• Boys Coach: Katie Rhymes Kathleen.Rhymes@houstonisd.org  Remind: Boys Cross Country
    Girls Coach: Lauren Casey LCasey1@houstonisd.org  Remind: Girls Cross Country



    Welcome to the Lanier Cross Country Team.  Cross Country running is a sport that lends itself to accommodating large numbers.  Because of that, we do not have a try-out and welcome every runner willing to put in the time and effort as a member of the team.  Personal improvement is the number one goal in cross country; this allows for runners of all ability levels wishing to have a school team sport experience a spot on the team.  The only requirements are that you come to practices and put forth your best effort. 


    Practices:  Will be Monday through Thursday at 6:30am beginning on Tuesday, September 4th.  All required paperwork must be turned in prior to beginning practices.  The rational for morning practice instead of afternoon practice is the morning is cooler than the afternoon. We won’t have to worry about practice being cancelled due to the heat index, plus all of our meets will be run in the mornings, thus making practicing in the morning closer to meet conditions.  Finally, morning practices will allow those athletes interested in participating in either volleyball or football and cross country that opportunity.  Showers are available after practice and athletes will need to bring their own breakfast. At least one day a week our run will take us by the Kolache Factory so if they bring money athletes can stop and purchase food. 


    Meet Schedule: 
    September 15th             Chavez Lobo Invitational             Chavez HS                          7:30 am
    September 22nd            Westbury Invitational                   Willow Waterhole               7:30 am  
    September 29th             St.Thomas Invitational                 Willow Waterhole               8:30 am

    October 6th                   HISD Invitational                         Herman Brown Park           7:30 am


    October 13th                 HISD Championship                    Herman Brown Park           7:30 am


    *Start times will vary for gender and grade level.  Athletes will need to be at the meet no later than 45 minutes prior to their race to allow for warm-up and familiarizing themselves with the race course.  Coaches will keep runners and parents informed of the race schedules for each meet.

    Absences from Practices and Meets:  All athletes are expected to be present for every scheduled practice and meet, unless they are personally ill, have a family emergency, or are representing Lanier in another activity.  Coach Casey (girls) or Coach Rhymes (boys) must be informed of these absences in advance. 
    Grades:  Team members are expected to remain in good academic standing.  Failure in any class for a 9 week period will result in a team member being ineligible for all meets in the next three week period.  An ineligible athlete will continue to practice while regaining eligibility.  If grades don’t improve an ineligible athlete may be dropped from the team. 
    Equipment:  Athletes may wear shorts and t-shirt of their choosing to practice, although we recommend reflective gear as it will be dark when we begin our morning runs.  A good running shoe is a must.  Fleet Feet on Greenbriar usually give a discount to school team runners purchasing running shoes, Academy also carries appropriate running shoes.  For competition, a Lanier uniform will be provided.