Cross Country is a sport that is seldom highlighted. Whether you think it is worthy of the title of a sport or not, think about running your ultimate best in a 5K race and then give your answer.
Each race is different. You can train on a specific terrain but as women’s head coach Kylie Edwards said, “You can’t really compare cross country races as the courses, conditions, etc. are different.”
It is a sport that takes diligence and hard work.
The sport is not solely an individual sport, although the goal of each team member is to beat their personal record, in order for the team to win depends on the order each athlete places, points are tallied and compiled to determine which team racked up the best overall point total.
San Diego City College Men and Women’s Cross Country have been training constantly leading to three Championship meets: the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 27, SoCal Championships on Nov. 4 and the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships on Nov. 19.
So far men and women’s have competed in five different invitationals and have gone through over half of their season.
On Oct. 14 the XC Knights held their own invitational in Morley Field. The top runner in the women’s division was Jacqueline Hernandez.
Cross Country is a sport that welcomes all athletes of all abilities. The focus of the program is for individual improvement. Every fall semester XC Knights accept new athletes.