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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 30 minutes to 1 hour prior 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.

Please note, any awards not issued at the meet will be will be 
handed out at practice the week following the meet.

  • The club will have a designated area for the athletes during meets, which will be marked by the team banner.
  • The team tent will be used for resting and training of athletes and coaches exclusively, with the exception of the designated team parent for the day. It is the responsibility of parent’s to locate space near the team tent when possible and to provide any seating desired.
  • All parents, athletes, coaches and guests are required to show respect for individual property.
  • It is also recommended that all athletic equipment, chairs, coolers, tents, etc… be clearly marked with individual names and/or Mustangs Track Club, indicating team prop

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  

  • 2,000 meters (1.2 miles) for kids 8 years old and under; (5 yrs,6 yrs, 7yrs, 8 yrs ) also known as - 2k
  • 3,000 meters (1.9 miles) for kids 9 through 12 years old; ( 9 yrs, 10 yrs, 11 yrs, 12 yrs )  also known as - 3k
  • 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) for kids 13 and 14 years old; ( 13 yrs, 14 yrs ) also known as - 4k
  • 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) for 15 year olds.

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

Host Club/Team/Party

USA Cross Country Meet ( Ultimate Speed Academy)

Blazers Cross Country Invitational

St Charles Striders Cross Country Invitational

AAU Cross Country Qualifier

USATF Cross Country Region 9 Qualifier Meet

AAU Junior Olympic Nationals

USATF Junior Olympic Nationals


Souix Passage Park

Castlewood park

WapelHorst Park

Souix Passage Park

Castlewood park

Rim Rock Farms Lawrence, KS

Myrtle Beach, SC




















AAU & USATF Youth Cross Country Age Divisions 

Cross Country Youth Age Divisions

Youth competitions typically take place in two-year age divisions. These age divisions provide young athletes the opportunity to compete with other athletes of similar ability. The child's age is determined by the age as of 12/31 of the current year. So if your child has a November birthday and is currently 9, they are considered a 10 year old for competition purposes.

      AAU                                                       USATF

8-under (Primary)                                                8-under (Sub-Bantam)

10 years (Bantam)                                              9-10 (Bantam) 

12 years (Midget)                                                11-12 (Midget)

14 years (Youth)                                                  13-14 (Youth) 

15-16 years (Intermediate)                                15-16 (Intermediate) 

17-18 years (Young)*                                          17-18* (Young Men/Women)

*Athletes who are eighteen (18) years of age through the final day of the National Track & Field Championships shall be eligible to compete in the 17-18 years (Young Men's and Young Women's) division. Anyone who reaches his /her nineteenth (19) birthdays on or before the last day of the National Championship Meetis not eligible to compete in any qualifying meets. All athletes must run in the correct age group

AAU and USATF Cross Country Races Distances

           AAU                                                                                           USATF                                                                    Distance  
8-under (Primary)                                                                         8-under (Sub-Bantam)                                                    1000m-2000m   
10 years (Bantam)                                                                             9-10 (Bantam)                                                                   3000m
12 years (Midget)                                                                               11-12 (Midget)                                                                   3000m     
14 years (Youth)                                                                                 13-14 (Youth)                                                                     4000m
15-16 years (Intermediate)                                                        15-16 (Intermediate)                                                                   5000m  
17-18 years (Young)*                                                              17-18* (Young Men/Women)                                                          5000m  

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