Manatee Hurricanes

Site updated: September 24, 2015

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.

TEAM HANDBOOK: Please read this 2015 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 parent/guardian 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 50 MHS decals.
• Option 4: Each team member may sell a minimum of 30 items from our Fan Cloth apparel fundraiser catalog.
• If a team member has a special financial need, please contact Coach Rae Ann privately for options.

COMMUNICATION: Click the link below to sign up to receive weekly emails about team activities (practices, meets, team dinners, awards banquet, etc.). We use Constant Contact for team updates.
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Please follow our team Facebook page for the most frequent and up to date information about the team:

PRACTICE:   We practice every day after school, Saturday mornings when we do not have a meet, and 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.

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

SCHEDULE: Click here for the 2015 XC meet schedule
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.

MHS ATHLETICS PAPERWORK:   Everyone must complete the athletics paperwork in order to participate in any sport at MHS. You may not practice until all paperwork is turned in (including $50 try-out fee). That means you must turn it all in at free physical day or to Coach Rae Ann on or before the first day of practice.
2015-16 athletic paperwork (12 pages)

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

2015-2016 School District of Manatee County Academic Calendar

Manatee County Official 2014-2015 School Handbook

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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
"Coach Rae Ann" or "Coach Darling" 941.586.9375


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to show details like practice end time, location, directions, what to bring, etc.

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