The St. John’s Cross Country team trains Cadets to become strong runners. The season will begin by building an aerobic base. Then, a progressive training calendar will use a variety of speed and endurance workouts (including track repeats, fartlek, tempo, VO2 Max, negative split intervals, fatigue fighters and repeat hill sessions) to challenge runners to increase threshold, build endurance, and hone in on their goal race pace by which runners will gauge their progress throughout the season. The Cross Country program involves training to compete around the state of Kansas at high school meets. Varsity races are 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) while junior varsity races are 4 kilometers (2.48 miles).
The Cross Country team gives Cadets an introduction to healthy, mature running by teaching runners about economy of motion, the biomechanics of proper technique (proper strike pattern, stride angle, etc.), nutrition, and racing strategy.