EDWARDS — Battle Mountain cross-country’s season is officially over, but, then again, it isn’t.
Stay with us, people.
Under the auspices of the Battle Mountain cross-country club — since the CHSAA season is over, it isn’t the team — the Huskies are heading to Nike Cross Regionals in Mesa, Ariz. on Nov. 23, and they need your help.
The Nike event is a competition of the best teams from the Four Corners states and Nevada, regardless of size, much like an NCAA regional meet for high schools. It’s an opportunity for the Huskies, whose girls’ team finished third in the state and boys’ team 16th, to measure up with the best.
Battle Mountain cross-country club’s coach Rob Parish says that he hopes that the ladies will run in the championship race, involving just 20 teams from five states, while the gents will compete in the open competition.
The club team is excited by the fact that Mesa is at a mere 1,200 feet, which means there will be a ton of oxygen there comparatively to its usual training ground. The weather, however, is a mixed bag. Of course, anything is better than the Wednesday morning workout the club had when it was 15 degrees out. On the other hand, temperatures in the 70s and 80s are just downright weird for those from the High Country.
“It’s such a fun event with a lot of bells and whistles,” Parish said. “Everyone who goes is serious about their running. It’s flat and fast and our athletes are going to be breathing a lot of oxygen. Eighty degrees might be a shock to the system, though.”
However, it does cost money to go to a big event like this, and so the club is hosting two fundraisers next week.
The Bookwoorm of Edwards is donating 10 percent of its proceeds from its sales on Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping or hit the store’s cafe for crepes and other good stuff. Preferably, do both. “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann is out, as well as Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new opus, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.” These are a few suggestions.
• On Wednesday, go to dinner at the Main St. Grill in Edwards. Battle Mountain cross-country club members will be your servers with the tips going to fund the trip to Arizona. Eat a lot and tip heavily, people. Riley Walker Parish is scheduled to down two steaks. (OK, he’s only 2, but you get the point.)
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 and cfreud@vail daily.com.