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Are You Ready For The Sport of Cross Country? 

The Sport of Cross Country is a competitive team sport offered in the fall of the year for both girls and  boys usually in grades 7 through 12. Teams consist of five or more runners who all race together at  the same time against the other teams. The top five finishers from each team are used for scoring  and their finishing places are totaled to see which team wins. The lowest score wins. High school  races are usually 3.1 miles long, and junior high races are usually 2 miles long. The courses  often take place at public parks or golf courses and parents can attend and cheer them on from anywhere on the course. The great thing about cross country at this level is that everyone who tries out for the sport generally gets to compete. Even though the first 7 runners to finish are considered  the “scoring team”, everyone still gets to run and try to contribute to the team’s scoring. In most  school districts, there are no cuts, and no bench to sit on and watch while others play! 

The philosophy is simple: Have fun, train hard, and race well. 

STARTS: Monday, August 29th     MUST ENROLL IN YMCA 

Interested? Pick up YMCA forms in the MPR before or after school.  Students MUST enroll in the ASES "Y" After School Program in order to participate.  The Y program will give them the Sport Packet (1 form will need to be physically signed and returned to the Y) and the Y Application (This will need to be filled online).  Students will go after school to the Y to get a snack and after the practice they need to check out from the Y Program and can go home at 4:30 pm if parents sign an early dismissal form.

Practice Days: Monday to Thursday (Involves stretching, running, relays, sprints ON AND OFF CAMPUS) 

Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Bring: Running clothes, good running  shoes, sunscreen, water, hat

School Meets:   5  (TBD at various Sweetwater schools on Saturdays)  

Race Uniform check out with Ms. Bustos in the office.

Coach: Mrs. Kempi-Scarlett, Room 405

*You may leave a bag of clothes to change with extra water and sunscreen in Scarlett’s classroom before school. After school, check in with YMCA, and change in the bathrooms. Meet in room 405 for warm-up and run either to high school or down the hill/back up hill.


Cross Country Runners