“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Rain or Shine, We Run
Wow, this has been one of the wettest XC seasons ever but the FEAST Patriots didn’t let a few raindrops and mud puddles stop them from giving their all on the course! In fact, when the Judson meet was cancelled due to bad weather, the Patriots just headed over to River City Community Church for a time trial because a week without a meet makes one weak!
On September 26th some of the Middle School Team participated in the Saint Mary’s Hall Invitational. It was a great experience for the Middle School runners and they performed very well!
From there, it was up to Round Rock for the McNeil Cross Country Invitational. The Girls Varsity competed in the Gold Division, running against the best runners in the state, proving that homeschoolers can compete with the best of the best! The girls finished 7th out of 73 teams, with two team members, Emma Heslop and Grace White, breaking 18 minutes in the 5K. The Boys Varsity Team did an outstanding job as well, with two more runners, Joshua Powers and Wyatt Richardson, breaking that 18-minute mark. Overall, the boys finished 34th out of 42 teams. The Middle School Teams also competed, running against over 700 runners in the Open Division. The boy’s team finished 10th out of 27, with Paul Shane finishing 7th! The Middle School girls were not to be out done, finishing on top and bringing home Gold, with Claire Bettencourt as the McNeil Middle School Girl’s Champion! In addition, the team had 3 more runners finish in the top 25, Logan Gonzales (5th), Jillian McGhee (11th), and Brielle Goodrich W “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 (22nd). Way to run Patriots!
The Patriot high school teams started October at the Southside Cardinal Cross Country Meet. The Junior Varsity Boys finished 12th out of 22 teams and the JV Girls finished 1st out of 17 teams, with Claire Bettencourt (1st), Jillian McGhee (2nd), and Enola Mangelson (3rd), leading the charge with an impressive 1, 2, 3 finish. Team member Suraiya Anderson, who finished 13th, showed her fierceness when she went on running after a mud puddle stole her shoe! Shaun Boothe led the Varsity Boys team, flying through 3 miles in 16:36! The team finished 18th out of 25 teams. The Varsity Girls took 1st place with 4 runners finishing in the top 10. Sophomore, Emma Heslop, finished fast and in first! Coach Jones could not have been prouder of his runners and the way they wrapped up the regular season.
Sadly, the team’s regular season is over but we are looking forward to the championship meets, starting with the Great Hearts Middle School Meet on October 13th, then the Homeschool State Meet at Texas A&M on October 20th, and finally, Nike South in the Woodlands on November 17th.
On September 8, 2018, the FEAST Patriot Cross Country team hosted their annual meet! It was a testament to God’s faithfulness, even with the little things, like a cross country meet. When most of San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country was flooded and all the meets in the area were cancelled due to rain, God allowed us to continue as planned, shielding the course from the torrential downpours that had occurred all around us. When the gun fired we had over 110 teams and 2450 runners toeing the line, with thousands of fans cheering for their favorite team.
The meet started with Charlotte Atkins, a team member’s sister, singing the National Anthem, followed by a moving prayer led by Coach Mark Jones, and then thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, we cranked up the volume, sharing the gospel through music. We could not have done this meet without all the parent and student volunteers. We were able to share Christ’s love through running, by supplying an outstanding hospitality center for the coaches, brought to you by our amazing team moms, a top of the line first aid station manned by parent nurses and doctors, a refreshing cold water station (seriously it is the best), and hosting an excellent meet with friendly workers and a reliable timing system
The FEAST Patriots did not disappoint! The Varsity Girls finished in 2nd in the Varsity Gold Division, two points behind Boerne Champion. Our own Emma Heslop finished first with a blistering 17:56. The Varsity Boys finished 15th out of 25 teams. We had a 2nd Varsity Girls team that ran in a different division, finishing 10th out of 19 teams. The Junior Varsity Boys were 21st out of 25 teams. Our Boys 5th and 6th grade team finished 5th out of 8 teams and the Boys 7th and 8th grade team finished 7th out of 40 teams. The Middle School Girls 7th and 8th grade team finished 7th out of 32 teams. The Middle School Girls 5th and 6th grade team left all the others in their dust, leaving the meet as the reigning Champions with our own Claire Betten- court as the meet champion and Enola Mangelson as the runner-up. The future looks promising for our team and our meet, praise be to God!
