Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain.
So you just run? Why would anyone just run for fun?
It’s not as simple as it seems! On the cross country team, we’ll learn about strategy, form and physical fitness, all while getting faster, stronger and in better shape every day! Plus, if there’s a zombie attack…
How far do cross country runners run?
We will start off slow and work our way up to longer distances. By the end of the year everyone on the team will be able to run 4 miles without walking, guaranteed! Races are typically 1.4 miles to 3.1 miles.
Guaranteed? Who is this coach and how can he be so sure?
The coach is Andre Ayala. This is his second year coaching at Sutter Middle School and before that he coached both Track and Cross Country at Creswell Middle School while attending the University of Oregon. While at Creswell, he produced a state champion in the 800 meters and 1500 meters and his team as a whole set 25 school records in just 2 years.
What if I’ve never ran before?
That’s ok! Everyone starts somewhere! As it was mentioned before, we will work our way up. Coach Andre understands that everyone has a different background and wants to accommodate as many people as possible. The most important thing is to try your best and get better every day. By the end of the season, running will be a breeze.
When do practices start?
Practice will start on Thursday, August 18th. For more information as to where and when practice will take place, Coach Andre can be contacted at 916.838.5892 or via email