Cross Country

Woodside Cross Country 2023 Information:

Summer Miles Bring Fall Smiles!
If you are interested in running over the summer in Preparation for Cross Country, Please read the following

Summit: Download the TeamReach app and enter code SMSXC23

Woodside: Download the TeamReach app and enter code WMSXCGB

  • We will have two running schedules to offer the flexibility to families and will meet at Van Hoozen Park. You may choose to run mornings, evenings, or choose between one or the other, but only one practice a day!
    • Morning practices will begin on June 12th and continue until July 27th.
      • Mondays thru Thursday from 8am – 9am
    • Evening Practices will begin on June 27th and continue until July 27th.
      • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm – 5pm
    • When unable to attend one of the scheduled practice sessions, please run on your own as follows
      • June: 20 – 40 minutes depending on skill level.  Athletes are expected to run 5 days a week
      • July: 30 – 40 minutes depending on skill level. Athletes are expected to run 6 days a week
      • Sundays are rest days – no running!
  • Parents are welcome and encouraged to join us during summer practice. More eyes and support will help!

  • July 27th will be an end of summer practices celebratory run to Dairy Queen. More information to follow.
  • After July 27th, each school will train individually at their respective school.
    • Woodside practices will be from 3pm - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday
    • Summit practices will be from 4pm - 5:30pm, Monday-Friday

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First Day of Official Practice is on Wednesday, August 9th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Practice will run:
Monday-Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Melinda Godfrey & Jake Dunn
  Note: Cross Country is a Co-Ed sport and therefore both coaches will oversee the boys and girls team. 

We will have two main forms of communication throughout the season.
The first being Remind, an app designed to send out mass text messages to inform parents of important information. This will be used frequently for reminders, alerts, cancelations and important information.
The second main form of communication will be Email. Coach Dunn or Coach Godfrey will send out long, detailed weekly emails (Usually on Sunday). PLEASE make sure to read them. They will also send periodic reminders via email but most of these will be through remind. 

Jake Dunn: [email protected]
Melinda Godfrey: [email protected]

Basic Info:
Cross Country is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th Graders at Woodside
(One of the few sports in which 6
th graders can participate)

Practice is every school day at Woodside.
Drop off and Pickup will be at door 14 at Woodside Middle school.

During practice we will run from 2 to 5 miles depending on ability level with the goal of all participants being able to run 2 miles without walking by the end of the season.

Races are a 3K or 1.86 miles.

Summer Running:
The season runs from August to Mid October but summer running in the months of June and July is strongly encouraged. I have attached workout schedules for those interested in running over the summer. Any form of training is encouraged (biking, swimming, running) as they will all benefit you during the season. I have made a schedule for advanced runners and one for those of you that are new to the sport. Please Please Please do not over-exert yourself over the summer as it can lead to injuries that will jeopardize your season. If you have not been running then do not jump into the advanced schedule unless you are a varsity runner from last year. This is in no way me telling you not to work hard. I just want to make sure that you are prepared for the season and not subject to an injury. If you are a varsity runner from last year then you should follow the advanced schedule. If the schedule is not feasible for you then just try any type of aerobic activity whether that is running, biking or something else. The main goal during summer running is to get the base endurance down so that during the season we can focus on speed rather than endurance training. Any type of aerobic activity will give you a head start towards this goal. 

We will have roughly 11 meets this season with some falling on Weekdays and others on Weekends. The schedule is updated and will most likely not change. If we do have a change I will be sure to update everyone on my email list. Please email me using the email above so I can make sure you are on the list. 

IMPORTANT: Not all athletes will compete in every meet. Some meets will be for varsity runners only. However, the majority of meets with have both a varsity and a JV race.

Physical Forms
All participants must have a Physical Form completed BEFORE they can participate in the first official practice.  If they do not have a form on file or turned in at the first practice they will have to go home. We will also need an medical information card (sometimes referred to as a yellow card) for each student. These need to be turned in to the coaches as soon as possible as well.

Questions? Please feel free to contact Jake Dunn and Melinda Godfrey 
[email protected]