Laura was the captain of the cross-country team for 3 years, earned MVP honors, and helped the team to their first Conference Championship in her senior year.

After college, Laura enjoyed running and racing for fun, but these days, most of her running energy goes into coaching the Titans. Laura has coached track and cross-country off-and-on since 2009. Under Laura’s tutelage, her Titans have set many school records and taken runners to the 2A state championship every year, tallying up many podium finishes, including an 800m state champion. Laura loves helping the next generation of kids learn, grow, and feel empowered through running. Laura is also a very accomplished Nordic skier and mountain bike rider.

Sydney Peterson

D1 Cross-Country and Track Athlete at Colorado State University

Sydney is a former student athlete of Laura’s. Growing up in Crested Butte, Colorado she played EVERY possible sport before discovering distance running. In middle school, Sydney was obsessed with basketball and volleyball, played baseball, danced, skied, and ran at track meets that didn’t conflict with club basketball tournaments. During Sydney’s freshman year of high school, she fell in love with the feeling of pushing her body to its limits. After qualifying for the 2A state meet in the 1600m and 3200m, Sydney decided to give cross country a try during her sophomore year. She finished her high school career with 14 state medals, a runner-up state finish in the 3200m, and a school record in the 4x400m. The highlights of her high school running career were the lifelong friendships she made with teammates and coaches, and at the end of her senior year, she wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the strong community she found in competitive sports.

Sydney now runs Division I track and cross-country for Colorado State University where she is studying Biomedical Sciences. Sydney runs the 6K in cross-country and the 3K, 5K, and steeplechase in track. Sydney’s first year of competing at CSU was cut short by COVID-19, but she is looking forward to a great next few years with her teammates.

Cameron (Cam) Smith

World Class Competitor in Trail Running, Ski Mountaineering (Skimo) and Mountain Biking

Cam is one of the nation’s top trail running and ski mountaineering athletes. He is on the US World Cup Team in ski mountaineering. He also coaches adults including Laura Puckett Daniels and Coach Delaney in trail running and Nordic skiing.

Cam ran track and XC in high school at Rockford Guilford in Illinois and loved it. Guilford is a large school (2,000 kids) but had pretty poor running programs. While at Guilford, they never had much team success to speak of. Cam’s high school PR in cross-country was 15:39 and in track the 1600 at 4:27 during his senior year, but did not qualify for state in either, nor did he receive any interest from NCAA schools. Although Cam absolutely loved running and wanted to do everything he could to continue with cross-country and track in college, nagging injuries were a huge hindrance. Cam planned to walk on at Western Colorado University’s storied cross country and track teams, but with some Achilles issues his senior year, he realized that he couldn’t keep loving something so much if he could not stay healthy doing it. Cam had committed to Western as a school by that point. So before arriving on campus In fall of 2014, he decided to make a leap of faith and move on from HS/NCAA running and try trail running, mountain biking, skiing (Skimo and Nordic) on Western’s Mountain Sports Club Team and participate “non-competitively”.

Cam contends that he was pretty awful at all those activities his first year in college. But he was having so much fun that he was still putting a ton of work into personal improvement. Western’s Mountain Sports Club Team is a wonderful program that gave him coaching and guidance in everything. As Cam steadily improved, he could not ignore the competitive juices that flowed through him, and threw out his “non-competitive” plan and started enjoying some successes. He improved exponentially throughout college and qualified for the Skimo World Championships as a junior, then as a senior was part of Western’s winning D2 National Championship in mountain biking and won his first Grand Traverse (GT) ski race that winter. The GT is a 40 mile backcountry ski mountaineering race (Skimo) that climbs 6,200 feet over the Elk Mountains from Crested Butte to Aspen at midnight (to mitigate avalanche risk). It is the longest Skimo race in the world with participants from across the country and the world competing.  Cam has won the GT race the last two years it has been held. He has also won the trail running edition the last two years, breaking his own course record by 20 minutes in 2019 at a blistering 8:19 min/mile pace. He has also finished first in the GT Triple Crown (including mountain biking) the last two years as well and holds that course record by 45 minutes! At 24 years old, Cam has only scratched the surface of his potential.

Meeting reminder and app sign up

Hi Runners!

Remember to attend the google meet summer cross country kick off meeting today (Tuesday, May 26) at 5:00pm.  Here is the info to join the meeting:

Join with Google Meet · Up to 250 participants

Meeting ID

Phone Numbers

(‪US)‪+1 337-441-4065

PIN: ‪201 844 973#

Please sign up for and/or the FinalSurge app on your phone.  This program will allow you to access training plans, update your log, and share other training resources in one place. To join the team, please create a free account on FinalSurge and notify Coach Scudamore ( so that he may add you to the Denver East XC roster on FinalSurge.

Click here for your copy of the Denver East XC Summer Running Guide: East High School XC Summer Running Guide 2020-2

We can’t wait to see you at the kick off meeting tonight!!