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10/19/22 Nerdsletter

Contributor: The Nerd


Celebrate the journey

My two sons played baseball for Memorial Little League through 8th grade. Like most other rec leagues, parents of the most talented kids would often decide that their sons had to join a select team to earn one of those elusive college scholarships. Our kids played multiple sports and my wife wasn’t keen on spending half of the year at weekend tourneys, so we resisted the temptation of select baseball. In lieu of that move, I helped create a program within our league to allow players to improve their fundamentals while sacrificing very little family time or money.


The program was successful. For the first time in 40 years, Memorial won the 2015 Little League state championship – a one-year blip in Kearney’s dominant decade – and our team earned the right to play at Little League’s Central Regionals. If we won that six-team tourney, we’d take a plane straight from Indianapolis to Williamsport to play in the World Series.


If you or your son played select baseball, you have probably mocked the talent level of Little League baseball. However, there’s something special about group of kids who represent their neighborhood. There’s no recruiting, the price for a summer of fun is a few hundred dollars, and our kids played their games in a screen-printed cotton t-shirt and an ill-fitting baseball hat.


The regionals experience was a bit more sophisticated than that. We bought new uniforms, Mayor Stothert gave us a city proclamation, ESPN celeb Kyle Petersen spoke at one of our practices, and we learned that all of our games in Indy would be streamed on ESPN3.


Unfortunately, due to my role as head coach, the elation of the state championship quickly turned to getting 14 families to Indiana. Even worse, I began to fear that we might disappoint our fans once we got to a bigger stage. How would we fare against other leagues who only played on weekdays so their kids could play select ball every weekend? Could our band of undersized kids be competitive? What if we were mercy-ruled in our only two games there?


The fear of televised humiliation was so great that those four weeks – from winning State to the six days in Indy – were probably the most stressful month of my adult life. Rather than enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach Henry, I spent much of my time worrying about the potential for failure. I shouldn’t have fretted; we went 2-and-2 in Indy, including 1-and-1 against the Missouri team that advanced to Williamsport.


I mention this story because I’ve already had multiple coaches and parents tell me this week how stressed out their athletes are about the State meet. If they even celebrated qualifying last Thursday, it was for just a few hours before they began worrying that they might run poorly at State. Just like that, a feeling of achievement gave way to crippling anxiety.


From my perspective as both a runner's parent and a running journalist, this angst seems so unnecessary. For 99% of athletes, how well an athlete competes at the State meet simply isn’t that important. It won’t help you land a coveted scholarship; college coaches place more value on season-long consistency than the results of one race, and they also give more weight to track times. It won’t change your romantic prospects; your future spouse, whom you probably haven’t even met, won’t care if you place 5th or didn't earn a medal. Most importantly, your family and true friends are going to love you whether you’re first or last. So why should you care so much about State? Here’s the simple answer: it marks the end of a journey that has likely transformed you in countless different ways.


Savor the crowd and soak in the atmosphere. Play to the camera. Laugh at the stupid signs. Cherish the bus ride with your teammates and coaches. Give your family a sweaty hug when you’re done. Eat fast food on the way home. Stay up late on Friday night.


During State week, celebrate the journey.


Instagram isn't all bad...

I don't spend much time on our Instagram account but two posts by Keeli Green (Arlington, Class C #1) and Madison Seiler (Gering, Class B #1) caught my eye. Here is Keeli's original post two days before Districts:


"As I near the end of my season, I am realizing that there is no reason for fear in the upcoming meets. First and most importantly I run for Him because I know that I can trust whatever plan He has for me, good or bad, there is a reason. I continue to look back and think of all the memories I have already made that I hold near to my heart. I will always carry them with me and I wish I could experience it all again but then what is the point of memories? I have accomplished more than I can imagine because of the Lord's gifts and blessings along the way. We are rolling into championship season now, and I am ready."


