Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain. The course is 3.1 miles (5k) long, may include surfaces of grass and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. It is both an individual and a team sport, runners are judged on individual times and a points scoring method for teams.
Beginning at the elementary level with the opportunity to attend summer day camps, the Laingsburg Community Schools' Cross Country (LHS XC) program teaches "Common Core" philosophy (Four Simple Steps To Good Running Form) for runners ensuring good running form for easier runs, increased efficiency and reduce the chance of injury.
Laingsburg Cross Country continues to foster these principles at the middle school level balancing a connected atmosphere, athletic achievements, and social interactions within the Central Michigan Athletic Conference. Engaged at the high school level, and having a strong foundation in the "Common Core" running principals, athletes can run further, faster, and injury-free.
Our high school students form life-style changes that encompass the Cross Country and Track student athlete. LHS XC athletes support each other in a variety of forms including workouts throughout the school year and during summer months. Our dedicated Wolfpack runners also train and support many other student athletes within the Central Michigan Athletic Conference (CMAC), forming bonding relationships and a commitment to competition and sportsmanship that is maintained throughout the years of high school competition.
This was first reported years ago in the Lansing State Journal where the top runners (which, at the time, were ALL-CMAC First Team) formed the CMAC Distance Chicks. These five runners (all from different schools) competed, trained, and supported the lifestyle of the XC & Track athlete.
LHS XC & Track athletes take pride in their academics, summer training, and performance achievement. Balancing many hours in school, studying on the bus, traveling to and from to meets, these student athletes learn to maximize their time with academics and athletic success. Taking pride in doing what very few high school students can do, they make lifestyle changes through training their minds and bodies.
All this training in the classroom and in the summer join together to produce performance achievement in the CMAC competition and throughout the Greater Lansing Area of Cross Country & Track Runners.