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Cross-country team goes the extra mile

Jacob Gross, Staff Writer

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Cross-country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrains such as dirt or grass. Fox competes every weekend unless they have a meet during the week. A lot of the meets are on weekends which helps them practice throughout the weekday. The courses that Fox competes in a range from 1.7 to 3.1 miles long. The courses may include surfaces of grass and pass through woodlands, and open country including hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel roads.

Cross-country is both an individual and a team sport; runners are judged on individual times and teams by a points-scoring method. The lowest possible score in a five-to-score match is 15 (1+2+3+4+5), achieved by a team’s runners finishing in each of the top five positions. Both men and women of all ages compete in cross-country, which usually takes place during autumn and part of winter and includes weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow, and hail. Fox practices five times a week and meets at the track before practice starts. Fox also has a combined total of 24 athletes on the team.

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