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LISD XC Fall Festival

  • 06:30 am — check in
  • 07:30 am — rolling start
    (~30 minutes between race starts)
    • Varsity Girls Elite 5k
    • Varsity Boys Elite 5k
    • Varsity Girls D1 (6A-5A) 5k
    • Varsity Boys D1 (6A-5A)5k
    • Varsity Girls D2 (4A-1A) 5k
    • Varsity Boys D2 (4A-1A) 5k
    • JV Girls all (6A-1A) 5k
    • JV Boys all (6A-1A) 5k
    • MS Girls 3200m
    • MS Boys 3200m

5k course map
2-mile course map
parking/facilities map

LHS JV @ Ken Gaston Invite

  • 05:45 am — athletes arrive at LHS
  • 06:00 am — bus departs field house
  • 07:15 am — arrive at meet
  • 08:00 am — rolling start
    • 5A-6A Varsity Girls 5k
    • 5A-6A Varsity Boys 5k
    • 1A-4A Varsity Girls 3200m
    • 1A-4A Varsity Boys 5k
    • 5A-6A JV Girls 5k
    • 5A-6A JV Boys 5k
    • 1A-4A JV Girls 3200m
    • 1A-4A JV Boys 5k
    • 9th Grade Girls 3200m
    • 9th Grade Boys 3200m
  • TBA — return to LHS


LHS Varsity @ Chile Pepper

  • 07:15 am — Open 10K
  • 08:45 am — Open 5K
  • 09:30 am — Men's Collegiate 10K
  • 10:20 am — Women's Collegiate 5K
  • 10:55 am — depart Chile Pepper
  • 11:00 am — high school races start
  • ~06:30 pm — return to LHS


LHS XC Practices

  • Mon — progression
  • Tue — easy miles
  • Wed — milers
  • Thu — easy miles
  • Fri — shakeout
  • Sat — Fall Festival
  • Sun — long

WSMS XC Practices

    • Mon — 7:30 am run
    • Tue — 7:30 am run
    • Wed — 7:30 am run
    • Thu — 7:30 am run
    • Fri — no practice
      report to 1st period

T&F Offseason

  • Mon — strength training
  • Tue — track
  • Wed — strength training
  • Thu — track
  • Fri — track or indoor facility

Other Upcomings

WSMS XC Info for Lovejoy Fall Festival

Please find all information for the meet on Saturday below. Reminder that you will bring your child to the meet and take them home; they will NOT be bused to this meet. Please let me know if you have any questions. Also .... click here for the list of entries for Saturday. If you do not see your child's name, and you think they are running... please let me know by the end of today. I have omitted names of athletes who have let me know in advance of conflicts.


Kids who are racing this Saturday received a uniform this morning. Girls need to be sure to have black shorts (spandex or running shorts) and a black/red/white or gray sports bra underneath top. If they did not get shorts and do not have black shorts, please have them get some from me tomorrow.

Please wash uniforms and return them Monday morning. We will hand them out again when our season begins in November.

Please place uniform in a plastic bag or baggie with athlete's name on the outside in sharpie or written on a piece of paper in the bag. This way we are 100% positive we have their uniform. Any uniform not returned will be considered missing and need to be paid for.

Friday Practice:

NO PRACTICE FRIDAY — REPORT TO 1st PERIOD. 1st period athletes will report to the cafeteria with Coach Coonrod.

Race Day Info:

You will need to provide transportation to and from Myers Park for your athlete; we will not bus them to this meet. (We WILL bus them to all other meets in November/December.)

**PLEASE NOTE EARLIER ANTICIPATED START TIMES AND EARLIER ARRIVAL TIME. Arrive at 10:00 to allow plenty of time to park.

Click here for a map of the tent area. Disregard the date, as it is last year's date, but the same instructions/location.

Coach Coonrod and I will meet the kids at the designated location. I would like them there by 10:15-10:20. The middle school girls race will be approximately 11:15, and the boys will follow.

PARKING will be a challenge, so please have athletes at the tent area by the requested time ... if you show up at 10:30 and still need to park, your child could miss the race. Cross Country has what is called a rolling schedule ... so when one race ends, the next race immediately begins. All times are estimates, so it is better to be early so athletes can be well warmed-up and prepared.

This is the only race they will run this year where 7th and 8th grade are combined. Our regular season will be separated by grade. They are welcome to come earlier to watch Varsity and JV races. Our Varsity kids will race in the Elite division starting at 7:30.


Myers Park — McKinney, TX
7117 Co Rd. 116 McKinney, TX 75071

Meet Info:

Rolling Schedule:

Race Times are projected start times — not actual start times due to a Rolling Schedule.

  • 7:30 AM VG Elite Division 5K
  • 7:55 AM VB Elite Division 5K
  • 8:15 AM VG Division1 (Large School 6A-5A) 5k
  • 8:45 AM VB Division 1 (Large School 6A-5A) 5k
  • 9:10 AM VG Division 2 (Small School 4A and Under) 5k
  • 9:40 AM VB Division 2 (Small School 4A and Under) 5k
  • 10:10 AM JV Girls (All Divisions) 5k
  • 10:45 AM JV Boys (All Divisions) 5k
  • 11:15 AM MS Girls 3200m
  • 11:40 AM MS Boys 3200m


Carly Littlefield

Lovejoy Girls XC Update/Info

I was pretty excited with the way the girls raced on Saturday. We still need to get those times down ... but I saw a lot of girls competing hard and getting out of their comfort zones (in some major heat!) Carson raced really well with a 4th place overall finish! She was very close to The Colony girl who has been running some fast times on other courses this season ... she will be looking to beat her at Regionals. Amelia and Sofia led the rest of the Varsity girls pack to a very tight finish with a 16 second spread and a 2nd place team finish. It was great to see Emily Gueller get up there and run right where she's capable-that makes our team very strong! On the JV side we had 4 freshmen in our top 5 with Senior Hannah Ortega in the mix, and Madison DuBois leading the group to a runner-up team placing.

Click here for the race results from this season including results from the UTA Meet.

