Nil Sine Numine

Nil Sine Numine

Nothing Without Providence

  Tuesday May 31st 2016...I sat in my car staring at the beautiful track at Palmer Ridge High School. As the rain fell steady from the storm clouds enveloping Monument, Colorado...My thoughts raced around the track in my head. I had already accepted a School Counseling job at Palmer Ridge to take over for my close friend Kelly Christensen. I would also be taking over his head coaching duties for Track and Field and Cross Country. That day, it all flashed before my eyes. I remember sitting in my car reflecting back on the road I had taken to get to that day. I recalled taking over for Mike Callor in 2012 as head coach at Dakota Ridge Track and Field Cross Country. I remembered the day in 2013 at the State Track Meet I found out Johnny Halberstadt had sold the Boulder Running Company. I thought about the day in August of 2013, my disdain for our new ownership overwhelming me, that I woke up and decided to become a School Counselor.. and I called…

Boom!! Boom!! Boom!!


Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It's always been inside of you, you, you
And now it's time to let it through, -ough, -ough

'Cause, baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, "Ah, ah, ah."
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colours burst
Make 'em go, "Ah, ah, ah."
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe of the most rewarding...exhilarating and epic performances in team history.  Last Thursday night...OUR TEAM once again met the challenge. It was awe inspiring. It was like Fireworks going off... 
Some numbers before some thoughts...
42 lifetime personal best times
58 Season best times
7 personal best times improved on by over 1 minute.... Rusche (1:38), Piegat (1:34), N. Plechaty (1:22), Swanson (1:17), Baxter (1:17), L. Harding (1:08) Pazen (1:01)
46 Seconds that Erik Selfridge took off his best of …

A Look Ahead....... A Look back

A Look Ahead....... A Look back

Thursday's League Championship races will be a special race for a ton of reasons. 
As always we will attempt to show that our program is the best in Jeffco by winning the "Program Score" ( adding the team finishes of Varsity and Junior Varsity together for all teams, low score wins). 
A few Seniors will run their last race of their career. 
Some of you will look to redeem difficult seasons with one great race and others will look to cap off already successful and rewarding seasons with one more great race. 
Lastly, it will be special for me for the simple fact that I will be out there, cheering you on, when it seemed I would not. 
Some things to watch for this Thursday.... in order by Race....
Boys Varsity 2:00pm.....Pack time. Pack Time. Pack Time. Process...process... process....we had a 45 second pack time on this course at Dave Sanders, can we get to 30-40 seconds? The race upfront might be interesting...Austin and Connor will get their…

Alamosa Paperwork and Info

Alamosa Paperwork and Info

Cost: $125.00 Make checks payable to Dakota Ridge Cross Country Boosters

There are three different pieces of paper you need to sign for Alamosa....

Click on each of these links to get the paperwork: 

1. JJH-E3 Click here 

2. JJH-E2 Click Here

3. JJH-E4 Click Here

Itinerary for Alamosa....

September 7, 2018 

8:30am Meet on West side of Dakota Ridge

9:00am Bus Leaves for Alamosa

1:00pm Arrive at Sand Dunes National Monument

3:30pm Leave Sand Dunes for Super 8 Hotel

4:00 pm Arrive at Super 8 Hotel

5:30pm Dinner

8:00pm Team Meetings

10:00pm Lights out

September 8,  2018

Leave 7:45am For Cattails Golf Course Alamosa, Colorado

9:20am Boys Race

10:25am Girls Race

12:30pm Leave Race site for Lunch

2:00pm Leave Alamosa for home

6:00pm Arrive at Dakota Ridge 

Getting Started 2018 Cross Country Season

 Getting Started 2018 Cross Country Season

We will begin official practice for us on  Monday August 13th....
In order to be ready to go for the season here is what you will need.... must have a Doctor signed and  approved Physical must register online here..... need to BUY your uniform and or any gear you wish to have here..... the uniform and gear sale closes on August 6th, we will reopen ASAP to allow for those who need it to buy their uniform. 
Fourth....A parent needs to attend our Parent meeting on  Monday August 13th at 6pm in the library at Dakota Ridge.  
Fifth...  If your Student athlete wants to attend the trip to Alamosa on September 7-8, 2018 be ready to write a check for to Dakota Ridge Cross Country boosters for our trip to Alamosa on September 7-8, 2018. The price has yet to be determined as of 8/5/2018...You bring that to our parent meeting on August 13th. 

The Rest of Summer....and Team Camp Report

 Team Camp Report and Important Information for Getting the Season started on August 13th
 2018 Team Camp was a success. A fitting beginning to arguably one of the most anticipated and exciting seasons in program history. 

Lip Sync was hotly contested with every team doing an incredible job in performing their Disney themed song. The winning margin was a mere 2 points of scoring with Moana's "You're Welcome" leaving with the championship trophy (mini guitars) over Mulan's "I'll Make a Man". 

Mueller State Park provided an incredible two days of running for the team. The highlight of the running came on Monday. As roughly 16 team members climbed the final climb of camp together with the mantra "5 more steps for the team" as their guide. Essentially the idea is that as you climb the steep trail and your legs and lungs are burning with effort, you will come to a point where you will want to back off and stop. However, sometimes all it takes to g…