Q - Who can run cross country?
A - Anyone! There are no try-outs, no cuts, no roster limits. Some examples of cross country runners include:
--Athletes who want to get into better shape for winter / spring sports. Especially recommended for athletes in other endurance or running-related sports (swimming, wrestling, track & field), but improving your fitness level will benefit any athlete in any sport. You can't ever be too fit...
--Beginners who have never played any sport of any kind before
--Anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Our practice field is the entire world. Parks, trails, woods - you name it, if it's outside, we run in it.
Q - I'm a sprinter, won't cross country hurt my sprinting speed? Also, since I get tired at the end of a 400m, I don't think I would be able to race 3 miles.
A1 - Lots of elite sprinters run cross country. We don't just go out and run high mileage every day - we train upper body, lower body, core strength, flexibility, and speed work. Think of cross country as a competitive off-season training program.
A2 - If you try to race a 5k (3.1 mile) the same way you race a 400m, you're gonna have a bad time. You can't sprint a 5k. But if you run with some patience, you may find that it's not as hard as you think.
Q - I've never played a sport before, so I don't think I'd be any good.
A - Remember these three words: Everybody starts somewhere. Every single athlete, in every sport, had a 'first day' - the first time they threw a football, kicked a soccer ball, etc. Odds are, they weren't very good at it - yet. We don't expect anyone to show up for their first practice and immediately be a star - that's not how it works. It's a process. Improvement happens one day at a time. You will surprise yourself!
Q - How do I sign up?
A - Just contact Coach Metivier or come to one of our practices. We'd love to have you on the team!
Head Coach: Tim Metivier Assistant Coach: Erica Marconi