Mustangs Cross Country Page
Why Cross Country?
As the summer track season comes to a close, most track clubs and they programs comes to a full close until the following Summer which seems like a rather long time to rest right! And yes it is. We here at the Mustangs Track Club use the opportunity of Cross Country and Indoor Track to our advantage in getting our very own athletes ready for the summer/outdoor season. “Cross Country and Indoors really gives us trial runs for the season and gives us preparation which is really valuable to our athletes for our summer program. Our Cross Country and Indoor Programs help runners develop strength, Speed, Endurance, Flexibility, Mobility, Good Form (arm action movement) and great athleticism for the Summer program , it also helps our athletes keep in shape, and improve their skills.
Fall Running! Our Cross Country program begins in Mid August and runs through December. Practices are held at Rosoovelt High School , Forest Park, & St Louis City Parks. Weekend training occurs on St. Louis Metro Park trails. Invitational meets are held on weekends.
Stay Sharp & Fit ! Our Indoor Season begins in late December and runs through February. Practices are held at Roosevelt High School during the Winter season. Invitational meets are held amongst regional colleges starting in December and concluding in March.
Registration is always Open with the Mustangs!
1st Practice Starts August 19th of each year
Cross country running is one of the disciplines under the umbrella sport of athletics. It is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on over natural terrain. Youth running courses, range from 2–5 kilometers long, and may include surfaces of grass, dirt, concrete, and asphalt, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. It is both an individual and team sport. Runners are judged on individual times and points are scored for teams. Both girls and boys compete in cross country, which usually takes place during autumn and winter, and can include weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow, and a wide range of temperatures. A team shall be composed of five to eight members or more. Team scoring shall be by place, the sum total of the teams places is used to rank the teams with the lowest score being the winner
Practice starts August 19th of each year and will be conducted on Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays. Meets begin in late September/Early October and occur every other weekend for approximately 6-10 weekends. The last local meet will be District Championships which is a qualifying meet for the Cross Country National Championship ( Junior Olympics). Meets are typically on Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. Athletes must participate in at least 3 meets prior to competing in the District Championships to be eligible for medals at the finals
Runners should arrive at the meets to sign in and get their bib number, which is required at the finish line. Meets start with a walk-through of the course. This serves as a good warm-up and shows the athletes where they will be running. Each athlete runs in one race per meet. The distance depends on the age group.
, any awards not issued at the meet will be will be handed out at practice the week following the meet.
Practice Days: Wednesday - Saturday's & (Voluntary) on Sunday for our steady Jogs
Practice Locations: Roosevelt High School, Forest Park, Tillies Park, Corondalet Park & Tower Groove Park
Saint louis Area Cross Country Distance According To Ages:
Cross country races are trail runs across several types of terrain at distances of
5&6 Run 1k-2k
7&8 Years Run 2K
9, 10, 11, 12 Years Run 3K
13 & 14 Years Run 4K
Our 2013 Cross Country Season runs August through the beginning of December. We train 3-4 days a week at various parks & trails in the Saint Louis area. Cross Country Meets takes place on Saturdays or Sundays.
Cross Country Meets Schedules 2013
****Please click each location for more information on meets***
October 26, 2014
Novermber 2, 2014
November 9, 2014
November 16, 2014
November 23, 2014
December 6, 2014
December 13, 2014