Practices: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 4:30-5:45 at Boling Park
CROSS COUNTRY is a sport where athletes run on a variety of terrain, such as grass, dirt, trails and hills. Depending on age, the distance run ranges from a 2k-5k. The breakdown of age and distance is below:
8 and U 2k (1.24 miles)
9/10 3k (1.86 miles)
11/12 3k (1.86 miles)
13/14 4k (2.49 miles)
15/16 4k (2.49 miles)
HS 5k (3.1 miles)
We participate in Middle School races, which are typically for grades 6,7,8.
We also participate in USATF Developmental meets, which are geared towards all ages, and are run in the age divisions listed above.
Cross Country is fun because it develops the athlete on both the individual and the team level. The first 5 runners on a team to finish "score" according to what place they cross the finish line. It is individual in that each athlete tries to improve his/her time at each race, to achieve their "personal best".
Through drills, core work, endurance and speed workouts, athletes improve their form, stamina and time. Pace workouts help the athletes learn how to maintain a speed for the duration of the race. It is fun to see the athletes improve and gain confidence.
Many life lessons and team work can be learned through participating in sports, especially running.