Cross country gears up to go

Where has summer gone? Our fall season of cross-country is fast approaching. As usual, we’ll be meeting at Ney Park on August 11 at 7:00 a.m. for our first practice. Bring your own water bottle or Gatorade if you need something to quench your thirst following practice. Mosquitoes have been a pain, but a little spray should help deter them. The deer flies have been a menace, so a good baseball cap should be of help. Sandals are nice to slip on after your shoes get soaked from the dew-covered grass. Practices will end between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m., but you can estimate day-to-day based on the scheduled workout outlined.

Before practice can begin, however, there is the annual PACT meeting for all potential athletes and parents. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. at our high school auditorium. Please consult the Messenger for more details or call Activities Director Dave Schroeder at the high school if you have any questions or concerns.

At this meeting we’ll be handing out forms to be filled out before the first practice. We’ll also give out a “policies” handbook for cross-country, outlining expectations and rules for lettering. I’ll give you the workout and meet schedules then as well. Our first meet is at home on August 28. A new policy is being implemented so athletic fees must be paid before the first competition or no participation will be allowed. Liability forms and updated physicals must be on file in order to practice with the team. So, seventh graders and sophomores, get the updated physical before our first practice. In the meantime, dust off those shoes and we’ll see you soon. If you have any questions, give me a call at 963-6129, or email to