Here is a link to official results:

Carly Littlefield

Gerald Richey Results

Both of our boys teams competed well yesterday winning both the Varsity and JV Boys Divisions. Coppell got out to a fast start in the Varsity Boys Division, but our boys team caught up and dominated the race during the 2nd mile onward. Coppell once again had a strong lead in the JV Boys race and I originally thought they were going to win. I usually run to the 1200M to go point when the runners come out of the forest area following the 2nd mile and Michael O’Brien was in the lead with several of our other boys right behind him. It was cool to see our boys fight their way up the ladder through the 2nd and 3rd miles to get the victory.

Click here for the race results from this season including results from the UTA Meet.

Here is a link to official results:

I will have a recap article posted on the athletics website tonight or tomorrow.

Thank you,

Logan Kelly
903-821-8399 Cell

Gerald Richey Race Recap

Another great weekend of racing for us yesterday ... it was so cool to see in every race, the runners execute the race plan we had laid out to them with perfection!!! When you race schools who train under the "Paavo" system, you can expect them to always take the race out hard from the start ... we were able to lay off the fast early tempo, and in almost every race take command of team scoring by the 1.5 mile ... We came away with 2 Team wins (Varsity boys/JV boys) and two Team runners up (Var girls/JV girls). Coppell being a large 6A school just outnumbered us with their depth on the girls side, but I was very pleased with how we ran ... good things are happening!!!

So far our boys varsity is 24-0 against teams in races and our girls are 15-2 !!!

Look for more detailed analysis from Carly, Logan, and Jim ... but I thought Brady had a great dual with Sergio, Ryan and the rest of the guys also had strong, smart races. Carson ran great and gave the leaders a great effort ... our girls pack is tight. Michael O'Brien got the JV win (well deserved) ... and in the JV girls race I was pleased to see the girls out tough like Anna Iovinelli leading our girls through mile 1 ... freshman Madison DuBois was our top finisher, then followed by Hannah Ortega and then Anna.

We have a few coming up with some nicks/dings ... encourage your runner to let us know immediately when they're experiencing discomfort that isn't "normal". Thankfully we have got to this point in pretty good shape ... Rest/Nutrition/Sleep !!!!

We are only 4 weeks away from the District Championship race week ... our training emphasis will take more of a shift to more speed and greater rest. We are looking pretty solid at this point of the season on both sides ... the teams this year would be beating our teams from last year.

Run Happy Run Long Follow Your Arrow,


A Quiet But Very Successful Gerald Richey Invitational

The Lovejoy High School harriers made a solid statement at today's Gerald Richey XC Invitational with the boys winning the first place trophies for both the Varsity and JV races, while the girls took both runners up trophies for their two races. Four races and four trophies works just fine.

The meet was not as well attended compared to prior years with the Varsity Girls squaring off against only 4 other full teams while the Varsity Boys only contended with 11 other full teams. By comparison, last year the opponent teams numbered 10 and 15 respectively. Still there were quality opponents, and Coppell in particular provided a great early test for the Leopards. From a spectator perspective, the parking couldn't have been easier nor the viewing less crowded. And all the races went off on time or earlier.

The weather was much warmer than it has been for the past couple weeks. By the time the JV Boys race got under way around 11:15 am, the temperature had risen to 88° and would eventually top out at 93°. Fortunately there was a nice breeze coming off of Joe Pool Lake. The heat stretched the athletes' endurance, and the Lovejoy patented summer training regimen proved its value today.

Our Girls Varsity ran an extremely strong pack today, the strongest in years. Junior Carson Hockersmith (4th overall in 19:32.4) was well out ahead of the pack battling with the race's other front runners from 6A Coppell and 5A The Colony. Carson improved a whopping 1:05.3 over her time at last year's Gerald Richey, and was even 27.6 seconds better than her State qualifying time here at Lynn Creek Park during last fall's XC Region II Championships. Amazing, especially considering the warm conditions.

But then came the astonishing pack finish: the 2-7 split time was only 16.7 seconds. Sophomore Sofia Estes (9th overall in 21:03.1) had company today running side-by-side most of the race with freshman Amelia Carothers (10th overall in 21:03.8). Right behind them came senior Emily Gueller (11th overall in 21:05.7). This year the girls' squads are not blessed with a lot of senior leadership, so Emily really provides some necessary glue during Varsity races as the lone senior. Junior Avery Silliman (13th overall in 21:15.2) led in a mini-pack that included sophomore Andrea Richardson (14th overall in 21:16.6) and sophomore Zoe Bessa (15th overall in 21:19.8). So our scorers finished 4-9-10-11-13-14-15. A pack doesn't get much tighter than that, and the girls were rewarded with a 2nd place finish. Closing the 90-second gap with Carson is a work on, and Carson's improvements will make it even more challenging to keep pace with her. C'est la vie!

The Lovejoy Varsity boys were characteristically strong throughout the lineup with a 1-8 split time that was under minute. Coppell was surprised at Lovejoy's dominance, but that's happening to a lot of Lovejoy opponents these days. Sophomore Brady Laboret (2nd overall in 16:14.2) battled throughout the race with all-world Sergio Armendariz from Dallas Adamson (4th overall at State last year). Senior Ryan Brands (5th overall in 16:35.1) had an especially good race today, looking strong and energized throughout. The Lovejoy scoring closed out quickly with junior Brett Pedersen (7th overall in 16:41.5) leading in senior Mr. Bradley Davis (8th overall in 16:42.2) and sophomore Will Muirhead (9th overall in 16:45.2). A great effort by Brett with Will turning in another top-5 performance; and let's not forget about Sunny D.

And the great results just continue on and on for the Varsity boys: sophomore Whit Bedell (11th overall in 17:03.1), senior Ryan Spruell (12th overall in 17:04.1), and senior William Godfrey (14th overall in 17:12.5). So that's 5 of the top 9 finishers, 8 of the top 14 finishers, and another lopsided victory for the boys.

Sophomores Grant Gueller (18th overall in 17:28.7) and Chayden DuBois (23rd overall in 17:44.0) were a little ways back but still finished in the top 25 of a competitive 99-runner race. This year's Boys Varsity is top-heavy — there's not a single freshman on the Varsity, which is a first for the boys Varsity. There are several great freshmen boys who are qualified to run Varsity, but the older guys just aren't leaving any slots open in the lineup. A nice problem for a team to have.

