The sport of Cross Country is both an individual and team sport. Members often develop emotionally as they gain confidence in themselves through work habits, peer support and the achievement of goals. As a member of the Cross Country program, the student has made a commitment to the team for the entire season. Athletics can be an important part of one’s maturation process. The WSHS Cross Country team season runs from June to November. Most runners practice 44-46 weeks out of each school year to remain conditioned and fit for competetion.
Next to the student athlete’s academics, Cross Country will probably consume the greatest amount of his/her time. It often involves sacrifices by the athlete’s family as well. In order for the athlete to improve and attempt to attain their personal goals, attendance at all practices is mandatory.
There are two categories of Cross Country runners. Those that train during the summer and those that don’t. The most successful Cross Country runners train year round. The majority of the miles champions run to prepare for their Cross Country season are completed during the summer. There is no substitute for building a solid foundation for your season. Each workout is a stimulus designed to produce a specific result as the body adapts.