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The track season begins in less than two months. Coaches are getting organized and excited about the coming season.


Please see our handout regarding rules and expectations on our Track and Field page on this website. Calendar information can be found these, as well. Applications for team captains are being accepted here, too.


Athletes must be registered for the season before they can participate. REGISTRATION is handled through the school's website: https://sunset.beaverton.k12.or.us/athletics/athletic-registration. Questions about registration should be directed to the athletic office.


We get some questions about the season, especially from new families. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:


What do I need to bring to practice? Wear comfortable workout clothes and running shoes. A water bottle is helpful. Take a look at the weather forecast and pack accordingly with additional needs: dry clothes to change into after a wet practice, sun screen, pants, rain gear, etc.


How long are practices? Generally speaking, practices last about two hours though they could be shorter or a little longer, depending some on the event/events in which an athlete competes. Some events require more time. This information is too complex to communicate in a simple paragraph. If end time is a concern, an athlete can communicate with coaches about their intentions.


How far do I need to be able to run before I can join? None, though we'd love for you to get started as soon as possible. We meet every athlete at their ability level. While some of our veteran athletes will be asked to do more and at a higher intensity, demands placed on novice athletes aim to meet them where they are. We expect that nearly every athlete will find the physical demands of track and field accessible.


What kind of shoes do I need? Good running shoes are a must. Racing shoes ("spikies") and other competition shoes are encouraged. Athletes can speak to coaches with specific questions. *Note: the track and field team has a large inventory of shoes for those who could use some help. Many of the training shoes are brand new donations from local foot stores. Please reach out to Coach Neeway with questions.


What do meets look like? League meets take place on Wednesdays, starting around 4:00pm. An order of events can be found on our athletic.net home page. Meets are like a three-ring circus with activity taking place in all corners of the venue. Sunset Track and Field athletes are expected to stay until all events have been completed. Invitationals are not for the whole team. Varsity team members are asked to prioritize their availability for these competitions. Not all athletes will be eligible to participate in these competitions. Post-season meets like JV districts, districts, and state have qualification standards. More information about these meets will be provided later in the season.


What about uniforms? Sunset Track and Field provides a racing uniform (singlet, shorts, and a warmup jacket). Athletes wear the uniform in competition. Jackets are worn only on race day. Athletes will be given the opportunity to purchase season apparel which they can keep soon.


What is the last date to join track? The LAST day to join the track team will be Monday, March 28.


What about Spring Break? There will be no mandatory practices. Coaches will host informal practices for event groups at different times during the meet. Stay tuned for more information as the date draw nearer.


Please reach out with any additional questions: daniel_neeway@beaverton.k12.or.us


On behalf of the Sunset Track and Field coaching staff,


Coach Dan Neeway

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The Oregon High School Fall Sports season begins on August 16. With it, we begin mandatory practice.


A full schedule of the season is available here:

XC Season Schedule 2021
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Here are our rules and expectations for the season, including the planned absence form (required from all participating athletes):

XC Rules and Expectations 2021
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We get some questions about the season, especially from new families. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:


What do I need to bring to practice? Wear comfortable workout clothes and running shoes. A water bottle is helpful. Take a look at the weather forecast and pack accordingly with additional needs: sun screen, pants, rain gear, etc. A simple watch with a chronograph is important, too. There is no need for a GPS watch, just one that has a timer.


How long are practices? About two hours.


How far do I need to be able to run before I can join? None, though we'd love for you to get started as soon as possible. We meet every athlete at their ability level. While some of our veteran runners may run as many as 10 miles in a single practice, or more, our novice runners may run as little as 1 or 2 to start while we work on building aerobicism and athleticism through other means. We expect that nearly every athlete will find the athletic demands of cross country accessible.


What kind of shoes do I need? Good running shoes are a must. We encourage everyone to buy at least their first pair of running shoes from a specialty running store (Foot Traffic on Cornell offers discounts to Sunset athletes at any time of year). The cost of a good pair of running shoes starts at $100. We discourage purchasing from a catalog or online retailer unless it is known that the shoes are a good fit for you in your development as a runner.


How long are races? Most races are 5 kilometers in length. In the early season, there are some shorter races. Beginning in October, all races are 5km.


What does race day look like? Some of our meets have many races but each athlete will only compete once. As a team, we arrive at a meet and depart. We watch and support each other in the races we aren't running.


What about uniforms? Sunset Cross Country provides a racing uniform (singlet, shorts, and a warmup jacket). Athletes wear the uniform in competition. Jackets are worn only on race day. Athletes will be given the opportunity to purchase season apparel which they can keep soon.


Please reach out with any additional questions: daniel_neeway@beaverton.k12.or.us


On behalf of the Sunset Cross Country coaching staff,

Coach Dan Neeway

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Sunset Track Athletes and Families:


Please let me lead with my sincerest apologies for the unforeseen troubles last Thursday. Thank you for your patience with athlete drop-off at the school on the first day of in-person hybrid instruction (what a mess!). And thank you also for your patience with the late evening return from Beaverton. The late night can most likely be blamed on some first-meet-in-two-years difficulties at the host venue. Whatever the cause, Thursday’s late bus return is certainly an anomaly and not typical for our sport.


Another unexpected difficulty? That was the first track meet where the next day’s classes were the same ones that had student had attended on the morning of a meet. Every other year that any of us has been a coach at Sunset, even days have followed odd days, and vice versa. We are asking out athletes to make every effort to plan and use their time wisely next week. I assure you that the time schedule of our home meet will improve things, too, especially if we can get some help in the field events…


PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

In order to stage a successful home meet, we rely heavily on our parent community to volunteer in the roles of meet workers. There are no better views provided, especially of the field events. With enough help, all roles can be shared. PLEASE: if you plan to attend, please consider helping out in one of the available positions. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4BACA82FA5F85-shs2021. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help!


THURSDAY TIME SCHEDULE

2:45-3:20 COVID pre-screening / athlete check-in

3:30 team meeting on high jump apron (no late arrivals!)

4:00 pre-meet 4x100

4:15 field events begin

4:30 4x100m relay

for a schedule of events, see our team page on athletic.net

7:30* estimated finish time / dismissal

*this is usually when our home meets wrap up, sometimes earlier, based on years of experience


Note: ALL athletes are expected to remain at the track meet until its conclusion, regardless of their event and/or schedule. Only in exceptional cases should this not be the case. In these instances, athletes must communicate with Coach Neeway BEFORE Thursday. Early departures without expressed permission will result in not competing in the next meet.


UNIFORM EXCHANGES

Have the wrong size? Missed uniforms last week? Last chance for uniforms is Monday between 2:50 and 3:00. PLEASE NO EXCEPTIONS. (We have no more medium boys shorts. If you are a varsity athlete competing in half-tights, please consider returning the medium shorts you won’t be wearing this spring for another athlete to use. Thank you!).


On behalf of the Sunset Track Coaching Staff,

Coach Neeway


GO APOLLOS!

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