XC Basics

MCXC Basics

  • Races are 3 miles long
  • Courses differ based on where the meet is being held
  • Top 5 runners are scored based on place, lowest score wins
  • We a part of the Bay League
  • We are a Division 1 school
  • Bay League race order: JV Boys, Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys, JV Girls, Frosh Boys, Frosh Girls
  • Invitational race order is decided by who is hosting the meet, schedules will be posted
  • Students can be picked up from Invitationals only AND only if an Alternate Transportation Form has been provided to the Coach
  • Athletes should hydrate (water) throughout the day
  • Avoid dairy night before and day of race
  • Athletes should bring water and food (protein bar, sandwich, fruit, etc.) to meets
  • Avoid junk food (soda, chips, fast food, etc.) before running
  • Practice does not have a set ending time because workouts vary
  • Athletes should bring warm clothing (sweats/warm-ups) to meets
  • Race day prep includes warm-up, stretching, drills, strides, and cool-down
  • Athletes are allowed to start wearing racing flats during their sophomore year
  • A pair of running shoes typically lasts 350 miles (3-4 months)
  • Athletes should speak to their coach or the trainer (Tim) if they feel an injury
  • Every member of the team is held accountable for their responsibilities as a student athlete



Introduction to the Sport of Cross Country

Expectations and Guides for Athletes

Information & Tips for Runners

Nutrition Information

More Nutrition Information Just for Guys

More Nutrition Information Just for Girls

UCLA Health How to Help Your Child Eat Healthier

Guide to Your First Meet

Post Run Nutrition

Driving Directions to Meets