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Official FEAST Patriot Cross Country Season Kick-off Meeting
FREE Summer Running Camps!
CC Kick-off Meeting: Monday, July 9, 5:30-6:15pm
Large Pavilion at Live Oak Park near baseball fields
An optional, easy, “fun run” will follow the meeting!
Join Coach Mark Jones, the FEAST Cross Country Commissioner, to find out how you can be a part of the FEAST Patriot CC Team. During our short 45 minute meeting, we will explain the details of the upcoming CC Season, Online Team Store, and Registration Information.
• Four Running Programs: Competitive Cross Country Team, Track Offseason Sprinter Group, Fitness Group, and Optional Home Eligibility Group.
• 1st Official FEAST Patriot CC Season Practice, Live Oak Park (HS & MS) Tuesday, July 31, 4:45-7pm
Two summer camps will be offered:
Wednesday Running Camp: Everyone invited; bring a friend!! (Beginners welcome)
Saturday Running Camps: FEAST CC Runners (or by Coach Jones’ Invitation Only)
Both Running Camps will include:
• Running & Muscle Fitness: Runners are grouped according to fitness level and experience (Beginners welcome-All Ages).
• Camps will begin with Warm-up Phase, Workout Phase (consisting of walk/run, easy, moderate, distance, tempo, fartlek, and interval runs), Muscle & Conditioning Phase and Final Cool-Down Phase.
• Camp Topics: Sports Psychology, Injury Prevention, Proper Running Technique, Stretching, Goal Setting, Nutrition, Hydration, Strength Training and MORE!!
Wednesday Running Camp, June 6 – July 25, 7:45 – 9:45am
Start June 6, and the last camp will be July 25. Who may attend? Everyone! Yes anyone who has the desire to run, follow directions, and have FUN! Parents must supervise 4th grade or younger. We will meet bright and early each Wednesday morning at 7:45am and plan to be done by 9:45am. Bring your own water and mat, and come dressed to run! Live Oak Park facilities has a covered pavilion, restrooms, trees, trails, hills and plenty of parking! We will meet at the Front Entrance Pavilion at Live Oak Park, 18001 Park Drive, Live Oak, TX 78233
Saturday Running Camp, Beginning June 9
FEAST Patriot CC Runners or by Coach Jones’ Invitation
This camp will include Saturday Long Runs & Swimming! Camp begins on June 9. Free t-shirt for FEAST CC Runners. Who may attend? Anyone interested in joining the FEAST CC Team or by invitation from Coach Jones. You will have 9-weeks to run either: 150, 200, 300, 400, or 500 mile club. (9-Weeks; Starting June 1st thru July 28th) Camps will be held at the Coach Jones’ Recreation Center and the JW Marriott Trails.
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.