Head Coach – Kristin Sturhahn
The Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country programs are among the 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 16 seasons. Since its inception in 2001, the Boys’ program has qualified individuals or teams for the Sectional meet each year. The 2010 version of the Boy’s Running Raiders qualified for and placed 18th in the Illinois Class A State Meet and in 2013 Luke Watson became the first boys harrier to earn All-State honors with his 20th place finish in the IHSA State meet!
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 3.54 total cumulative team grade point average during the 2015-16 season, earning them the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award! Likewise, the girls team achieved a 3.81 total cumulative team grade point average during the 2015-16 season, earning them the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award! This marks the tenth straight year both teams have earned this honor! We expect that the 2016-17 edition of the Running Raiders will once again earn this scholastic honor! The Coaches 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.
On the 4th Saturday of each June the Cross Country Team holds a 5K/10K run/walk event. This event has become a major event in the Tri-States Region. Competitive and recreational runners and walkers, families, friends and even class reunions make this a must do activity each June.
Online registration for the 16th Annual Raider Challenge 5K/10K (June 24, 2017) will open soon. Once open, click here for more information or to register.
QND Cross Country Schedule & Results
|Thurs., Aug. 25||West Hancock, Macomb||Macomb||4:00 pm||Girls-2nd out of 6
Boys-3rd out of 6
|Tues., Aug. 30||Jacksonville & QHS||Jacksonville||4:30 pm|
|Sat. Sept. 3||Canton Invite||Canton, IL||9:00 am|
|Tues., Sept. 6||Palmyra Invitational||Palmyra, Mo||4:00 pm|
|Sat., Sept. 10||PORTA Invitational||Petersburg||10:00 am|
|Tues., Sept. 13||Running Raider Invitational||South Park in Quincy||4:30 pm|
|Tues., Sept. 20||Liberty, QHS, Palmyra,|
|QHS-Flinn Stadium||4:30 pm|
|Sat., Sept. 24||Monmouth-Roseville Invite||Monmouth||10:00 am|
|Tues., Sept. 27||Macomb Invitational||Macomb||4:30 pm|
|Sat., Oct. 1||Tom Oakley Invitational||QHS-Flinn Stadium||9:00 am|
|Tues., Oct. 4||Jacksonville Tri-Angular||Jacksonville||4:30 pm|
|Sat., Oct. 8||Liberty Invitational||Liberty||10:00 am|
|Tues., Oct. 11||Carlinville Invitational||Carlinville||4:15 pm|
|Sat., Oct. 15||Patriot Run||Peoria||1:00 pm|
|Tues., Oct. 20||WCC Conference Meet||South Park in Quincy||4:30 pm|