Sunset Cross Country Season Information

The Oregon High School Fall Sports season begins on August 16. With it, we begin mandatory practice.

A full schedule of the season is available here:

XC Season Schedule 2021
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Here are our rules and expectations for the season, including the planned absence form (required from all participating athletes):

XC Rules and Expectations 2021
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We get some questions about the season, especially from new families. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

What do I need to bring to practice? Wear comfortable workout clothes and running shoes. A water bottle is helpful. Take a look at the weather forecast and pack accordingly with additional needs: sun screen, pants, rain gear, etc. A simple watch with a chronograph is important, too. There is no need for a GPS watch, just one that has a timer.

How long are practices? About two hours.

How far do I need to be able to run before I can join? None, though we'd love for you to get started as soon as possible. We meet every athlete at their ability level. While some of our veteran runners may run as many as 10 miles in a single practice, or more, our novice runners may run as little as 1 or 2 to start while we work on building aerobicism and athleticism through other means. We expect that nearly every athlete will find the athletic demands of cross country accessible.

What kind of shoes do I need? Good running shoes are a must. We encourage everyone to buy at least their first pair of running shoes from a specialty running store (Foot Traffic on Cornell offers discounts to Sunset athletes at any time of year). The cost of a good pair of running shoes starts at $100. We discourage purchasing from a catalog or online retailer unless it is known that the shoes are a good fit for you in your development as a runner.

How long are races? Most races are 5 kilometers in length. In the early season, there are some shorter races. Beginning in October, all races are 5km.

What does race day look like? Some of our meets have many races but each athlete will only compete once. As a team, we arrive at a meet and depart. We watch and support each other in the races we aren't running.

What about uniforms? Sunset Cross Country provides a racing uniform (singlet, shorts, and a warmup jacket). Athletes wear the uniform in competition. Jackets are worn only on race day. Athletes will be given the opportunity to purchase season apparel which they can keep soon.

Please reach out with any additional questions:

On behalf of the Sunset Cross Country coaching staff,

Coach Dan Neeway

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