Cross Country

What is Cross Country?

Cross country is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain. Runners are commonly referred to as harriers.

What distances are involved?

In high school cross country, races involve distances up to 5000m (3.1 miles) long, and include surfaces of grass, and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes paved road.

I’ve heard cross country is a team sport. How does that work?

Cross country is unique in that it contains elements of individual and team sports; runners are measured on individual times and teams by a points-scoring method of the top five runners. In case of a tie, the 6th runner across the line is the deciding factor.

How should I prepare for cross county season?

Cross Country champions are made during the summer! All runners are expected to train diligently throughout the summer to be ready for meets which begin in early in September. Workouts will be posted to the XCTF Calendar. (link above)

Boys Team Celebrating 2017 Sectional Championship

Freshman Boys - Westchester County Champions 2019