Corpus Christi CYO Cross Country
2017 Season Information
Cross Country is wonderful sport to help teach kids the value of hard work, discipline, sacrifice, goal setting, and personal achievement. Athletes of all ability can have success in Cross Country and anyone willing to work hard will see improvement by season’s end. Our primary goal is help every athlete have fun and achieve their personal best. Cross Country compliments other fall sports well and provides a great fitness base for winter and spring sports.
We will hold a small Cross Country pre-season “camp” on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd from 5:45pm to 6:45pm. This is a great time for kids who are on the fence to give practice a try and see if Cross Country is for them! Our regular practices will be every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 5:30pm to 6:45pm beginning August 29th. Athletes are required to attend at least one practice a week once the regular season begins to race on Sundays. We will begin and end all practices at the Jack’s Lane track behind Corpus Christi Church/School off Supplee Road. Practices will consist of running around the Corpus Christi property and track, team races on baseball diamonds / fields, games, and some plyometric drills to build general fitness. Every runner should bring a full water bottle and as the season gets colder sweats to warm up. Proper running shoes are a must!
Parishioners of Corpus Christi and students of Corpus Christi School who are in Kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to participate. The fee for 2017 is $45. CYO Cross Country is competed by age groups and distances as follows:
Sub-Novices: Born 1/1/09 – 12/31/12 – Run 2K (equal to 5 x around a standard track)
Novices: Born in 2007 or 2008 – Run 3K
Minors: Born in 2005 or 2006 – Run 3K – harder course, through the woods at Belmont.
Cadets: Born in 2003 or 2004 or on or after 9/1/02 and not yet graduated from 8th grade. Cadets run 4K.
We are lucky to participate in the Philadelphia CYO Cross Country Program, which is famed throughout the country for its size and depth of competition. CYO Cross Country meets are held every Sunday at Belmont Plateau one of the top XC courses in the nation. Meets begin September 17th through Archdiocesan Champs on October 29th. Any athlete who participates in two Sunday meets is eligible to run at Archdiocesan Champs. Each Sunday, every team and runner in the Archdiocese will come together to compete, with roughly 100 teams and 1,500 athletes competing each week. The top 15 athletes in each age group will receive medals at Archdiocesan Champs. Team awards are given out for Novice, Minor and Cadet Groups at Archdiocesan Champs, as well as Overall team scores. A team must have 3 athletes per age group to score as in an age group and must have a team in each age group for Overall.
There are other invitational meets that we may attend as well throughout the season. Information will be passed on to families when it is received. We will participate in the Area E Cross Country Invitational at Saint Basil Academy or Gwynedd Mercy Academy/ University on November 5th. This is a smaller meet where the top 15 runners and top 3 teams will score and medal.
Meets begin at 1pm each Sunday. There will be course walks for every course at 12pm before the first meet. The race order and estimated start times are as follows:
Sub-Novice Girls – 1pm Minor Girls – 2:15
Sub-Novice Boys – 1:15 Minor Boys – 2:40
Novice Girls – 1:35 Cadet Girls – 3:05
Novice Boys – 1:55 Cadet Boys – 3:25