The JV Girls race was dominated by a very, very deep girls contingent from Coppell which scored a perfect 15. But the Lovejoy JV girls had a solid race with a lot of good efforts turned in. Freshman Madison DuBois (9th overall in 23:36.7) had a top-10 finish. The lone senior, Hannah Ortega (12th overall in 24:00.4) provided the squad's leadership. Freshman Anna Iovinelli (15th overall in 24:30.5) followed. Then freshman Scarlett Terwege (17th overall in 25:02.0) led in the final Lovejoy scoring wave that included freshman Nia Marwaha (18th overall in 25:07.3) and sophomore Lacey Pelkowski (20th overall in 25:16.4). So placing 6 runners in the top 20 is pretty gangster, and good enough for the 2nd place trophy.

Lovejoy's JV boys (aka the 'Highwaymen') have been running away with races for several years now, but today Coppell gave them all they could handle. This was today's biggest race with 185 finishers. With 1 mile left, the Lovejoy coaches were thinking our guys weren't going to catch Coppell who had gone out fast. But that's where Lovejoy's training and race management pays off as our guys picked off Coppell runners one by one and secured a 28-34 victory. The effort given by each of our runners mattered — this was a solid team victory where every point really counted. And even the Coppell fans knew it: If we had a nickel for ever time a Coppell fan yelled at one of their runners to 'catch that Lovejoy kid' then we wouldn't need fund raisers.

Senior Preston Tiff led most of the race for Lovejoy, but fell back to the #2 finishing spot, still 3rd place overall in 18:24.7. Preston showed a lot of senior leadership getting the team off and running early, and they'd need every second by the end of the race. Junior Michael O'Brien was flying out front and by a lot at the end of the race finishing #1 and 1st overall in 17:48.9 with a 29.5-second gap between himself and the 2nd place overall finisher from Coppell. Simply put, Michael's run was impressive.

Super frosh Alex Pedersen (7th overall in 18:37.0) led in the critical scoring pack of sophomore Erik Day (8th overall in 18:40.7) and sophomore Shalin Mehta (9th overall in 18:41.4). I say critical because only seconds behind them were the #4 and #5 finishers for Coppell. If you flip those two scoring packs, then Lovejoy ends up with the 2nd place trophy. That 10 seconds between Alex and Coppell's #5 decided the race and leveraged the winning opportunity set up by Michael and Preston. This is the sort of thing that makes you proud to be a Leopard! Well done, guys.

Help Needed

Next weekend we will be hosting one of the largest meets in the State all season at Myers Park. To pull this off we need a lot of support from parent volunteers. We will have over 80 teams and over 3500 runners ... we will have the course marked well, but will need assistance with course monitors, parking, concessions, registration ... etc. We have had incredible support from our team parents in the past, many of who now have sons/daughters who are graduating. We need our parents of our younger runners to step up and help support the meets as much as you can so we can continue the excellence in our program and the reputation it has garnered as a result of previous parent involvement. We won't ask you to do anything you're not comfortable with and for the most part, it requires just having a presence on the course for a monitor.

If you have already volunteered for course set-up on Friday, or a position on Saturday, THANK YOU ... if not, please reconsider because we need you. Teams want to be a part of this event due in large part because of the quality event Logan and the Booster Club put on ... but we can't do it without your involvement ...

Please respond to the sign-up genius if at all possible:

Thank you,


LHS Track & Field Update

We have had a great start to the 2017-2018 Track and Field year. We've had a few new athletes join the off-season group and now have 37 male athletes in our off-season program. We are expecting around 60 athletes to join us for the Spring season. This is great news for our program!! It's great to see our guys getting to know each other and becoming more comfortable with their teammates. This will lead to each of them encouraging each other throughout each workout. We still have a few athletes that have not completed the required forms to participate in Lovejoy Athletics. Below are the links to complete the forms.

Pole Vault Workouts

Lovejoy pole vault athletes will workout on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Coach Andrews beginning September 19th. These workouts will begin during 8th Period and will end at 5:00 PM.


All forms should be completed as quickly as possible. All forms will be turned into our athletic training staff and I will get a report for missing forms this week. Please click the links below to access the online forms.

Please contact me by call, text, or email if you have any questions.

Go Leopards!

Coach Tim Denton

Welcome Ginger

Hi, this is Emily. Yesterday Greg got a call from the SPCA that a Border Collie was becoming available for adoption, and they wanted to give us first crack at her since a previous adoption didn't pan out. So Greg went to the SPCA came home with an 8-year old named Ginger. There's a photo of the two of use below.

Ginger is tri-colored and has beautiful markings, almost as nice as mine. She looked a bit ruff (ha ha), so Greg gave a good bath and brushed her out.

Ginger had been breeding at a puppy mill before the SPCA got her. She's very skinny and had bad heart worm issues but is on last round of meds so should be good to meet the team later this week. She knows commands and loves to play so she'll fit in nicely ... very sweet temperament — like *me*. I have been very good about sharing my toys, so Greg will probably get us some new ones — yee hah!

Gerald Richey Race Week

Another race week has arrived, and we are now at the "meat" of our pre-season ... (remember the only 3 meets that matter are District/Region/State) and by looking at the registered teams to attend, we look to do very favorably. It will be another relatively small meet which is good so we can begin focusing on specific aspects of our race day execution (hitting specified times at different points, lowering the 1-7 split ...).

In looking at the results from yesterday, most of the heavy programs were at Southlake, and raced pretty fast. Comparing common opponents to teams we are watching ... on the girls side Ursuline beat us at Plano, which was a relatively small meet by 30 pts. Yesterday they beat Prosper and HP by over 100 in a large meet ... (more runners means more scoring between places) so I think we are right there with those 2 schools who will certainly be in the hunt for a top 4 finish at the Region meet.

For the boys, Grapevine is currently ranked 2nd behind us, and they were beaten by Plano West at Southlake, who we beat handily at Plano. So long story short, I like where we're at right now and I'm probably just as antsy as they are to get to racing ... our workouts have been going better than any year I can remember for both squads. Friday's threshold was great !!!

Another thing to keep in mind which I think differentiates our program from most when it comes to racing: most of the top programs will have raced at Marcus, Southlake, Lovejoy, McNeil ... those are 4 huge meets with a lot of fast racing ... as you know, it's hard to be on your best every weekend ... only so many bullets in the chamber. We like to train hard early/race fast late ;). There is plenty of time to race top programs ... it's more important to get in all aspects of the training cycles first uninterrupted by a race week.

