Cross Country

Cross Country (ˈkrȯs-ˈkən-trē) – noun 

1. a long race held over open ground

The simple definition, while accurate, does not capture the true essence of this sport. It is a sport that is designed to test one’s grit, determination, focus, and stamina. At Saint Stanislaus this is a sport that fits our boys well. We excel at this sport and have done so since the late 1980s because it plays to our strengths: hard work, preparation, and grit. 

On the calendar, Cross Country season runs from August to early November. To be successful at this endurance sport, however, runners must train nearly year-round. You will find the Cross Country Team training early in the summer through the state championship meet in November. And while the Cross Country season ends there, most of our runners make the transition to track & field where they continue to run fast and hard on a different surface. 

The Cross Country Rocks placed 6th out of 30 teams at the 2023 MHSAA 3A Boys Cross Country Championships. The team included 8th grader Will Compretta, Connor Bauer, freshman Luke Lavergne, sophomore Charlie Hoffmann, and senior Harrison Brown, all of whom ran season-best times. Junior Clay Hall led the team and finished 19th overall, setting a new personal record by over 35 seconds.

The Saint Stanislaus Cross Country Program has a solid history. St. Stanislaus’ cross country team won its first state championship in 1991. In 2012 and 2014 the Rocks once again brought home 4A State Titles. SSC has been State Runner Up on seven occasions: 1990, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2010, 2011, and 2021. In addition, the Rocks have found themselves on the podium in third place on eight occasions. Saint Stanislaus has won the Division 8-4A Title in each of the following years: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019, and 2020. 

If you are interested in joining the team or learning more about cross country, please email Coach Daigle.