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The Bellevue Breeze
The Breeze (or Bellevue Track Club) has been around as a summer track club for about ten years.  Again this fall, we are extending the club into the cross country season. Athletes have an opportunity to run and compete in meets from September through December.

Our Cross Country coaches
Craig Christians – Coach Christians has been the assistant cross country coach at Bellevue West High School for nine years.  He is also a track assistant at West and has coached distance runners for the Breeze Track Club for three seasons.  He has been a runner himself for 25 years and continues to train and compete.

School Athletes
Elementary and Middle School -- If you have enjoyed running cross country at some of Bellevue West’s events, here is your opportunity to expand your involvement. If your school doesn't offer cross country, then running for the Breeze is your chance to get involved in the sport before you begin high school.
High School -- If you don't want your cross country season to end after your last school meet, and desire to compete with other runners from Nebraska on the same team, contact us when your season is over.

2002 Season Age Divisions and Race Lengths
Young Men/Women -- born in 1984 or 1985 -- 5000 meters
Intermediate Boys/Girls -- born in 1986 or 1987 -- 5000 meters
Youth Boys/Girls -- born in 1988 or 1989 -- 4000 meters
Midget Boys/Girls -- born in 1990 or 1991 -- 3000 meters
Bantam Boys/Girls -- born in 1992 or later -- 3000 meters

Meet and Practice Information
There are two basic parts of the meet season. The first part is a series of meets that are sponsored by Omaha-area high schools including two at Bellevue West. These meets are usually 8th grade and under, with awards given at most of them. The second part is the Age Group and Junior Olympic competitions where you compete only against athletes of your own age. Awards are given at all of these meets, with the opportunity to advance to Regional and National competition. The number of meets each athlete enters and participates in is up to the individual, although a few meets require the athlete to place so high at a previous qualifying meet before they may enter and compete. Note: High school athletes may not compete or practice with the Breeze until their school season is over.
Practice will be held at Bellevue West High School, near the intersection of Cornhusker Road and the Kennedy Freeway.  We will meet on the West track at 5:45 p.m. There will generally be two practices each week. See the Breeze Calendar for the most up-to-date practice schedule. The coaches realize that families will sometimes have schedule conflicts and there will be times when an athlete must miss practice. Our expectation is that kids will take the responsibility for running on their own when they are unable to get to club practice. Cross country is a sport which demands diligence and perseverance. Therefore, it is expected that kids run on the "off days" when there is no scheduled Breeze practice.

Membership Costs
The Breeze are sponsored by the City of Bellevue’s Recreation Department.  Membership for the 2002 cross country season is $10 if you are a Bellevue resident or $15 if you live outside the city limits, which includes a Breeze T-shirt. You may register at the Recreation Department's office at the Reed Center, 1200 Lord Blvd. in Bellevue. Members must obtain a USA Track and Field membership is they are going to compete in any Junior Olympic meets following the high school season.  The cost of this membership is $15 but if you purchased one for Breeze summer track in 2002, you do not need a new one. There may be additional fees for entry into meets but these are generally inexpensive. There are travel expenses depending on how much you want to travel for competition. The coaching staff encourages all newcomers to attend enough practices to make sure cross country is something they want to do before paying the membership fee and officially joining.

Other Cross Country information
This fall, the Breeze will participate in several USATF-sanctioned meets for ages 18 and under (see the Breeze Calendar for a complete meet schedule). Those runners in the 8th grade and below will also have the opportunity to compete in additional Omaha-area junior high meets.
There are no tryouts to join the Breeze. You don't have to have championship talent to participate, just the desire to experience distance running and the willingness to work towards improvement. Our coaches will determine your current ability and fitness level and prescribe workout goals accordingly. Personal goal-setting and improvement is always emphasized over place-finish in competition.
Participation in cross country improves athletic ability and endurance for other sports, including basketball, baseball, and soccer.