As our racing gets cranked up these next few weeks, so does the stress level. To make sure all things are good focus on Sleep, Diet, and Hydration.

  • Sleep: 7-9 hours ... don't stay up late with school work ... plan your study time so that isn't necessary ... you won't remember much, or do quality work past 11:00 anyway.
  • Diet: fresh fruit/veggies do a lot ... lean meats ... orange juice or some source of vitamin C. Don't forget sources of iron too.
  • Hydration: drink when thirsty!!! Don't overdo it.
  • Supplements: if you're wondering about supplements let me know ... there isn't much I haven't tried myself over the years ha ha.

Run Happy Run Long Follow Your Arrow,


LLI Golf Tournament

The annual LLI Golf Tournament is being held Friday, October 6th at The Golf Club at Twin Creeks — a new location this year. This is one of two big fundraisers for Lovejoy athletics in part benefiting the XC/Track booster club. Please consider participating in the tournament, and sign up your golfing friends (they will thank you for it). Sponsorships are also available.

Various prizes will be awarded during a lunch immediately following golf.

The event fills up fast so submit your registration soon. Click here to download a copy of the registration form. The registration and payment deadline is Monday, October 2nd.

Our booster club will receive 90% of the net proceeds brought in by XC/Track sponsors and golfers. Please remember to specify on your registration form that you are supporting the "Lovejoy XC/Track Booster Club". Most of the entry fee only gets remitted to Lovejoy XC+TF booster club if the organizers can identify which club you are supporting. The version of the form available off this website already specifies our booster club.

For more information, please contact Chad Broussard (e:, m: 972-740-0051).

Alumni Report — #1

A quiet first weekend (last weekend) for what may be the quietest XC season for Leopard alumni. As results are posted, they get Tweeted out (#webphoto_ljxctf), so these articles will serve as a summary.

  • Katie Ruhala (2013), is still running as a collegian in this her final XC season as a redshirt senior with the UT Austin Longhorns. Katie and the 'Horns competed at the Aggie Opener in College Station last Friday night, 01-Sep where she placed 20th out of 53 runners and #8 for UT (the entire team ran) with a time of 15:32.1 for the 4100 meter course (not a misprint). Katie appears several times in the video below (she is sporting bib #1635, also recognizable as the blondest ponytail on the team — we're just talkin' hair color here). The video is much clearer in full-screen mode (hint, hint). UT runs next at its Texas Invitational next Thursday night, 15-Sep. [story] [results]
  • Abby Tedford (2014) a senior at Arkansas is still on the Razorbacks' roster, but has not yet run this season.
  • Baylee Webb (2014) is in her senior year at Mississippi College, and making a splash thus far. She was featured in a pre-meet video (see below). Last Friday night, 01-Sep, Baylee and the Choctaws competed at their Choctaw Open where Baylee finished #7 for the team and 27th overall in 16:59.97 for the 4K course. The team competes next at the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis on 16-Sep. [story] [results]
  • Chloe Tedder (2015) is a junior Computer Science major at Southern Mississippi University. She has not yet run for the Golden Eagles this fall.
  • Rachel Tedder (2015) is also a junior Computer Science major at Southern Mississippi University, and has not yet seen her first action of the season.
  • Ariaan Cnossen (2016), a sophomore at Stephen F Austin, is in recovery mode and probably won't run XC this fall.
  • Will Wise (2016) is a sophomore at Presbyterian College in South Carolina. He and the Blue Hose got off to a great start last Friday night, 01-Sep, at the Eye Opener in Spartanburg where Will finished #1 for the team and 30th overall out of 80 runners finishing the 8K course with a PR of 28:16.6. The team competes next at the Winthrop Adidas Invitational on 16-Sep. [story] [results]
  • Grant Tiff (2017), a freshman at Stephen F Austin, is recovering from an injury and won't run XC until later in the season.

WSMS XC Update/Iinfo

The kids had a great week of running. We ran another 2 miles on the track today, and MANY times have already dropped; that is awesome in just one week! They are getting stronger and more confident with each practice. The weather is so nice in the mornings; it makes for great running! Please have your child go for a 25-30 minute run on either Saturday or Sunday this weekend if their schedule allows for it ... I know some play a lot of soccer/hockey/lacrosse/etc.


Some important info from our trainer: We have three cases of a skin infection in our athletic population at Willow Springs. Click here for instructions on how to help prevent the spread. Please go over these with your athlete.

If you notice any athletes with uncovered wounds or they mention a wound that is not getting better, please send them to Coach Taylor (trainer) immediately.


Carly Littlefield

WSMS XC Update/Iinfo

It has been a great start for our Cross Country kiddos! We have a lot of talented runners and many hard workers! The 2 mile time trial went well, and now the kids have a goal in mind — to get stronger and faster and improve their time the next time we run it.

Tomorrow we will take our first venture into the neighborhood next to Willow Springs. We will only take the kids who are running consistently for 20 minutes solid — all others will remain on campus with Coach Coonrod until they are ready. Please try to arrive on time so all kids are with us when we depart.

Practice will continue to be 7:30 AM each day.

Remind 101

If you have not signed up for Remind 101, please do so for the quickest communication regarding practice cancellations due to weather and other last minute notes. Info can be found on page 5 of the WSMS 2017 XC Program Information packet.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for sending great kids for us to work with!

Carly Littlefield

LHS Boys XC Update

I hope you all are enjoying your Labor Day weekend. Tonight will be our final evening (7:00 PM) workout for the year. Starting tomorrow we will begin XC workouts during 8th period. The procedures for this change will go as follows:

  • Athletes report to field house at beginning of 8th period and change into workout clothes.
  • After changing report to the field house team meeting room for team meeting.
  • We will bus runners over to Celebration Park for the workout. Runners who can drive themselves may do so. Runners who cannot drive themselves must ride the bus or turn in an alternate travel form.
  • Workout begins at Celebration Park.
  • Most practices will end around 5:00 PM and parents can pick their runner up at Celebration Park. If a runner needs a ride back to LHS they can ride the bus back to LHS.

