Q: What is cross country?
A: Cross Country is a sport in which runners run over natural terrain such as grass usually at a park or golf course. Both Millard South Cross Country High School Girls and Boys will race 5 kilometers, approximately 3.12 miles, at different courses in the eastern and south central portions of the state.
Q: When does cross country start and when are the practices and meets?
A: Cross country practice starts in mid-August starting with a team meeting in the cafeteria. Practices will begin at 3:30 with a team meeting and will run anywhere from approximately 4:30 to 6:00 P.M Monday-Friday including practice on some Saturdays. The meets will be held on different days of the week in which a few hours of school time will be missed to travel to the meet.
Q: What do I need to run cross country?
A: You will need an athletic physical with corresponding athletic paperwork turned into the athletic office in order to start practice in mid-August.. You will also need a pair of running shoes (Red Dirt Running Company-17660 Wright St. and Peak Performance-563 North 155th Plaza are great places to go) and athletic clothing.
Cross Country is truly the greatest sport because I believe everyone can be successful at the sport, and it teaches many life skills that are vital to the everyday “grind” of life. The meaning of success in this sport can range widely, from breaking a course record to being able to run a mile without walking. Everyone in High School Cross Country can become faster, and the time never lies. Perseverance, grit, teamwork, and hard work are some of the main qualities in which Cross Country can teach a runner. I can honestly say I am a better person in life because I am a runner. Running can be a great sport for anyone; regardless if you run five kilometers in 15 minutes or run one mile in 15 minutes.