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Thinking that track and cross-country are the same is like thinking that football and rugby are the same; both sports are completely different and once you observe their meets, that difference becomes apparent. Both sports include running and meets, but there’s more to each sport than those two aspects.

Cross country involves more running and a stronger emphasis on maintaining the pace.

“With XC (cross country), it’s more about endurance,” said Cross Country runner Caleb Hutchenson. Running up to 50 miles a week, and working in holding a race for a longer amount of time.”

During the season, the cross country usually does training on hills because they run in natural terrain, unlike track, which involves running on a track. Cross country courses differ with location and locations with fewer hills are usually a favorite among runners because they are not as tiring.

 

“In cross country, we run a variety of terrains. Most of our running will be on soft surfaces like trails, grass. However, we will also occasionally be running on the track, gravel, and asphalt. We also get to run on hills, not just flat ground,” said Cross Country runner Caleb Hutchenson.

 

In some sports the time is important, but in Cross Country beating your opponents is key.

 

“The time on the clock is irrelevant, you are simply trying to beat your opponents,” said Freshman Cross Country runner Jaden Giddings.

 

Coach Wells only wants the best for the Cross Country team.

 

“I hope to see them go beyond whatever trail they’ve already on and conquered,” said Cross Country Coach Ashton Wells.