The majority of teams across the state of Texas raced their first or second 5K for the season. Not all results are in as of yet but I enjoy looking at results. I feel our boys team is in good shape so far and we want to keep them rolling along the way we are progressing. The main thing is to keep the runners healthy, injury free, and feeling fresh. Grapevine boys had a good showing at the Marcus I Invitational. They are a team to keep an eye on, but I feel that we have a deeper and stronger team overall. Grapevine always has a strong showing at Marcus and teams typically have fast times there. We have one more week to train and get better this week before we race again on September 16th. Looking forward to another successful week of training.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Logan Kelly
903-821-8399 Cell

LHS Girls XC New Uniforms

Our new Nike uniforms for the girls Cross Country and Track & Field Teams came in this past Friday! We are very excited about these new uniforms and want to make sure that they are properly taken care of this year. Click here for the instructions on how to properly wash the new uniforms. We will give each athlete a paper copy of instructions as well.

We will hand out the new uniforms to the girls team after tonight's workout at Celebration. Reminder this is the last evening workout for the year. Starting tomorrow (Tuesday) we will begin 8th period workouts. In order to receive your new uniforms please do the following:

  • See Coach Littlefield or Coach Kelly after tonight’s workout
  • Return white uniform or uniform previously issued to you. You will not receive a new uniform until the previous one is returned.
  • If you are unable to attend tonight's workout, you can pick your new uniform up tomorrow and return your previously issued uniform.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Logan Kelly
903-821-8399 Cell

Training Week 8/4-9/10

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe, restful Labor Day weekend ... I really don't have a lot to make mention of this weekend ... we are continuing to have great workouts and Carly, Logan and I are very optimistic about the coming weeks of racing. At home, please continue to be vigilant on sleep and nutrition ... and also making sure we get out the door for the long weekend runs!!! These are an absolute MUST.

We are looking to have another full week of good work before our race schedule gets busy. Please make sure rest is stressed as that is the best way to lessen the severity of strep/colds which I'm sure are just around the corner ... we always go through a round about this time of year ... also stress no sharing of water bottles!! The Conference meet is only 5 weeks away.

We will be starting a Lovejoy Running Club which will have its organizational meeting Tues the 12th ... in the LHS library ... same night as BC meeting I believe, but if you wish to join send me notification and I will add you to the Running Club email list. We will meet Tues/Thurs at 6:00pm for group walks/runs ... and for those farther along in training who are looking to race, we will have workouts as well to get you primed for racing. Eventually, once we get a cool logo we will get Lovejoy Running Club gear offered on a Nike store site much like we do our team gear .. it isn't exclusively for Lucas/Fairview residents so if you know someone outside the Lovejoy attendance zones who mightn't enjoy this let them know.

Run Happy Run Long Follow Your Arrow,


Viewing and Downloading Photos from the Meet Photo Albums

The YouTube video embedded below (hit the expand button on the left) gives a good basic explanation on how to view and download photos from the meet photo albums, which are stored on an external photo site, SmugMug. The audio track on the video is a little soft, so you may need to turn up the volume on your computer. I also recommend that you watch the video in full screen mode — too many details on the screen to pick out when the video is in inset mode.

A few points to note:

  • All of the meet photo albums can be accessed from the Photos page of this website.
  • The password for each of the photos albums is the same as the password for this website.
  • The SmugMug 'purchase' functionality is disabled (or should be) for all of the photo albums. I think you can get much better pricing from Costco or Target, etc., if you want a physical print of a photo. So just download the photo you want, and then use whatever service you want to print the photo.
  • There are no watermarks on any of the photos sizes. But I still find it more flexible to download the original size.
  • If you need a larger size, let me know.
  • As a reminder, all photos are free for use by boosters, coaches, athletes, LISD publications, etc.
  • On this website we refer to 'photo albums', but on the SmugMug website and in the video they use the term 'galleries'. They mean the same thing.

Please contact me if you have any questions: Jim McGuinness (e:, m: 214-649-8263).

Annual LISD Volunteer Application

Each year, adults volunteering for Lovejoy ISD activities need submit an application online for security clearance purposes.

Click here to go to the 2017-2018 site for volunteer applications. It has the guidelines for volunteering as well as a link to actual application. Note that although it's a new online application form this year, it will ask for the same information as in previous years.

If you have any questions please contact Gina Ellis (e:, p: 469-742-8000).

Girls XC Recap

It was such a great weekend to be a Runnin' Leopard! The kids brought home 3 wins and a runner-up trophy! I'm very proud of the way the girls COMPETED!! Going into the race, that was what I told them I wanted to see ... getting out there and competing when it gets tough. Zoe Bessa made her debut at the Varsity level with a HUGE presence in the race! She had a big PR and ran in the #3 spot for the girls! Freshman Amelia Carothers got her first varsity race under her belt and proved to be a major asset to the team. The rest of the Varsity girls showed that their ability to stick together is there ... with an outstanding 15 second gap between #2-#5. Now as they drop those times down in the coming weeks, they will surely be a force to be reckoned with!!

On the JV side of things, Lily Bouldin surprised us all with her race ... proving that she's a "gamer" and showing that her work this summer is paying dividends for her! Evie McGowen had a strong race, leading the JV girls to the win with new-comer and trackster Emily Piccirillo right on her heels. Hannah Ortega had a big day and has made great gains over the past 2 years! A talented, tight group of freshmen followed closely to clutch the win! Watching the progress from where we started last year to where we are now is simply amazing! I look forward to seeing the girls' intensity for the next 2 weeks as they got a big taste of success on Saturday!


Carly Littlefield

Training Week 8/28-9/3

We had a very good opening race weekend, probably our best in team history having won 3 of 4 divisions, but it's time to get back to work. Everyone should be getting in their long runs and shaking off the effects of a raceday. Other than the early wake-up call, they may be having some sore heels/shins. The sore heels are from racing in a shoe with a much lower heel drop than their trainers, so the Achilles is stretched a bit. The sore shins are due to overstriding late stages of the race. Both can be remedied by training a bit more barefooted at Celebration.

