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Boys MS Cross Country Program Information

 Team Information


  • Kevin Kremer – Cityside Middle School Teacher, Track Coach, & Active Runner
  • Chevron Fickel – Zeeland West High School Teacher, Track Coach


This is the ninth year Zeeland Schools is supporting a combined 7th & 8th grade Middle School Cross Country Team for boys and girls. Last year we ran with 42 participants achieving great individual & team success. Cross Country is a non-cut sport consisting of participants who commit to daily running, demonstrating their best effort, and a strong work ethic. Athletes must be able to run two miles without stopping.


Middle school cross country distance is two miles of off-road running. During practice, athletes run and train together. In actual meets, girls run first and boys run a half hour later. Unlike the multiple events and distances in track, cross country consists of a single boy’s race and a single girl’s race where everyone runs at once. Place awards are usually given to the top 10-20 finishers in each gender.


Practices occur daily at Zeeland Stadium. Meet outside the concession stand entrance. Athletes will bus to the High school and walk to the stadium by 3:00 P.M. Practice begins Tuesday August 25, 2015, and runs 8:00-9:00 A.M. until school starts. NOTE: This is two weeks BEFORE school starts. Once the school year begins, students who normally take a bus, simply ride their normal bus and get off at the high school; walkers can catch ANY bus to the high school. Athletes then walk through the tunnel under Riley St. and over to the stadium. Creekside students may just walk directly to the stadium. Practices will consist of announcements, dynamic stretching, running workouts of varying degrees and distances, static stretching, and dismissal. Athletes are encouraged to bring a water bottle daily.


As recreational and fitness runners, our goal as coaches is to train athletes to run their own best time throughout the short season. It is expected that runners will give their best effort, work hard, and celebrate personal and teammate accomplishments regardless of where they place in a race. There will be aches and pains; it is expected. There will also be personal victory as a result.


We currently have ten meets scheduled. The dates and locations of these are listed below. All the meets except for one are away, some with a few other schools and some with many schools at invitationals. At the practice prior to each meet, information will be given as to departure times, arrival times, and any special needs for that meet. Addresses to events can be found on the “Events for the Week” article on Maps to each meet can be obtained from Lori Maat, the athletic secretary at Cityside or Deb Oonk at Creekside.



Sat. August 29            – West Ottawa Bredeweg Invitational – Optional; no transport

Tues. Sept 8    – Rockford Invitational

Sat. Sept 13     – Fennville Invitational

Wed. Sept 16  – HOME (w/ Jenison, N. Rockford, Holland)

Sat. Sept 19     – West Ottawa Invitational

Wed. Sept 23  – Grandville (w/ Grand Haven, Reeths Puffer)

Fri. Sept. 25    – Grandville Invitational

Sat. Oct. 3       – Allegan Invitational

Thurs.. Oct 8   – Hudsonville (w/ Holland Christian, Jenison)

Mon. Oct 12    – Holland Christian Invitational


Most Saturday meets begin in the vicinity of 9:00 A.M. and after-school meets around 4:00 P.M. Athletes will ride to each meet on the team bus but may go home with parents if a signed note is given to Coach Kremer or Fickel. Girls run first (odd years), boys second.


Cross Country runners will compete using a school issued jersey that will be returned at the end of the season. It is mandatory that the jersey be worn in meets. Practice attire is at the athlete’s choosing though athletic wear is a must (no school clothes, jeans, etc.). We will be ordering team   t-shirts and sweatshirts for a reasonable cost once we get through our first week.


Runners may wear any comfortable running shoe they wish. Students who wish to wear spikes may do so though they are certainly not mandatory.

ALL ATHLETES SHOULD PLAN TO BE PICKED UP FROM PRACTICE AT 4:15 P.M. DAILY at the Zeeland Stadium Concession Stand Entrance, the corner of Riley & 100th St.


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