Strafford Cross Country   “Fortitudine Vincimus”

Dear Runners & Superfans,

I want to say thank you to everyone for training hard this summer and hope you had fun and are excited about starting the upcoming season.  All of you did a tremendous job running this summer and I’m excited to see how well you do this season. Everyone can succeed at running, you just have to stick with it.

Practice for high school cross country will begin on August 3rd at 7:00 am in front of the Max Evans gym and will be over at 8:30 am.  All runners need to be sure they have a current physical with insurance information before they can start practice.  These forms can be turned in to me, the nurse, or the high school office.  No one is eligible to practice without a current physical on file. All runners must have 14 practices before they can participate in a meet or any competition. A student can only earn one practice a day, therefore two-a-days count as only one practice.

Our season kicks off on September 5th with the Strafford Invitational at Fellows Lake.  This is our first year to have a meet at the lake and we are very excited about running at such an awesome location.  Once again we will need all the great parent volunteers to help make this meet as successful as our others.  I will send out more information as the time approaches. The rest of the year’s schedule is listed below.

Remember, cross country is for everyone and with perseverance, hard work, and a positive attitude any student can achieve greatness.  Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at or 417-379-6764

I look forward to seeing you out running,

Duane Fabro

Strafford Cross Country

Sept. 5th          Strafford Invitational @ Fellows Lake                                              8 am

Sept. 10th        Marshfield Invitational @ Marshfield Golf Course                           4pm

Sept 15th         Bolivar Invitational @ SBU campus                                                 4pm

Sept. 22nd Stockton Invitational @ Stockton H.S.                                                   4pm

Sept 26th Hermitage Invitational @ Pomme de Terre State Park                           9 am

Oct. 3rd Chile Pepper XC festival @ University of Arkansas  H.S. only                 10 am

Oct. 6th Irish Invitational @ Springfield Underground                                            3:30 pm

Oct. 13th Ash Grove Invitational @ Ash Grove H.S. (conference meet)                  4 pm

Oct. 31st District XC @ TBA 10 am

Nov. 6th & 7th State XC @ Oak Hills golf course Jefferson City, MO

November 13th Run to the Lights @ Silver Dollar City  (Fun Run; not a school sponsored run)


Detailed information including leave time, specific race times, maps, and award information can be found closer to race date at:

big mommas moonshine beach Volkslauf

Runners & Superfans,

Cross country camp was a huge success and I would like to thank all those kids and alumni who attended. We had 45 runners attend camp making it one of our biggest. Even with typhoon Bill reaking havoc we were able to get in a great week of running. I encourage all those who attended to keep up their summer training and come in to fall with a great base of miles.

We finished the week with the Volkslauf 10k at Ft. Leonard Wood and it was awesome.

Have a great summer

Coach Fabro

Jog 4 a Hog 5K

Posted: June 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

Join the Strafford cross country team for the annual Jog 4 a Hog 5K at Strafford High School on Friday July 24th at 7 pm. This course is super flat and super fast and has been certified as an official 5K course. The best part is registration is donation only, so you can spend what you want or be a pig and run for free. We will have overall and age group awards, official times, and great snacks and drinks after. There is no gift. Remember it’s donation only. Bring the whole family and come on out for a hot and fast night of running. Email questions to Duane Fabro: ( )

Course Map:

State XC Information

Posted: November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Runners & Superfans,

This Saturday the Strafford XC team will be competing at the state meet in Jefferson City to be held at Oak Hills Golf course.  The boy’s team as well as McKenzi Maples and Kari Reed will be competing for state honors.  The team will be leaving from SHS at 11:00 am on Friday and will eat lunch in Lebanon before traveling to Jefferson City to run & inspect the course.  That night we will be staying at Drury Inn in Columbia, MO and eating dinner at G&D steakhouse.  Parents and superfans are more than welcome to join us at anytime.  Below I will paste in some important information you may need for the state meet.  I will warn you that the parking and traffic is horrible so give yourself plenty of time and that it will also cost you $7.00 to enter the course.  There will also be a considerable amount of walking should you want to watch the race at several locations.  More information can be found at

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me at

ADMISSION PRICE:  Admission for students (age 6 and up) and adults is $7.00.  Children 5 and under are free of charge.

Class 4 Boys –   9:00 a.m.
Class 3 Boys –   9:30 a.m.
Class 4 Girls –  10:05 a.m.
Class 3 Girls –  10:35 a.m.
Class 1 Girls –  11:10 a.m.
Class 2 Girls –  11:50 a.m..
Class 1 Boys – 12:30 p.m.
Class 2 Boys –   1:05 p.m.

2014 AWARDS SCHEDULE – Trophies and Medals
Class 4 Girls and Boys @ Approximately 10:40 a.m.
Class 3 Girls and Boys @ Approximately 11:10 a.m.
Class 1 Girls and Boys @ Approximately   1:05 p.m.
Class 2 Girls and Boys @ Approximately   1:40 p.m.

SHUTTLE INFORMATION:  The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau will operate a FREE shuttle bus during the State Cross Country Meet as a convenience to parents and fans and to facilitate the parking situation in and around Hough Park. Please reference the map below and the schedule on the backside for locations and times.  Busses run continually during specified times.