When looking at our race results and comparing times to other teams, it's very hard to do as we don't know the accuracy of course measurement. Even yesterday, some gps watches were measuring 3.2 miles making the course 172 yards long! No matter ... what I look for in our races is our grouping and how close we are to each other ... after Carson, we had a :15 gap from our 2-5 runner ... that's exceptional !!! For the guys after Brady we had a :21 gap from 2-5 ... that is very tough to beat when the times were as fast as we are right now ... we'll get faster, and as we do we have to keep those splits where they are, but closer to our #1 runners ... and we will ;)

We have 2 weeks to get in some good work before our next race week. We will take advantage of this time and make some adjustments to our workouts. We will be adjusting times for runners to hit on thresholds/intervals based off new race data ... some people made huge leaps from where they had been training.

Although we are off from racing now for a spell, sleep and nutrition become all the more important. It's during the deep stages of sleep that HGH is produced to repair the body. The more repeated sleep cycles a runner gets, the more repair takes place ... and there has to be the right building blocks to repair with so protein is essential. Also during sleep is when the kidneys balance out electrolytic levels so keeping a proper water balance will help the processes.

It may be a wet week ahead as Harvey's effects roll through, but we need to get in as much work as we can ... the Donna North coach said they had escaped any bad weather so that's good news, but I feel badly for the teams in the Houston area.

Run Long Run Happy Follow Your Arrow,


Plano ISD Invitational Re-Cap

I was very pleased with today's results from both our boys and girls teams. We have a lot to celebrate. Our Varsity Boys, JV Boys, and JV Girls took home the 1st place trophies. Our Varsity Girls were the Team Runner Up.

The Plano 5K course seems to be a more difficult course even though it is flat. Last year we suspected that the course might be a bit long and we did so again this year with some runners GPS watches measuring 3.2 miles vs. 3.1. Either way our boys competed very well. I knew going into this meet that our boys team is on another level this year. I think we demonstrated that today along with the depth of our team.

The main thing I wanted to see today was improvement in times from this year compared to last year. Overall we had some great improvements. I use a lot of data, stats, and numbers in my coaching and that is one aspect of our sport that is very black and white. Click here for the 2017 Plano meet results compared to the 2016 Plano meet results. In addition I included how much each runner improved (if they ran this race last year) and how much a runner improved their PR (Personal Record) by. We had several career PR's today and all of the runners new to the team established their career PR today. All runners have to start somewhere and now they now where they stand. Time to improve and get better throughout the season!

It is great to start out the season on a strong note, but we must keep in mind the championship races at the end of the season are the ones that matter. Our main priority for the rest of this season is to continue to have consistent and successful workouts, improve, stay healthy, and keep our legs fresh for the races that matter at the end of the season.

We now have two weeks to train and get better before our next race on September 16th. It is very exciting to see that our boys are performing on such a high level and should make for a fun year!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Logan Kelly
903-821-8399 Cell

Good Start

Well ... Meat Loaf sang "2 out of 3 Ain't Bad" .... well then 3 out of 4 must be pretty dang good then ... and our Varsity girls had an outstanding day having so many run well!!! I'm really excited for all the Leopards on the course today.

  • Varsity girls w/ Carson under 20:00, and our next 4 within :15 just over 21:00 ... with our 5th at 21:16
  • Varsity boys dominated with 36 pts ... 2 sophomores leading the way
  • JV girls taking care of Ursuline for the win
  • JV boys crushing the field with 26 pts

There were so many impressive performances for the first race of the season, but I think the "theme" for the day is that we were served well by our youth and depth ... our (freshwomen?) had outstanding days and several really impressed me ... Brady and Will leading the guys today as sophomores was cool to see ... and with 8 guys under 17:00!!!

A nice way to start the season, but we're just getting started ... lots left to do but this is confirmation that there has been some serious work done this summer.

Carly and Logan will be providing more detailed analysis, along with Jim on the booster webpage (user ID: Corredor, password: conatus).

Thanks for all the support today!!!


Successful Start at the Plano ISD Invitational

Lovejoy's harriers got the fall 2017 XC season off to a very successful start today at the Plano ISD Invitational.

The weather was perfect: mostly overcast, seasonally cool, a light breeze. The course was soft, but not at all sloppy. The course length was a bit of a question mark. By one measure it came out to only 4700 meters.

Today's competition was relatively light, which is reasonable for the season's start. The Plano schools (all 6A) and Ursuline Academy (6A TAPPS) provided the notable competition for Lovejoy.

The Lady Leopards turned in a fantastic performance for their first Varsity girls race of the season finishing 2nd to Ursuline Academy (last year's 6A TAPPS State champion) and ahead of stalwarts Plano West (6A), Plano Senior (6A), Plano East (6A), Lake Highlands (6A), and Wylie East (5A District 15) among others. This was really just a 2-team race between Ursuline and Lovejoy with the experienced Bears (3 seniors, 5 juniors, and 3 sophomores) getting the better of our younger Lovejoy runners.

As always, junior Carson Hockersmith was well out in front competing with the race leaders most of the way. Carson has such a strong running style in the mold of Chloe Tedder (LHS class of 2015). But Carson is also very light-footed — reminiscent of a deer prancing through the forest. Carson finished 6th overall cracking the 20-minute barrier (19:55.4) in this season's inaugural meet.

Sophomore Sofia Estes (15th overall in 21:01.3) was as reliable as ever in leading the scoring pack. Nearly matching Sofia was Varsity newcomer/sophomore Zoe Bessa (16th overall in 21:04.6). Zoe exemplifies the makeover in the Lovejoy girls' lineups. Many of the familiar faces from prior seasons are no longer running XC, but their replacements have given the girls a quantum leap in performance. Freshman Amelia Carothers (21st overall in 21:12.30) picked up where she left off at WSMS turning in a strong LHS debut performance. Welcome to LHS Cross Country, Ms. Carothers. Closing out the scoring was the lone senior, Emily Gueller (22nd overall in 21:16.0). The girls' 2-5 split time of 14.7 seconds was ridiculously low and portends well for championship season, which begins with District on October 12th (7.2 weeks away). Junior Avery Silliman (26th overall in 21:31.5) had a solid day and provides great depth for the Varsity. A resurgent sophomore Andee Richardson (34th overall out of 105 runners in 21:54.8) completed Lovejoy's top 7.

Three other girls made their high school and/or Varsity debut for the Leopards: freshman Ashlyn Carter, freshman Natalie Wong, and sophomore Paula Delfin. In addition to being talented, a second way of describing the girls Varsity is 'young'. It will be exciting to see where all this talent and youth leads them by season's end.

