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XC Welcome 2019!

Simpson Men's Cross Country ©Jim Kirby

Simpson Men’s Cross Country
©Jim Kirby

The 2019 Track and Field season has concluded (except for the World Championships in Doha, September 27-October 6), so let Fall officially begin!

A new favorite time of year is upon us.  A new season.   CROSS COUNTRY season is here!

Successful cross-country coaches and athletes will tell you that the cross country season actually begins in the summer with long easy miles; building the base and preparing yourself for the competitive part of the season that lies ahead.

In addition to miles run the little things are, at least, equally important.

Athletes, are you getting enough sleep?  Are you eating and hydrating properly?  Are you prepared and committed to be a good student?   Poor study habits and lack of commitment in the classroom can lead to ineligibility which will keep you from competing, regardless of how many miles you put in over the summer.

In addition, are you committed to be a good leader?  A good teammate?  Are you coachable?

Coaches are you prepared? Did you attend any clinics in the off season?  Do you network with other coaches?  Do you actively recruit in the halls and PE classes in search of that young person who could help your team or simply benefit from being involved in our great sport?

Remember, miles are important, but it is really the little things that will set you apart from the competition.  If you have not  committed to the things listed above, today is the day to do so.

Here are some important dates for you to know:

August 26-1stcompetition date for Iowa HS XC

October 24-State Qualifying meets

October 26-NSIC Championships

November 2-Iowa HS state meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge

November 2-American Rivers Conference, B12, MVC, Midwest Conference, SLIAC Championships

November 3-B10 Championships

November 8-North Star Athletic Assoc. Championships

November 9- CCAC Championships, GPAC Championships and HAAC Championships

November 9-D2 Regionals

November 15-D1 Regionals

November 16-D3 Regionals

November 22-NAIA Championships

November 23-D1, D2 and D3 Championships