ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS:
The Boys' and Girls' Cross Country programs are among long list of successful sports programs at QND. Since its inception in 2000, the Girls' program has qualified either teams or individuals for Sectionals each year and has produced All-Sectional and All-State runners in eight out of fourteen seasons. Since its inception in 2001, the Boys' program has qualified individuals or teams for the Sectional meet each year. In 2010 the team earned its first trip to State and finished 18th! In 2013 the team had it's first male All-State Runner!
QND Cross Country success begins with commitment to a guiding principle: Gentleman or Lady first; Scholar second; Athlete third. Anything less is unacceptable.
Academics play an important role in a student's life. Our Cross Country athletes take this role to heart. The boys team achieved a 3.4 total cumulative team grade point average during the 2014-15 season, earning them the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award! Likewise, the girls team achieved a 3.76 total cumulative team grade point average during the 2014-15 season, earning them the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award!
This marks the ninth straight year both teams have earned this honor! Coach Terwelp and I are very proud of each student-athlete who believed in and exemplified our team's guiding principles.
Unlike most sports, both teams practice together and attend the same meets. Cross Country races are typically three miles in length and are contested in parks, on golf courses and occasionally pass through farm pastures and creeks. While team success is important, individual runners benchmark their success against personal-best times or finishes. These personal successes help build/enhance self-confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline that carry throughout the individual's life. These improvements automatically enhance team success and the value of teamwork. All runners compete in all meets during the regular season as members of either the JV or Varsity squads.
Captain’s Practices begin in mid to late May and official team practices start in mid-August. The regular season begins the last week of August and concludes the second week in November.
For the tenth year in a row the team held a pre-season team-building experience. This year the team will spend four days and three nights in Southern Illinois participating in a low-ropes/high-ropes teams challenge course, rock climbing, rappelling, canoeing, swimming and, of course, enjoying daily trail runs through the Shawnee National Forest. Last season the team travelled to the Eleven Points River in southern Missouri for a four day, three night canoeing trip and if all goes as planned the team will return to the Eleven Points River in 2016. To commemorate their experience on these trips, the team often designs a special shirt featuring high points of the trip.
It’s a Great Day to Be a Runner
Believe in yourself
Day by day
Week by week
What will it take to win
I want to win, why aren’t I doing more
Imake a commitment to myself
I will do whatever it takes to win
I will go to the point of exhaustion to get a victory
I want to slow down and give up
I hit the wall of no turning back
No pain, no gain, no gain I won’t reach a victory
There’s no limit to what I can achieve
I have given 110%
With victory in sight, bent over and drenched in sweat
All I can say
“This is the vision of a champion”
Written by: Aaron Weiman
Team Captain, 2004
Endurance and strength is what we possess.
Coaches ACE and Mary put us to the test,
We ran hard and we ran strong,
We ran fast and we ran long.
Some may have more speed.
We’ve all gone beyond our comfort zone to improve our stride.
We tasted the success and showed that we have the best
To Coach Edgar
Thank You (2004 Year End Banquet)
Author: The Team
We gather today
As our season comes to an end,
We look back and remember the beginning,
And how we all became great friends.
Cross Country isn’t the easiest sport,
But we all had fun.
Thinking about it,
I wish it wasn’t done.
At times it seemed like it wouldn’t end,
Like at practices when you wouldn’t stop talking,
And tell us how we were doing great,
When we were secretly walking.
We are very thankful for you,
And all the things you have done for us.
Including all the things that made us laugh,
Like when we put the gorilla on the bus.
For all of you that don’t know,
It was a joke on the Sectionals trip,
When we met the Chip and Dale Dancers
That said they were hip.
What we are just trying to say
Is thank you for all the things you have done,
And for putting up with us
When we just wouldn’t stop complaining.
Thanks for everything,
To My Coaches
Thank You (2007 Year End Banquet)
Author: Denise Myers
I appreciate what all of you have done for me.
Accepting me as part of the team and making me an “Honorary Raider”.
You all always made me feel like I belonged at Cross Country meets. Even though it wasn’t much, just letting me keep my stuff with yours was a huge help for me. I could always count on
one of you all or a parent to cheer for me as I ran by.
It meant a lot since I hardly ever had anyone from my school there.
Also for letting me eat your food,
that was very generous and by the way was always awesome!
To sum it up,
you all made my Cross Country experience a whole lot better. Thanks for always being there to support me and
good luck to all of you in your future.
Mark Twain (MO) High School ‘08
The Meaning of Athletics
Author: Bob LaCroix (Peoria Richwoods Coach 1984-2004)
A – is the ATTITUDE of which the right kind must be there; lacking
this attribute, you can’t go anywhere.
T – is the TALENT, not always necessary; But certainly helpful, to
be out of the ordinary.
H – is the HARMONY, which one must expect; Needed to develop,
the total team concept.
L – is the LEADERSHIP, that intangible ability to captivate; Shown
many times by example, hoping others will be able to emulate.
E – is the EXCELLENCE, for which all must strive to attain; Difficult
to achieve, even harder to maintain.
T – is the TRAINING, by hard work, developing a certain condition, The method is often varied, but gives a course of direction
I – is the INDIVIDUAL, sometimes competing as one; More often
than not, many are needed to get the job done.
C – is the COACH, making sure it is done right; Teaching and
instructing, the guiding force, night after night.
S – is the SPORTSMANSHIP, for which it is all about; Take it away,
and all else would be in doubt.
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes….your destiny.
“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”
Through South Park
By: Ashley Strieker
Thrilling, exciting, exhilarating;
Through grass, over sidewalks,
Up and down hills,
Around trees, ponds, and bushes.
Encourage, challenge, fortify;
Familiar faces at my side,
Pushing each other to the limit,
Bonding through the pain.
Strive, struggle, achieve;
The wind behind me,
The green grass underneath me,
My friends beside me.