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Q: When does cross country practice?
 
A: The team practices after school Mon-Fri from 3-5 pm.
 


Q: How many people are on the cross country team?
 
A: Team size varies from about 50 to 70 athletes with freshmen making up about 15-30 of those athletes.
 


Q: How many people are on the cross country team?
 
A: Team size varies from about 50 to 70 athletes with freshmen making up about 15-30 of those athletes
 


Q: How far do cross country athletes run?
 
A: Athletes begin practice at distances of a half-mile to a mile and work up to four to six miles after 10 weeks. Freshmen will complete at 3200 meters (2 miles) in September. By October all cross country athletes compete at 5000 meters (3.1 miles).
 


Q: How long does the season last?
 
A: Cross country begins in mid-August and ends the first Saturday in November.
 


Q: Won’t practicing every day hurt my grades?
 
A: On the contrary, grades of cross country athletes are among the highest in the school. The cross country team has earned All-State Academic honors every year the award has been given. Team GPA’s usually run near 3.4 and higher for teams numbering 50-70 athletes.
 


Q: Do older athletes make fun of the new people?
 
A: No! In fact, the veteran athletes are very aware of the difficulty of starting out in cross country. Consequently, they are very supportive and helpful.
 


Q: What if I am not very fast?
 
A: All are welcome. Distance running is a learned ability. Regardless of the starting point, athletes will get better with practice.
 


Q: Are there any entry fees to these meets?
 
A: Yes, meets charge fees to cover the cost of medals and administration. All of these fees are covered by the school district. Students pay no costs to run in meets
 


Q: How does the team get to meets?
 
A: All transportation is provided by the school district to and from meets. Team members are expected to ride together both to the meet and back to school.
 


Q: Who gets to run at meets?
 
A: Every athlete on the team competes in the maximum number of meets allowed.
 


Q: Where does cross country practice?
 
A: Practice meets at Paul Schroeder Park in Manchester under the pavilion.
 


Q: When and where do meets take place?
 
A: Meets take place often after school at 4 pm and sometimes on Saturday mornings. These meets are run in various parks and on school campuses
 


Q: Who are the coaches for South’s team and what are their qualifications?
 
A: South’s head coach is Jim Schmuck. Coach Schmuck has been the coach since 1976. He is a member of South’s English faculty and holds a B.A. from Westminster College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from St. Louis University. His is currently on the Executive Committee of the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association after having served as president in 2002. He served as the president of the Metro Coaches Association and as president of the Suburban South Coaches Association. He has spoken at a variety of clinics on distance training and attended United States Olympic Development programs.


Ted Faulhaber is South’s freshman coach. Coach Faulhaber has been coaching at South over ten years. He is a member of South’s English faculty and holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Coach Faulhaber is an active distance runner who has participated in events such as the Boston Marathon.


Dan Field serves as the junior varsity coach. Coach Field is a former cross country and track athlete at the University of Missouri. He has bachelor's degrees in history and English. Coach Field earned a law degree and was a practicing lawyer before returning to teaching. He is currently teaching at Ritenour High School
 


Q: What does it cost to run cross country?
 
A: Cross country is a school sponsored activity. A uniform and sweat suit is provided for use during the season. Athletes must provide their own shoes and must secure a physical examination prior to beginning their first practice. Forms are available from the school.