Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ladies Take 4th Place @ State Championships!!

What a beautiful end to a fantastic year, and thank the good Lord we had beautiful weather last Saturday! Ladies, you outdid yourself again. Not only did you get back to the state championships this year, you did one better than you did last year.

Although the course was not very spectator or camera friendly, I tried my best to get as good of pictures as I could. It was a little hard trying to pick you all out due to the distance and the fact that ya fooled us with your uniforms. :) Anyhow, this one if for you Abbie, Marissa, Rachel, Ally, Kristin, Jackie, and Ashley.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2009 Regionals

The girls are back!! What a fantastic Saturday the Lady Pirate Harriers had this week, and what a cherished moment when they found out the whole team was going back to state this year. I tell you what, it was tough racing conditions as we all saw. With the wind that cut to the bone, and the the overcast, and the cold temps. What wasn't surprising though was their ability to run as a team and get points together. I can't wait to see them all at Scioto Downs this weekend.

Brien, I am so sorry, but I don't have any pictures of you when you ran. Mrs Nelson and I were freezing and we didn't stay to watch you run. You had an awesome season, and had so much fun watching you get better each week. Best of luck to you next year and there after.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

District Tournament

Wow... what a nail bitter. Girls, outstanding job in going on to the next phase to State, and guys, I have enjoyed watching you all season, and just can't believe it is over for you as a team, you fought a good fight. It takes a special person to accept defeat, and for the Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen, I wish you luck next year, and for the Seniors, I hope you continue running after High School and remember all the joy it has brought you, and the better person it has made you. Dean and Bryan, it's not over for you yet, so stick with it, and there is nothing that is telling me or anyone else that you can not go to the State Championships and win. It's all up to you, and deep down, you know you want it.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

CVC League Meet

What a way to end the regular season on your home turf Harriers!! Ladies, you were awesome, and guys, you did great too!

What I thought was going to be a dreary day, sure turned into a fantastic Perry afternoon, and the weather wasn't bad either.

Now, the fun part of the season starts gang. Don't look back, keep laddering up, and victory will be yours!

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pictures Needed

Folks, I apologize, but I was sick this weekend and unable to get down to the Legends meet. If you or your parents to pictures, please let us know and put them on a CD and I will incorporate them into this weeks slide show. You can email me at johnvnelson (at) gmail.com and I will have someone pick them up on Sunday.

Thanks everyone!!

Monday, September 28, 2009


Guess it would help if I posted the Streaming Video.... sorry about that gang. :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Covered in rain, yes, that describes the meet fairly good. You guys and gals are tough as nails! All I can say is that when Mrs Nelson and I showed up at the meet, I said to myself, I just want to go home. The rain was like ice, and burned right through to the bone. As we came upon the varsity girls, we heard Ally call out "Mom, Dad!", and we saw the varsity girls standing in the rain, with Coach Sarvis all huddled together. Tough as Nails, and covered in rain they were.

I tell you gang, I don't know how any of you did it, but you did an awesome job! It was rainy, cold, bitter, but you gave it your all and kept on fighting it on just like a Perry Pirate Harrier would.

I know in my heart and soul, you all made your parents proud, your teammates proud, your coaches proud, and all of Perry Proud.


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"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
- Inspirational sign on a runner's office wall

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Boardman 2009

What a beautiful day for a meet. Remember last year? Rain, mud, etc, but not this year.

As always, there were a boatload of teams, and you held your own again and did quite well. You ALL impressed us and we are all so very proud of you. Since you fought the good fight this weekend, I'm going to give you a taste of some great classic rock from the Canadian power trio who infused guitar athletics with eyebrow raising falsettos and a haze of dry ice. As the song says, you fought the good fight!

Thanks to Mr Baranauskas for the song suggestion for this week!

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"" What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are small compared to what lies within us."
~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

2009 Photos

I have received a few requests from various athletes and parents if it would be possible to get copies of the photos that I take each week. While it would be hard to satisfy single requests for a specific picture, I am going to ZIP up each weeks photos and post them for download.

I will re-size the photos to 1024x768 to make it easier to download and for space considerations. Each week I will post the link for the photos with the video download in the post. If you would like to download your son or daughters pictures, please feel free to do so.

For the previous weeks posts, I have added them to the prior posts. If you don't see all of them for 2009, just give me time as I get them uploaded.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Is the future is any indication of the past....

Wow!!!! If the future of the Perry Pirate Harriers is any representation of what we just saw this past weekend, I have a funky, feeling we will be going back to State again this year!

It is so great to see all of you giving so much every week, and improving so much each week.

I know you all are improving every week, but I have no doubt you all are saving the best for last when you are at State! You know you want it!!!

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“If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.”

~ Priscilla Welch

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Download Slideshow's

I have had a few people ask me if there is a way to download the sideshows so they can keep them. I'm happy to report that I upgraded the account I had with 4shared.com and now now I will post a link to each of the downloads with each post.

For the Salem and Mentor videos, here are the download links. If anyone has problems with these, please let me know.

Mentor 2009
Salem 2009

Mentor 2009

Wow!! Talk about some killer PR's this weekend Batman. It was nice to see all of you step up and crack it up a notch. Mentor has always been one of my favorite runs as it is a beautiful park to run in and many great opportunities to see you all at many different spots. Although, I refrained like running like a gazelle through the high brush like Coach Thomas did.

Next week is Walsh which is another great course. Because of work, I will only be able to stay for part of the race, but I will have a trusty sidekick taking pictures, so no fear, there will be a video.

I hope you enjoy this one, I had a blast making it for you all.

"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Song Ideas

I'm looking for some song ideas for future meets. If you have any, please let me know by using the comments link below.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Salem 2009

Well, I'm sorry again, it took longer than we would all like but I had, but here you all go Harrier fans. Great first week for the Varsity, and from what I hear, the JV team did Outstanding as well.

PS, I had to change sites that I upload the video to, and if you have issues with slowness or anything else, PLEASE let me know. Thank you.

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."
-Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

For the Love of the Run

Well here we go gang. Took a little longer than I wanted and it's a little rough, but I promise this will get better as the season goes on.

Best of luck to all you Harriers and let's go back to State again this year.

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start"
- John Bingham

And we're, off like a heard of turtles....

Well, at least I am. Stay tuned gang, there should be an update anytime now on the time trials. I recently re-setup my PC, so I'm having to re-install some software, but the show will go on....and Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine.....