Cross Country Team Shatters School Records Prepping for District

The Oak Ridge High School cross country team held their annual “Red/Blue Intrasquad Break the Record Day meet” at the ORHS track on Friday, October 19. Coach Muehlstein conducts this event every year before the district meet, which this year is scheduled for Thursday, October 25.

“It was a great night for the boys cross country team.  This should help add to their confidence level going into the District 14-5A meet this coming Thursday.  A&M Consolidated will be the team to beat.  We have seen them twice this year and we won the first meeting by eight. They won the second by 16 but we were without our #4 runner, John Beauchamp.”

Muehlstein said none of that matters now. Whoever the top three teams are this Thursday get to race again at Regionals in Arlington on Nov. 3rd.  “Everyone else gets to go home and think about next year”, Muehlstein mused.

As for the fun meet last Friday, the team did have a decent day as two runners broke the old school 2 mile record of 9:56. Zack LaDoe ran a 9:55 and Justin Barrett ran a 9:47.

Others worth mentioning are Grant Parks at 10:02, Luis Alvarez at 10:06, Zach Wooldridge at 10:12, and a pair of freshmen at 10:15 and 10:18 in Juan Alvarez and Daniel Solis.

16 of the 25 total runners and 11 of the top 12 set personal records Friday.

Muehlstein said the conditions were excellent, “It was a great night to run – not too hot, not overly humid and no hurricane force winds.”

As far as the big District meet on Thursday, Muehlstein has never been so upbeat. “I am optimistic about our chances and am confident we have the ability to beat them (A&M Cons.), but we will have to race well that day.  A&M is not going to just roll over and give it to us.  It has been a while since they have NOT qualified as a team.”

We’ll be getting reports at race time on Thursday and will post live results as those reports come in.

Congratulations to the War Eagle cross country team on an excellent record breaking day last Friday and best of luck on Thursday!

Tame those Tigers!!!

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Red vs Blue
ORHS Track 10/19/12
Name GR Team 1 Mile Split 2 Mile Place
Barrett, Justin 12 B 4:57 4:50 9:47 1
LaDoe, Zack 11 R 4:57 4:58 9:55 2
Parks, Grant 12 R 4:57 5:05 10:02 3
Alvarez, Luis 10 R 4:57 5:09 10:06 4
Wooldridge, Zach 12 B 4:57 5:15 10:12 5
Alvarez, Juan 9 R 4:57 5:18 10:15 6
Solis, Daniel 9 B 4:58 5:20 10:18 7
Bush, Brandon 10 R 5:04 5:20 10:24 8
Beauchamp, John 12 B 5:00 5:24 10:24 9
Billey, Branden 11 B 4:57 5:33 10:30 10
Sanchez, Gustavo 9 R 5:05 5:31 10:36 11
Smith, Tyler 10 B 10:50 12
Wagner, Matt 11 B 5:15 5:45 11:00 13
Curewitz, Justin 12 R 11:32 14
Longoria, Alejandro 9 R 11:52 15
Riddle, Zach 10 R 11:57 16
Barrells, Hans 9 B 5:47 6:12 11:59 17
Morytko, John 10 B 12:14 18
Perez, Zeke 11 B 12:19 19
Doyle, Connor 10 B 12:20 20
Garza, Kevin 9 B 12:31 21
Vazquez, Santiago 9 R 12:49 22
McDonald, Alex 9 R 6:09 13:10 23
Linton, Jacob 12 B 7:00 7:20 14:20 24
Hautajarvi, Ryan 9 R 7:00 7:39 14:39 25
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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Oak Ridge Cross Country Team Making Strides

The Oak Ridge high school varsity cross country team finished 14th in the Elite race at Nike South. With several teams coming in from all over the south to compete, this was quite the fine showing.

Justin Barrett ran a 16:25 5K (3.1 miles-standard distance) to lead the team and in doing so became a National Elite Runner (sub 16:30 for 5K is considered National Elite).

