Cross country is the sport of running distances longer than you usually would on a track. Since we don't use the track for cross country, we explore the areas around Crystal instead -- even our competitions happen at interesting locations! You'll get the chance to train and race on every kind of terrain imaginable, all while representing your school and becoming a better athlete.
Cross country is the only fall season sport that allows you to go off campus.
Why should I run cross country?
Being involved in an extracurricular activity at Crystal is a great way to have fun and make new friends, and cross country is an ESPECIALLY good option because it provides the purest form of exercise -- research has shown that runners are generally smarter, happier, and in better shape than any other group of people on the PLANET! Who wouldn't want all that?
What if I'm not good enough to run cross country?
The beauty of cross country is that there are people at all different levels. Mr. Sturgis has worked with top-tier athletes, as well as runners who are just starting out. No matter how fast you are now, Mr. Sturgis will help you run faster. His high school teams have won 16 league championships and 3 section championships, and he has helped his runners advance to the state level for the past ten years. He is extremely excited to coach the Crystal cross country team, because he knows that there is a lot of talent at our school just waiting to be developed. That includes YOU!
Mr. Sturgis has coached multiple school record holders at three different schools, including Crystal.
Is cross country only for 7th and 8th graders?
No! In fact, we advise all incoming Crystal 6th graders to get involved in an extracurricular activity at the start of their middle school career. Joining the Cougar cross country squad is a great way to establish a network of support, because being a part of Crystal Cross Country means being part of a motivated, academically focused, and ethically sound peer group. Former athletes call it the most important decision, and the greatest positive influence, of their entire middle school experience!