The same day, Madison posted this:


"I was inspired by Keeli to post something like this because the season is coming to an end. In two days I will be running my last District meet, as a senior that makes my heart so sad but also I have nothing to lose. We runners search our entire high school careers waiting for the perfect race to come and the truth is there is absolutely no such thing as a perfect race. We strive for perfection only to fall short. I have been searching and searching for that race and I finally needed to take a step back and look at the bigger picture that God was trying to show me. No matter the outcome (at Districts), I will always love this sport and the people I get to do it with. Running is a gift and most of us take advantage of what we can do, so why not enjoy the air in our lungs? Why not want nothing more than to glorify Christ with the gift He has given all of us runners? Why not us? No fear this Thursday and Keeli said it best, we are all ready."


District results

Speaking of Districts, our results page lists all of Thursday's results. Because no two courses are identical (and Class D had six locations), we made no attempt to compare results between sites. In addition, the highest-ranked teams and individuals often treat Districts like a workout rather than a race, and we can never be quite sure who is giving their best effort for the entire race.


A few weeks ago I wondered whether Class A qualifying rules ought to be changed to allow individual qualifiers beyond 15 medalists if the three team qualifiers took more than 10 of the 15 automatic spots. At the time I was thinking of the dominance of Lincoln East's girls, who ended up having six automatic qualifiers in A-1. However, it was the boys' A-1 and A-2 races where this rule could have had the most impact. In A-1, first and second place teams Lincoln East and Lincoln Pius took 12 of the 15 top spots, third-place Burke had one medalist, and the only non-team qualifiers were Noah Lawrence (Columbus) and Ruben Perez (Grand Island). In A-2, Issac Ochoa (Norfolk) and Ethan Mann (Papio) were the only non-team qualifiers at Norfolk where Gretna, Fremont and Papio South were the team qualifiers. I've only been deeply invested in high school XC for the last nine years, so I don't know if this is a good idea. If it is, I'm guessing a coach will pick up on it and draft an NSAA proposal.


I've been a big fan of OPS athletes and a big critic of the OPS decision to cancel the Fall 2020 sports season. OPS saw a bit of a resurgence this fall with five individual State qualifiers: Sergio Martinez, Charlotte Gregor and Yenifer Juan Jesus of Omaha South, Nayera Abdessalam of Omaha North, and Tommy Vasquez of Omaha Burke. In addition, the Omaha Burke boys qualified as a team. That makes me happy.


Of note, we should see all of our pre-District ranked individuals at State. We identified four ranked athletes runners who did not race/finish at Districts due to illness or a minor injury, but we've confirmed with either the athlete or a coach that they expect to compete at State after their teams qualified: Class D #3 Jarrett Miles (NPSP), Class C #3 Lilly Kenning (Milford), Class B #6 Austin Carrera (Hastings) and Class B #15 Tanna Petsche (Norris).


Photos

Holy cow, do we have photos. Thanks to one guest Nerd (Tim Brayton at Lexington) and nine regular Nerds, we attended 13 of the 19 Districts held last Thursday. There were 51 days between the start of the season on August 25th and last Thursday, and we've shot photos at - wait for it - a total of 67 high school, junior high and college meets. All of our photos are posted for free on our Facebook page, and you can find links to all 67 meets on our website at https://www.preprunningnerd.com/2022.


The Nerds really knocked it out of the course last week, so here are a few of our favorite shots.


D-6 Bridgeport (High Mileage Nerd)

D-6 Bridgeport (CW Nerd)

D-2 Hastings (Broken Nerd)

C-4 Hastings (Nerd Central)

B-3 Lexington (guest Nerd Tim Brayton)

A-1 Lincoln (Nerd Junior)

D-1 McCool Junction (Nerdlee)

A-4 Norfolk (The Nerd)

B-2 Mount Michael (Nerd HD)

C-3 Pierce (Hurdle Nerd)

Rankings

We've said it since the start of the season but we'll say it again: our rankings are entirely subjective, may not be representative of how athletes place at State, and ignore the obvious fact that all runners are awesome because they participate in an incredibly difficult sport. However, we publish the rankings each week because (a) it increases the attention given to the sport and (b) athletes are often motivated by either their ranking or the lack of recognition. Here is the link to our final rankings of the season; if you'd like to see team or individual rankings for the entire season, you can click here.


