Team makeup – A Cross Country team is made of seven runners. The top five runners are the “scoring” members and the remaining two have the important job of displacing the scorers on opposing teams. Only the varsity level is limited to seven competitors in a race, the other levels usually have unlimited entries.

Levels of competition – Bella Vista is a member of the CVC (Capital Valley Conference League) and the SJS (Sac-Joaquin Section) of CIF (California Interscholastic Federation).  We have 2 CVC League Meets, including our championship meet. Follow this link for schedule. All athletically eligible Bella Vista High School Cross Country Team members are required to compete in these meets.  At these meets, there are four races.

  1. Freshman/Sophomore Girls, 2 miles
  2. Freshman/Sophomore Boys, 2 miles
  3. Varsity (includes JV) Girls, 3 miles
  4. Varsity (includes JV) Boys, 3 miles

The competition that leads to the CIF State Meet at Woodward Park begins at the Frog Town-Calaveras County Fairgrounds.  This meet brings together approximately 150 high schools in the Section to a single qualifying meet.  The divisional structure for the entire Section and qualifying procedures can be found at this link.  The results of this meet determine the teams and individuals that qualify on to the Section Finals at Willow Hills, Folsom in November to compete for Section team and individual titles.  The top varsity teams from Sections will continue on to the CIF State Meet at Woodward Park.

Scoring – Races are scored by assigning a point value for the place a runner finishes in. If a runner finishes first, he will earn 1 point. Finishing 55th would earn 55 points. Cross Country is similar to golf in that the lowest score wins. A perfect score is 15 points, with the top five runners occupying the first five finishing positions. Runners who do not have a full team are removed from the results for team scoring. This happens quite often at larger races. Big invitationals and championship races are often won with point totals close to 100.

Race length – Most races for varsity are either three miles or five kilometers long. Occasionally a course will measure slightly short or long. Fr/Soph are usually 2 miles in length.  JV runs 3 miles at our league meets and sub-section and section meets.  The race length varies at the invitationals for JV between 2 miles – 5K (3.11 miles).


2 important items!  A watch (with a stopwatch feature) and running shoes.

It is best to have two pairs of shoes, a standard trainer and XC racing flats.  The XC racing flats are light-weight shoes designed for racing, rather than daily training.

How can I help with the Bella Vista Cross Country Program?

There are three ways that you can make the program more successful.

  1. Encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the training, competitive, and social opportunities that we offer and to be positive and respectful to their teammates, their competitors, and their coaches.
  2. Invite your friends.  Running is more fun in groups!
  3. Get involved!  Join us for runs, cheer at the meets, and take advantage of volunteer opportunities.  These opportunities include:  transporting athletes to and from practices or competitions, assisting at the BV invite, becoming an active member of the Bella Vista Track and Cross Country Booster.   We have lots of opportunities for involvement with the program.