One likely goal is getting more of the Varsity girls under 21:00.0 and hopefully under 20:30 (or better) by District. But you couldn't ask for more from their performance today (unless you're a coach).


The Varsity boys could successfully defend their State title next weekend if called upon to do so. They look ready, but the coaches undoubtedly have bigger and better plans. Running against mostly 6A schools today, the guys posted a score of 36 points with our 5 scoring runners all finishing in the top 10 overall and under 16:50.0. The 6A teams from Plano West (52 points) and Plano East (71 points) provided the only real competition — none of the 10 other teams in the race could crack the 150-point mark including 5A District 15 foe Wylie East (248 points).

Super soph Brady Laboret (2nd overall in 16:04.4) duked it out the whole race with ultimate winner Pete Johnson from Plano West with only 4.2 seconds separating them at the finish. Sophomore Will Muirhead (7th overall in 16:28.0) led in a string of six (6) Lovejoy runners that cinched the race for the Leopards: senior Ryan Brands (8th overall in 16:40.9), a healthy senior Ryan Spruell (9th in 16:48.7), junior Brett Pedersen (10th in 16:49.7), and senior Mr. Bradley Davis (11th in 16:50.4). Plano West managed to squeeze in the 12th place finisher before Lovejoy's sophomore Whitson Bedell (13th in 16:54.4) and senior William Godfrey (14th in 16:58.5) turned the race into a route. So that's 8 Lovejoy runners in the top 15 and under 17:00.0. And it's just the first meet. Not to be left behind, junior Chayden DuBois (20th in 17:21.9) running with a fury, and sophomore Grant Gueller (21st in 17:26.0) meant that approximately half of the top 21 finishers in the 101-runner race were Leopards. Okay, that works.


We've consistently talked about the exceptional quality of our JV boys squad since 2007. But as of today, the JV Girls are officially gangster. From the fall of 2008 through the fall of 2011, Lovejoy had a great Varsity girls squad, which was backed up by a solid JV girls squad. But those JV girls weren't nearly as fast as these JV girls. Today should serve as a warning to Highland Park's all-girl JV army.

Junior Evelyn McGowan (6th overall in 23:32.8) took command early and led an atypically tight JV girls pack to victory over a very surprised Ursuline Bears JV squad of 49 runners (larger than HP's all-girl JV army). Right behind Eve was sophomore Emily Piccirillo (7th in 23:33.4), freshman Lily Bouldin (8th in 23:36.2), senior Hannah Ortega (10th in 23:38.2), freshman Scarlett Terwege (11th in 23:55.20), and freshman Madison DuBois (12th in 23:55.8). With 6 runners in the top 12, Lovejoy (42 points) bested 2nd place Ursuline (48 points), and far outdistanced Plano West (84 points), Plano East (128 points), Wylie East (166 points), and the remaining 6 teams all of whom scored above 200 points.

Yes, we're talking about the JV girls here, not the Varsity boys. The young Lady Leopards had a 1-6 split time of only 22.9 seconds. Can't beat that. And all this happened with 10 girls running Varsity which depleted the JV ranks by 3 of their top runners. Most of the other teams only ran 7 in the Varsity races. Because of the girls' amazing performances today, Lovejoy took home a box full of medals, three 1st place trophies, and one 2nd place trophy. Nice.


The JV boys race is always fun and exciting for Lovejoy's fans. Today was no exception. The guys creamed the competition scoring a meet-low 26 points. The Plano schools managed to keep their scores under 125 points: Plano West (75 points), Plano Senior (111 points), and Plano East (117 points). But the other 8 teams all fell above 200 points including district foe Wylie East (208 points).

Junior Michael O'Brien (3rd overall in 17:57.1) flew through the course and separated himself from the scoring pack by 15.8 seconds. Then came this season's super frosh candidate Alex Pedersen (4th in 18:12.9) followed by sophomore Erik Day (5th in 18:22.1), super frosh candidate Trevor Malik (6th in 18:23.6), and then super frosh candidate John Armstrong (8th in 18:30.7). So that's our scoring runners all finishing in the top 8. Game, set and match.

But of course that's not it for our JV boys. Normally we wouldn't take the time to list out the next 10 Lovejoy finishers, but when you finish in the top 25 of a 163-runner field, the least that should happen is that you get mentioned on the booster club website. So here we go: junior Collin Jones (10th in 18:36.9), senior Preston 'Grant' Tiff (11th in 18:48.2), sophomore Shalin Mehta (12th in 18:48.3), sophomore Thomas Michal (14th in 18:50.3), junior Stephan Evin (16th in 18:57.3), sophomore Sam Rouse (17th in 19:15.5), 8th grader Matthew Murray (19th in 19:36.7), sophomore Brenden Dunleavy (20th in 19:41.5), freshman Cameron Kennedy (21st in 19:46.9), and sophomore Blake Hinton (23rd in 19:50.3).

For years we've been describing Lovejoy's JV boys as 'gangster'. Maybe its time to pull out the Thesaurus and look up a new nickname. How about 'highwaymen'?


Click here for the meet photo album.

Fall 2017 XC Captains

The captains elected and announced tonight to lead the XC for the fall 2017 campaign are ...

  • Bradley Davis
  • Ryan Brands
  • Ryan Spruell
  • Jason Abernathy
  • William Godfrey
  • Brady Laboret
  • Emily Gueller
  • Carson Hockersmith
  • Avery Silliman
  • Bryce Gourney
  • Evie McGowan

Congratulations to the returning and new captains. All of the candidates were deserving.

WSMS XC Starts Tomorrow!

I hope your child had an AWESOME first day of school!! THANK YOU to all of those who were able to make it to the parent meeting last Thursday! For those who had to miss... I am attaching the paperwork handed out. Please read through the handbook carefully as it has the season schedule, Remind101 info, and other important program expectations.

If your child is not participating in Cross Country this year, please email me at and let me know so that I can remove you from the email list.


  1. WSMS XC HANDBOOK (contains schedule)
  2. Booster Club membership form (highly recommend getting involved in our AMAZING booster club!)
  3. Spiritwear ordering information: NOTHING is required. These are optional items that are also offered to our high school athletes, and you may purchase as you like. (please note due date of 01-Sep)
  4. Yard sign form (also not required)

We will get going with our Cross Country practices tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM. Please read through this email for some important information.