We encourage you to inform parents and fans to utilize the shuttle bus, and join us in expressing appreciation to the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau for providing this fine service. Please feel free to duplicate this map and send home to interested parents.

First Bus – 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Second Bus – 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

AWARDS – Top 25 runners will be awarded medals and receive All-state honors.  The top four teams will be awarded state plaques.

Following the meet we will eat dinner at Mexacali Blues located outside of Osage Beach.  This has been are tradition for a few years now and want to invite runners, parents, and superfans to join us.

For your reading enjoyment:

Twas the Night Before the Race

Twas the night before the race and all through the state,
Runners were carb loading, hoping for a great pace.
Their race day clothes were hung with such care,
Along with the spikes, watches and bibs all there.

The many weeks of training were not very fun,
Hill repeats, fartleks and long runs were done.
Hydration intake has all been perfected,
Thankfully no major pains were detected.

When race day arrives runners will fill the meet,
And into their boxes they eagerly retreat.
Setting their watches, as they run through the start,
We bid them all a good race admiring their dedication and heart.

As miles pass by they run with all their might,
Parents and superfans were a very welcome sight.
The crowds were all cheering and having a good time,
Giving the runners cheers all down the line.

When what to their wondering eyes should appear?
But the finish line with gleaming medals ever so near.
Endorphins are dancing all around in their heads,
It’s time for celebrations and then straight to bed.

May your running always be such a wonderful delight,
Happy running to all and to all a good night!

District XC Results

Posted: November 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Runners & Superfans,

Wanted to let everyone know how amazing the team did at districts this weekend and congratulate all the kids on their success this year.

The boys qualified again this year with a 2nd place finish at districts.  Just 6 points behind the winner Springfield Catholic the boys ran a tremendous race. Here are their times and results:

Shane Burns – 2nd  time of 16:38 pr and new school record

Jacob Clements – 6th time of 16:57 pr

Matt Barrett-Young – 7th time of 17:02 pr

Bradley Lee – 15th time of 17:47

Trevor Roebke – 17th time of 18:03

Jacob Davis – 22nd time of 18:11 pr

Justin Bond – 31st time of 19:04

Congratulations as well to the girls who fought hard all year long just to keep a team together and who lost a heart breaker of a race on Saturday. Just 4 points separated Strafford from Blue Eye and the trip to state.  With just 5 girls to work with all year, they stuck together and ran with guts all year and I am very proud of each one of them.

On the bright side, McKenzi Maples ran an amazing race and brought home the individual girls district championship for Strafford with a time of 20:19.  Fighting off Catholic’s Anna Galigos,  Mckenzi took the lead half way through the race and never looked back.  Huge kudos also to Kari Reed who has had an outstanding season of running all year and showed it on Saturday by qualifying for state at 8th place in a time of 22:01.

Wish us luck next Saturday as we put are training to the test at the state meet in Jefferson City.  Thanks to all the parents and superfans who have supported us all year;  I know I appreciate everything you do and the kids definitely love the snacks.

Thanks for making cross country a proud tradition at Strafford High School.

Coach Fabro

District XC information.

Posted: October 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Runners and Superfans,

I apologize for the lack of updates and blog posts, I guess I got behind and never caught up. I will do my best to keep you more informed and imparted with the incredible wisdom that spews forth from these pages.

Bus leaves SHS @ 9:00 am. Runners need to be in uniforms, warm-ups, and dressed for the weather. It will be cold.

Class 2 District 6

Springfield Catholic High School

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Springfield Underground (Springfield, MO)

DIRECTIONS: Take south 65 off of Interstate 44 (Branson exit). Take the Division Street exit and turn east. The underground course entrance will be on the left within 400 meters after crossing back over Highway 65. If you are traveling from the south, take Highway 65 north until you reach the Division Street exit. Turn east and the underground course entrance will immediately be on yourleft.

10:00 a.m. – Coaches Meeting

10:15 a.m. – Varsity Boys

11:15 a.m. – Varsity Girls

12:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

AWARDS: top 2 teams advance on to the state meet and the top 15 individuals will medal.

State XC Meet will be the following Saturday in Jefferson City. Hopefully I will have more info to add to this after Saturday.



Congrats to Kenny Stuck who set a new personal record in the 5k at last weekends Wizard Wattle. He has been running with the team and I think it has paid off.

This Sunday is also the Bass Pro running festival with our very own Coach Clements competing in the marathon relay. We also have several other faculty running in the various races. Best of luck to everyone competing this weekend.


Catholic invitational info

Posted: October 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Runners & Superfans,
This Tuesday is the Catholic XC Invitational at Springfield Underground. Parking for parents and spectators can be accessed off of Division and 65 highway. This is a big meet so please plan accordingly. It also starts earlier than most meets. Full information is below:

Coaches meeting: 3:00
Junior High Girls Race (small & large): 3:10 JH Boys (small & large): 3:35
Boys’ Varsity (small & large): 4:00
Girls’ Varsity (small and large): 4:30
All Junior Varsity boys: 5:10
All Junior Varsity girls: 5:10

Medals will be given at the finish of each race
Medals will be presented to top 25 finishers in each division varsity races and top 30 in junior varsity race and top 30 in each division of junior high school races

Hope to see you there,
Duane Fabro