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Cross Country Goes All Out

Melvin Covert and Eric Phillips helping to bring home the second place trohpy.

This year’s cross country team has had a wonderful showing this season. At the Hare and Hounds Invitational, Porter Ridge Middle placed second in both the boys and girls teams. “Most people had good sportsmanship but were very competitive”, says 6th grade competitor Sam Doejaaren.

 Running cross country is not easy. The team practices around the school and local parks. They run the race distance of 3k or 1.86 miles to practice. They also do drills to improve strength and speed. Courses for races are usually on a dirt or gravel trail. Some courses have hills as well. This makes it more challenging than just running around a track.

Coach Patrick Schallenkamp explains how races are scored: “The goal in cross country is to have the lowest score. The top five runners are scored. The place you finish in is how many points you receive. For example if you have a runner finish first then that is one point for your team. If your next runner finishes 5th then that is five points. If there is a tie between teams they score your sixth or seventh runners.”

Cross country has two more meets scheduled this season: Wednesday, October 9 at Marvin and the Cuthbertson Invitational Championship on Saturday, October 19. 

We are very proud of our cross country team and wish them much success for the rest of the season.

Written by: Christine Courtney, teacher and Patrick Schallenkamp, teacher
Posted: Sep 30, 2013 by Christine Courtney

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