Cross Country

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    The Viking cross-country program is split up into girls and boys.  It is then split up into 6/7th and 8th grade levels.  The distance that an athlete will run in a meet will vary from 1.5 to 2.0 miles.  The runners are not pressured into running more than they can handle.  Self motivation, team unity and improving weekly are some of the goals that the program pursues.  The runners will compete in eight regular season conference  meets.  Runners also have the opportunity to run in the conference tournament meet.  In addition runners are selected based on times to compete at the IESA Sectional meet.  The top runners from the sectional meet go on to the IESA State Cross Country Tournament Meet in Bloomington on October 13.

    Cross Country will begin on Tuesday, August 21.  Practice is held everyday after school that there is not a meet.  Team members are expected to attend all practices and meets.  The Athletic Fee for Cross Country is $75.  Parkland will provide each team member with a uniform to be worn for meets and returned to the coach at the end of the season.  Team members have the option to purchase a team t-shirt at the beginning of the season.

    The head coach for the 2018-2019 season is Ms. Ostberg and she is assisted by Mrs. Batdorff.  McHenry Middle School is designated as Parkland's home course for meets.