Cross Country

Cross Country

Cross Country

Cross Country

Home Meets: Hosted at Ewing Park II in Bloomington.  1001 Ethell Pkwy, Bloomington, IL 61761

Season: The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) publishes a standardized calendar for all sports regarding when practices and games may begin as well as when the season ends.

Coach :Bill Rhodes



2017 Corpus Christi Cross Country Schedule    
Practices may begin July 31st        
12-Aug   Crescent City Invite @ Dunham Park (Onarga, IL)
15-Aug   Open        
19-Aug   St. Matthews Invite @ Saint Thomas More HS 
24-Aug   Dual Meet / Picnic      
26-Aug   Intercity        
29-Aug   Washington Middle School     
5-Sep   El Paso        
12-Sep   Paxton        
15-Sep   CC Invite        
25-Sep   Parkside        
29-Sep   Kingsley @ Fairview     
7-Oct   Sectionals      
14-Oct   State Tourney      
Head Coach: Bill Rhodes        

What are some cross country race strategies that I can use?

  • If possible, get to the meet early so you can get to know the course ahead of time. Break it down into ½-mile segments, then plan out and determine your approach to each ½-mile segment before the race.

  • The best way to run a race in terms of pacing is cautiously at the start, strong in the middle, and hard at the end.

  • Most races are won by running the middle hard and passing runners that started out too quickly. Passing runners gives you tremendous momentum to keep up a strong pace throughout a race.

  • Change from your cautious start to your strong middle-race pace by making a move through the field once you notice the early pace starting to lag.

  • Once you are out of sight around a corner or over a hill, increase your pace. This will surprise your followers who will see later that they lost more ground than they expected.

  • Stay calm in crowds. Running in crowds at the beginning of a cross country race is normal, the key is be aware of the other runners around you so that you don’t run into each other.

  • Pass opponents just before a particularly narrow part of the course so you don’t get caught if they decide to slow down their pace.

  • On windy days, run behind other runners so that they can block the wind. You’ll have extra energy at the end of the race to make a move.

  • When running behind other athletes, never watch their feet. Keep your head up and look at what’s going on.

  • While passing another runner, always give the impression of being fresh. Increase your pace slightly and hold it until you’re well ahead and unable to be repassed.

  • Become a sprinter instead of a distance runner at the finish by quickening your pace and adjusting your running form. Finish as if the line were 10 yards past where it actually is.

  • Some runners like to attack the uphills, but that often leaves them too tired to work the downhills. That means that the downhills can be good places to pass people. Too many runners forget how much ground you can gain going downhill. Push but relax going up, let loose and fly going down.

Shoes:  A Two-Step Process

Step 1:  Decide to buy a good pair of running shoes.

You need the protection that a good shoe can provide.  Only a good running shoe can give you enough shock absorption, motion control, flexibility, and durability.

Sure, if you are a beginner, you are going to be running only a few miles at first.  You could do it in tennis shoes or cross-training shoes or even tap dancing shoes.  But the risk of injury would be great, and so would the chances of muscle and joint aches that could be prevented with proper footwear.

You want to succeed with your cross country season.  Next to good old-fashioned determination, a decent pair of running shoes will help you more than anything else.

Step 2:  Make sure your shoe fits.

This is priority one for finding the right shoe.  Don't worry as much about the technology, worry about the fit and the comfort.  A running shoe that fits will be snug but not tight.

A Shoe Buyer's Checklist 

  • Check for adequate room at the top by pressing your thumb into the shoe just above your longest toe.  Your thumb should fit between the end of your toe and the top of the shoe.

  • Check for adequate room at the widest part of your foot.  The shoe shouldn't be tight, but your foot shouldn't slide around, either.

  • Your heel should fit snugly into the rear of the shoe and should not slide up and down as you walk or run.

  • Take the shoes for a test run if the store will allow you to so you can feel the shoes in action.