Cross-Country running is starting its third year at The Woodlands Preparatory School. “XC”, as it is called, is open to Middle School and High School boys and girls. Workouts are held on or around the campus and are always supervised by Coach Doug Begin, who has been a Cross-Country coach for sixteen years. Practices will be from 2:00 – 4:00 (sometimes 4:30) every Monday-Friday afternoon. Equipment needed for practice will be a comfortable pair of running shorts, a Woodlands Prep athletic shirt, a good pair of running shoes, a stop-watch, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and a large, filled water bottle.
Male athletes may participate in soccer and cross-country at the same time. The two sports will share practice times and there are no soccer games on Saturday mornings.
Female athletes may participate in volleyball and cross-country at the same time. The two sports will share practice times and there are very few volleyball games are on Saturday.
Middle School races against other schools will be held mainly on Saturday mornings. Middle School runners will race against other schools at distances between 1.5 and 3.1 miles. High School girls races will be 2 miles and High School boys will run a distance of 3.1 miles in competition. Their races will be held on Saturday mornings, as well. Most races will start early in the morning and usually the team will be back at school by noon or one o’clock in the afternoon.
VARSITY CROSS-COUNTRY SCHEDULE
SEPT. 8 THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 5K 8:00AM
SEPT.15 CASA FUN RUN – JONES STATE FOREST 5K 8:00AM
SEPT. 29 BRENHAM “HILLACIOUS” 5K 9:00AM
OCT. 13 ST. JOHN’S RAMBLE- BUFFALO BAYOU, HOUSTON 5K 8:00AM
OCT. 20 TAPPS STATE MEET- WACO 5K 1:30PM
MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY SCHEDULE
SEPT. 8 THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1.6K 9:00AM
SEPT. 29 BRENHAM “HILLACIOUS” 2 MI 11:00AM
OCT. 13 ST. JOHN’S RAMBLE BUFFALO BAYOU HOUSTON 1.5MI 10:00AM
OCT. 18 AOS DASH T.C. JESTER PARK HOUSTON 2MI 4:00PM
The Wolverines ran a 5K race at The Woodlands Christian Academy on Saturday, September 8th. Senior Doug Begin medaled with a 13th place finish from the field of 43 runners. He was followed fellow-senior Braden Hodges, and juniors Chris Sannino and Quinn Hayes. The Wolverines compete next at the CASA 5K run on September 15 in the Jones State Forest.
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
Garret Groppell led the MS team with a 3rd place finish at The Woodlands Christian Academy’s cross-country meet on Sat. Sept. 8th. Groppell ran the 1600 meter course in a time of 5:51 and was followed closely by teammate Matthew Barton, who finished in 9th place with a time of 6:10. There were 129 runners and the Wolverines team placed 5th out of 13 teams. Jesus Gallegos (32), Suraj Sudharsen (43) and Alex George (62) all ran extremely well, especially for the first race of the season.
For the MS girls, 7th graders Erica Ritchie and Calista Reese competed well in the girl’s 1600m race. Both teams will compete next on Saturday, September 29th at the Brenham “Hillacious” Run.