Newbury Park Track Club and Cross Country

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Cross Country Team - 2017 Season

The club’s purpose in Cross Country training is to teach foundational running skills, and strengthen the body’s core muscles, resulting in improved cardiovascular endurance and strength using tried and true coaching plans, routines and core workouts. Our club hopes to foster a love of distance running in each athlete and encourage running and appropriate diet as a lifestyle.

The NPTC Cross Country team will be competing in the Southern California Youth Track & Field Conference (, which includes the Calabasas Cheetahs, Chatsworth Chiefs, both Santa Clarita Lightning / Running Warrior teams, Simi Valley Running Rebels, United Track Club and West Valley Eagles. The races will be held at Corriganville Park in Simi Valley, Hansen Dam in Sylmar, Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura, Mt. San Antonio College and/or other locations (subject to change based on availability).

REGISTRATION - Cross County registration opened to the general public on June 1st.  We wear a different uniform top than Track & Field athletes, but the same shorts.

TEAMS - Each age group competes against the same age group from other clubs in the conference to ensure fair competition. The age groups are the same for Cross Country as they were for Track & Field and are as follows for 2017:

Gremlins 2009 to 2010 7 to 8
Bantams 2007 to 2008 9 to 10
Midgets 2005 to 2006 11 to 12
Youth 2003 to 2004 13 to 14
Intermediate 2001 to 2002 15 to 16

PRACTICES - There will generally be three practices each week in the Summer and Fall, usually from 5:30 to 6:45 PM and Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM. Saturday practices become races later in the season. The official first day of practice will be in early August. Mondays typically are “destination runs;” Tuesday and Thursday practices are dedicated to core workouts (plyometrics, repeats, fartleks, hill work, etc.) and will generally be held at DVCC. Saturday practices include “pool runs,” our annual “beach run then brunch” and a training/fundraiser meet at another venue (in 2016 the venue was Hansen Dam).

MEETS - The meets (races) are held on Saturday mornings, starting at 8:00 AM (need to show up by 8:00 for the race course walk through) and end around noon. The first meet will be held on in late September with the last meet in late October. There are post-season AAU and USATF national competitions for athletes that excel and their families who choose to participate in post season competition.

VOLUNTEERS -We need volunteers to help at practices and at the meets. All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to walk/run/hike/bike and otherwise monitor the practices and workouts.

For questions, contact Kris Karsten (Head Coach and NPTC Board Member) at