CMS Cross Country

First day of practice is Monday August 19th, 2019. 

2019 XC Schedule

(Last update 5/21/2019) (Dates and times subject to change)  

Info about the meets will be added as they are received.

This is a dual meet between ourselves and Highland in which parents are invited to run as well.

 Communication & Understanding:

The key to every positive relationship.  I will communicate all information in the following ways, but it is up to you to make sure there is understanding:

1. Face to face with athletes and parents whom seek me out in meets or practice.  All athletes need to know what is coming up and what is going on all the time.  At the very least, they need to know how and where to find the answers to the questions they/you have.

2. This website and/or the REMIND APP.  At the beginning of each week I will write and send/post the following weeks events and info that we will go over with the athletes.  Any emergency changes will also be delivered here as well as athletes using their phones to text/call you with their phones, school's phone, or mine.  

Side Note:  Please know that the best form of communication that ensures understanding is face to face.  I feel that there was better communication & understanding before there were cell phones and the internet.  This is why it is important to attend the parent meeting and seek out coaches during pick-up, practices, or meets.  I'd rather clear things up quickly, than let anything fester into problems.  I can't help without knowing what the problem entails.   

Parent Responsibilities:

1.  Ask questions of your athletes and be informed of what is going on.  

2.  Pick up from practices and meets in a reasonable amount of time.  Have plans B and C in place when "life" happens.  We are all busy and have families.  We understand this.  We don't understand why you didn't know there was a meet or why you are shopping at Walmart when we have been waiting for 30 minutes.

3.  Encourage your athletes in a positive way.  This is most of what we are doing as well.  We want them to stick with the sport and get back up again when they fall or feel discouraged.  High school is the great equalizer.  JV runners in middle school can be Varsity runners in high school.  But that only happens when they stick with their sport. 

4.  Respect us enough, if something happens, to discuss it in a calm and rational way.  We do the best we can everyday and strive for perfection while being imperfect.  I'll own my mistakes and learn from them.  However, if we need mediation with the school principal I can set that up as well.  Any dispute that cannot be resolved between the coach and parent starts there.

5. Have fun.  Being a small part of our athletes' success is why we are involved in coaching and teaching.           

Parent/Guardian Meeting:

TBA (Mr. Moore & Mr. Hayman)  approximately 5-10 minutes.

Runners will not be able to participate until all three forms are turned in. 

Practices:  Start 8/19

*If a runner needs to miss practice for any reason I need some form of communication from a parent/guardian (e-mail, text, voicemail, note, etc.) 


Generally, most meets follow the following format:


7 Varsity runners for each gender are selected based on the fastest times from the previous meet.


The State varsity meet selection is the only exception.  I have to send in a roster 2-3 weeks prior to the meet date.  I will select the fastest average times from the 3 most recent meets closest to the due date.           


Race Day Suggestions

Keep it simple.  Eat a good lunch and maybe a light snack on the bus if famished before the race.  Better to race a little hungry than on a full belly.  


Keeping this in mind, cross country runners NEED food after the race.  Our cafeteria is able to organize sack meals consisting of a sub-sandwich (3 meat, cheese, lettuce, ranch), bag of chips, baby carrots, cookie, juice box for $2.80.  Please inform me if you would like me to order these for your runner.  If not, please send some food with them to eat after their race.


$200 is allotted to the Cross Country team each year, regardless the size of the team roster.  I use this money to purchase jerseys.  This can be enough money depending on how many are on the team, but I believe that anyone wanting and willing to put in the miles should make the team.  If needed, any fundraising ideas are welcome.  


Running Shoes:  

Any type of trail-running shoe would be ideal.  All of our meets are on grass and "trail" shoes will provide some more traction.  If you cannot find trail shoes, road shoes will work as well.  For those who wish to have shoes designed specifically for cross-country click here for some examples.   Note: Some meets may or may not allow metal spikes.  The State race does not.


Please think about donating running shoes that are in decent condition.  Many students do not have adequate foot-ware.  Those donated will be cleaned and offered to cross country team members and students throughout the year who are in need of shoes.


Pain & Injury Management: 

Students who are not use to running on a regular basis will experience muscle soreness.  This kind of pain is part of running.  Stretching and massage will help.  Those who develop ankle, hip, knee, and foot pain may need to ice at home, especially if a runner twists an ankle or knee.  Possible causes of joint and foot pain that are not a result of injury may be:

During the school day, we do have a school nurse that your runner can consult if desired.  Otherwise, please consult your family physician for any immediate/obvious issue.


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If your runner has asthma, please discuss with me about severity and maybe keeping a backup inhaler at school in case they forget theirs.