Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 Broncho 2K/4K XC Fundraiser

Come out and support the Broncho XC team by participanting in the annual 2K/4K run/walk. All ages and abilities encouraged to attend. 

Where: Grass area North of the School and Track
             Schueman Stadium (1801 S. 18th Street, Lafayette)
When: Wednesday July 23rd at 6:00 pm
Registration: begins 5pm at the track/stadium
Cost: $5 if post marked by July 15th $7 evening of race

The registration form can be found HERE

Monday, May 26, 2014

Warm Weather Running & Sunscreen

Below are two posts I put up last year on Sunscreen. The information still applies today. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Coach Mark


Originally posted: 6-16-13
Please check out this great article by Active.com

Active Gear Scout: Sunscreen for Athletes

Sun protection is essential to prevent skin damage and skin cancer. When you're shopping for sunscreen, make sure it offers UVA and UVB protection. Check to see if it's waterproof or water-resistant. A waterproof sunscreen maintains its Sun Protection Factor level after 80 minutes of exposure to water, according to the Melanoma Foundation. A water-resistant sunscreen maintains its SPF level after 40 minutes of water exposure.
A sunscreen with a higher SPF doesn't necessarily mean it's better.
SPF blocks the ultraviolet B rays (UVB), which cause sunburns. The SPF number on a label refers to the product's ability to block the sun's harmful rays. For example, SPF 15 sunscreen allows a user to stay in the sun 15 times longer before burning. The average time it takes a person to burn without sunscreen is about 15 to 20 minutes, according to Americanskin.org. If you wear SPF 15, you'll be protected for 300 minutes, or 5 hours (SPF 15 x 20 minutes = 300 minutes).
SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 30 blocks about 97 percent and SPF 45 blocks 98 percent,Skincancer.org says. Products with an even higher SPF don't offer much more protection. Remember, no matter what SPF you use, you do need to re-apply.
There are endless amounts of sunscreens out there. The Active Gear Scout tested these popular products to see how well they lasted during tough runs, swims, bike rides, boot camps and daily outdoor activities. From smell to protection, here are the results.
\nFind more popular products on GearUp.

See the full article and product referrals here


Originally posted: 5-10-13
Check out this every-so-helpful starting point for your next sunscreen purchase. 

My current favorite sunscreen is Mission. It seems to have solid protection and is focused towards athletes. 

***This referral and the repellent referral are uncompensated, professional opinions on my part.

Area HS Track Update

- Harrison Edges West Lafayette to win sectional title -

Journal & Courier story HERE
Story: Sam King
Photo: Mike Heinz

- West Lafayette boys track wins sectional crown -

Journal & Courier story HERE
Story: Sam King
Photo: Mike Heinz


- Busy state tournament week begins for county teams -

Journal & Courier story HERE
Story: Sam King
Photo: Mike Heinz

Going the distance
Two weeks ago, sisters Kristen and Lauren Johnson set Hoosier Conference records in the two longest high school track events. Kristen won the 1,600 in 5:04.72 and Lauren won the 3,200 in 10:56.18, both champions.
Afterwards, both said they were eager to test those marks in the regional against some of the state’s top distance runners. Both of the marks by the West Lafayette sophomores from their conference meet would’ve been good enough for second place in the Guerin Catholic Sectional.
Carmel’s Kelcy Welch brings her time of 10:56.02 from last week’s sectional meet into the girls track sectional at West Lafayette on Tuesday. Hamilton Southeastern’s Rachel Nichwitz won the 1,600 in 5:01.43. The top three individuals in each event advance to the state meet.
Horse power
Lafayette Jeff’s speedsters led the Bronchos to a runner-up finish in the state finals last year.
Though the unit is not as deep as a year ago, Jeff still possesses some big point scorers, led by defending 100 meter state champion Matt Johnson. Johnson broke his own Lafayette Jeff Sectional record in the event last Thursday, winning in 10.59 seconds.
Johnson is the defending regional champion and defeated some of his top competition in Thursday’s race in doing so. Carmel’s Austin Roberts and Josh Ebikwo finished 1-2 at the Carmel Sectional last Thursday.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Purdue set to host B1G Track Championships May 16-18

Story credit to WLFI.com

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – The Big Ten Championships are coming to Rankin Track and Field this weekend. The Boilermakers will host the 10 other league members in the three-day event to crown the conference’s best beginning on Friday.

