There is running and then there is cross country running. For those that have never done it, cross country running is a physical challenge like nothing else. Becoming a better cross country runner is a highly involved process that requires dedication and hard work. Most cross country runners are mentally discipline individuals and strongly goal oriented. As physically challenging as cross country running is, the mental toughness required is extraordinary. The urge to "quit" is difficult to overcome. The physical and mental demands combine to make cross country one of the toughest sports to excel at.
Cross country running takes place over a field that is wrought with pitfalls, that is, a natural landscape. Cross country running is normally done by teams comprised of between five and twelve members. Because the area in which you are running tends to be uneven and not one straight track you will get a better workout as you end up using more muscles than in any other type of running. Cross country running, if done properly and on the right track, is less stressful on the knees as the impact from the earth tends to be much less than on other surfaces.
Running is among the best aerobic exercises for physical conditioning of your heart and lungs. It helps ensure the efficient flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body, things that are proven to help to decrease the risk of a heart attack. The physical benefits derive from the greater demands on the musculature already mentioned above. Greater strength around the hips gives greater leg speed. Perhaps more importantly, training and competing for months in the cross-country season provides tough physical training, working over a wide range of speeds, without the damaging effects of the cumulative jarring that results from track or road training.
Practice and Season:
Season runs from August to November
MS Practice 3:45 - 5:00 Soccer Fields
HS Practice 3:45 - 5:30 Soccer Fields
Contact Information: Head Coach Robert Ellington
XC Schedule 2019