We made relatively few changes this week because it's difficult to judge who actually ran hard last week. We know the individuals and teams who were on the bubble for a state berth ran their hearts out, but that wasn't necessarily the case for the best kids or teams at Districts; they might have had a relatively hard week of training before Districts because their advancement was assured.


With those disclaimers, here's a quick breakdown of how the top runners fared last week at Districts:


Class A boys

Top-ranked Isaac Ochoa (Norfolk) won the A-2 Districts race in 16:06, 21 seconds slower than his time on the same home course on 9/16. Of course, there were 30 mph winds and a death-defying jaunt on top of a wind-swept levee, so the slower time could be excused. He also wasn't pushed by #2 Juan Gonzalez (Fremont), who took it easy and ran side-by-side with teammate #11 Wes Pleskac for the entire race to finish in 16:42. The A-4 District at Norfolk featured four more top-ten boys, although none seemed particularly devoted to the win. Teammates Jack Witte (#7, Millard West) and Piercze Marshall (#6) finished in 16:20 and 16:28, followed by #5 Zack Schultz (Millard North, 16:29), Porter Bickley (Millard West, 16:32) and #10 Denny Chapman (Prep, 16:33).


The A-2 District at Pioneers' Park was won by #3 Isaac Graff (Lincoln East) in 16:08, 10 seconds off Isaac's best time for that course, but still impressive given that he ran alone for a good portion of the race. #9 Tommy Vasquez (Burke) finished in 16:34, ahead of #13 Hudson Davy (East, 16:47). #12 Noah Lawrence (Columbus) was 5th in 17:01 but he didn't have an incentive to run much faster with his team well back in points standings. In the A-3 meet in Lincoln, fourth-ranked Max Myers (LSW) won by 31 seconds in 16:07, with #14 Grant Dixon and #8 Luke Johnson finishing in 16:38 and 16:42.


Did we learn anything from Districts? Maybe one thing. Millard West's Porter Bickley missed the first two races of the season due to a summer injury, but his 16:32 on a windy day suggests that he's rounding back into form.


Class A girls

Top-ranked Mia Murray continued her streak of sub-18:20 races, running under that time for the fourth consecutive meet at not-easy courses (Kearney, Pioneers' Park). She won the A-1 meet in 18:11, followed by teammate and our new #4 Berlyn Schutz in 18:51. #2 Jaci Sievers (Elkhorn South) raced for the second time this season as she rehabs from an injury and finished in 18:53. In the other Lincoln race, a now-healthy Stella Miner (Westside) won in 18:57, her first time under 19:00 since September 9. Teammate and #5 Claire White was second in 19:11, and freshman stud Abbigail Durow (#12, Millard South) was 3rd in 19:17. I wasn't on site but the results suggest that most of the top girls were simply running to advance. Westside may have been the biggest surprise, with their top five girls finishing in the top 15.


#6 Isabelle Hartnett (MWest) and #7 Kaitlyn Swartz (Papio South) ran 19:23 and 19:28 at the Norfolk A-4 meet, just behind #9 Abigail Burger of Kearney, who won the District title in 19:19. Her freshman teammate Claire Karjalainen (unranked) was 4th in 19:43 and #14 Hope Riedel (LNS) was 5th in 20:05. In the A-2 race, freshman Alexis Chadek of Papio won in 19:47 followed by Gretna's Kendall Dobberstein (20:03) and Fremont's Maris Dahl (20:17).


Our take-away from the girls' races? Mia Murray is a heavy favorite but sub-19:00 races by Jaci Sievers and Stella Miner suggest that they may have the confidence to shoot their shot at State.


