The WCS Middle School Cross Country (XC) Team is a combination of featured athletes from all Watauga County K-8 schools. 

    Only students in grades 6th-8th grade may compete in Middle School XC.




    AUGUST 2nd - OCTOBER 14th, 2021


    SEASON SCHEDULE: <- Linked

    Schedule Includes Practice Dates, Times, Locations and Season Racing/Meet Schedule 



    In order to participate in XC, you must complete the athletic forms through FamilyID. In addition, all athletes must have a current athletic physical (within the past 395 days), on file before they can participate. The athletic physical should be uploaded into FamilyID as part of the registration process.



    • Running Shoes (Not Generic Athletic Shoes)
    • Climate Appropriate Running Attire
    • Water Bottle 



    • Wristwatch with Stopwatch Function



    Alex Keehn - keehna@wataugaschools.org

    Scott Townsend - townsndjs@appstate.edu




    Participants must be academically eligible and meet attendance requirements.



    In grades six, seven and eight, the student must pass at least one less course than the number of required core courses each semester and meet promotion standards established by the LEA. If an athlete is "academically eligible” or "academically ineligible” at the beginning of any semester, that status is retained throughout the full semester. It is the responsibility of the school principal to check the academic status of each student/athlete enrolled in school at the beginning and close of a semester. Academic eligibility is based on the previous semesters grades including previous school year. *Note: 6th graders have a clean slate starting in the fall of their 6th grade year. 


    Students with more than one failing course are considered ineligible to participate, however grades should be a top priority of a student-athlete. If there is a concern for a grade, the coach will meet with the student/parent about academics.



    The principal must have evidence of the legal birth date of the student. A student shall not participate on a middle school athletic team if the student becomes 15 years of age on or before August 31 of that school year.



    A player must have attended school at least 85% of the previous semester. A student must, at any time of any game in which he or she participates, be a regularly enrolled member of the school’s student body, according to local policy. If there is no local policy, “regularly enrolled” is defined as enrolled for at least one-half of the “minimum load.” It is recommended the student be in school the day of the contest.