MS Cross Country

Contact: Coach Janis Kelman 423.838.4628 [email protected]


Middle School Cross Country is open to all students in grades 6-8. New runners are welcome; no experience is necessary!

Students wishing to participate must do the following:

  • Create a Final Forms account and fill out all required information.
  • Get a physical form filled out by your doctor. Note: the physical must be dated after April 15, 2024. 
  • Upload the physical to Final Forms or bring it to practice. Make sure to include page 5 of the physical and verify that your doctor has checked the box marked "Medically Eligible...."
  • Please read the EHMS Student-Parent Athletic Contract -NEW!!
  • Bring the $30 fee to the first practice, check or cash (exact change).

Summer Conditioning: I will be offering optional summer conditioning sessions July 8 - July 25. These are NOT official practices and are NOT a requirement for joining the team but are a great way to get in shape. You need to turn in your physical BEFORE participating in conditioning!!!

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5pm at the HIGH SCHOOL (2015 Ooltewah-Ringgold Rd.) Meet at the track at the back of the school.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10am at the middle school. Meet at the soccer field.

Students who did not participate in a middle school sport last year will need to have their physical submitted in order to participate in conditioning sessions. Students who had a physical on file last year do not need to turn in a new one until the first official day of practice, (July 29).

Come to whichever sessions fit your schedule! I am offering conditioning at different times of day and different locations to make it convenient for more people; I do not expect you to come to all of them, especially if you are new.

These sessions are not required but are a great way to get in shape and acclimate to the heat before the season starts. They are helpful to new runners by giving them a chance to start running gradually, just a few days a week, before the season officially starts. This gradual start can prevent injuries which sometimes occur when students new to sports suddenly start training 4 or 5 days a week. And summer conditioning gives experienced runners more time to train and get into top shape before meets begin.

Please have parents sign up to get notices through Remind. I will be using it to send out information about changes in the practice schedule and info about meets. Sign up at Our class code for the 2024 list is @3b47ek

Practice schedule: First official day of practice is July 29

Week of July 29:  Monday through Friday, 4-5pm
August 5 & 6: 4-5pm
School begins August 7. Practice will be 2:30-3:45 on August 7 and 8.
No practice August 9. (No school)
Starting August 12, we will practice every Monday - Thursday and most Fridays from 2:30-3:45. The season runs through early October.

Meet at the soccer field (at the front of the school.) Once school starts, students can change in the locker room or a restroom before coming outside or restrooms are also available at the soccer field. Before school starts, arrive dressed to run. Make sure to bring a water bottle.

Meet schedule: All meets except for Sectionals and State Championship will be held at Chickamauga Dam.

Tuesday, Aug 20: Jamboree - Girls' race @5:00, Boys' race @5:30

Thursday, Aug 22: Meet 1 - Boys' race @5:00, Girls' race @5:30

Tuesday, Aug 27: Meet 2 - Girls' race @5:00, Boys' race @5:30

Thursday, Sept 5: Meet 3 - Boys' race @5:00, Girls' race @5:30

Tuesday, Sept 10: Meet 4 - Girls' race @5:00, Boys' race @5:30

Thursday, Sept 12: Regular season rain date

Thursday, Sept 19: County Tournament - Boys' race @5:00, Girls' race @5:30

Tuesday, Sept 24: County Tournament rain date

Friday, 9/27: Sectionals (at Woodland Park)

Saturday, 10/5: State Tournament (at Clarksville)

Uniforms: Students need to purchase a singlet (tank top) to wear at meets if they don't already have one from previous XC or track seasons. They can supply their own shorts, preferably black. Or, they can order shorts from Sports Spectrum. See "Uniform" section of store. All other items are optional. Please note, while the singlets and shorts usually arrive in time for our first meet, other items often are not delivered until later.

Deadline to order is August 8!!!!! No late orders can be accepted

Sports Spectrum uniform store

Sales Code: 24EHMSXC

Questions? Contact Coach Janis Kelman, [email protected], 423-838-4628

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