Cross Country Program – Sparta

WEST CENTRAL EAGLES RUNNING CLUB third Cross Country season will begin in August. Practices begin the third week of August and will be on Tues. and Thurs. at 4pm in Sparta, WI.

This sports program is open to area homeschoolers in grades 7-12. During a cross country race middle school runners race about 1 and 1/2 miles. High school girls usually race 2 and 1/2 miles (4K) and high school boys race 3.1 miles (5K). This year’s cost is yet to be determined. Last year the cost was $25 per athlete plus t-shirt cost of $7. Athletes also need running shoes ($60-$140). Coach Hoffland recommends Asics Gels. Look for them at Rogan’s, MCSports, and at the mall. Ask a worker at the store to help you determine what type of arch support you might need.
Our schedule is:
August 17 – First day of practice
August 27 – Cashton Meet
Sept. 9 – G.E.T. Meet (high school only) (Ettrick, WI)
Sept. 14 – North Crawford Meet. (Soldier’s Grove, WI)
Sept. 23 – Tentative – Kickapoo Meet (between Richland Center and Viola)
Sept. 27 – Melrose – Mindoro Meet (High School only)
Oct. 1 – Cashton Meet (Middle School only)
Oct. 9 – Arcadia Meet
In order for our program to keep developing, it is important that the athletes in our club commit to learning and doing their best in this sport of cross country. Coach Hoffland is encouraging returning athletes to make a commitment to train before the season starts. Middle school (grades 7 and 8 ) runners should plan to begin their training the first week of August and High school (grades 9-12) runners should plan to begin their training the first week of July.
I will send out more information about cross country and summer running plans at the end of June. So for now, enjoy your summer and decide now if cross country is a sport you want to be involved in. Email me at if you are interested. We may not be able to get back to you until the end of the month, but we’ll do our best to keep you informed.
God Bless.
Coach Hoffland
bjhoffland at centurytel dot net

PS. A running shoe fund and donation opportunity has been set up. If you would like to donate dollars and/or running shoes that have 250 or less miles on them please let me know. And pass the word on to others who might be able or interested in helping some of our athletes.


Practice begins on Aug. 17 in Sparta.

We have practices on Tues and Thursday and expect the athletes to run 3-4 more days on their own.

We have 6 cc meets on our schedule. These meets are hosted by various schools in the area and we compete against public school teams. Our last meet is Sat. Oct. 9 and that ends our season.

Cost for the program is $25 plus the $7 for a t-shirt which is part of the uniform.

if you have any questions: bjhoffland at centurytel dot net

SWISC Homeschool Sports Page Link


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