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Site updated: December 8, 2014

Manatee High School Cross Country

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TEAM CALENDAR:   We will use this team Google Calendar for the schedule of meets, practices, & other team activities. It will be constantly updated and will contain the most current events, so please check it regularly.

AWARDS BANQUET: Thursday, December 11, 2014. Please check our team calendar for details including how to RSVP. Remember, if your uniform is still out, you will NOT receive any awards at the banquet.
Please check this list of what to bring to the banquet. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 10 at noon.

UNIFORMS DUE: Please put your uniform in a Ziploc bag and write your name on the bag with marker. Put uniform in Coach Rae Ann Darling Reed's mailbox which is located in teacher mail room by the window. You will see an XC sticker in the back of the mailbox. Any uniforms not turned in before the awards banquet will receive a debt owed card with the bookkeeper and we will not bring your award(s) to the awards banquet. You will have to pick up your award(s) at a later time. We do not want the money nor do we want to withhold your award. We just want the uniforms returned on time, please! We have to do inventory. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

• Aug. 21, 2014 Team/Parent Meeting
• May 28, 2014 Team Meeting

TEAM HANDBOOK: Please read this XC team and parent handbook for everything you need to know about the cross country season, including the requirements to earn a varsity letter.

Option 1: Each team member pays $100. Cash or check payable to MHS XC (checks must include a phone number and the athlete name on the memo line). The $100 team fee does not even cover all the expenses for each team member (entry fees, transportation, meals, shirts, water bottles, sweatshirts, bags, awards, etc.), but it does help offset some of those expenses. Team fees are non-refundable and tax deductible. If you cannot afford or do not wish to pay the $100 team fee, you may be interested in the other options.
Option 2: Each team member brings in a minimum of two Canes Classic sponsors. Sponsorships must be monetary (not in-kind).
Option 3: Each team member may sell a minimum of 25 items from our apparel fundraiser catalog by the deadline of October 13, 2014.
Note: If you did not pay your team fee, you have a debt owed card on file with the bookkeeper as of November 1, 2014.

PRACTICE:   We practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday plus on teacher in-service days, school holidays, and record days, so please plan accordingly. We practice in all weather conditions, except lightning (obviously). If it is raining at the end of the school day, plan on going to practice. We will wait under cover for any unsafe weather to pass.

MHS ATHLETICS PAPERWORK:   Everyone must complete the athletics paperwork in order to participate in any sport at MHS. You are not officially on the team until the paperwork is turned in. That means you must turn it all in to coach before the first day of practice. If this is your first sport ever at MHS, you must get a physical before you can participate in any pre-season training sessions.
All 2014-15 athletic paperwork in one link

SCHEDULE: Click here for the 2014 XC meet schedule on
If you wish to ride home with your own parent from a meet and not take the bus home, parents please bring this completed form with you.
If you cannot view or open PDF files please click here to download a free PDF viewer.

OUR TEAM ON FACEBOOK: Please "like" our public team page for more frequent updates on the team. We update the facebook page almost daily -
We also have a secret group on facebook that is only visible to team members and parents. This is for updates about the team that we do not wish to make visible to the general public. You may get added to this group by a current member of the team. Currently all team members who are on facebook are in this secret group plus a few parents. If you wish to be added to this group, just ask. Thanks!

Short, Inspiring Articles You Should Read:
• Importance of the long run
• Choosing Success Every Day

PHOTOS:   team photos on our facebook page


• Cell Phone, Laptop, Gold & Silver Jewelry Recycling Fundraiser - Collect old cell phones, ink jet cartridges, GPS, graphing calculators, digital cameras, laptops, mp3 players, radar detectors and jewelry. Old, broken, unwanted jewelry in any condition will increase our fundraising a lot!!! Ask local businesses that you visit often - restaurants, doctors, lawyers, hair stylists, any business since many businesses replace their employee cell phones every year. Ask family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, and have your parents ask at work. View the list of items we can submit. Please turn in all recycled items to Coach.

• Purchase MHS Cross Country apparel and gifts - Including hats, sweatshirts, T-shirts, water bottles, stadium blankets, jewelry, license plates, pajamas, iPhone cases, and so much more!

• Click here to make a secure, tax deductible donation - Money donated goes directly to team expenses

• Participate in and help secure sponsors for the Canes Classic - Encourage all of your family and friends to walk or run in our Labor Day event. It is open to all ages and abilities. Know someone who wants to be a sponsor? Visit and print the sponsorship form.

CANES CLASSIC:   The Canes Cross Country Classic is our team's fundraiser. Each one of you benefits from the Canes Classic as the money is used to purchase uniforms, warm-ups, team T-shirts, bags, water bottles, and other goodies that you get to keep, the awards banquet dinner, our social events such as past trips to Orlando and Gainesville, entry fees to meets, team dinners, and our trips to water/theme parks and other fun activities. Our Cross Country parents/boosters have been invaluable with their help with the Canes Classic through generous sponsorships, race day help, and clean up. We could not do this without all of you. For full race details, registration, and sponsorship information, please visit the race Web site at We need help from athletes and parents to bring in sponsorship money for this event.
Please contact Coach Darling Reed if you are willing to help. Thank you.

BRC INVITATIONAL:   This is our team's home meet - one of the more popular meets of the season. It features four races - girls varsity, boys varsity, girls JV,and boys JV. We have a partnership with the Bradenton Runners Club as our title sponsor. Our Cross Country parents/boosters are needed to volunteer at this meet. For full race details, please visit and click "calendar" and select cross country.


FHSAA Health & Wellness        Road Runners Club of America        USA Track & Field

Manatee High School        MHS Cross Country        MHS Track & Field

2014-2015 School District of Manatee County Academic Calendar

Manatee County Official 2014-2015 School Handbook

Suncoast Striders Walking & Running Club

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Cross Country: If you run it right, cross country is a testament to suffering. Success in this sport requires pushing your body to the brink of exhaustion, demanding all it’s capable of delivering for mile after mile of unforgiving terrain. But you do not suffer alone. You run as part of something bigger. You run as part of a team in its truest sense. And that’s why, when the pain sets in, you keep running.

Girls' Coach: Rae Ann E. Darling Reed - "Coach Rae Ann" or "Coach Darling" 941.586.9375

Boys's Coach: Charlie Kennedy - "Coach Kennedy" 202.246.4638


Below is the most important calendar for you to check every day or at least weekly.
to open up the event details like location, directions, race times, what to bring, etc.

We will use this calendar for Cross Country AND Track for our group, commonly known as
the "DRs" (Distance Runners).

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