Manatee Hurricanes

Site updated: September 10, 2013
XC team

Manatee High School Girls' Cross Country

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XC Calendar TEAM CALENDAR:   Click here for the XC schedule of meets, practices, & other team activities
This Google calendar will be constantly updated and will contain the most current events, so please check it regularly and click on the name of the event to open up the details (start and end times, address, location, etc.).

Click here for the 2013 XC 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.

PLEASE READ TEAM HANDBOOK: Please read this XC team and parent handbook for everything you need to know about the cross country season.

2013 TEAM FEES: $100 for each member of the team. 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 bring in a minimum of $200 in Canes Classic sponsorships instead.

OUR TEAM ON FACEBOOK: Please "like" our public team page for more frequent updates on the team -
We also have a secret group on facebook that is only visible to group members. 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 group/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 on/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 training sessions. Final paperwork deadline: 8/17/2013
• EL02 Physical - everyone *NEW* XC team physicals are scheduled for Saturday, August 17th at HealthSource, 6156 SR 70 East, Bradenton, 34203. 15 minute appointments are available starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 1:45 p.m. You must sign up with Coach Rae Ann Darling Reed to secure your time slot. Physicals are $20 each and that money will be donated by the doctor back to our team. You may not go without an appointment. Parent must accompany athlete to physical. If you cannot make it on 8/17 please contact Coach Rae Ann ASAP for an alternative.
• EL03 Consent - everyone
• Concussion & Heat Release - everyone
• Residence - everyone
• Insurance Application & Details - everyone. Insurance is $32 this year. Mail a check with the insurance application OR use this link to enroll instantly and receive immediate coverage:
• Insurance Signature Form for MHS - everyone
• Drug Test Consent - only need to complete one time while at MHS so if you turned one in last year, do not complete it again; first year on team - you need to do this
• GA4 Affidavit of Compliance with Policy on Athletic Recruiting - transfer students must complete this form; if you started 9th grade at a school other than Manatee High School you are considered a transfer student
• EL07 Registration for Home Education Student - home school students must turn this in (notarized) BEFORE first day of practice (Aug. 5)
• EL07 Home Education Student FAQ
• Start Date by Sport for Home Education Students (EL07 filing deadlines)

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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