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Cross Country

Program Expectations and Philosophy

Cross Country competition involves a two-mile run over a course marked out on natural terrain, often in parks such as Urbana’s own Prairie Park, Lake of the Woods, Centennial Park, and Robeson Park. The team is open to all UMS students willing to attend practice and maintain good grades. We run about 12 meets each fall beginning in August and ending in mid-October.

Our UMS Girls Cross Country team set a new school best, placing 7th in the AAA (large school) IESA State Meet in 2015. Our Boys Cross Country team had the 2nd overall finisher at State in 2015 and are the two- time Conference Champions for the East Central Illini 7.  The Girls are currently the 6-time defending Conference Champs.  Coach Maggie Byrne is entering her 3rd season with UMS CC and her first as head coach.

Runners have the chance to qualify for the varsity boys and girls teams and then to run at the Sectional meet to try to reach the State AAA meet.   It is an excellent way to get fit during the off season for other sports, to get in shape in general, or find a sport to be passionate about. Incoming students can get used to the routine of practice and make friends before adding the workload and pressure of school to their life. See you in the fall!


Maggie Byrne – email

Click Here For The Team Site (meet and practice schedules are available at this site)