You’re reading this letter because you’ve shown some interest in running cross country at Swartz Creek. Below we’ll provide you with some information that will hopefully help you make a decision to commit to the team.
“So what is cross country?” you may be asking. Well, simply put, it is distance-running competition. In cross country, everyone runs the same race over the same distance, 5000 meters (3.1 miles). These races are run in parks and on golf courses. Each varsity team is allowed seven runners (all others are considered junior varsity – everybody runs). A team’s score is calculated by adding up the finishing places of it’s first five runners. The team with the lowest score wins. In the event of a tie, the 6th runner will determine the winner.
Some people say that they can’t run three miles so they should not be on the team. Well that just isn’t true. It is entirely possible that a team member may start the summer not being able to run three miles and finish the season in November running up to eight miles. Our training program is designed to take you from where you are and help you improve slowly but surely.
Cross Country in Swartz Creek has a great tradition. In the last 25 years, both teams have made multiple trips to the state meet and also qualified several individuals. At one point the boys’ team won the Big 9 Conference fourteen out of fifteen years. Now, we compete in the Metro League and we’re hoping to make a name for ourselves here as well.