Cross Country

Coach Contact

Head Coach:  Mr. Hauser

Asst. Coach: Ms. Stec

First practice for 2023 is Wednesday, August 23rd at 2:45pm to 3:45pm


·      Location:  Benjamin Lobby by the big gym

·      When:  Wednesday, August 23rd (first day of school)

·      Time:  after school until 3:45pm

Head Coach:  Joe Hauser

Assistant Coach:  Megan Stec

Now is the time to join the Benjamin Bengals Cross Country Team. 

What is Cross Country?

The sport of cross country is a competitive team sport offered in the fall for students in grades 5 through 8. Teams consist of a group of runners who all race together at the same time with other teams. The top five finishers from each team are scored and their finishing places are added up for the team score. The lowest score wins. Most races are usually two miles. The courses are generally run across a mixture of grassy fields, wooded paths and a variety of hills. 

One positive aspect of cross country is that everyone competes! All members of the team run the same course. Unlike other team sports, there are no cuts and no bench. At every meet ALL athletes participate.

Our philosophy is fairly simple:

  • Everyone is important, unique, and contributes

  • All athletes are encouraged to reach their potential

  • Everyone can attain their personal best

  • We will have fun as we train hard and race well

  • We want to inspire a lifetime love of running and fitness

          Your ability to run is not that important to the coaches. Long distance running skills can be taught and developed. What we are primarily looking for is commitment, desire, and effort. We want our athletes to make every effort to attend each practice, strive to improve, and to work hard to reach their potential.

          Success in cross country is not measured in wins and losses, but rather in the improved times of our runners and achieving personal bests as the season progresses. Success is within the reach of everyone that participates in this program. 

So the only question is: are you going to take that first step and do something positive for yourself?

First practice: Tuesday August 23rd at 2:45PM. We hope to see YOU there!

Your coaches,

Mr. Hauser and Ms. Stec

Questions? Contact Mr. Hauser at