Our friend Jim Brehio, along with our Coach Mike Lawrence as members of the Birch Hill Striders running club, started the Gardner to Baldwinville Turkey Trot 40 years ago. the only awards were homemade pies that their wife’s and mothers baked. The Turkey trot always finishes in front of the American Legion, were runners and walkers enjoy the warmth in the American Legion hall.
This same American Legion Post is holding a “virtual 5k” in October to raise funds to buy winter clothes and shoes for Templeton and Phillipston elementary school kids that are less fortunate or facing hardships due to lack of resources.
The American Legion post members are working with New Balance running shoes at their factory store in Lawrence Mass. Giving the post a 40—50% on close out kids shoes. The highest price shoes are $59.99 dropping down to $39.99 and $29.99, before the discount. Your entry fee will enable them to buy one shoe.
Have a friend sign up with you and they can buy a new pair of shoes.
Please,help them out by entering and running
the Operation: It takes a village Virtual 5K.
Attached is an entry form and more information.
Questions or more information call Jim at 978-939-2323 or Brehio131@gmail.com
Online registration: https://www.racemenu.com/events/203128-Operation-it-takes-a-village-5k
Email times to: email@example.com
T-Shirt cut-off: Wednesday October 7, 2020
Middle School XC Update
With the cancellation of all Mid-Wach interscholastic middle school sports for the 2020 Fall season; an intramural skill and drills model has been developed this year for Middle School Cross Country runners. Grades 5-7
XC Runs 9/28/2020 through 11/6/2020
( If a day needs to be reschedule due rainned out it could be moved, the week of 11/9/2020 - 11/13/2020)
Middle Cross Country = Monday/Tuesday/Thursday from 3 to 4:15pm
If you are interested in signing your MS student for XC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space will be limited.
All of the State and local COVID guidelines will be observed in these program, including mandatory masks for all coaches and participants.
The cost $25 per student.
Fall 2020 Sports Update:
The Midland Wachusett League and The Gardner School Committee voted on approving the Cross Country 2020 High School XC season.
Sad news The Middle School Cross Country will not be held unfortunately for the fall 2020 season.
Please Click below to register for 2020 Fall Gardner High School Boys' & Girls' Cross Country:
Grade 8 - 12 Gardner High XC Info:
A updated Physicals is required for participation in XC.
All PPE / COVID specific MIAA, Midland Wach, GPS Guidlines will be followed this Season.
Attending the Pre-Season parent & Athlete virtual meeting required - Details TBA.
Practice will begin on Friday 9/18/2020
Sports user fee will be required until the first day of practice.
Additional info on MIAA WEB SITE
Simple steps to take and make part of your everyday routine:
* Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
* When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
* Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
* Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
* Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Additional Info can be found at the MIAA Web site:
UPDATE FALL CROSS COUNTRY SEASON:
MIAA COVID Task-Force have approved the following recommendations as compliance for fall Cross Country.
For the protocols specific to Gardner School District and MidWach League the guidelines are coming over sometime
early next week, including details on schedules, registration, and game/practice protocols.
Click for MIAA 2020 fall rules modification and Guidlines Cross Country
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Asso. voted unanimously that fall sports (XC) will start no earlier than Sept. 14, 2020
The MIAA Board will keep monitoring state guide lines for any changes.
Gov. Charlie Baker said that the summer sports guidelines will be reviewed ahead of the fall sports, expected to be released in the next two weeks.
The MIAA will also be working on recommendations for how sports could proceed should remote learning be necessary for part of the upcoming school year,
Keep up the great work with summer training!
Keep the faith!
Thank you to everyone that donated, ran, walk, and volunteer
to the 3rd annual Wildcat 5k Virtual edition.
See you next year Saturday June 19, 2021 for the 4th Annual Wildcat 5k.
at Gardner High with a hope we are all Running & Walking together again!
Best wishes to the Class of 2020 Gardner High Outdoor Track & Field Seniors
Thank you for being a member of the GHS Outdoor Track through the years!
