What is cross country?
We're a program dedicated to running and specifically, cross country. Cross country is a sport all about the 5k, or 3.1 miles. Our races are 5k's, our times are 5k's and we train for the 5k. Cross Country is a fall sport that runs from the beginning of school to October, and our practices are at 6am before school.
Who should join?
If you like running or participate in a sport that involves lots of running, like soccer, lacrosse, basketball, or ultimate, you'll definitely love cross country. However, we're open to everybody. Whether you want to get in shape, bring down your times, or get some endurance training, cross country can help you. You can do it for a PE credit before school (It's a super easy way to get a credit, and it doesn't take up a spot on your schedule!) Or you can just participate for fun in the practices and meets. We're super flexible. If you've done track before in middle or high school and run distance, cross country would be a great fit for you. Our runs are a bit longer, but you can certainly manage the transition.
What's so great about it anyway?
One of the things that's awesome about cross country is our tight-knit community and the social aspect. People always say how much they loved running with their buddies in cross country because it brings a whole new meaning to their friendship. In cross country, everybody has fun.
How is the team organized?
We have three separate levels of cross country that you can participate in, depending on how much time you would like to commit:
- Recreational: We’re going to have a rec group for everyone who wants to come out to run Cross Country as a way to train, to get in shape, or have fun. We love having these runners on our team, and we’ll have different workouts for this group to make sure they can get what they want out of practice.
- Competitive: On the other hand, our competitive workouts will be more controlled and structured. Runners in the competitive group train to compete at meets, and we’ll be keeping track of their times to give them paces during workouts. Expect a full training regimen as part of this group and to come to practice and work hard. This group will be further subdivided into two groups but with the same workouts:
- Varsity: Varsity runners, and those on the cusp of varsity, will do the harder version of each workout. This might mean more repetitions, longer distance, or a faster pace. We will consistently expect hard work at practice and a good attitude toward teammates. Special uniforms will be awarded to varsity runners, and they should serve as role models for the rest of the team.
- JV: Recreational runners that have an interest in competing and runners who want to compete without the commitment of the varsity group are welcome to join the JV group. JV will have an easier form of the workout and will train with the varsity group.
What do I bring to practice?
Knowing what to bring to day one of practice can be tricky, so we have created a list of the Bare Necessities:
- Water bottle
- Food for breakfast afterward
- Change of clothes
- Change of shoes
- Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap
- Plastic bag for wet clothes
- An old towel
- Shower curtains (for girls)
- Shower shoes
- Toothbrush & toothpaste*
- A locker upstairs to put your clothes in*
*optional items, all others are recommended
If you've got questions about cross country feel free to email the coaches or the captains and we'll get in touch.
Runners, catch us on the Remind! For parents, we have a Google Group for email messages. Check em out at the Communication page.
Head Coach - Michael Ortiz - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Coach - Jon Croston - email@example.com
Elyse Hall, Philip Metcalf, Adam Switek, Emmy Thompson