• Four running Programs: Competitive CC Team; Track Off season Sprinter Group; Fitness Group; and “Optional Home Eligibility Running Program.”
• Practices on Tuesday & Thursday @ Live Oak Park;
4:45-7pm in the front entrance pavilion at Live Oak Park, 18001 Park Drive, Live Oak, TX 78233.
• Home School Students grades 5-12. Middle and High School Teams (younger by invitation)
Please Contact Coach Mark Jones, FEAST CC Commissioner for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Patriot Cross Country Meet Schedule
- *Thurs 9 Aug/HS & MS ANNUAL RED, WHITE, AND BLUE….”Chocolate Milk-Fun Run”
- #1/ Sat 18 Aug/ SCUC CC Invitational, Steele HS; 2 miles/HS and Selected MS Runners
- #2/ Sat 25 Aug / Dripping Springs/HS and Select MS Runners-4000m. MS Fun Run 3000m (not mandatory)
- #3 / Sat 1 Sep / New Braunfels Unicorn Invitational, Comal County Fairgrounds / HS 2-miles + MS 1600m;
- #3/ Sat 1 Sep/ Marcus Invitational, Denton TX; Elite HS Girl’s Runners
- #4 / Sat 8 Sep / San Antonio – 16th Annual FEAST Patriot Cross Country Invitational, HS and MS.
- #5 / Sat 15 Sep / OFF
- #6 / Sat 22 Sep/ Judson ISD (HS and Selected MS runners) or other Area Meet
- #7 / Sat 29 Sep / Round Rock McNeil HS & MS
- #8/ Sat 6 Oct / UIW Inv. CC Meet, Live Oak Park HS/MS
- #9/ Sat 13 Oct/ Great Hearts MS Only
- #10/ Sat 20 Oct/ Texas Homeschool State Cross Country Championships, College Station, HS & MS
- ***Sat 17 Nov / NIKE XC South Regional Qualifier, The Woodlands; Selected Varsity Runners
2018 Patriot Cross Country Season
As our FEAST Patriot tradition, we will pursue excellence to have Competitive Runners and represent the FEAST Patriots in the most competitive meets. But most importantly we will learn to be encouraged by God’s Word and enjoy the opportunity to fellowship with other homeschool families and be a witness of Jesus Christ to our community!
Cross Country Season Information:
- Four running Programs: Competitive CC Team; Track Offseason Sprinter Group; Fitness Group; and “Optional Home Eligibility Running Program.”
- NO disqualifying time trial; the programs are open to anyone who has the desire to train, run, and have FUN!! Several ability groups available; beginners welcome.
- Home School Students grades 5-12. Middle and High School Teams (younger by invitation) Practices on Tuesday & Thursday @ Live Oak Park; 4:45-7pm in the front entrance pavilion at Live Oak Park, 18001 Park Drive, Live Oak, TX 78233.
Please Contact Coach Mark Jones, FEAST CC Commissioner for more information. Email: email@example.com
The FEAST Varsity Girls Cross-country season was one for the record books!
The team consisted of Bethany Farias (Senior), Grace White (Junior), Arianna Farias (Sophomore), Isabel Bettencourt (Sophomore), Emma Heslop (Freshman), Lauren Bettencourt (Freshman), and KayCee Keller (Freshman). The girls competed in a number of meets across the area, going up against some of the best 5A and 6A runners in the state, and these girls did not disappoint! They finished the regular season undefeated, clearly showing that the FEAST Patriots are a team to be reckoned with! Their incredible season placed them as the top team in South Texas and #7 in the state! “They finished the regular season undefeated…”
In October the girls competed in the Home School State Meet held in Brenham, TX. This meet included home school runners from all over the Lone Star State. Once again, the FEAST Patriots left it all on the course, finishing the meet as the State Champions!
In November, the team, as well as 8th grader Sophia Earley, had the opportunity to compete at the Nike South XC Regional meet. Nike South is a meet showcasing the best runners in the Southern United States. The Patriots were placed in the Championship Division, the best of the best, where they finished 11th out of 21 teams!
