Cross Country


·      Coach Buckland


Season Start Date

I am excited to announce we will begin optional practices at the beginning of August.  Mandatory practices will take place in late August to help prepare us for our first competition of the year, The Spartan Invitational at M.S.U.   The best thing you can do is run some miles in BEFORE the season begins.  What you do over the summer will determine how you do throughout the season.  We should have an extremely competitive cross country season.


            What is Cross County?

Cross Country is long distance running competition. Middle School age runners can run up to 2.0 miles in a race.  We run from 1.6-2.0 miles in competition.


            How do I watch it?

            Bring your walking/running shoes and follow the crowd!


            How is it scored?

Low score is good.  First place gets one team point, 80th place earns 80 teams points.  Seven athletes from each team compete in the “A” race and the top 5 runners from each team determine a team score.  


            Will I run?

All athletes will compete every competition day.  The top seven times from the previous race will determine who is on the “A” team and who is on the “B” Team.  This can change race to race.  We will always use the previous races times and participation in practice to determine A & B race participants.            



We will have a bus transport the team to and from all weekday meets.  Portage is a self-transport meet.  I would also like to discuss the possibility of a few parents chipping in to drive our athletes to Fitzgerald Park a few days so our kids can see our home course and practice away from Hayes.


Practices are generally after school at Hayes Middle School everyday once school begins until 4:00.   Dress appropriately for practice because we will run in the sun, rain, or snow.



 Please contact me with any questions or concerns:

 Coach Mark Buckland

Middle School Cross Country Coach

Contact @ Hayes 925-5490

Cell @ 449-8382