Cross Country About Us Page
We talk a lot about GRIT. Every year we always have the word GRIT on our shirts. There are spectacular moments when someone does super fantastic. It’s exciting. We call it “Goose Bump Time”. Our theme this year is:
X-Country is officially from mid-August to the end of October, but X-Country runners will practice nearly year-round. During the season we practice Monday through Friday with our meets mainly on Thursdays. The idea of course is to compete in the 5K running event as an individual and as a team. It takes commitment and dedication to participate in this sport.
We generally qualify runners for state as a team or individually. 2020 saw Seth Jarvis and Briqan Payer qualify for boys with Seth finishing with a medal in 19th place out of 110. Brian was 45th. MJ Huff and Lillyan Gerow also qualified with bost just missing a medal as MJ came in 29th and Lillyan 32nd.
We have a very competitive schedule starting with our home meet as the 1st meet of the year. Hesston is next and is unusual because freshmen only run against freshmen, sophomores vs sophomores, etc… Week 3 is a competitive meet against KC area teams at Wellsville. Week 4 is the coolest of all meets as the runners compete in the Rim Rock Court Run against hundreds of other runners and sponsered overall by KU. Week 5 is at Council Grove and we compete against the mid-Kansas schools such as Riley County. Week 6 is actually a relay type even in KC the runners enjoy. Week 7 is our League meet which will be held in Iola this year. Regionals are October 23rd and State is October 30th.
Our goals are for each runner to improve over the year and in the end, qualify as many as possible for the State meet.
Our meet results are weekly orinted in the Republican and there is now a site through KSHSAA.org that highlights XC events across the state.