From The Coaches & GHS XC/ Track Boosters
We can not do our part without your support.
Please consider supporting GHS, GMS Track and Field / Cross Country
by giving a $20 donation
Congratulations to this years Senior GHS Cross Country Track Booster Club 2020 Scholarship award recipients:
Hunter Gardner Graves
Janet Ivett Herrera
Alex Leandro Lopez
Monique Elizbeth Merillat
Sarah Svetlana Percifull
Best Wishes in College
Many of us looked forward to the Wildcat 5k on the third Saturday of June.
This year, virtual seems to be the only way we can still have our race with keeping to social distancing .
The Wildcat 5k race can be completed anytime before 1pm Friday June 19, 2020.This is great for all ages, and people can complete it how they like — walk, run, the choice is theirs! (Treadmill, Around their Home ect.)
These days It's important to be active while social distancing 6 feet, Why not have fun doing it!
Social Distancing Drive Through Awards & T-Shirt pick GHS on June 20, 2020. 10 am - 11:30pm.
Our Club will be offering a 1-mile Virtual race free to all ages!
We will be doing two results catagory for the 1-Mile race,
a 12 year old Under
Award will be given only to the 12 and under overall boy and girl in the 1-mile.
The Wildcat 5k is $20.00
A Wildcat 5k t-shirt to those That register by May 28 for the 5k are guaranteed a shirt after that date it will be a limited shirt inventory on a first come registration bases until supplies run out.
ALL 5K walkers and runners are entered into raffle drawing for prizes donated by Dick's Sporting goods.
Awards: 1st place overall 5K race Male & Female finisher medals.
2nd place & 3rd place overall 5k Male & Female Medals'.
Top overall 5k Male & Female Walker Awards.
5K Boys' & Girls' 18 and under 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Awards.
Race Results will be posted online Early Saturday morning on June 20th.
Social Distancing Drive Through Awards, raffle & T-Shirt pick
at Gardner High School on June 20, 2020, between 10 am - 11:30pm.
The Link to Register for the Wildcat 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run:
The Wildcat 5k Benefit Both GHS, GMS XC/Track and 10% GHS AA Ball.
GHS Cross Country Track Booster Club Treasurer
It was a decision that we were all hoping would never come, but unfortunate last Week the MSTCA decided to cancel the outdoor track & field season due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. The decision came just a few hours after it was announced by Gov. Charlie Baker that Remote Learning would remain in effect until the end of the 2019-20 school year.
The news is heartbreaking for our GHS,GMS athletes and coaches.
Please keep up you school work online with your teachers for the 4Q Important for many obvious reasons including keeping your sports eligibility current.
Please stay safe, wash hands, 6 feet, mask and keep running and training keep fit this will pass!
For the the annual Wildcat 5k No decisions have been made yet hoping to have more info for you all by next week.
Seniors please get your scholarships into drop box at GHS lobby soon the doors are open this Friday 9am-11am.
Update: April 21, 2020 Governor Charlie Baker announces that all school buildings in Massachusetts will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Online learning will continue.
Greetings hope this finds you all safe and following the guide lines so we can see everyone soon!
Over next weeks it is very important to Stay at home, wash hands, 6 feet away & wear mask when needed,
Keep healthy and fit at home!
Do any school work given.
Seniors do your scholarship forms keep incontact with GHS Guideance office by checking your school emails.
School handing out & delivering Food those need it visit school website for more info at http://www.gardnerk12.org/854/Gardner-High-School-8-12
Please do not visit friends or go to public parks Let's Keeping hope alive!
Send us your photos or video's keeping track & field fit at home at email@example.com
If you need anything please reach out Kerri, Sarah or I
GHS TRACK STRONG!
