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High School Cross Country is competitive distance running usually over grassy, hilly terrain conducted over courses of 5 kilometers. 5 kilometers is equivalent to 3.1 miles and 5,000 meters.It is a varsity team sport in which the first five competitors to cross the finish line score for their teams. Low score wins. The top 7 runners are considered Varsity. If two teams tie after 5 scorers, whomever’s 6th runner came in first, their team wins. The lowest score possible in Cross Country is 15pts. In a dual meet if a team finishes the first three places, mathematically there is no way to win. Weekday dual and double dual meets the entire team runs in one race. At Invitationals, there will be a Varsity race with 7 competitors per team (Some invitationals allow 10-14) and a Junior Varsity/ Reserve race where everyone else competes.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO SMOKING AND NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED AT OUR COMPETITIONS!
1. Positive comments and cheering toward all athletes from all schools.
2. NO parents are allowed on our team tarp, team tent or starting line unless approved by the Coaches.
3. Give you daughter and others some space prior to prepare and after to decompress.
4. The coaches are in charge of coaching and strategy, not parents.
5. You may not touch an athlete on the course or hand them water etc during a race.
6. There are no bikes or other devices to get you around the course allowed at major competitions. 6. You may not “pace” an athlete by running along side of them.
7. Remember that ALL athletes and parents represent this program and Salem High School. Conduct yourself and your comments in a Rock Solid manner at all times.
8. If you have an issue, wait 24 hours before addressing it with the Coaches.
9. Athletes will stay for the entire competition to support their teammates unless approved by the coaches a day prior. We are a TEAM and will stick together.
10. Pre-Meet warm up will take 1 hour. Post race cool down, strides and core strength will take about 35 minutes.