Expectations - Athletes choosing to participate on the San Marino Cross Country team must commit to challenge themselves. They should approach the season with the understanding that they represent themselves, their family, their school, and the community of San Marino. As such, hard work, commitment and discipline are the pillars of success and will be reinforced throughout the season.
Equipment - All runners should have a pair of quality running shoes and a wristwatch that contains a stopwatch component. It is also an advantage to have a pair of racing flats. San Marino High School provides team jerseys; however, the athlete purchases team shorts and warm-ups.
Lettering - Athletes who practice and race with the varsity group (in league meets) earn varsity letters. It is required that an athlete participates in 100% of eligible races and in at least 95% of practices. Athletes who practice and race with the development group earn either Frosh-Soph or Junior Varsity letters. It is required that an athlete participate in 100% of eligible races and at least 90% of practices.
Competition - All athletes are eligible to compete in all League Meets, the Phil Ryan Invitational, and the Mt. SAC Invitational. San Marino must enter the top seven athletes in the varsity races for each of the 3 league meets. Selection to participate in an invitational meet is based upon level of conditioning and level of commitment demonstrated by an athlete.
Transportation - Depending upon the location of the meet, transportation will either be provided by bus or by parent volunteers. No transportation will be provided for meets at Lacy Park (Phil Ryan Invitational, League Meet #1, and League Finals).
Grades - Athletes receive grades for their participation. This grade is based upon attendance and completion of homework. Roll is taken daily and homework is checked weekly. To receive an “A”, the athlete must achieve a minimum of 95% attendance. A “B” requires at least 90% attendance and a “C” requires 85% attendance.
Diet - Improper diet and lack of rest are the most common causes of fatigue and injuries for young runners. As such, it is important that runners eat well, rest, and maintain hydration throughout the day, especially during hot weather.