BethBy Beth Lighthiser

From 2000 to 2002 I ran Track & Field at Swift Creek Middle School. Despite being competitive ourselves, we were always envious of  Midlothian Middle School. “Midlo,” as it’s commonly referred to, was our biggest rival. We wanted so badly to beat them every year because they were the power house in both Cross Country and Track & Field. Not much has changed in that regard. However, I am now on the other side. Eleven years after my middle school track career ended, I am proud to say I will be entering my third year as an assistant coach at  Midlothian this spring. Each year the Track & Field team is made up of 40 female and 40 male student athletes. These students are chosen from a total of roughly 120 students who attend try-outs. Both the boys and girls programs have been very successful, always competing for Northern Division and County Championships. Most recently, the boys’ team won the 2013 Northern Division Meet Championship and placed second at the 2013 County Championship Meet. The girls’ team won the 2013 Northern Division Regular Season Co-Champions, placed

second at the 2013 Northern Division Meet, and took third place at the 2013 County Championship Meet. On top of the team success, we routinely have top individual performers each year, many of whom have been named Chesterfield County Champions.

The Cross Country teams are also very strong annually. Typically there are 100 runners, both boys and girls, competing as one of the top programs in Chesterfield County. The girls program has been incredibly successful recently. They are back-to-back Northern Division Meet and Chesterfield County Meet Champions in 2011 and 2012 after finishing second in the Regular Season for both of those years. The boys finished in second place in 2011 and in third place in 2012 in the Northern Division Regular Season, Northern Division Meet, as well as the County Championship Meet. Like our Track & Field team, our Cross Country teams produce top individual performers as well.

Nevertheless, prior to the 2013 Track & Field season, Midlothian Middle School did not possess the proper equipment to host home meets. Instead, administration at both Midlothian Middle and Midlothian High School came to an agreement to allow the middle school to use the high

school’s facilities. This is not uncommon. When I ran at Swift Creek we would travel to Clover Hill High School to host our home meets. Unfortunately, during the winter and spring of 2013, field maintenance and construction at Midlothian High School made it impossible for the school to allow us to use their facilities.

Coaches and administration were then forced to make a decision: would we ask all home meet opponents to allow us to run at their track and have all away meets or could we find a way to purchase the equipment needed to run our meets on our campus? We chose the second option

which left us needing a full set of hurdles (70 total hurdles for $5000) as well as new standards and a pole for our high jump pit. After speaking with Principal, Dr. Pat Stanfield, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal, Tricia Maslyn, was given the okay to use the school’s General Fund account to purchase the equipment. Now, it is necessary for our Track & Field team to pay back the loan.

With my fellow coaches: Colin Innes (Cross Country and Track & Field Head), Ryan Cashion (Track & Field Head), Lindsey Covington (Cross Country Assistant), and Jill Miller (Track and Field Assistant) the Cross Country and Track & Field teams hosted the first ever Mustangs 5k race on October 5th. Our race mission was to raise funds for both of our running programs; to not only repay the loan but also to provide facilities and uniforms worthy of both the Cross Country and Track & Field teams’ success.

The race began at 9:00 AM at the front of Midlothian Middle School. The course wound its way throughout the fields behind the school and continued toward the Midlothian Coal Mines. After going down and back in the coal mines, the course looped around Woolridge Lake, turned back toward the school, and ultimately finished in front of the school. The first ever Mustangs 5k could not have been such a huge success without the support of many sponsors and volunteers. The Richmond Road Runners Club was in charge of starting and timing the race.

Emceeing the race were Drama students from Midlothian Middle School. They played music, provided advertisements for sponsors, and announced racers as they finished. Volunteers, who included parents, students, and teachers, were helping out at the water and food stations,

the registration table, the Mustang 5k gear table, directing runners on the course, and providing help at the finish line. Sponsors for the race included (Title Sponsor) Robious Corridor Magazine, Midlothian Middle School PTA, Hometown Embroidery, Candela’s Pizzeria and

Ristorante Italiano, Lucky Foot, Richmond Road Runners Club, Capital Ale House, Primrose Schools, Einstein’s Bagels, Ski Center, and Which Wich. The first Mustangs 5k was such a huge success that the Midlothian Middle School community is already looking ahead toward the second Mustangs 5k in October 2014!

The race winners are listed below:

RACE Winners

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Join Robious Corridor Magazine as we sponsor the First Annual Mustangs 5k “Get us over the hurdle!”

We are thrilled to offer this exciting opportunity to help support the Midlothian Middle School running programs. This event is open to all ages and abilities. Don’t delay and sign up now! Race entry is only $25!

About the First Annual Mustangs 5k
The First Annual Mustangs 5k is fully funded by sponsor donations and race entries. All proceeds will benefit the Midlothian Middle School running programs. Both the school’s Cross Country and Track & Field programs are in need of upgrades to their facilities and uniforms. This past year the Track & Field team borrowed money to buy 70 brand new hurdles and now we must pay back the money! As you may know, the Midlothian Middle School running programs, both Cross Country and Track & Field, are among the most successful in Chesterfield County. Consistently the programs are competing for Northern Division Championships and County Championships. Midlothian is a vibrant and enthusiastic running community and we hope to raise enough money to start adequately funding the needs of the running programs at Midlothian Middle School.

Interested in sponsoring?
We accept sponsorships of all kinds – cash donations, in-kind donations, prizes, give-aways or race participation. Sponsor a hurdle for only $100! Learn more about sponsorship here.

Registration
Registration is on-line and is currently open! Click here to register! Hurry up and sign up now as race entry is only $25. Be sure to sign up by September 13th to guarantee getting a t-shirt! Race day registration will be available for $30.

The Race
The race will be held on October 5th at Midlothian Middle School. The race will begin at 9:00am. Parking is available in the school parking lots and in the nearby Midlothian community. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Be sure to stay around after the race for prizes and activities!

The Course
The course is friendly to all ages and abilities, but is not stroller friendly due to some narrow paths. The course shows off the Midlothian Middle School property, as well as scenery from the nearby community. The race will start and finish in front of Midlothian Middle School. The race will travel behind the school and lead to The Grove Apartments through a narrow path. The course will then traverse from the Woolridge Lake and loop down and back in the Midlothian Lines Park. The course will again follow the Woolridge Lake around and lead back up to the front of the school to the finish.

Questions?
Please contact Colin Innes (colin_innes@ccpsnet.net) if you have any questions.

Mustangs 5K