Dear MAST Athletes, Families and Coaches:
Before discussing Sections, the Captains would like to announce that tomorrow is FLANNEL FRIDAY. Wearing a flannel shirt on Fridays is a long-standing MAST tradition. The captains would like everyone to wear flannel shirt tomorrow. I would still like you to race in your gs suit however. So, wear flannel, but race aerodynamic.
After eight or so weeks of hard work and mind-blowing improvements across all pods, it is time to announce the coaches’ selections for the Section IV Championships at Wild Mt on Wednesday, March 3.
Alternate and Forerunner: Calvin Lamosse
Alternate and Forerunner: Chloe Bitney
Alternate and Forerunner: Eleanor Vap
Alternate: Beckett Wedren
Race Schedule: Attached is a spreadsheet listing the athletes by team as well as the schedule for both the morning race involving the Washburn teams and the afternoon race involving the SW and MAST teams. I have also attached several documents that the Section IV Meet Manager sent, just in case you want to see EVERYTHING.
Race Workers: Mpls has been assigned many race duties for both races, but nothing we can’t handle with grace and competency. For both races we need:
Here are the links to sign up to work the Section IV races.
Washburn sign up - https://signup.com/go/qkzdEyt
Southwest and MAST sign up - https://signup.com/go/FAoFvSQ
Please look at the schedule carefully to see when and where you need to be.
Transportation: All athletes must secure your own transportation to and from Wild Mt. We are not taking a bus this year. If you can't find a ride, send me an email: email@example.com
Alternates: your job is to be ready to ski just in case one of the six starters is unable to race that day and to support your teammates. This has happened twice in my tenure so please make sure your skis are tuned and you are well rested. Some of the alternates will also be forerunning. If you are forerunning, note that there is a forerunners meeting 30 minutes before the start of the race in the finish arena. Your job is to give the coaches the chance to see how the course skis.... does it ski as inspected or do we need to make a change to our tactics. This is a very important role. Be ready to ski your best.
Food: We do not have a tent this year, nor will we be serving food or beverages. So, bring water and healthy snacks or a sandwich to chow down between runs. Something with protein. A piece of fruit or vegetable. No nuts however. We have several athletes with severe nut allergies on the team.
Team Meeting: There will be a team meeting for all Section skiers and alternates on Monday at Hyland at 5PM. We will meet outdoors. We will announce a meeting place over the weekend. If for some reason you cannot attend, please get ahold of Daniel or myself.
Everyone, we have a lot of skiing remaining. Continue to attend practice and train with purpose and intensity, even if you are not racing at Wild next week. Do not waste this opportunity to continue to improve your skills. Many breakthroughs can and will happen if you continue to put in the work.
Finally, here is a link to a story about Jessie Diggins in yesterday’s Star Tribune. Athletes, please read this. Parents too. She has a great approach to delivering peak performances.
See you tomorrow.