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

meet.google.com/czq-oukp-qxy

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

meet.google.com/ufx-qyft-ebz · Up to 250 participants

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/ufx-qyft-ebz

Phone Numbers

(‪US)‪+1 337-441-4065

PIN: ‪201 844 973#

Please sign up for FinalSurge.com 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 (ddscudamore@gmail.com) 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!!

Hey Runners!!  Hopefully all of you are finding ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and get in some miles!  Please send pictures of yourself and your running buddies (human or other, following safety guidelines) so we can share them!  Please check the training plan on the website by clicking here xc summer training schedule 2020— and please keep a training log!  It is even more important than ever that you are keeping track of what your training!  Since we cannot be with you, we need to see logs so we know how to adjust your training.  We will have more information soon on how to share that with us.

Please stay tuned for some upcoming google chats—I was having some technical difficulties, but think I have it figured out.

If you are going to be a senior and would like to be a captain, please send me a letter explaining why and what would make you a good leader for this team.  I have received several already, and want to make sure I know who is interested.  Please make sure I have your letter no later than June 1.  You can send your letter to: steven_kohuth@dpsk12.org

Happy running thoughts until we talk soon!

Coach Kohuth

Cross Country Updates

Hey Runners!!  As you are painfully aware, the spring sports seasons have been canceled. I wanted to let you know all the coaches miss you and wish we could all be running together! Until we can do that, I want give you some updates and information about the upcoming cross country season—as far as we know, the fall season will happen, though it may be somewhat different than we are used to.  We need to make sure that we use this time to be getting in shape—while being safe and socially distanced.  While we have the potential to be really good next season, the work needs to be done this summer.  I am working on building our meet schedule, and we will be sending out recommended workouts and training plans soon.  Please be watching for upcoming virtual meetings or hangouts or races or other ways for us to stay connected until we are able to all get together!

If you are a rising senior and interested in being a captain next season, please send me (steven_kohuth@dpsk12.org) an explanation of why you would like to be a captain and what would make you a good one.

Please keep an eye on the website for updates—the training schedule will be up very soon and we’ll be updating every week or so. Get out and run with your dog or your parents or your siblings and be safe and stay healthy and hopefully we’ll all be running together soon!

May 4, 2020

Follow up – Angel Invite

Thanks to everyone, the Angel Invite was a successful meet!  The dozens of parent volunteers made the meet go as smooth as possible.  We are so grateful for our parents and their willingness to help the team!

Here are some stats from our meet:

  • We hosted 28 teams (including East)
  • 561 runners finished the Angel Invite
  • In our fundraising efforts, we made $153 from the Kona Ice Truck, $260 from Chipotle and $190 from merchandise sales!
  • We had over 48 parent volunteers, 8 coaches, 2 operations volunteers, 2 DPS athletics employees, 2 East mountain bike team members, 2 athletic trainers, an athletic director and an East administrator.  All of whom worked seamlessly together to make the Angel Invite happen.
  • Last but not least, we had our amazing East Angel xc runners.  Of course, they are accomplished runners, but they also were excellent hosts to their guests from the other 27 schools.

We have the honor of hosting the regional meet on Friday, October 18.  Now that we are warmed up, let’s do this again!  Please volunteer by clicking here:  Volunteer Sign Up for Regional Meet  School will not be in session on Friday, Oct 18.

Thank you for all you do for the Denver East Cross Country experience!