Manatee Hurricanes

Site updated: July 29, 2014
XC team

Manatee High School Girls' Cross Country

Team Calendar
Meet Schedule
BRC Invitational
Canes Classic
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Summer Training
Useful Links
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XC Calendar TEAM CALENDAR:   We will use this 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.

Below this calendar you will find lots of useful information about the team, resources, paperwork, and most importantly, summer training! Be sure to scroll down to view it all.


to open up the event details like location, directions, race times, what to bring, what time to have your rides pick you up, etc.

SUMMER TRAINING:   Summer training is the key to your success in Cross Country. Your summer training should consist of one long run every week, a speed or tempo run, hills, a couple of easy runs, and some cross training. Summer mileage will be your foundation for the XC season. It takes at least 10 weeks to build a distance base. You will enjoy the XC season and have success if you commit to summer training. If you put in the work, you will start XC on August 11, 2014 in the best shape of your life.
• Track your mileage on this training log.
Here's an example of how to record your running miles and cross training miles: sample training log
• View the training schedule for your level based on how many years you have been running on a team:
1st year  |  2nd year  |  3rd year  |  4th year
If you have any questions about the training schedules, please ask! For example, on a day that calls for 7 miles, you can split it up and run 4 in the morning then 3 in the evening. Or you can do a 1 hour fitness class or 1 hour of cycling, swimming, strength training, etc. (equivalent to 4 miles) and run 3 miles to get your 7 total for the day. You should definitely be cross training every day in addition to running. Cross train every day to hit your mileage goals!
• EVERYONE will be required to turn in a summer training log the first week of practice (starts Aug. 11). No log = staying home for the first few meets until your coach feels you are ready to compete.
• If this is your first year on the team, please use the 1st year training schedule as a guide. Do not be intimidated by the mileage, just do what you can. Consistency is the key.
• If this is your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year on the team, you are expected to reach your summer mileage goals in order to be a successful part of this team.
• For explanation of and directions to the summer group training runs please check our team Google Calendar
• Please bring a water bottle and large towel to every summer training run.
• EXCITING NEWS! We have added a special reward for those who reach their summer mileage goals this year. In addition to your very cool summer mile club shirt, those who achieve or exceed their summer mileage goals will attend the Disney XC Classic on October 11.

TEAM HANDBOOK: Please read this XC team and parent handbook for everything you need to know about the cross country season. This is the 2013 handbook. The 2014 edition will be out later this summer.

TEAM FEES: 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. If you cannot afford or do not wish to pay the $100 team fee, you may be interested in Option 2: bring in a minimum of two (2) Canes Classic sponsorships instead. Sponsorships must be monetary (not in-kind).

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!

PRACTICE:   We practice Monday through 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
FREE physicals on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at MHS

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

2013-2014 School District of Manatee County Academic Calendar

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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.

Head Coach: Rae Ann E. Darling Reed, 586-9375

2006 Cross Country Team
2006 State Finalists

2003 Cross Country Team
2003 County, District, & Regional CHAMPIONS
State Finalists


Below is the most important calendar for you to check every week.
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 or Middle Distance Runners).

The "DRs" will include anyone who would like to run any of these events: 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 4x800 relay.

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