Cross Country

Cross country (XC) occurs in the fall and is open to all 4th–8th grade students.

AL Girls and Boys Cross Country Honor, Team, Tradition, Family 

1-2-We! Calling all incoming 4th-8th graders! Register now for the AL 2023 Middle School Cross Country (XC) Team and 4th-5th XC Team to run and have fun! Our Girls’ Team will be trying for a 3-peat of the State Title and the Boys, a repeat! Very Exciting! Don’t think it’s for you? Give us one month, we promise it will be worth it!   

  • All skill levels welcome. No tryouts!
  • Actively seeking diversity 
  • Excellent conditioning for other sports 
  • Must have positive attitude and bit of grit 
  • Leadership opportunities 
  • 8th graders this is your last chance to experience the joy of XC (we’ve never had anyone regret it) 

Playing AL MS Boys Soccer or AL MS Girls Volleyball? No Problem. We are working together to coordinate practices. We also have a long tradition of many of our runners playing Club Soccer! We work to figure it out! Last minute vacationing and will start late? That’s fine just GET REGISTERED, see the forms below. Check out Home XC Workouts in the sidebar!


While we have our fair share of success, our primary focus is the growth and development of each individual runner into a self-confident, more resilient, and positive person. We want to provide a FUN, safe place for our student-athletes to set and reach personal goals, build leadership skills, and hopefully gain a love of running that will stick for lifeMost importantly we want them to feel the TEAM BOND that is at the heart of Cross Country.

For more information…

View our Live XC Calendar (below) for our full practice /meet schedule and locations and reference our Helpful Documents Section (at right) to access home workouts, check our school records, team history and achievements, see pictures, get inspired…

Primary Practice Requirements

WATER BOTTLE and BASIC RUNNING WATCH with stopwatch function ($15 at sporting goods stores, Walmart, Target) and RUNNING SHOES. If you need assistance with any of these, contact Head Coach, Brenda Hayes Kumm.


MS Practices will start Tuesday, August 8 and will be daily (M-F) from 7:30am-8:30am (unless otherwise stated) until school starts at varying locations (to keep it FUN).  Always Check the XC Calendar below! Once school starts, we will practice right after school and then weekly practices will be T-Th-F 3:20-4:45pm. Our first full team invitational is September 9 at the Olathe Twilight Classic. 

MS runners must attend as many practices as possible to help ensure safe conditioning and heat acclimation. They must have 14 practices (5 can be verified parent-initialed, logged runs) before competing. Bottom line- come to as many practices as you can!  

 4th-5th XC Team practices will start Monday, August 28 5:15pm-6:15pm. Weekly practices will be Mon and Wed at varying locations.  Check the calendar! Meet info to come. We will be asking for parent volunteers to help wrangle kids. Coach Jared Barber will be the primary coach.  

Download all required waiver and medical forms from the Main Athletics page. MS runners must have a MSHSAA sport physical form completed before our first meet. Deadline is Friday, September 8. 

 Please ask to join our Team Facebook Page “Unofficial AL XC/Track & Field”. It is a closed group for safety reasons. 

Registration is now open until Friday, August 25!