Welcome to Cross Country!

  • Welcome to the 2018 Northwest Cross Country season! We are very happy to build off a successful season last year, and we look forward to another successful season of Viking Cross Country.

    Practice beings on August 23, 2018. We will meet in the Little Theater for 45 minutes after school.

    Coaching​ ​Staff
    Jacob Adams, Adams.jacob@iowacityschools.org
    Jeff Kuepker, Kuepker.jeff@iowacityschools.org
    Brad Tower, Tower.brad@iowacityschools.org

    Paperwork
    All Northwest athletes participating in any sport must have an updated physical and Permission to Practice/Heads Up form. These two forms are on the Northwest website and may be turned in at registration. STUDENTS WITHOUT THESE TWO FORMS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PRACTICE!

    The​ ​Sport
    Junior High Boys and Girls race roughly 2 miles. Cross Country is not a sitting spectator sport. You are encouraged to cheer the runners on at different areas along the course. The start/finish line area is the most congested. Each runner receives a number as they finish that corresponds with their “spot” in the race. The team’s first five runners’ finishing spots (not times) determine the team’s score. The five places are added up for the team score. A perfect score (runners finishing 1st–5th) is 15. The lower the score, the better the team places. There is no limit to the number of runners for junior high.

    Involvement
    Northwest has a great tradition of parent involvement. We appreciate the support that parents can provide. To assist the cross country runners, please visit the Volunteer section of the Northwest Junior High website. Parents are encouraged to join their student and other Northwest athletes in helping to clean Kinnick Stadium on Sunday mornings after home football games. This is the major fundraising avenue for the booster club, and it takes all of our support throughout the year. These funds are for all sports, during all seasons. Our athletes meet in the south end zone of the stadium at 7:30 a.m. The job usually takes about one and a half hours to complete. Please help us out. Following are the dates for NW athletes to attend Kinnick Stadium Cleanup: TBD

    Workouts
    Practice takes place immediately after school: 4:15–5:15 p.m. M, T, W, F and 3:15–4:15 on Th, unless weather conditions dictate otherwise. If a runner must miss a practice, except for an illness, they must be excused by either head coach prior to that practice. Workouts will vary a great deal depending on time of year, condition of the runner, and weather. Athletes will improve only if they believe in and follow the program’s training. The runner should inform his/her parent or guardian and the coach of any injuries. The runner’s attitude, hard work, dedication, and contribution to the team are extremely important to Viking Cross Country. This will help us have a fun and rewarding season!

    Equipment
    The school will outfit the entire team in Northwest uniforms. Runners should take good care of these uniforms. Runners are responsible for any lost items and will be charged accordingly. Cross country uniforms are not to be worn at any times other than at meets. Uniforms should be washed after each race. Running shoes are the one other important piece of “equipment” for cross country. Contact one of the coaches with any questions about shoes.

    Transportation
    Transportation will be provided to and from meets. Athletes are welcome to ride home with parents following the cross country meets. Please inform one of the coaches by written note or email if you are transporting your athlete home from the meet.

    Apparel Web Store
    Northwest cross country apparel can be ordered online here: https://stores.teamelitesports.com/northwest_jh_xc.