Fall XC Club For Grades 3-6

Autumn means cross country, and the Grasshopper's fall season is all about off-road racing. The cross country team is open to young runners in grades 3-6, and we'll be racing a full schedule of 1-2 mile races. This season is suited for experienced runners and kids must already be capable of running 2 miles in order to take part. We host one fall location, bringing kids together from the area for a fun, competitive season with a focus on team competition.

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WHAT:

Fall Grasshoppers XC

WHEN:

August - October 2023

PRACTICE DATES & LOCATIONS:

We practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm at Highbanks Metro Park with several weekend races. Specific details are in our club handbook here.

PARTICIPATING GRADES:

Current 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders

LEVEL & EXPECTATIONS FOR DAY #1:

Experienced youth runners capable of running 2 miles on day 1

(Looking for a beginner-focused program? Check out our summer Grasshopper season!)

LOCATION:

One location, practicing from Highbanks MetroPark (our spring goal is to bring kids together from across central Ohio for one competitive-focused team)

PRICE:

$195 for early registrations through July 31, $205 for registrations beginning August 1 (need-based scholarships are available - click here for info)

PERKS:

Club members receive membership in the RRCA, entry into all Grasshopper races, a racing singlet, a Grasshoppers shirt, a CRC gift card, a season of fun with a season-completion medal, and an awards pizza party. We'll also be sending out weekly coaching emails to compliment everything that takes place at our practices and races.

CLUB HANDBOOK: SCHEDULES, EXPECTATIONS, AND MORE:

Our handbook contains all info for the in-person season, including our schedule, rules, and more. Click here to access the 2024 club handbook.

FAQ:

Before getting into the frequently asked questions, please be sure to read through our annual club handbook. This handbook lays out most details and includes our schedule, location info, and more.  

  • Q: What is the club expectation for kids who take part? 
  • A: More than anything, we want kids who want to run. This isn't a sport that can be forced. Our summer season is ideal for any kids who are first getting started, but our spring and fall seasons are suited to kids who have experience with a running program and who have run 2 miles continuously.

  • Q: Why one location during the fall? 
  • A: Our summer program is broad-based, and we host a dozen locations throughout central Ohio. During the spring and fall, our program becomes more specifically focused. As that focus sharpens and we move into our competitive seasons, we consolidate our attention to one location.  

  • Q: What races will you be running? 
  • A: The fall club will be racing in cross country meets, often hosted by other clubs or schools. We will be racing primarily 1-2 mile races.

  • Q: My child takes part in other sports and/or has conflicting commitments. How flexible is the club with this?
  • A: Kids at this age should experiment with a variety of sports and activities. We're flexible with busy schedules, and we'll provide coaching plans for kids who have to miss practices with the Grasshoppers. 

  • Q: How competitive is the fall club?
  • A: The level of competition is up to the individual. We'll have highly competitive kids who are here to push themselves and win races. We'll have kids who are motivated by fitness or social goals too. The beauty of our sport is how inclusive it is. We do ask that all participants push themselves to reach our training and racing distance goals. We will be honoring our MVPs, most improved runners, and our mental attitude winners at the end of the season, placing a premium on improvement and team-oriented attitudes.

Grasshopper XC Awards History

The fall Grasshoppers XC season is a competitive, team-focused program. Our culminating race each year is the Ohio Middle School State Championships, which hosts championship races for girls and boys in grades 6 and under. 

The summer Grasshoppers began in 2012 and the fall XC program then began in 2015. Since the fall program began, the team has earned the following All Ohio honors at the state championships. The top 4 teams and top 15 individuals are honored at the meet. 

Grasshopper State Meet History:

2023

  • Girl's Team: 1st Place, STATE CHAMPS
  • Individual Girls: Ellie King (3rd), Hattie Kane (4th), Ellery Jepson (5th), Eva DeLeon (6th)
  • Boy's Team: 2nd Place
  • Individual Boys: Tommy King (1st Place, STATE CHAMP), Micah Suttle (7th)
  • Individual National Age Group Champ: Ellie King (Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships)

2022

  • Girl's Team: 1st Place, STATE CHAMPS
  • Individual Girls: Nora Crabtree (6th Place), Ellie King (7th), Hattie Kane (8th), Ellery Jepson (12th)
  • Boy's Team: 1st Place, STATE CHAMPS
  • Individual Boys: Micah Ballinger (2nd Place), Jackson Finney (7th)

2021

  • Girl's Team: 1st Place, STATE CHAMPS
  • Individual Girls: Campbell Retzke (2nd Place), Bella Coyle (8th)
  • Boy's Team: 2nd Place
  • Individual Boys: Griffin Short (7th Place)

2020

  • Girl's Team: 1st Place, STATE CHAMPS
  • Individual Girls: Campbell Retzke (2nd Place), Leighton Coey (3rd)
  • Boy's Team: 2nd Place
  • Individual Boys: Jonah Hein (6th Place)

2019

  • Girl's Team: 1st Place, STATE CHAMPS
  • Individual Girls: Celia Schulte (1st Place, STATE CHAMP), Sienna Higbee (6th)
  • Boy's Team: 2nd Place
  • Individual Boys: None

2018

  • Girl's Team: 2nd Place
  • Individual Girls: Celia Schulte (8th Place), Annika Gschnell (9th)
  • Boy's Team: 1st Place, STATE CHAMPS
  • Individual Boys: Jeffery Kerns (6th Place), Brady Jacobs (10th), Zeke Gingerich (13th)

2017

  • Girl's Team: 1st Place, STATE CHAMPS
  • Individual Girls: Aubrey Paes (10th Place), Nia Renshaw (11th), Annika Gschnell (12th), Emily Krueger (13th), Maddison Sharp (14th)
  • Boy's Team: 1st Place, STATE CHAMPS
  • Individual Boys: Donovan Johnson (8th Place), Brady Jacobs (12th), Matthew Cool (13th)

2016

  • Girl's Team: 2nd Place
  • Individual Girls: Talia Mauro (4th Place), Abby Wells (14th)
  • Boy's Team: 3rd Place
  • Individual Boys: William Bruner (11th Place), Luke Woolard (15th)

2015

  • Girl's Team: 2nd Place
  • Individual Girls: Abby Wells (8th Place)
  • Boy's Team: 2nd Place
  • Individual Boys: Luke Galloway (1st Place, STATE CHAMP)