St. Charles Cross Country Running

Welcome the the St. Charles Cross Country team's webpage! This will be regularly updated with information about the team, as well as schedules, highlights, and other team information.

Preseason Parent/Athlete Meeting Information
There will be a preseason parent/athlete meeting on Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 pm in the High School Library. All are welcome to attend who are interested in joining the St. Charles Cross Country team for the 2019 season.

First Day of Practice
The first day of practice for the 2019 season will be on Monday, August 12. Early season practices will be at 8:00 am. We will be meeting at the picnic shelter near the Mel Brown Aquatic Center (on the West side of the HS parking lot). I hope to see your there in August!

Head Coach- Laura Edlund -
Assistant Coach - Jon Arnold -
Assistant Coach - Robby McGuire -
    You can also follow the team on Twitter @SCHSSaintsCC

Congratulations to the Junior High Boys team for placing 1st at the Dover-Eyota Invite!

2019 St. Charles Cross Country - Parent Information
Early Season Practice:
Practice starts on Monday, August 12th at 8:00 am at the picnic pavilion near the pool. Practices will be at 8 am until Monday, August 26-August 28 when they move to 3:30 pm. Our first meet is on Thursday, August 29 at Bear Cave Park in Stewartville. Then on Friday, August 30 practice will be at 8:00 am to give everyone a chance to leave early for the long weekend. Practice will be at 6:00 pm on Monday, September 2 (Labor Day). Once school starts, practice will begin at 3:30 pm at the picnic pavilion and typically finishes between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.

Strength and Warm-up Routines
What You Need:
  • New pair of running shoes – The Running Room or Terra Loco in Rochester will help you find shoes that are comfortable and they give discounts to HS athletes. There are also other athletic stores in Rochester, Winona, or La Crosse that can help you with this.
  • Water bottle – please bring this with you to EVERY PRACTICE and MEET.
  • Watch with timer – Many of our workouts are on the road and require timed intervals. The more athletes that have watches, the smoother all of these workouts become. It does not have to be fancy, a suitable watch can be found at Wal-Mart or Target for around $30.
  • (OPTIONAL) Spikes – If you have been on the team for 2-3 years, it is recommended that you get Cross Country spikes to use in meets. They are lighter and offer better traction on grass than training shoes. These are also sold at running stores.
MSHSL Rule Change:
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the race distance for both girls and boys varsity cross country meets and all MSHSL postseason tournaments shall be 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) unless the meet director or games committees adjusts the distance because of weather or some other unforeseen reason. The race distance for lower level high school meets may be less than 5k.
Meet Schedule:
Thursday, 8/29 - Stewartville Invite
Thursday, 9/5 - LaCrescent Invite
Thursday, 9/12 - Mayo Invite
Tuesday, 9/17 - Lake City Invite
Thursday, 9/26 - St. Charles Invite
Thursday, 10/3 - 
Lewiston-Altura Invite - Location has moved to Ferndale Country Club in Rushford
Tuesday, 10/8 - Plainview-Elgin-Millville Invite
Tuesday, 10/15 - 3 Rivers Conference Meet (Hosted by PEM)
Thursday, 10/24 - Section 1A Meet @ Northern Hills Golf Course
Saturday, 11/2 - MSHSL State Meet @ St. Olaf College

Contact: Athletic Director Scott McCready