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1590 Bill Murdock Road
Marietta, GA 30062
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Cross CountryCross Country FAQs
Cross Country Meets
Qualifying/Competition Standards - XC- the 12 minute run
Cross Country Lettering Criteria
Advice for Summer Training
Track & FieldQualifying/Competition Standards - T&F
Track & Field Lettering Criteria
The team uniform consists of a singlet and a pair of running shorts. These can be purchased at the Big Peach store on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta. All athletes must wear the team's uniform to participate in all races. Each athlete is responsible for purchasing his/her own uniform.
Each team member is required to have a team sweat shirt and sweat pants to wear to meets. These can be ordered at the mandatory parents' meeting/potluck dinner the first week of school. Please order by the deadline to ensure delivery before the first meet. Contact the club's sweats coordinator with questions.
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 Walton, most give a discount.
Runners will often need to keep track of both their times on distance runs and in specific workouts. It is very important for each runner to have a running watch and to wear it to practice each day. There are many inexpensive running watches that have everything you need on them to time your runs.
If desired, athletes may also order a team bag personalized with their last name. These may be ordered at the potluck dinner/kick-off meeting. Athletes use these to carry their team apparel and other personal items to the meets.
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.
If no changes are made, your uniform and sweats can last the four years you are in high school! Write your name on each piece!
Cross Country FAQsWhat is cross country?
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?
Cross Country Meet InformationMeets 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 are typically requested by the head coach to 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.
According to the Georgia High School Athletic Association, varsity athletes may only compete in 10 races during the season and junior varsity athletes may compete in seven races. 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! You will leave too early the morning of a meet to pack then. Wear your Walton singlet and shorts under your sweat pants and sweat shirt. Be sure to pack your running shoes, an extra pair of shoes for after the race, extra socks, watch, dry clothes, a drink, etc.
Transportation to/from meets
Transportation for athletes to/from meets is typically the parents' responsibility. Other than the out-of-town team bus trip, parents usually drive athletes to most meets. Runners are not permitted to drive themselves to these meets. If an athlete needs a ride to a race, parents may contact a Cinder Club member who is assisting in coordinating rides to that particular race. He/she will strive to place your athlete with a parent who has room in his/her vehicle for extra riders.
Runners will stretch and do a "cool down" run with their teammates shortly after finishing the race and turning in their finish cards. 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!
Qualifying/Competition Standards12 Minute Run Standards
9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th graders MUST meet the minimum number of laps for their grade level to participate on the Walton Cross Country team for 2011. We will have three 12 minute runs for athletes to meet the standard.
Cross Country Lettering CriteriaAny team member meeting the following criteria will receive a varsity letter.
By Accumulation of Team Points: 7 x # of varsity meets plus # on team that finishes the season = Points.
A Senior who has not lettered, but has participated two years and shown an average rate of improvement.
Coaches Discretion: For outstanding performance but fails to meet one of the above criteria.
Loss of letter and/or award:For conduct not becoming a team member: lack of team support, lack of effort, failure to complete season in good standing.
Unexcused Absence: Runner will lose opportunity to compete that week. An absence will be considered unexcused if a runner fails to advise a coach. A runner who accumulates three (3) unexcused absences will be suspended form the team. Every runner must be at practices the day before a meet to compete in that meet.
Runner held out at coaches' decision will receive his/her average number of points.
Advice for Successful Summer TrainingCoach Gower has provided the following information for successful summer training.
Track and Field Lettering CriteriaAny team member meeting the following criteria will receive a varsity letter.
Times must be fully-automatic timing (FAT) for events 200m or less. For hand-timed results, the time will be rounded up to the next tenth and .24 will be added to the results. The performance shown above must be part of the progression of improvement or the person must show consistency.
The athlete must finish the season in good standing.
Standards may be altered for disciplinary reasons.
An athlete may also earn a varsity letter if:
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