Cross Country (7th/8th Grade Coed)

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Welcome to MRMS XC 2020! Practice begins on Monday, August 24th at 2:40* and ends at 4:30. Practices will be Monday through Thursday, with no practices on Fridays. Athletes will be expected at practice on their in-person Cohort day, and attendance is strongly recommended on their remote day as well. eLearning students are welcome at all practices. Athletes will be separated by group (Teal, Orange, Purple) as much as possible, and the team will adhere to social distancing expectations and mask** guidelines. Please bring a mask, shorts, t-shirt, running shoes, a watch, and a water bottle. See you there! Click here for our letter and calendar. *Teams are dismissed on staggered schedule. Teal will dress out first when they are dismissed at 2:35, followed by the other teams as they are dismissed.

**Athletes will wear masks when they are unable able to socially distance. We will ask them to "mask up" during stretching, when we are walking together as a team, and when passing other runners and trail users during workouts.  

3:00 Drop off for eLearners and Non-cohort Days: (NEW)

If your runner is coming from home, please do not arrive before 2:55. We will check in runners coming from home at the TEAL entrance near the mobiles. Runners waiting for check in must socially distance and wear a mask. As your runner arrives, they will do a health check (temperature and COVID questions). Please assess at home, and keep your runner home if they have any symptoms.


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Who are we? The Mountain Ridge Middle School XC Team is just one small piece of a much larger puzzle. Cross Country is about running as a team, yes. However, it is also about community, connections, and commitment to success on a personal level. Mountain Ridge provides the feeder program for Mountain Vista (Vista Nation XC), a stellar team that won three consecutive State titles in three years in addition to joining the very small number of programs to take the State title for girls and boys in the same year (2017). How do WE do it? It starts here with our program. In Cross Country, each member of the team is valued as an individual and contributing teammate. While some athletes may have incredible talent, uncanny dedication, or years of experience, the runners who are out for the first time or who are just developing their taste for long distance have just as much worth.

Cross Country is also all about FUN! Running hurts. Running is hard! We all know that, and we take pride in the knowledge that practice is hard and races are painful, but we are out here doing it. So, our season is full of games and team building. The connections are just as important as the workouts. Take a look at our sea of blue t-shirts and you will know who we are: We are RAM XC and we Fight the Pain!

During Cross Country, we encourage and welcome parent and family involvement--our runners need your support. Come run with the team on a Saturday, cheer at meets, follow the high school program, volunteer to help on the course, provide snacks, and become members of the Cross Country Vista Nation "Family." Welcome aboard!

Coaches' contacts:

Teal Group Contact - kesprafke@dcsdk12.org
Purple Group Contact - jkestell@dcsdk12.org
Orange Group Contact - 
nsreese@dcsdk12.org
Orange Group Contact - sjlopez@dcsdk12.org
Parent Volunteer Contact - clknutson@dcsdk12.org

To register, go to MySchoolBucks. Make sure you have the physical form you will need to print and take to a doctor (the Walk-in clinics at Walmart, Walgreens, King Soopers, etc. are great!). Physicals are good for one calendar year.

General Information:

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