Cross-country competitions feature hundreds of runners striving for a personal best. Difficult terrain and inclement weather can challenge both their stride and pace.

Yet, the Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 cross-country teams finished their 2014 season with multiple runners in the top 20, in their respective races. The teams finished second overall in the boys division.

At the senior level, it’s also common to see UCC boys atop the leaderboard. Thanks to their impressive times at the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) races, Simon Higgins and William Lloyd both qualified for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championship.

Boys train together every day starting in the fall – a combination of long runs, intervals of short and medium distances, varied terrain circuits and recovery runs. During fall meets, boys test their progress against some of Ontario’s best runners.

While individual runners can achieve great results, cross-country is a team sport and even the fourth best runner in an age group can propel his team to the provincial championships. With this in mind, the team does not cut runners who are able to complete the distance requirement for their age and show commitment and dedication to their training and team. The team's philosophy? Do your best in every practice and every race.

Cross-country also serves as superior training for sports during the winter term and attracts athletes who want be in the best physical shape.

  • Year 4 to 7: Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 teams
  • Year 8: Under 14 level (3,000 metres)
  • Year 9: Under 15 level (5,000 metres)
  • Year 10: Under 16 level (6,000 metres)
  • Year 11 and 12: Senior level (7,000 metres)