Their accomplishments on the course earned them recognition off the course. The team was voted the most improved program in Texas by Texas Mile Split. Team Captain, Grace White was featured in Express News, where she was selected as a member of the All Area Girls XC Super Team. Grace was also selected to the Express News Area Top Private School Girls Team, along with team-mate KayCee Keller. The FEAST Varsity Girls would like to recognize and thank Coaches Mark Jones, Max and Tracy Goodrich, the rest of their teammates, and all the FEAST Patriot Parents for their hard work, dedication, and encouraging words! May God get the glory for this record breaking season! A RECORD BREAKING SEASON!
Grace White was named to the Express News Girls Super Team for Cross Country 2017!
She was also named to the All Area Team, along with FEAST Teammate Kaycee Keller, listed in the private school section.
Here’s Grace’s appearance in the San Antonio Express News:
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Scroll through the photos to see Grace’s smile!
A Season to Remember
FEAST Patriots tore up the course on November 18, 2017 at the Nike XC South Regionals! With over 2000 runners and 180 teams, the Varsity Girls team ran in the Girls Championship Race, Aiden Carlson ran in the Boys Championship Race, and Keagan Bogart ran in the Boys Rising Star Race. The course was tough, with rolling hills, changing terrain, and lots of people! Some of the athletes fell, but all got right back up and kept running! Everyone pushed themselves to the limit! The Girls’ Team consisted of Grace White, Lauren Bettencourt, KayCee Keller, Emma Heslop, Sophia Earley, Bethany Farias, Isabel Bettencourt, and Arianna Farias.
The team went in thinking of the story of Gideon (Judges 6-8). Why? Well just like Gideon was the least, most unqualified person to lead an army, the athletes went into Nike as the underdog, not very well known, and the least of the others worries. However, the Patriots certainly held their ground against the big dogs! The girls finished 11th against the best teams in the Southern United States, Aiden Carlson ran an impressive 16:49, and Keagan Bogart finished the season with a very respectable 20:00! This year Nike had a community race, and FEAST’s very own Claire Bettencourt was in the mix. She raced fierce and finished on empty! Everyone ran amazing and made some spectacular memories!
The team is sad to see seniors Bethany Farias, Aiden Carlson, Jillian Anderson, Peter Dech, and Matthew Heslop leave, but cannot wait for next year!
This verse carried the team through the rigorous month leading up to Nike South, “My Flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
Our FEAST Patriots Cross Country season has come to an exciting and triumphant end! The season started out impressively strong, and finished even stronger. Overall the team attended 8 meets, which made it a long but eventful season. The team’s hard work really showed over the season, and it was encouraging to see how everyone from the top varsity runner to the final middle school runner dedicated themselves to running, improving, and their commitment to the team. Not only did the team show to be hard working and competitive, but the team also grew in Christ.
From the youngest middle schoolers to our seniors in high school, the team bonded and grew together, not only as a team, but as a family! For the first time in FEAST Cross Country history, we had an undefeated Varsity girls’ cross country team! With their hard work and incredible talent, they pulled off a victory every single meet. Praise the Lord! On top of that our middle school girls team almost were undefeated, accept for 1 meet that they did not win first place. So it’s safe to say we will be continuing to have a very competitive girls Varsity team for many years to come! Not only do we have incredible girls’ teams, but our boys are very impressive as well! In almost every meet, one or many of our guys’ teams’, placed in the top 5.
Thank you for your prayers and endless encouragement; we were truly blessed to have this cross country season. As the season comes to a close, the runners are encouraged to keep at it, and to stay in shape. We hope to see everyone in track, but if not, we look forward to another absolutely fantastic season next year!
2017 PATRIOTS CC SEASON
Our Patriots Cross Country Team is entering the second half of their season. Practices and training runs at home are aimed at helping runners prepare for specific aspects and times of the races, including increased distances and multiple shorter distance repeats. All of these workouts lead to the most exciting part of Cross Country; The races! We are beginning to see performances that outshine what anyone thought was possible, as every runner gets in better shape than they’ve ever been. At all the Cross Country meets almost every one of our athletes have been achieving personal record (PR) race times!
