10 Reasons You Should Join SJXC


Kiley McGuire

Are you interested in joining a new extracurricular? Consider the Saint Joseph cross country team! Here’s a few reasons why:

  1. Guaranteed Play Time
    • There are no benchwarmers on cross country! Everyone gets to run in meets and the race only takes 20-30 minutes. 
  2. Minimal Equipment
    • Cross country doesn’t require any expensive equipment. All you need is a pair of running shoes and preferably a Garmin watch. 
  3. Train for Other Sports
    • Do you play a winter or spring sport? Cross country is a great way to enhance your performance before the season. Athletes from basketball, swim, tennis, lacrosse, and more have found success with XC. 
  4. Unified Team
    • One unique aspect of cross country is that Varsity, JV, girls, and boys all practice and compete together.  
  5. Be Healthier
    • According to WebMD.com, running regularly reduces risk of heart disease and arthritis. It also can boost immunity, reduce stress, and support better sleep.
  6. Make Friends
    • The team holds many bonding activities throughout the season and your teammates will quickly become your best friends!
  7. Improve Math Skills
    • Cross country practices basic math skills to determine mile splits and pacing. 
  8. Most Stylish Team
    • Not only does cross country get cool uniforms and custom shirts, they often have themed practices and awards are given for best outfit. 
  9. Experienced Coaches
    • Coach McCarthy has been involved with SJXC since he was a member of the team in high school. Coach McNulty ran in high school and college.
  10. Room For Everyone
    • There are no cuts from cross country. Anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort is welcome, no experience necessary. 

You can follow @SJTrackXC on Twitter and @sjgirlstrackxc on Instagram. 

If you are interested in getting involved with XC, contact Coach McCarthy, Coach McNulty, or talk to a team member!