Monday, November 9, 2015

End of Season

As we wrap up the season, we as coaches just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have made this season great--both as athletes and as parents.  We know how much sacrifice is required to participate and excel at a sport, especially one like Cross Country, so we take our hats off to you for your commitment.  It's been a pleasure coaching you!

As part of tradition, we would like to celebrate the season as a team at our annual Team Banquet.  All team members and their parents are encouraged to attend.  Dinner will once again be catered by Clarion Gardens Catering, so you know the food will be outstanding!  We do need to get a head count ASAP, so if you could please go to THIS LINK and RSVP, that would be magnificent!  Here's the information:

It’s time to once again CELEBRATE
another season of Salem Hills Cross Country with us!
When:  Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Time:  6:00 pm
Where: Salem Hills Cafeteria
Who:  All Salem Hills Cross Country Athletes and their Parents
Cost:  Athlete is paid for. Parents are $8.00/person.  Please pay to SHHS Finance office or to
RSVP:  Please RSVP by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12th by going to our RSVP page HERE.

Monday, August 24, 2015

This week's "STUFF"

With one race under our belts and two more this week, the season is starting to really get rolling!  This season goes by SO FAST, so buckle up!  Here's what we need to let you know about for this week:

Results throughout the season will be available at  The Pre-Region Results can be found HERE

Tonight (Monday) we have our annual Cross Country Clinic/Spike Night hosted by Tyler Shepherd and Endurance Athletics.  It is at 7:00 pm this evening in the Endurance Athletics Store (735 N. Main St in Spanish Fork).  It will be a great informational night and lots of great shoes discounted!  Come support our local running store!

We have our first Home meet of the season on Tuesday, August 25th.  Payson, Spanish Fork and Juab will be competing against us.  The races will start at 4:00 with the Girls, and the Boys race to immediately follow.  WE NEED PARENT HELP, so if your parents are available, please let Coach Thompson know RIGHT AWAY!!  Thank you in advance!

This Saturday we will be traveling to American Fork High School for the AF Grass Relays, which is a fun, unique race.  It is a 2-mile race (rather than the standard 3-mile race).  The Varsity races will be run Relay style with 5 runners running consecutively using a baton.  The JV races will be run as normal.  It's a great time!  The bus will be leaving Salem Hills at 6:15 am.  Don't be late!  The first races start at 8am!!  Here's the schedule:
8:00 A.M.: Girls J.V. 2 Mile Race-Frosh/Soph.
8:25 A.M.: Boys J.V. 2 Mile Race -Frosh/Soph
8:40 A.M.: Girls J.V. 2 Mile Race - Jr./Sr.
9:00 A.M.: Boys J.V. 2 Mile Race -Jr./Sr.
9:15 A.M.: Girls Varsity Relay ( Top 5 Girls, 2 Miles Each Leg)

10:35 A.M.: Boys Varsity Relay (Top 5 Boys, 2 Miles Each Leg)

Next weekend (Sept 4-5) we will be traveling to Logan for the Utah State University Aggie Invitational.  This is our 3rd year traveling North for this meet, and it is a great race with magnificent competition!!  As part of the trip, we turn it into an overnight adventure for the team!  We will stay in Ogden Friday evening at the Comfort Suites, then get up Saturday morning to go on a great Trail Run in the Ogden area!  You won't want to miss this great time!  
We need to finalize Hotel rooms this week, so please pay the $50 to the finance office by THIS THURSDAY (AUG 27) so we can finalize our plans!  It's going to be awesome!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Ready or not, it's here!  The season gets under way this THURSDAY evening with our PRE-REGION Meet!  Here's the necessary Information:

Bus Departure:  4:30 pm from SHHS
Race Location:  Springville High School (the race starts and finishes in the field on the Southwest corner of the school grounds)
Race Times:  Girls race at 6:00pm, Boys race at 6:30pm

Once again this season, ENDURANCE ATHLETICS in Spanish Fork has graciously offered to host a "SPIKE NIGHT" for our team.  There will be training shoes and racing shoes on sale at large discounts, as well as Representatives from some shoe companies and a guest speaker.  It is a GREAT evening that is well worth attending.  PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!  Here's the details:
Date:  Monday, August 24th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Endurance Athletics  735 N. Main St in Spanish Fork
A word from Endurance Athletics: We have a large selection of Asics, ADIDAS, Brooks and Saucony XC spikes.  We also carry many other brands of shoes for every day trainers. All of these options will be at Discounted Prices for YOU!!  There will be LOTS of prizes, giveaways and a guest speaker that you don’t want to miss.  We look forward to meeting all of you!


As promised today at practice, here are the images of our team gear we are offering this year.  Again, we want to emphasize that ALL items listed below are 100% optional, and it is not required for you to order any of the items (although we hope you at least buy the team T-shirt).  Remember, all orders must be submitted by THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (AUGUST 21st).  To order, please click on THIS LINK.
"Vintage Blue" Heather T-shirt
50/50 Cotton-Polyester
2-color logo on front
1-color logo on back

Sport-Tek 1/4-Zip Pullover
100% Polyester
Chest Embroidery

Navy Blue 
100% Polyester Knit w/pockets
Hip Embroidery

Columbia Blue & Grey
Embroidered logo on top

28 oz Aluminum bottle
Blue w/ 1-color logo


Navy Blue spandex
-Volleyball style for women
-Knee-length for men

Thursday, August 6, 2015

It's Time!!

