Cross Country Running: Boys and Girls


Welcome to Southwest Cross Country 2015. Cross Country running is a great sport. It is both an individual and a team sport. It starts with days that can be 90 degrees in August and ends in November when it can be below freezing. And always outside. We have a small team so far this year because of graduating seniors. We would like you to come out the for team, whether it is for fitness, training for another sport, or racing in the meets. The season starts on August 17. You will be welcome. You need to fill out the athletic forms and have a physical in past 3 years in order to start practice on August 17th and Captain's practice starts on August 3. (not needed for summer or captain's practice) Forms can be downloaded from the SW web site. ( you must be enrolled in a Mpls Public School to be eligible).

Southwest High School Cross Country Team

Southwest High School has a rich cross country tradition and has won more State High School Cross-Country Boys Team Championships than any other Minnesota school.  At Southwest, one can be a “full” member of the team, and even earn a letter, without ever racing in a meet.  Non-competitive or fitness runners are valued as highly as those who compete for Conference, Regional and State titles. As a result, Southwest’s cross-country team alumni are now competing at NCAA Division I schools (including Stanford, Georgetown, and Minnesota), Division III schools (including Hamline, St. Johns, St. Olaf, Macalester, Carleton, Grinnell, Knox, Luther, and Tufts), as well as running for fitness in colleges, on trails and paths around the world.

Summer Training

We have practices at 7:30am and 4:00pm starting June 22. Come to the 4pm practice if you are new to the team. There are runners of all ability levels. Both practices are open to all team members and to all interested middle school runners grades 7,8 or incoming freshman.  


Alison Coldwell and Conlan Olson are the captains for 2015.

Fall Registration

You can register for cross country and other fall sports late July 28  outside the athletic office.  Forms can be downloaded from the Southwest High School athletics homepage and completed before registration.  You will also have an opportunity to meet coaches and some teammates.

Fall Calendar
The current calendar is shown below and will be updated as events and meets are scheduled.  To view the full calendar please scroll down.  The 2015 calendar is being updated and will be maintained throughout the summer and season. The times listed for meets are for start of first race and start of last race. In cross country, there can be several races for age, sex, JV, Varsity. The practice times may also vary day to day. Practice is generally twice daily Mon to Fri until school starts, plus a Sat morning practice. It sounds like a lot of practice, but you do not have to attend all the practices. Come as much as you can, and you will really improve.

Annual Southwest Cross Country 5K Fun Walk / Run
The 5th Annual Southwest Cross Country 5K Fun Walk / Run was held on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The 6th annual will be held on October 11 2014 at either Lake Harriet or Lake Calhoun. Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends o team members are all welcome.


If you are interested in cross country or have questions about the program, you may contact Martin Richmond of our Booster club at 612-926-5226 or  We will be on "Team Snap" this year and will be doing most of our communication with Team Snap. Please put  your email in (see side bar). We need both parents and students emails.

Questions about the cross country website?  Please email


Calendar: Click on the text for each event for google map directions. Also see "directions to meets" in side bar which has some useful direction info not found in google maps.