Colts Neck Cross Country 2020

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."

Team Goal: (Boys and Girls) Win Monmouth County, Shore Conference, Central Jersey and Group Championships.

Remember, you practice or compete, you must have all valid paperwork in with then school nurse.  that information can be found here.

Tips for the summer:  Make sure you stay hydrated.  Drink plenty of water and/or Gatorade during the day and the evening.  If you run in the morning itís real important you hydrate at night.  If you run in the evening, hydrate during the day.  Make sure you hydrate after the runs as well.

Plan your daily schedule ahead of time so you know when you are going to run.  Make it part of your dayís schedule so it isnít missed.

Run in the morning before 9 am or the evening after 5:30 to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

Try to run at the same time, eat at the same time and go to bed at the same time so your body gets used to the daily routine.  If you are used to going to sleep at 10 pm during school do not start sleeping from 2 am to 10 am.  It will just throw you way off when you restart school.  Do not put your body through extremes.

If you go on vacation and you will be active for most of the day, get up early to run.  Do not put it off until you are too exhausted to get it done.

Call teammates to train with.  It is tough running by yourself all the time.  Get people to run with.

We will start optional team practices on Monday, July 6th.  Freshmen do not have to be at practice until August 17th but coming to some of the summer workouts will allow you to meet the team and get an early start.  Mondays will be at Holmdel Park and Thursdays will be at Lake Topanemus (Freehold Pond Ė Robertsville Rd entrance).  Practices will start at 6 pm.  It is in your best interest to make as many practices as you can if you want to improve.  The full summer schedule will be on  Check the website periodically for updates, announcements, and new information.   Look at the fall race schedule and plan college visits around it.

On August 17th we start official practices and you are expected to be there each day.  Let your summer jobs know that you will need to stop working if it conflicts with practice.  You cannot miss these three weeks and expect to be on the team.

Itís important that you meet with Coach Schlentz and sit down with him to plan your summer workout schedule.  He needs your input.  It is useless for him to just send a workout schedule that you may or may not do.  Take the time to contact him.

Once school starts practice is every day after school from 3:20 pm to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am unless we have a meet.  The after school bus leaves at 5:00 pm and we will make sure you can make it if you need to get on it.  You should have the proper clothing ready to do the workout outside.  If you are not prepared itís the same as not being at practice.  You can miss one practice a week for school help, doctors/dentists, clubs or whatever else.  More than one missed day and you miss the next meet you are eligible for.  Being sick from school is not included in this.

It is your responsibility to let the coaches know if you are not going to be at practice.  All members of the team should tell Coach Schlentz.  Failure to let him know will keep you from competing in meets and if it  continues, will cost you your spot on the team.  You have two choices, tell Coach Schlentz on GroupMe or email him.  If you canít be at practice you are expected to get the workout and do it on your own unless you are sick.  Telling the coach you are sick and showing up a week later is not the proper routine.  Tell the coach every day you are missing practice unless you are not in school.  The email address is at the bottom of the team website.

You are student-athletes and you represent the Cross Country team, failure to act properly in class will get you kicked off the team.  After three detentions, please do not come to practice any more.

Finally, if you are at a meet and want to leave the meet early, you must have filled out a Parental Transportation Request form, have it signed by the coach and have brought it to the athletic director at least 24 hours before the meet.  You need to fill it out only once for the season as long as you write ďFor the 2020 Cross Country SeasonĒ across the top of the page. The forms can be found on our website by clicking forms.  There will be no exceptions.

We have high expectations so do not come out for the team unless you want to be the best you can be.  We are not a club to hang out with.  We expect people to train hard and strive to be the best they can be.  You canít do that if you are not at practice.  There are no shortcuts to being good!

Please train before practice starts or you will just get hurt.  At that point you are not helping the team or yourself.  Be ready on August 17th to train.

This is your team.  Every day you move forward as an athlete is a day the team moves forward.  Remember you represent them and yourself.  Every single day you have a chance to make yourself a better runner.  Do not throw that opportunity away.  You only get that day once.  Itís a day you canít get back.  Use every day to get closer to your dream race/time.  Keep the CN tradition of success!

You can contact Coach Schlentz at or 732-908-0836 or Coach Lykes at or 732-995-8319.