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Register is NOW OPEN on the Newington Athletics website!!  We need to form cohorts for the first two weeks of small group practices, so pls get your registration status in order ASAP.

Preliminary Practice Schedule:

Between August 27 and September 11, we are currently (subject to change) permitted to hold Practices in small cohorts (<15). So, for example, our preliminary plan is:

Thurs-Fri, Aug 27-28, behind JWMS:
8:30-10:30 = anyone joining the team for the first time;
9:30-11:30 = returning runners

Sat-Sun, Aug 29-30, Stanley Quarter Park, New Britain
8:30-10:30 = returning runners
9:30-11:30 = first time runners

Mon-Thurs, Aug 31-Sept 3, Mill Pond Park
school will be in session half days, so groupings TBD

Fri-Mon, Sept 4-7, NHS Track
time trials by "appointment"

In the interim, be aware that XC is a SIX MONTH (June-November) sport this year!  While the summer months are voluntary in terms of no mandatory practices, you need to run over the summer in order to be successful in the fall.  Also, in the event that we are forced to make cuts due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions (tbd) and/or maximum number of race participants in a given meet, the effort you put into your summer training will become a factor.  So keep in touch with your coach through Remind, both to be recognized for your summer conditioning efforts and so you receive the appropriate feedback to minimize the potential for injuries.

Phase 1 Training Plan (first 3 weeks of your summer training): run 3-5 days per week for 30-45 minutes each @E (conversational) pace, ending the last min of each run @Tempo pace.  Then 1 day each week @E for 45-60 minutes (note purposefully minutes, not miles), preferably on softer surface (eg, the trails at WH Rez).  At least 1 day each week off (no running).  No weekly limit on cross training (bike, swim, hike, walk, weights, stretching, core, etc.).

Phase 2 Training Plan (ONLY IF you have followed Phase 1 for 3 consecutive weeks): same as above, except 1) gradually increase weekly Long Run to 60-90 minutes each, and 2) end 2-3 Easy runs each week with 6-8 striders.  Also, form and maintain regular running partners, cohorts of 10 max, to minimize exposure and contact tracing.

Phase 3 (ONLY IF you have followed Phases 1 & 2 for six consecutive weeks):  same as above, but once a week substitute an E run with one of the following R runs: 8x200 with full recovery in-between; 4x400 with full recovery in-between; or run up Arrowhead while walking back down to recover.  Do not worry about hitting a precise R pace (like we do in season), just run by feel (90% effort, only say a few words).  Make sure to stretch and include 1-2 mile warm up before and cool down after.

Phase 4 (ONLY IF you have followed the sequencing of Phases 1-3): same as Phase 3, but continue to gradually increase the mileage on your Long Run (try to get as close to ten miles as possible by September), and increase your R workouts from one a week to two a week.

Drop-in Runs (totally voluntary, no coaching/supervision) are on Mondays at 6:30PM (originating at the large parking lot off Tom Lin Rd behind MKMS) and Wednesdays at 5:30PM @JWMS.  Note: to minimize your exposure to larger crowds, pls try to avoid the P&R Fun Runs this summer.

Social Distancing Basics:
1. Stay home if you know you have been exposed to someone with the virus OR if you are not feeling well (particularly if you have a fever)
2. Always stay six feet apart from non-family members
3. Wear a mask when not running
4. No spitting, cover your cough/sneeze, minimize shouting
5. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after your workout
6. BYOH (bring your own hydration/water bottle)

Sports Physicals
Everyone need a "current" physical (9/17/19 or later).  Updated physicals should be mailed to NHS, Attn: Nurse.  
Further details are available on the Newington Athletics website.


We all strive to be well balanced student-athletes, but only one can be the top scholar of the graduating senior class.  

This year, that honor - among ALL the (boys) sports teams across the entire NHS community - belongs to…



A huge congrats to Joe for a huge accomplishment.  We are so proud of you for winning this most prestigious award.

 2020 CCC Schedule

(Boys race first)




Tues, Sep-15

Rocky Hill & Bulkeley

Bulkeley Colt Park

Tues, Sep-22

Hartford Public, Bloomfield

John Wallace Middle School

Tues, Oct-6

Windsor & New Britain

New Britain Stanley Quarter

Tues, Oct-13


John Wallace Middle School


 28 Earn High Honors In Season for 2019!

Congrats to the following student athletes for earning High Honors during our 2019 XC season



Kyle Saindon

Justin Tran

James Vendetti

Kristijan Zvonarek

Michael Bohlke

Jonah Borrup

Alexandra Daha

Zachary Liebl

Marc Pantano

Carissa Toth

Luke Brown



Sam Geisler

Jacob Gionfriddo

Avery Guion

William Le

Areeb Masood

Tayler Rainville

Eli Roberts

Aaron Schneider

Joseph Bohlke

Alan Chow

Andriy Grynyk

Kyle Tinker-Palaia

Serhiy Demyanov

Logan Dumas

Kerry Zvonarek

All Conference 2019

Congrats to Sam, Mike, Joe and Serhiy!!

All State 2019

Congrats to Sam and Mike!

New England Regional Championship

Congrats to Mike for placing 23rd at the Open, thereby earning an invite to New England's --- and for earning All Herald honors for the fall season.

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