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-- Frequently Asked Questions --


This page has been created to help all parents understand what happens at a Cross Country meet.


The Basic Rule:

Run the fastest 3 miles you can!

Cross Country is long distance running over different types of terrain. The course can consist of grass, dirt (mud), sand, gravel, concrete, and asphalt. The race may include hills, valleys, roads, sidewalks, and trails. The race is run rain or shine.


How is the Scoring done?

The first 5 finishers, in each race, for each school, add their finishing places.  (e.g.: 1st place = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, 3rd = 3 points, 4th = 4 points, etc.)  The lowest team score wins the meet.  15 points is a perfect team score.


Who competes and at what level?

Everybody competes!  Generally, all freshman boys and girls compete in their respective freshman races. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors compete in the JV races unless they are one of the fastest seven runners.  Some meets have sophomore-only races. 

Generally, the fastest 7 athletes run in the Varsity races.  Every runner has the opportunity to run on the Varsity level, including freshmen, if their race times are competitive enough to be in the top seven.  However, the athlete‚Äôs dedication, work-ethic, and commitment may also be considered.  The coaches have the final say regarding who runs Varsity.

No one runs more than once during a cross-country meet.


What equipment is needed?

A pair of Running shoes.  (Basketball, Tennis, or Cross-Training shoes are NOT Running shoes.).  Good local sources for shoe advice and to purchase shoes are The Village Runner and Road Runner Sports.

A wristwatch that has a capability to time race and lap times.


Can we cheer at the meets?

You are more than welcome to go anywhere on the course to cheer for your kids.  Be aware that there are other runners, so do not get in their way.  When you are cheering for our team and you do not know a runner's name, it's OK to yell "Go West!".


When will my kid run?

At the Bay League meets, the order of the races is as follows:

1. Boys JV

2. Girls Varsity

3. Boys Varsity

4. Girls JV

5. Girls Freshman

6. Boys Freshman


The coaches will inform the kids of their race times at the other meets.


Parents, and friends, are ALWAYS welcome to come watch the races, no matter what your kids say.


What schools do we compete against?

West Torrance is in the Bay League, which includes teams from Redondo, Mira Costa, Peninsula, Palos Verdes, and Leuzinger. 

There are 3 Bay League meets throughout the season. 

Other meets are scheduled throughout the season and many other schools compete in these meets. 

West Torrance is in Division 3 in the CIF Southern Section.


If you have any other questions, please e-mail one of the coaches.





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20401 Victor St.
Torrance, CA 90503

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