McFarland Cross Country: They Built It And Hollywood Came

Given how Hollywood likes to tart up the truth (see American Sniper, Frozen, et al.) you probably have a very good sense of what's going on with Disney's soon-to-be released McFarland USA. The Kevin Costner vehicle is based, as they say, on the true story of a boys' cross country team from McFarland High School in… » 2/16/15 5:53pm 2/16/15 5:53pm

High School Runner Breaks Leg, Crawls To Finish

Connor Callihan, a high school student in Asheville, N.C., had been feeling pain in his lower leg all weekend, but he thought it was probably nothing. And so the junior went out to compete in the Mountain Athletic Conference championships on Monday, where just before the finish his tibia snapped in three places,… » 10/16/14 9:03am 10/16/14 9:03am

Why The Heck Some Good Runners Started Running In The First Place

It's back-to-school time and junior high players everywhere are contemplating how best to make their mark on the athletic world. Here's the thing—running until your sternum glows and your legs bend in unusual places lacks appeal to the youngster. Football has cheerleaders. Basketball has a crowd. Gymnastics has… » 8/30/14 8:43am 8/30/14 8:43am

Russians Have Horrible Time In Men's Free Sprint Final

In the men's cross country sprint finals, Russian skier Anton Gafarov broke his ski and gave us one of the sadder images we've seen so far as he hobbled across the course with his ski flapping around. It later caused him to completely wipe out. Then, at the end of the race, Russia's Sergey Ustiugov, Sweden's Marcus… » 2/11/14 9:35am 2/11/14 9:35am

The NCAA Was Shamed Into Overturning Another Dumb Eligibility Ruling

After tons of public pressure and negative media attention, the NCAA has reversed its stance and will allow BYU runner Jared Ward to compete for his senior season. Good job, everyone! » 11/14/13 2:47pm 11/14/13 2:47pm

NCAA Declared Student Ineligible For Entering Costume-Optional Fun Run

It's clear now that the NCAA uses public opinion as its final appeals process. It ruled former marine Steven Rhodes ineligible to play football at Middle Tennessee State because he had played in a military rec league. It ruled Colgate basketball player Nathan Harries ineligible because he had played church league… » 11/12/13 11:03am 11/12/13 11:03am

High School Runner Drops Out Of Race Because Her Bib Number Was 666

A Kentucky cross country runner decided to drop out of this weekend's regionals rather than race in the bib number 666, because she said it conflicted with her religious beliefs. » 11/05/13 6:00pm 11/05/13 6:00pm

Sext-Happy Former Toledo Running Coach Denies Sex Harassment, Other…

On Saturday, Kevin Hadsell, the former director of the University of Toledo's track and cross country programs, sat down with a local news station for his first interview since our story about his departure amid sexual harassment claims. He was by turns defiant and penitent. He cried some, too, as he told WNWO's Will… » 2/22/13 2:40pm 2/22/13 2:40pm

"I'm Down For Drinks, Laughs, Sex": The Sexual Harassment Claims That…

It was a matter of rules and consequences, he said. On Jan. 24, Kevin Hadsell, the director of the University of Toledo's men's and women's cross country and women's track program, announced his resignation, a move that was as mysterious as it was abrupt. Hadsell had been at Toledo since 1998, and in the intervening… » 2/12/13 2:45am 2/12/13 2:45am

Thread Color On Running Shorts Is The Most Important Sporting Issue Of…

I don't know if any post I've written for this site has generated more public feedback than the controversial tale of the disqualified runner with white thread in his shorts. You people really care about high school cross country. » 10/29/09 4:35pm 10/29/09 4:35pm

Improper Stitching Costs Cross Country Team A Title

There are dumb rule violations and then there are dumb rules being violated, and I'm not sure if I've heard of any regulation stupider than the one that cost a Baltimore high school a county cross country championship. » 10/27/09 1:15pm 10/27/09 1:15pm

Cross Country Hazing Gets A Little Vampiritic

One college track athlete learned the hard way that, rather than giving you the strength of your enemies, drinking blood will only get you kicked out of school and deported. » 9/22/09 9:15pm 9/22/09 9:15pm