The cross country program welcomes runners of all experience levels, and while training plans and workouts are catered to each individual runner, all PAXC athletes practice together, train in the same spaces, and build community with each other. Each year the program has 45-60 runners, and everyone has an opportunity to race competitively.
The home course is a relative hilly 5K one with a course record of 15:19. The times for varsity runners are generally distributed between the mid-15:00s to the high 17:00s at the end of the season; the fastest JV runners are now in the high 1700s to low 18:00s, but the field includes runners whose times span a much broader range. There's a place for everyone on PAXC.
Typically, our seasons are composed of small dual or tri-meets against other New England prep schools, larger invitationals that include some of the best high school teams in New England, and our New England Prep School championship meet. PAXC runners also occasionally compete in post-season meets at the regional and national levels.
The program is structured to nurture individual growth, teamwork, camaraderie, and a love for running. Making a lifetime runner is a secondary goal, and even if our athletes do not compete in college, we hope running can be a healthy, happy part of their lives after PA.