The three-day meet begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET with the decathlon 100m dash. The first final will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the men’s pole vault. Friday’s action will conclude with the women’s 10k, which is set to commence at 9:45 p.m. The action returns Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with the decathlon 110m hurdles. Saturday’s first final will be at 3:20 p.m. with the men’s long jump. Saturday’s events will conclude with the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, which is scheduled to begin at 8:45. The final day of competition, Sunday, will begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s javelin. Action is set to wrap up with the men’s 4x400m relays, scheduled for 3:45 p.m.

A live results link will be posted on the track and field on PurdueSports.com and on the Game Day Central page, which will be made available Friday morning. The Game Day Central page will also feature a live, interactive blog for fans to interact with the team’s communications staff to receive updated results, pictures, trivia, pictures and more. Live updates can also be found on Purdue track’s official Twitter feed, @PurdueTrackXC, and the Big Ten Championships feed, @BigTenChamps. Full results, a recap, pictures, champion quotes, and more will be posted to PurdueSports.com following each day’s completion.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students, youth and seniors for single session admission. All session tickets can be purchased for $20 for adults and $10 for students, youth and seniors. Tickets will be available at Rankin Track and Field at the west entrance and are cash only. Parking is free of charge in the lots on the west side of the track.

For the full story and a preview of the Purdue athletes, click HERE.

Dances with Dirt, Gnaw Bone - 10K, Half & Full Marathon, 50K, 50M & Relay Team Events, May 10, 2014

The Dances with Dirt series trail run events in Gnaw Bone, Indiana were held last weekend. These events are run mostly in Brown County State Park and are surely a challenge for most of us "flat landers" with a lot of single track trails and just a ton of elevation gain and loss. And this year, we got about an hour of rain during the day that added to the adventure level. Thank goodness the temps were warm. It was tough, as it usually is. But, all-in-all, a rough day on the trail beats a good day most anywhere else.

Check out some of the pictures that fellow runner Tom Chute took along the way. 

If I remember correctly, this is Ogle Lake. Beautiful!

A lot of the trails looked great before the rain. 

And, after the rain, a lot of the trails were a little tougher. 

It's a little tough losing the trail within a mile of the finish (while standing in 40 degree water)! 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

West Lafayette girls win City/County track meet

All credit to JCOnline.com, Sam King (sking@jconline.com) for the story and Eric Schlene for the photo.  

The full story can be found HERE.

Julia Bittner carried a triumphant grin across the finish line, raised her arms and crouched over before returning upright and falling into a coach's arms.
Second place had never been so glorious.
This race wasn't for first place or against a clock. It was about making sure West Lafayette finished ahead of its biggest threat on the area girls track scene.
Successfully, Bittner closed the 1,600 relay in celebratory fashion as the Red Devils edged Harrison in the City/County meet's final event and the team standings, 143.5 to 142.

West Lafayette boys rally to City/County track title

West Lafayette trailed entering the 1,600 relay, the meet's final race. But with three-fourths of their runners battling ankle injuries, the Red Devils' second-place finish was good enough to win.

All credit to JCOnline.com, Nathan Baird (nbaird@jconline.com) for the story and Eric Schlene for the photo.  

The full story can be found HERE.

West Lafayette junior Jake Cohen said his ankle felt as if it were splintering.
Two of his teammates on the 1,600 relay — leadoff man William Mbongo and anchor man Brandon Watt — were also nursing sore ankles. But those three combined with Jack Folkers for a gutsy clutch performance at Scheumann Stadium.
With its runner-up finish to McCutcheon in the final event, and Lafayette Jeff's fourth-place effort, West Lafayette surged past the Bronchos to repeat as boys City/County Track Meet champion by two points.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mini-Marathon Runners...Good Luck!

The nation's largest half marathon takes to the streets of Indy tomorrow. Good luck to all our local runners. It looks like we'll be blessed with some great weather; making for some fast times.