Newbury Park Track Club and Cross Country

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Cross Country Team - 2019 Season

The club’s purpose in Cross Country training is to teach foundational running skills, and strengthen the body’s core muscles, resulting in improved cardiovascular endurance and strength using tried and true coaching plans, routines and core workouts. Our club hopes to foster a love of distance running in each athlete and encourage running and appropriate diet as a lifestyle.

The NPTC Cross Country team will be competing in the Southern California Youth Track & Field Conference (, which includes Newbury Park and the Calabasas Cheetahs, Chatsworth Chiefs, Flying Phoenix, Santa Clarita Warriors, Simi Valley Running Rebels, and United Track Club. The races will be held at La Reina High school in Thousand Oaks, Central Park in Santa Clarita, Central Park in Huntington Beach, and Arcadia County Park in Arcadia.

REGISTRATION - Cross County registration opened to the general public on June 14th.  We wear a different uniform top than Track & Field athletes, but the same shorts.

TEAMS - Each age group competes against the same age group from other clubs in the conference to ensure fair competition. The age groups are the same for Cross Country as they were for Track & Field and are as follows for 2019:

Gremlins 2011 to 2012 7 to 8
Bantams 2009 to 2010 9 to 10
Midgets 2007 to 2008 11 to 12
Youth 2005 to 2006 13 to 14
Intermediate 2003 to 2004 15 to 16

PRACTICES - There will generally be three practices each week in the Summer and Fall, usually from 5:30 to 6:45 PM and Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM. Saturday practices become races later in the season. The official first day of practice will be in early August. Mondays typically are “destination runs;” Tuesday and Thursday practices are dedicated to core workouts (plyometrics, repeats, fartleks, hill work, etc.) and will generally be held at DVCC. Saturday practices include “pool runs,” our annual “beach run then brunch” and a training/fundraiser meet at another venue (in 2016 the venue was Hansen Dam).

MEETS - The meets (races) are held on Saturday/Sunday mornings, starting at 8:00 AM (need to show up by 8:00 for the race course walk through) and end around noon. The first meet will be held in mid September with the last meet in late October. There are post-season national competitions for athletes that excel and their families who choose to participate in post season competition.

VOLUNTEERS -We need volunteers to help at practices and at the meets. All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to walk/run/hike/bike and otherwise monitor the practices and workouts.

For questions, contact Kris Karsten (Head Coach and NPTC Board Member) at