The Woodstock High School Blue Streaks cross-country team will kick off its competitive season and honor the legacy of alumni who have excelled in the sport with the annual Blue/White/Silver run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Emricson Park.
Alumni, former coaches, parents and anyone who has an interest in cross-country in Woodstock are invited to attend the event, which will begin with a dedication at 8:45 a.m. at the starting line of the Emricson Park cross-country course, located across the road from Sullivan Field.
The line is marked with bricks bearing the names of individual athletes and teams who have earned All-State honors from WHS and Marian Central Catholic High School, both of which call Emricson Park their home turf.
The bricks haven’t been updated in several years, and WHS head coach Jay Fuller spearheaded efforts to order and add new bricks representing accomplishments from the last few years, as well as a few overlooked teams and individuals.
“We like to recognize the history of our program,” said Fuller.
New additions will include bricks for the WHS boys teams that made it to state in the 1970s, WHS girls teams from the 1980s and the 2010 boys state team. Individual bricks will be added for WHS’s Maura Beattie (2014), Luke Beattie (2016), current WHS junior Kylie Hagmann and Marian’s Abigail Jones (2017)
The dedication will be followed by a race on the 3-mile course, with the WHS team divided into a blue team and a white team, running alongside alumni designated as the silver team. Silver team members can run the entire race, team up and create a relay or just run the last mile.
Fuller said each season the WHS coaches take their team to the starting line before the first race to talk about the history and show them what they’re striving for.
“We talk about upholding the honor of running for WHS and impress on them the importance of showing respect for the people they compete against,” said Fuller. “We talk about how it takes the whole team to allow some to earn a brick on the starting line and how it wouldn’t be possible without teammates to push and encourage them.”
In an email, Hagmann said, “I am really honored to have a brick with my name at the start line. It is cool that our home course at Emricson is one of the only courses to honor past runners in that way. It’s inspiring to start each race on that line, and I am excited that my name will be there, too!”
For information about WHS cross-country or participating in the Blue/White/Silver run, email firstname.lastname@example.org.