Our FEAST Patriots did an outstanding job at the 15th Annual FEAST Patriots XC Invitational! We were able to represent Christ by playing upbeat Christian music and hosting a fun and competitive meet! Our strong middle school girls won both the 5/6 and 7/8 grade divisions, and so did the Varsity girls! With many other strong showings in other divisions such as the 5/6 grade boys who got 2nd place in their division, and lots of great results from the rest of our team. We had 21 runners overall who either placed in the top 20 for high schoolers or the top 30 for middle schoolers. With over 1,500 runners, it was a huge opportunity to positively impact the community. None of it, however, would have happened without all the dedicated parent volunteers and coaches who worked together so not only our team, but the meet would run smoothly and efficiently. Everyone’s endless work and support has been much appreciated!
As we look forward to the rest of the season, we are positive that our team will keep improving! As always we appreciate your continued prayers and support for the team to stay strong, the injured to heal, and for the team to continue to represent home schoolers, but most importantly Christ!
Run the Race 15th Annual FEAST Patriot Cross Country Invitational Meet Saturday, September 9th at River City Athletic Fields
The 2017 FEAST Homeschool Cross Country Team is off to a fantastic beginning of the season! The team has almost 70 runners anywhere from 5th to 12th grade! Many parents are involved in timing, or running with the team, making this a sport for the whole family!
Practices begin with a devotional and announcements from Coach Jones, followed with a warm up and group stretching to prevent injuries and sore muscles. Next comes the workout: Tempo runs, Interval training, Fartleks, short and long distances, a huge variety of workouts each planned for a specific day in the season. After that there is a cool down, Muscle Fitness led by Coach Keller, and Stretching led by Mrs. Shands to finish it off. Between the workouts, the meets, and the team fellowships, the team truly becomes a family.
The Patriots ran their first meet in The NEISD Cross Country Meet at McAllister Sports Park on August 19th . The team persevered through the Texas heat and the course’s hills and finished with an impressive and encouraging start to the season. The FEAST team competed in Varsity Girls, and JV Boys and Girls. Out of a total of 23 teams, the FEAST Varsity girls won 1st place overall and the JV boys won 3rd overall, with many impressive individual scores as well. Some of those scores include: Grace White who placed 2nd, KayCee Keller who placed 4th, Lauren Bettencourt who placed 6th, and Ariana Farias who placed 10th, all ran in the Varsity Girls Race. Shaun Boothe placed 6th overall in the JV Boys Race and we had a strong showings by all in the JV Girls Race.
We look forward to hosting our 15th Annual FEAST Patriot Cross Country Invitational meet on Saturday September 9th, at the River City Community Church Athletic fields. In past years, we have hosted over 70 teams with 2,200 runners at our meet, and hope to welcome them all back this year! We would always appreciate volunteers for such a big event, and are thankful we get the chance to shine God’s light to so many. Please be in prayer for the safety, success and management of this meet. Also we would love to invite any FEAST families and friends to come out and cheer on our Patriots! Thank you for your continued support and prayers. We hope to see you there!
Cross Country Season Information
• Four running Programs: Competitive CC Team; Track Off season Sprinter Group; Fitness Group; and “Optional Home Eligibility Running Program”.
• NO disqualifying time trial; the programs are open to anyone who has the desire to train, run, and have FUN!! Several ability groups available; beginners welcome.
• Home School Students – Grades 5-12. Middle and High School Teams (younger by invitation)
• Practices on Tuesday & Thursday at Live Oak Park; 4:45-7pm in the front entrance pavilion at Live Oak Park, 18001 Park Drive, Live Oak, TX 78233.
Important Dates and Events
• Tuesday, August 1, 4:45-7pm 1st Official CC Season Practice, Live Oak Park
• Thursday, August 10, 4:45-7pm RED, WHITE, and BLUE, “Chocolate Milk Fun Run”
Contact: Coach Mark Jones, FEAST CC Commissioner for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*NOTE: You must be a Patriot Pass holder in order to participate in any FEAST sport. The Patriot Pass is $125 per family per year. Click here to read more about the Patriot Pass.