Class B boys

Mesuidi Ejerso's 14-month reign at the #1 spot ended last week when Tommy Rice (Skutt) edged Mesuidi (SSC) at their conference meet. #3 Mesuidi bounced back with a 4-second win at B-2 Districts, but we're going to stick with the pre-District rankings and keep Tommy at #1. #6 Jack Wade (16:18) and #10 Alex Rice (16:30) were 3rd and 4th in B-2, and Skutt took five of the first eight spots. #14 Max McCoy was the sole ranked competitor in the B-1 District on his home course at Mt. Michael, and he won in 16:40. Seven other boys dipped below 17:00.


#2 Riley Boonstra of Norris was the only ranked boy competing in A-4 at Lexington, and he led a 1-2-3 finish for Norris with his 16:56, 21 seconds ahead of Wyatt Behrends. #6 Austin Herrera did not race due to an injury but Hastings qualified as a team, and I've been assured that he'll be ready to go on Friday. In the A-3 race, Oscar Aguado-Mendez led Lex to a perfect score of 10 with all four Lex boys under 17:09.


What did we learn? Riley Boonstra is healthy, Hunde Ejerso is motivated, and the Lexington/Skutt battle at State is going to be epic.


Class B girls

Season-long #1 Maddie Seiler (Gering) and #2 Kassidy Stuckey (York) matched up for their second meeting at the B-4 District at Lex. Seiler won in 18:52, Stuckey was 2nd in 19:40 and Gering's Jadyn Scott (#11) was third in 20:28. Aside from Seiler's sub-19:00 result, I don't think the times tell us much; none of the top girls were pressed, with at least 40 seconds between 1-2-3-4.


In A-3 at Lex, #3 Kendall Zavala, #6 Ellie Thomas and #4 Atlee Wallman of Norris were separated by just 8 seconds (19:43-19:51). Teammate Hailey Finkner (watch list) finished 6th while #15 Tanna Petsche sat out this race but should be on the start line at Kearney. #8 Tessa Greisen (20:24) and #9 Karnie Gottschalk (20:37) of Seward were 4th and 5th. #14 Anika Richards and watch-list Gabi Westfall of Skutt both seem to be rounding back into shape after dealing with injuries at the start of the season.


The B-1 race at Mount Michael saw 6 girls go under 20:00, led by freshman Emma Steffensen (ranked #5) of Waverly in 19:27. #7 Ella Ford, #10 Britt Prince and #13 Jenna Polking of Elkhorn North finished 2-3-4 to lead their team to the team title. Watch-list athlete Lorena Valdivia (SSC) won the District title in 19:57, just a week after winning her first career title at the RCC meet.


The take-away? Seiler and Stuckey are still sharp, Norris is ready to defend their title, and Elkhorn has the depth to fight for at least 2nd place.


Class C boys

The Class C District boys results had so few surprises that we did not change one ranking from the prior week. Carson Noecker ran the fastest 5k of the week, winning C-3 in 15:07. #6 Dyami Berridge has run in many of the same meets as Carson so he's been overshadowed for much of the season, but his 17:02 at Pierce suggests he's ready to improve upon his 6th place finish from last year. #2 Carter Hohlen (Lincoln Christian) won at Auburn in 16:29, 30 seconds ahead of #14 Logan Lebo (Lincoln Lutheran). #3 AJ Raszler of Platteview won a very competitive C-2 in 16:28 at DC West, and the Olberding twins from Fort Calhoun followed in 16:54 and 16:57. #4 Parker Graves, #12 Ethan Olsen and watch-list Yahriel Gaeta of Gothenburg went 1-3-4 at Ogallala, and #5 Lucas Gautier of Aurora won C-4 in 17:20.


What did we learn? The Gothenburg boys are looking like a solid bet for a State title, Carson is still Carson, and there is going to be a helluva fight for the #2 through #5 spots.