As the school year comes screaming at us, so does the official beginning of our Cross Country Season!  Our first meet is mere days away, and there is MUCH to be done!  Here's what you need to know:

  1. OFFICIAL team practices begin on Monday, August 10th @ 3:00pm.  We will begin taking roll each day and holding you accountable for absences, so be sure to be there each day starting on MONDAY @ 3:00!!
  2. If you have not already done so, you need to IMMEDIATELY register for the team with the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) by registering on  There are step-by-step instructions on how to do this in the links at the top of this page.  Please do this IMMEDIATELY!!
  3. All athletes must receive a Medical Physical Exam each year to participate in high school athletics.  This MUST be done IMMEDIATELY as well.  The necessary form can be found in the links at the top of this page.
  4. Each athlete must pay the Nebo School District required Activity/Participation Fee for Cross Country.  It is $60 again this year.  You can pay this at the Salem Hills Finance Office, or online at  Please pay this IMMEDIATELY!
  5. Our first meet will be on Thursday, August 20th @ Springville High.  Girls will race at 6:30pm and Boys will race at 7:00pm, I believe.  More information will be coming soon!
  6. The Salem Days 5K is this Saturday morning (Aug 8th).  We want all of you to run in this race.  Registration can be done at the Salem Rec Office or at the pond Saturday morning prior to 6:45 am.  The 5K begins at 7:30am at the Salem Pond.  PLEASE COME RUN!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Driving Directions To Cross Country Camp

Any parents wishing to join us at camp are MORE THAN WELCOME to come up! We love having visitors. Here's the directions, in case you want/need to join us!
Directions to Shadow Mountain

  • Drive up Hobble Creek Canyon
  • Continue past the Golf Course, till the road forks
  • Take the LEFT FORK
  • Drive 4.5 miles up the Left Fork of Hobble Creek Canyon
  • You will see a turn-off on the LEFT side of the road.  There’s a small street sign that says “Whittemore Dr.”  Take this turn-off.
  • Follow Whittemore Dr. up about 2.1 miles.  It will turn from pavement to dirt about ¼ mi up.  Each time the road forks (over the 2.1 miles), keep on Whittemore Dr.
  • At some point along the road, you will come across a gate --I’m not sure exactly where it is… There is an access code that must be entered.  It is 9512.
  • At about 2.1 miles, the road will fork again.  There’s a cabin up on your right.  Take the LEFT fork, called Oakwood Dr.  
  • The road will wind around for another .7 miles, and eventually becomes Nebo Circle.  You’ll pass through a gate, and into camp!  WELCOME!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

2015 Cross Country Camp

2015 Cross Country Camp
Shadow Mountain
July 27-29, 2015

Departure:  Monday, July 27th @ 8:00am from SHHS Track
Destination:  Nebo School District owned cabins at Shadow Mountain (Up Hobble Creek Canyon)
Return:  Wednesday, July 29th @ approximately 1:00pm to SHHS Track
Cost:  $50--To be paid to the SHHS Finance office, or online at
The Plan:  
  • Please come with your running clothes on.  The bus will drop us off at the bottom of the dirt road to the cabins, and we will run up to the cabins (approximately 2 miles)
  • Once camp is set up we will spend the day with team-building games/activities, group projects/discussions on sport-related topics, free time, etc.
  • Monday evening we will have a group evening run followed by a campfire activity as a team.  
  • Tuesday we will spend the morning running up to “The Lake” where our captains will introduce the team’s theme for the year.  
  • Upon returning from the hike we will again have team activities until dinner.  
  • After dinner we will have our “party night”--including music, Dutch oven cobblers and a movie in the woods (McFarland, USA).
  • Wednesday morning we will do a morning run and a few team activities before cleaning up camp and returning home!

This is something you all want to be a part of!  If you’re trying to decide whether Cross Country is for you or not, this is the BEST possible way to decide!  Come see what we’re all about!  It is a great time, with great food, great friends and great memories.

Call either Coach Thompson (801-369-0445) or Coach Hughes (801-787-1844) if you have any questions.  

Packing List:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Personal Hygiene items
  • Enthusiasm
  • Clothes
  • Several sets of running clothes
  • Excitement
That's seriously about it! Everything else will be taken care of! Come ready for a great time!

Please fill out this permission slip and return to either of the coaches this week!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Cross Country Parent Meeting

Man, it never ceases to amaze us as coaches how quickly the school year flies by!  Yet, here we are!  And if it's the end of the school year, that also means it's time to start training for the coming Cross Country season!  Wow!!  Hopefully you are ready to join us and help us build on our winning tradition!  

We will be having a Parent's Meeting for all athletes and their parents interested in running Cross Country with us this coming school year.  Please make EVERY EFFORT to be at this meeting, as we will discuss a ton of critical information for our summer training, our team camp, our season schedule and our California trip!  Also, we will be going through the registration process the Utah High School Activities Association requires each athlete to do.  

Here's the information:

DATE: Thursday, May 21st
TIME: 7:00 pm
WHERE: Salem Hills Cafeteria
WHO:  Any athletes interested in joining Salem Hills Cross Country and their parents