Here is the latest Updates on High School Track we are Keeping hope alive for a Spring '20 Track & Field ,
TMC voted 12-0 based on the current 5/4 school resumption date:
Run Divisional States format ONLY (i.e. no All-State meet)
Cut-Off Date: Sunday, 6/21
Entries Due: Monday, 6/22
Meet Dates: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th (Pent&PV Thursday 6/25)
Spring Sports update this includes Outdoor Track :
The MIAA Board of Directors (BOD) held a conference call meeting on March 30th consisting of over 30 participants representing the BOD, the Tournament Management Committee (TMC), MIAA staff and members of the press. Discussions were focused on the recommendations brought to the BOD from the TMC March 19, 2020 meeting regarding the 2020 spring sports season. Thank you to all who participated. **The MIAA Handbook may be found HERE**
Begin spring season no earlier than May 4, 2020 and have completion of regular season and tournament games by June 27, 2020 with consideration of June 28, 2020 for weather and facility needs. (Thom H./Lindsey v.) APPROVED 19-0
Student Eligibility/School Requirements
Physical Examinations Rule 56.1
To waive the 13-month rule for physicals (Rule 56.1) providing that the student-athlete physical was up-to-date on March 13, 2020 or that a virtual physical or physicians note giving permission to the student-athlete to participate is received between March 14 -May 4, 2020. (Thom H./Brian M.) APPROVED 19-0
Academic Eligibility Rule 58.1
The MIAA will waive Rule 58.1 on Academic Eligibility, and allow for each principal to individually determine their own local academic eligibility standard for the 2020 Spring Season. (Lindsey v./Thom H.)
Starting and Closing Dates for Tryouts, Practices, and Contests For Spring 2020
To provide schools with consistent calendar dates to maximize amount of seasonal play while keeping the safety of student-athletes in mind, the following votes were taken:
The first team competition may not start until after the seventh calendar day after the start of the 2020 spring season (Rule 35.4.1). (Thom H./Matt T.) APPROVED 19-0
Golf must have three (3) days of practice prior to the first competition. (Thom H./Matt T.) APPROVED 19-0
Rugby must have nine (9) days of practice prior to the first competition. The first three (3) days of practice are technique and conditioning followed by six (6) practices, five (5) of which must be controlled contact. (Thom H./Matt T.) APPROVED 19-0
The 2020 spring season participation will be extended for all teams at all levels through June 27, 2020. (Deb D./Thom H.) APPROVED 10-9
There will be no exclusion or endowment games during the spring of 2020. (Wes P./ Thom H.) APPROVED 19-0
Recognized Sports, And Scheduling Limits for Schools
To provide guidance and consistency to spring sport teams the following motion was voted on:
For all sports, except for rugby, the maximum number of competitions for tournament qualification is twelve (12) games and the minimum number of competitions is eight (8) games. (Dan S./Matt T.) APPROVED 12-0-1
There is no change to current status regarding the number of competitions per week will remain as it states in the MIAA handbook (Rule 34).
Discussion occurred about the Bona Fide Team Rule (Rule 45) and its impact on tournament participation and the recommendation to allow an amendment to out-of-season coaching (Rule 40). These topics will be discussed at a future Board meeting.
The Board put forth a request to the TMC to submit a tournament structure recommendation(s) to the Board by April 9, 2020. The Board will meet at a later date, not yet determined, to review.
Wash you hands
Stay At Home
Let's all keep Hope in our hearts that
May 4th We can start up schools & sports in Massachusetts.
Please Stay Safe!
Please keep praying for the sick in the World and their loved ones!
As of now, no decisions have been made about any changes to our spring season beyond what you see below.
Keep training at Home and stay safe.
We will try our best to keep you up to date to any changes to the outdoor track season.
Congratulations to Hunter Graves
Last Friday’s 3/13/2020 signing ceremony in the photos are John Graves ( Hunter's Dad),
GHS Track Coach Mike Lawrence.
Hunter committed to run Track & Field / XC as a Blue Devil on the Central Connecticut State University Div 1 team in New Britain CT.
Hunter the youngest of John and Candee Graves’ two sons,
his older brother GHS Alumni Justice Graves the XCTF Director of Operations at UMass Lowell Athletics.
Hunter will be studying Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering and Technology.
The Next Booster meeting on 3/16 has been postponed & Wildcat 5k meeting.
Stay tune for more info.