Class C girls

Three of the top 5 girls faced off at Ogallala; #2 Lindee Henning took her 7th title of the year in 19:32, #5 Sammie Rodewald was 2nd in 19:53 and #4 Talissa Tanquary was 3rd in 20:00. At DC West, #1 Keeli Green and #8 Hailey O'Daniel, both from Arlo, led C-2 with 19:36 and 19:39. #3 Lilly Kenning of Milford dropped out of the C-1 race at Auburn but her team qualified, and she has been cleared to run at State. In her absence, #7 Liston Crotty won C-1 in 19:51. In C-3, the Wayne trio of #10 Jala Krusemark, watch-list Kyla Krusemark and #15 Laura Hasemann swept the top three spots. Top-ranked Lincoln Christian, which has only had a ranked runner for two weeks this season, edged Aubun for the C-1 title.


Here's our take: Green and Henning are both fit and should battle for the State title. In terms of the team title, we're not seeing a dominant team, and the winner may have only one medalist. It could be Wayne, DC West, Lincoln Christian, McCook or some other team. If four girls on any top-10 team run well, they've got a chance to win the title.


Class D boys

#1 Trey Robertson (Wallace) continued his dominating season with a 17:05 win at Bridgeport, followed by #2 Mason McGreer (Perkins County) in 17:23. #3 Jarrett Miles of NPSP was also in that District but did not run due to an illness. NPSP placed 5 in the top 10, and Jarrett will be back in the line-up on Friday. The D-1 District at McCool Junction had the tightest finish, with the top four between 17:46 and 17:48. #4 Justin Sherman of Cornerstone Christian finished 2nd in that race behind Trent Neville (McCool Junction) while Cornerstone went 2-5-6 for an easy win. #5 Jacob Swanson, a freshman at Nebraska Christian, earned his 5th win of the year at D-2, winning in 17:26, one second ahead of #7 Robert Hrnchir of Hastings St. Cecelia.


The scoop: Robertson goes into Kearney as a heavy favorite but look for a battle between McGreer, Miles and Sherman for 2nd. If Miles is completely over his illness, he has the moxie to challenge Robertson. NPSP fell from 1st to 5th in the final coaches' poll, but we still like them as the team favorite, particularly if Miles finishes in the top 5. Cornerstone Christian also has a solid chance at the title if Sherman, Ehrenberg and Hughes put in solid performances. That's the beauty of the State meet - Cornerstone is from Bellevue and hasn't matched up against any of the other top teams that are from Western Nebraska, so they could surprise us.


Class D girls

The Class D girls have been incredibly predictable throughout the year. Top-ranked and two-time defending champ Jordyn Arens (Crofton) won D-3 in 19:28, 57 seconds ahead of 2nd place. #2 Hannah Swanson (Nebraska Christian) is undefeated this season and won D2 by 29 seconds in 20:16. #3 Angela Frick (North Central) finished 34 seconds behind #4 Katherine Kerrigan at D4, but we did not flip-flop those rankings. Braelyn Gifford (NPSP) won a competitive D6 in 20:49, and Morrill's Cecilia Barron earned a #15 ranking after finishing 2nd in 20:56. #6 Isabelle Peters, a freshman at Tri-County, finished second in the D-1 race, 13 seconds behind #12 Brekyn Kok of Cornerstone.


Our view: Arens and Swanson should earn the top two spots but #3 through #6 will be tightly contested. Hemingford easily won the D-6 District but fell from #1 to #3 in the final coaches' poll. If Hemingford's top three girls run as well as they did at UNK, they should win. If not, Crofton will be in a battle with Ainsworth, Aquinas and Nebraska Christian. Class D only scores the top three runners, but depth is a rare asset in small schools.


State preview coming on Thursday

To prepare for a early-week radio interview with Rich Barnett of High Plains Radio in McCook, I ended up writing a fairly substantial State preview that includes predictions and some light analyses. If my Wednesday goes as planned, I'll publish that State preview on Thursday morning. Thankfully, that will be my last deadline of the season.


Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs

One of the best things about State are the homemade signs. The races go off pretty quickly, but we'll do our best to find your sign if you're near the starting line on Friday. Pro tip: if you're going to make a really jaded sign that might offend some people, you can minimize the hard feelings by having your 7-year-old hold it.


Fartleks

This Nerdsletter is already too long, but here a few things we'd like to share:


* The inaugural Platte River Rumble collegiate race, co-hosted by Creighton and UNO last Friday, was a big success. The course was fan- and runner-friendly, parking was great, and Mahoney State Park is incredibly convenient for Omaha and Lincoln fans. To that end, a high school race is being planned for Friday, September 8, 2023. If you're a high school coach that traditionally hosts a meet that weekend, the Creighton and UNO coaches are offering to take away all of those headaches. The college event will continue to be held in October, but this new high school event might be a good alternative for programs that repetitively race at Walnut Creek, Walnut Grove or Pioneers' Park. We love all of those locations but isn't variety the spice of life?


* I got to meet Dawson Miller, the official photographer for the Fremont XC team, when I was at Norfolk last Thursday. Dawson is in junior high and aims to join the Prep Running Nerd team someday. He may be a big fan of the Nerd, but the feeling is mutual after hearing his story. He'll be at Kearney cheering on his big brother Noah, who finished 15th at Districts despite running the last 4600 meters with just one shoe.


* Mrs. Nerd is more than ready for XC season to be over - I tend to ignore her when I devote 30+ hours per week to Nerding - but she's also got a soft heart for runners. Thanks to her approval, we bought an upgraded camera for State.


* We gave away 11 Nerd hats last week as part of our referral contest. The winners were Robert Murphy, Amy Schmidt, Katy Billings, Natalie Gifford, Mary McArdle, Bryce Brunswig, Brenda Veith, Angie Wray, Connor Rowe, Luke Chadwell and Ama Long. If you didn't win a hat, visit our Nerd shop at https://www.preprunningnerd.com/shop to stock up on your own gear.


* We focus on high school running but we're thrilled to hear that superfan Curtis Harmon of Gretna qualified for the Boston Marathon based on his blazing time at the Des Moines Marathon on Sunday. Even better, Curtis qualified in a Nerd Racing singlet, one of just four Nerd singlets in the world.


* We could write pages and pages about the college recruiting process - oh wait, we already have - but during State week we'll just say this: the majority of athletes don't commit until the spring, so don't feel bad if you have no idea about where you're going to college. Just relax for now and enjoy State week.


Failing forward

Two weeks ago I wrote an essay entitled Failing Forward, and I've seen dozens of examples on this theme since then. If you haven't read the article, here's the short version: success in distance running (and in life) is often preceded by a series of failures that helps you get better. If you're not failing, you're probably not testing your limits.


Earlier this season I ran into Brianne Travis of Lincoln North Star. She was at a meet as a spectator, and I asked her how her season was going. "Not good," she replied. "Injured?" "No, it's all in my head."


Last Thursday Bri finished 6th at Districts - not a surprising result based on her Fall 2021 season, but it was a huge achievement after what she's gone through this year. The finish line photo above demonstrates how excited she was. Bri seems to exemplify the 'failing forward' theory, so I reached out to her to get her viewpoint. Here's an excerpt of her response:


"Going into this season I had high expectations for myself. I put in the work this summer and was ready to shatter my times from last year. However, things haven't gone well this year. At two meets I mentally tore myself down before the races began because I decided the heat and humidity would lead to a bad race. We had beautiful weather at a mid-season race and I didn't run as fast as I should based on my training, so that threw me for a loop. I got tripped at the start of the HAC race and I let the course defeat me.


