Cross country is a team sport of long distance running. Practices and races are usually held on an open terrain consisting of woods, fields, and hills. Terrains differ for each race.
What distances are normally run?
Most of our races will be 5Ks. The National Federation of High School Associations has set a minimum of distance of 2.5 kilometers ( a little less than 1.5 miles) and a maximum of 5K (3.1 miles).
How is cross country scored?
Meets are normally scheduled on Saturday mornings. Meets may last a few hours or all day, depending on the organization and number of entries. All athletes are encouraged to watch and cheer on their teammates run in other races before or after their race. Athletes typically arrive at meets at least one hour prior to their race so they have time to warm up. See the meet schedule each week for specific information.
Most meets will have four races, usually 30 minutes apart. The four races are varsity boys and girls and JV boys and girls.
The head coach will select which athletes will run each week in which races mostly based on their performance from the last race(s). Athletes selected to run in the varsity races at the region and state meets are those athletes who have typically shown the most consistency throughout the season.
What to Bring?
Pack your bag the night before a meet! Wear your Voorhees singlet and shorts under your sweat pants and sweat shirt. Be sure to pack your running shoes, racing spikes, an extra pair of shoes for after the race, extra socks, watch, dry clothes, a drink, snacks, etc.
Transportation to/from meets
Transportation for athletes to/from meets is provided by the school.
Every athlete on the team is expected to ride the school bus to and from the meets. You can only leave a meet with your parents/guardians if you have a travel release form signed by the athletic director and your parents.
Runners will stretch and do a “cool down” run with their teammates shortly after finishing the race. They can change into dry clothes at this time if necessary. Runners are encouraged to stay for the awards session upon the conclusion of the race, too. It’s fun for our team to be rewarded after training well!
Athletes must wear the team's uniform to participate in all races. Uniforms will be issued at the beginning of the season and must be returned at the end of the season. Take good care of your team issued uniform. If you lose it, you will have to pay for it!
Your feet are important! Make sure you have proper running shoes and socks. A general rule of thumb for running shoes is they last about 400 miles or one cross country season. For proper fitting, go to a running store and ask for assistance. If you tell the local running store you run for Voorhees, most give a discount.
Spiked shoes can also be purchased to wear when competing. Since most races are held on grass and dirt, spiked shoes can help with traction and speed. A spiked shoe has five to seven metal spikes inserted into small holes on the forward part of the shoe. When buying spiked shoes, make sure to purchase a distance running or cross country pair. This shoe should have a medium to thick-cushioned heel.
A link to athlete and parent spirit wear will be available in time for the first day of school.