  • MORNING PRACTICE DROP OFF — Please drop your child in the back of the school and tell them to enter through the cafeteria door. I usually get to the middle school between 7:00-7:05. We will start at 7:30 sharp at the trophy case in front of the gyms.
  • SCHEDULES — There was some confusion regarding schedules. If your child is only in Track/XC, they will be in 1st period athletics. (regardless of grade or gender) If you have questions, please let me know.
  • LOCKERS — 1st period athletes received lockers this morning. 8th period athletes will get lockers tomorrow during 7:30 practice time.
  • WSMS Trainer Coach Taylor (Spencer)
  • PAPERWORK — PLEASE read below regarding paperwork. Your child MAY NOT participate in any practices until all paperwork and athletic physical is complete. They can bring their physical to Coach Taylor (or myself) tomorrow or anytime this week. All other paperwork is online.

THANK YOU, and let me know if you have questions! I can't wait to see our kids and get the season going!!!

Carly Littlefield

Join the XCTF Booster Club

Please consider joining our booster club. Click here to download the membership form.

Several different memberships are available to meet all levels of interest. You can mail your completed form along with your dues to ...

Tracy Spruell
2732 Wolf Creek Drive
Lucas, TX 75002
m: 972-814-0516

Please contact Tracy if you have any questions.

LHS Boys XC — Time Trial Results

We had a great Time Trial this morning. Almost every boy who has participated in our time trial from previous years improved today. This year's time trial demonstrated that this is the deepest and strongest team in Lovejoy's program history. It is a special thing to be a part of.

  • This year we had 3 runners under 10 Minutes. We only had one runner under 10 minutes last year. Last year was the only year to have a boy run under 10 minutes in our pre-season time trial.
  • We had 10 boys under 11 minutes. Last year we had 6 under 11 minutes.
  • We had 7 boys under 12 minutes and that matches the number from last year.
  • We had 6 boys under 13 minutes and that matches the number from last year.

As you can see, our team set some new milestones today and is poised to be stronger than last year. Keep in mind we had some runners out due to camps, vacation, or injury — so if we had all running this morning the success would have been even greater.

Click here for the Time Trial Results from today with a comparison of previous time trial times for each runner. I also used two running calculators to provide a time range with how the 3200M time converts into a current 5K time.

If someone did not run as well as they had hoped, here are a few things to keep in mind with time trials. Time trials are a great way to assess current fitness levels but they need be taken with a grain of salt.

  • We did not compete against other teams. Runners are typically motivated to run faster when competing against other schools vs. their teammates.
  • Most were able to show in the time trial that they ran at a level that is consistent with their training level. Those that did not, don't sweat it. We still have more work to do, and I know what level each runner is currently training at on a consistent basis. I am confident we can help each runner reach their goals this year with consistent hard work.
  • Some days are good and some days might not be as good — that goes for workouts and races. Overall we prefer to have good days and have them consistently throughout our training and racing — we will make that happen.

I am very happy overall with what the runners were able to accomplish today. We can celebrate our success today, but tomorrow and the weeks ahead are now our focus. Now it's time to get better. This next week I plan to talk to our runners individually on some things we can do to get better and progress to train at a higher level.

This week MileSplit USA published a virtual meet based on returning runners and their 2016 Personal Best times. Lovejoy Boys were listed at #28 in the Nation. I also ran a virtual meet on MileSplit TX of all Texas teams (1A-6A) based on both 2016 Personal Bests and 2016 season average times and Lovejoy Boys finished 2nd behind The Woodlands (6A). Keep in mind this is only preseason and does not account for incoming freshman, etc. Still a neat thing to note.

We will see how the season progresses with racing and training, but the way things are looking I would not take Nike Nationals off our radar as of now. That could be a real possibility. We have to remain consistent with our training, be smart, take care of our bodies, and stay healthy.

Thank you,

Logan Kelly
903-821-8399 Cell

Record Breaking Time Trials

What an impressive way to start out the season!!!! We had records set on both sides of the team ... 3 boys broke Grant Tiff's record set last year at 9:56 (Davis 9:52 / Brands 9:53 / Laboret 9:53). Carson Hockersmith broke Katie Ruhala's record of 12:00 by going 11:44. And a BIG thanks for all who attended to lend support ... cool to see so many parents out for a time trial.

Brief Girls Team Rundown:

Last year we didn't have anyone under 13:00 ... today both Carson and Sofia bested 13:00 with 8 girls under 14:00 (and 3 others very close at 14:03 / 14:08 / 14:09). Huge improvements across the board ... !!! Zoe Bessa improved over 3:00 from 16:42 last year to 13:37 today !! We had 3 Freshmen crack the top 12 ... We have several girls out of town who I feel will be making an impact as well.

Brief Boys Team Rundown:

For the first time in team history we had multiple guys in under 10:00 ... 3 — and Will Muirhead was close at 10:03 ... last season we had 7 guys under 11:00 ... today 13 !!! Whit trimmed almost 2:00 off from last years 12:20 at 10:22 ... !!!

All in all a very impressive start to what I believe is going to be a pretty good season for the whole team. We have a lot of work yet to do with district now just 8 weeks away and we will now start to focus on the Plano meet. Logan and Carly will send out their results and analysis of today's effort, but I was very pleased with what I saw ... it's a long season, but it goes by so quickly ... focus on the little things at home: Sleep, Nutrition, doing all that can be done to stay safe and healthy ...


Volunteers Needed for Lovejoy XC Fall Festival

Our home Cross Country Meet — Lovejoy XC Fall Festival will be held on Saturday September 23, 2017 at Myers Park in McKinney, TX. This will be one of the LARGEST cross country meets in the State of Texas and our biggest fund-raiser for our booster club. Money raised from this event benefit both the cross country and track & field teams. If you can place this event on your calendar and volunteer to help with this event it would be greatly appreciated!

Sign Up to help here:

Mountain Challenge Winners

  frosh JV varsity
boys: Alex Pedersen (31:43) Collin Jones (30:50) Brady Laboret (26:10)
girls: Madison Dubois (42:15) Zoe Bessa (35:22) Carson Hockersmith (34:08)