When I finally stepped back and evaluated my season, I realized that I was struggling because of the pressure I was putting on myself. I want to run in college, but I kept being told that I didn't meet the requirements to be recruited, and this lead to an endless loop of negative thoughts. A friend recently told me to not lose a race before it even starts, and that made me realize that I had been doing this to myself. I now realize that I was running for times and approval instead of running for myself, which is why I started the sport.


Looking ahead to State, I know I'm not a favorite to place in the top 15 and win a medal. That's ok. I'm going to up to the line with the mindset that I am going to do everything in my power to be in that top 15."


How can you not love these kids? They are amazing.


Find your mantra

Since we wrote the "No Room for Fear or Doubt" article in October 2021, it's become one of our most widely-read articles. If your athlete hasn't read it, I encourage you to share it. Repeating a mantra before and during a race can be excellent mental preparation, but there are no perfect mantras. Find the one that works for you. Most importantly, leave no room in your heart for fear or doubt.


Are you Nerd material?

Until Fall 2021, we were largely a one-Nerd operation. Nerd Junior and Nerd the Third made it a family affair during the 2021/2022 year, and that made us wonder: could we scale up this thing so that XC and T&F could get even more exposure? This fall we added nine additional Nerds and they have absolutely killed it. Seriously - who thought we could shoot 67 meets in 51 days?


Even with these additions, we have areas of the State where our coverage is a little thin. For example, we could use additional Nerds based in Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney, Lexington, Sidney and somewhere in Northeast Nebraska. What are we looking for in a Nerd? Here's a brief rundown:


  1. A willingness to do all of this for free. Well, not quite free. We'll give you some Nerd gear. We don't pay for gas or cameras or anything like that. On the bright side, you'll get paid the same rate as the rest of us - so you won't be envious of our paychecks.

  2. You'll need a good camera and really good sport lens, like the kind that newspaper photographers carry around. Those types of lenses cost $1,000 or more, so that's the biggest obstacle. Your camera probably needs to be in the $800-$1500 range, so that's not cheap. However, we see parents with camera/lens combos like this all the time.

  3. You need to be marginally competent at working with Facebook and editing photos. We try to share good stuff with our followers - the kind of photos that a phone camera can't produce.

  4. Ideally you would be open to feedback on your photos. None of us are photo professionals, but we've learned a few things about sports photography over the years that result in better pictures.

  5. You really need to like going to meets because there is very little glamour involved - unless you're Nerd Dog. Nerd Dog gets lots of attention.

If you're interested, give us a shout at jayslagle@hotmail.com. It may take us a few days to get back to you. Among other things, we'll ask you some detailed questions about the items above.


Nerd gear

Being a running nerd is not just a frame of mind; it’s also a lifestyle. If you’re a nerd, we don’t think you should hide it, which is why we’ve opened a Nerd store on our website. All of the profits from last year’s sales went to provide t-shirts to OPS schools. The Nerd strategy team hasn’t decided what to do with the proceeds from this year’s sales; frankly, Mrs. Nerd is more concerned about taking back the bedroom that has turned into inventory storage.


In contrast to previous sales, we have the product in stock so the there is not a deadline for orders. However, once a product is out of stock, it probably won't be re-ordered. My personal experience is that the shirts run a little small, but we're thrilled with the quality of the gear. Our store can be found here.


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Originally published at www.preprunningnerd.com on October 19, 2022.


Do you see any errors, typos or key omissions? It's even more likely this week since we're still typing at midnight. Send an e-mail to jayslagle@hotmail.com and we'll do our best to correct the article. Originally written for and posted at www.preprunningnerd.com by Jay Slagle. Did you love reading about Nebraska high school running? Visit www.preprunningnerd.com for rankings, results, photos, long-form articles, frequent updates on our blog page, Nerd gear, and a bunch of other cool stuff that only running nerds would think to do. If you want to see meet photos or just need to kill a few hours on social media, follow @PrepRunningNerd on Twitter and Instagram, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/preprunningnerd.




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