The top 3 Freshmen (Juan Alvarez, Daniel Solis and Gustavo Sanchez) placed 3rd,  4th and 6th overall out of 100+ runners.

On Oct. 13th, the team made the epic journey to Lufkin without senior team leader, John Beauchamp and finished in 2nd place. Beauchamp was back home nursing an illness. Luis Alvarez led the team finishing 5th overall. Zach LaDoe and Grant Parks also ran well finishing 10th and 12th overall.

Coach Dennis Muehlstein commented on not having Beauchamp in Lufkin. “John may not be the fastest guy on the team for 5K, but he has a presence about him that just gets the guys excited and they all run better when he is around.  It will be nice to have him back for District.  He is our fastest 800M guy and will be fun to watch on the track.”

In Lufkin, they did not have a freshmen division so the frosh ran 3 miles with the JV group and together they scored a near perfect 16 points and led from the gun. (15 is a perfect score if a team finishes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th).

Muehlstein was elated with the frosh/jv combination. “There was never a doubt that they were racing to win,” Muehlstein said. “It was fun to hear spectators asking,  “Who is that team? Where are they from?”

This week, the team is doing an intra-squad 2 mile race on the track at 6:00 pm on Friday.  Coach Muehlstein is expecting great things to come out of the intra-squad competition. “The good Lord willing we will have a few guys break the old school record of 9:56.  It will be exciting to watch,” Muehlstein continued,  “We divide the team into 2 teams – the “Red Team” and the “Blue Team” – and let them go wild with school spirit.  It will be a great pre-homecoming event before heading to the football game.”

The York and Irons cross country runners will be there to cheer the high schoolers on.

See you Friday at 6:00 pm for some broken records!

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Oak Ridge Cross Country Off and Running

The 2012 Oak Ridge High School varsity Cross Country team

The Oak Ridge Cross Country team is off and running and they’re producing excellent results. Coach Dennis Muehlstein has been coaching at Oak Ridge high school for a while now and we do believe his ship has come in. Guess what!  It’s chock full of talented runners that have bought into Muehlstein’s expert tutelage, and it is all systems go from here on out.

Oh, you say you don’t believe it? Here’s proof you nay-saying, settling for mediocrity, never raising the bar couch potatoes!

Friday Night Lights – August 31: 9th in Elite race and just 40 points from 4th place. Muehlstein’s #1 runner now was his #4 for this meet so the improvement is showing in a very short time. The Frosh team was 2nd in their division.

Lamar – September 7: Oak Ridge swept all divisions (V, JV, Frosh).

Oak Ridge Invitational – September 15: Varsity D-1 came in 2nd place, Varsity D-2 (top JV guys running against seniors) took 2nd place, and the Frosh finished in 2nd place

Willis Invitational – September 20: Varsity came in 2nd place seven points behind Katy-Seven Lakes, who are projected to be one of the better teams in the state. The JV won their division.

Cy Woods Invitational – September 29: Varsity was 5th out of 29 schools and the Frosh were 2nd.

This week, the team will be running in the Nike South Invitational at the Bear Branch Soccer Fields.

We’ve known Coach Muehlstein for many years, including when he was an assistant cross country coach at The Woodlands High School with the great Dan Green. We have seen his demeanor after several state championships – the man has never been this excited. “This is the best team I’ve had since I’ve been here. I have a great group of seniors and some amazing young guys”. he said, “As good as this team is, and as much as I love this group of seniors, we are going to be even better the next few years.”

The top varsity runners, Senior Justin Barrett, Junior Zack LaDoe, and Sophomore Luis Alvarez. are very tight time-wise.  As far as the rest of the varsity, at the Willis Invitational there was only 38 seconds separating the top 7 Oak Ridge runners. Over a 5K course, Coach Muehlstein says, “That is huge.”

As for the JV, the # 1 guy depends on who the odd man out is from the varsity that week. The War Eagles have had nine guys run on the varsity this year. The current top JV runners are Brandon Bush and Matt Wagner.

