Cross Country is designed for SMS Junior High runners and is meant for the athlete who enjoys going the distance. It is an excellent way to build stamina and stay in shape. For many of our students this may be their first experience with competitive running or organized sports, so the positive feeling of inclusion for everyone is important. We do our best to ensure everyone on the team is treated equally whether they are a sixth grader, out for the first time, or an eighth grader who has been with us for the two previous seasons.
Training for our program is set up on a few basic principles. It should be fun. Each athlete should train at a level he/she can handle. It is based on continual growth over the three-year period they will be at SMS.
Our races are usually 1 - 1.5 miles long. At no time do we want the student to run full out, but rather to work at a fast but relaxed, controlled pace. This will allow them to establish good form and a kinetic sense of rhythm and balance.
Our season runs from mid-August through late September. The Cross Country Team is divided into two groups - an A and B level of competition. Our practices start with a one-mile warm-up run at their own pace, followed by light stretching and a series of drills. These are designed to increase strength, coordination, and balance. The duration and intensity is increased throughout the season.
Athletes are expected to attend all practices and athletic contests for their sport throughout the season. A student who is absent from school or considered absent is not eligible to participate in either practice or a game on the day of the absence. Students are expected to place academic commitment above athletic participation, and must maintain passing grades in all subjects to be eligible to play. Grades are checked at mid-nine weeks and at the full nine-week point. Students participating in sports are expected to represent the school with pride and grace as they compete.
A physical examination form must be completed and approved by your doctor before your child can participate in any sport activity. For more information about the St. Mary’s Football program, contact Head Coach, Rick Loth.