The Frosh team has three flat out studs! Daniel Solis has run on Varsity two of the five meets so far. Gustavo Sanchez and Juan Alvarez (younger brother of Luis, who is a sophomore on Varsity) would make for a powerful trio anywhere.

Assisting Muehlstein with all levels of the program is Oak Ridge Algebra 1/Algebra Honors math guru, Brandon Winter. This is not a paid gig for Winter, however, as he volunteered for the job. Cross Country does not have the luxury of employing more than one paid coach because the sport only requires a certain number of athletes. If you ever see Winter around campus when he isn’t arithmetically distracted, thank the man for being so giving of his time.

Muehlstein can’t say enough about his assistant, “Coach Winter does one heck of a job and in doing so makes my life a lot easier. The kids love him and he seems to be enjoying himself.”

Muehlstein is also overjoyed with the prospects of his spring track and field team. The 2012 team had over 215 athletes and yet Muehlstein only had three assistant coaches.

Muehlstein wouldn’t say if other schools are suffering from a lack of coaches in track and field so we took it upon ourselves. From several sources OUTSIDE of Oak Ridge high school, we found how many assistant coaches some other schools in the district have and checked out the participation numbers. One school has right around 200 athletes in track and field and employ FIVE assistant coaches. Count em… 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5!

We’ll worry about that when track and field comes around. For now, let’s enjoy the resurgent Oak Ridge War Eagle Cross Country team. This team seems to be taking the ol’ Cross Country philosophy seriously: “The faster you run… the faster you’re done!”

Count on the cross country team to be raising eyebrows now and on into the future!

See you at The Nike!!!

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Optimism Running High for ORHS Cross Country

In baseball, they say that anything is possible on Opening Day. It is the same, it appears, for this year’s War Eagle cross country teams.

In speaking with Oak Ridge High School cross country coach Dennis Muehlstein, he indicated that this should be the best boys team Oak Ridge has seen at least in the last decade. Coach Muehlstein elaborated, ” On paper it is already the fastest top to bottom that I have had in my career here at Oak Ridge. All that being said, we will definitely have to be at our best in October to have any kind of chance in this new Super District.” He continued, “We could be really, really good and still be 4th or 5th”.

The Varsity will start off with at least five returning lettermen, senior Pedro Vasquez, and juniors Andrew Smith, Tony Ballesteros, Walker Burgess, and Chris Steinley. The two others will be sophomore Zach Wooldridge and senior Jon Bell.

Andrew Smith was a regional qualifier in cross country last year and ran a team leading 10:01 – 3200M on the track. Six of the seven have run sub five minute miles and sub 11 minutes for the 3200M on the track.

Coach Muelstein likes how his program looks at all levels, “With this depth on the varsity, it leaves significantly better talent on the JV and freshman teams. I expect to have a few “up and comers” make people take notice once we start racing. That will only make the varsity guys work even harder. I cannot wait to get to racing. It should be an exciting year! “.

Coach Muehlstein is excited about the girls cross country teams as well, and he raves at how great of a job girls’ coach Amanda Dube is doing.  Last count, the girls had 17 runners. We’ll be reporting on the girls team next week.

Oak Ridge War Eagles Cross Country Schedule
Date Time Location
Thursday, September 9 6:00 pm Montgomery HS
Saturday, September 18 8:00 am Oak Ridge HS
Saturday, September 25 8:15 am Dayton HS
Saturday, October 2 8:00 am Lone Star College – Harris County
Saturday, October 9 8:00 am Bear Branch Soccer Fields
Saturday, October 16 9:00 am Lufkin HS
Friday, October 22 6:00 pm Oak Ridge HS (intrasquad)
Thursday, October 28 9:00 am College Park HS (District meet)
Saturday, November 6 8:00 am Arlington (Regional meet)
Saturday, November 13 8:00 am Round Rock (State meet)

Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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