South Lyon High School
Men's Cross Country
There Is No Substitute For Summer Miles
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Freshman 200
300 Mile Club
400 Mile Club
500 Mile Club

Summer Mileage Goals
Freshmen 200
Sophomores 300
Juniors & Seniors 400
Conversion Factors
Non Running activities can't make up more than  25% of your
weekly totals.

Biking (constant)     3 miles   = 1 mile
Treadmill                    1 mile      =1 mile
Elliptical                      2 miles   =1 mile
Swimming (constant) 15 minutes = 1 mile

If you are injured or on vacation, please  contact Coach Smith to
waive the 25% restriction on cross training miles.
Camp Requirements
*250 Miles Submitted between May 1- Aug.5
Miles must be submitted within 6 days of each week's end.

*22 of 37 Running Practices June 19-Aug. 5
The completed 24/24 counts for 4 practices.
 Non completed 24/24 counts for 2 practices.

*If you will be on trips this summer and can't make 22 practices by August 6,
you must have a plan in place with Coach Scott Smith by June 30.  There is
no waiver for the mileage requirement.
End of Year
Awards 2017
Each athlete who completes the season successfully will receive
one or more of these awards.

1.  Freshman or JV
2.  Varsity
3.  Lion Hearted

1.  Freshman or JV
A.  Finishes the season successfully but does not qualify for varsity
 options  One or Two.
B.  Attendance:  
No more than 7 absences between August 15 and the end of the season.
No more than 2 group three absences:  Athlete is removed from team
upon the 3rd.

2.  Varsity Award 2017
To receive the varsity award for boys cross country, you must complete

1.  Run one 5K CROSS COUNTRY Race under 17:35.  
 For each June, July, August weekly summer mileage submission sent within
 six days of week's end, you can add 5 seconds to the  17:35 requirement.  
  A valid mileage submission has at least 10 miles per week in June, 20 in July,
  and 30 in Aug. (18:45 if you submit all 14)
2.  Have NO Group III unexcused absences.
3.  Attend all Mandatory Practices starting August 18 unless you are ill or other
group I or II absence. More than five days of combined group I and/or II absence
August 15 through November 2 will disqualify you from a varsity award.
4.  Attend all Meets unless you are ill or other category I absence.
5.  Successful completion of the season.
6.  Attend the state meet to cheer on any SLHS  state qualifier.

OPTION TWO  You must complete Option Two, parts 1,2, 3
1.  Complete three years of cross country.  
2.  Submit 400 miles June 1 thru Aug 31 of that 3rd year
3.  Complete numbers 2-6 from OPTION ONE above.

3. Lion-Hearted Award
The Lion Hearted athlete must meet all varsity requirements.  
He will receive the Varsity award in addition to Lion-Hearted.
Requirements in addition to the Varsity requirements
 1.  Have NO group 2 or 3 absences.
 2.  Have fewer than 5 group 1 absences.
 3.  Run faster than VARSITY time
 4.  Run 400 miles from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.
 5.  Attends 22 of the 37 summer running practices (24/24 counts as 4)
 6.  Attends 10 of 12 Summer weight lifting practices
 7.  Attends 20 of approx 25 in-season weight sessions.
Attendance Policy
starting August 14th, 2017

Group One     Excused—Does not need to be made up:
1.        Absent from school all day due to illness.
2.        Special one day Church Function (Confirmation Service)
3.        Observance of a single Holy Day or Sabbath
4.        School one day Performance (Concert or Competition)
5.        Wedding or funeral in the immediate family.
6.        Doctor visit directly related to a cross country injury.

Group Two       Excused— But need to be made up:
1.      Absent from school partial day due to illness.  If you
      do not attend school all day, you are ineligible to
      participate in a meet or practice unless prearranged with
      the athletic director.
2.      Family Vacations (Please try to avoid conflicts)
3.      School project/make up test  (must be approved by your
      coach at least one day in  advance—plan ahead)
4.      Court Hearings
5.      School Discipline
6.      Doctor or Dentist appt. not directly related to an XC injury.

Group Three     Unexcused—Need to be made up:
Athletes with any group 3 absence is NOT eligible for the
varsity award or the Lion Hearted award.  Upon the 3rd Group
Three absence, the athlete will be asked to leave the team
and to return next year.  No refunds or awards.
1.     Employment absences
2.     Driver’s Education/Secretary of State
3.     Vacations/Amusement Park Trips except with his own  
4.     Any absence where Coach Smith is not notified in
      advance by a parent e-mail of an eligible Group One or
      Group Two absence.
5.    Any Meet Day or Thursday absence except those in
      Group One.
6.    Unexcused absence from any part of school day
7.      Any Group II absence not made up within week.  
8.      Chronic Tardiness (5)
9.     Missed bus to a meet (not eligible to run)
10.  Any absence where an athlete went home ill after school
     and missed practice.  This can be converted to group II
     at Coach Smith's discretion if a parent contacts Coach Smith
      the same day and verifies the extreme and sudden illness.

The athlete will be ineligible to run the next meet or receive a varsity
award due to any Group Two absence not made up within the week
or any Group Three absence.  The athlete is off of the team with the
3rd group three absence.  No refunds will be issued or awards given.

Group two and three make ups are accomplished through
attendance at morning weights. (6 AM SLHS M,W, F).  Although a
make up is required for both group two & three absences, this make
up does not make a group three absence excused.

The athlete will can have a maximum of 7 absences of any
kind during the season.
*Being absent from a meet counts as 2 absences.
*After 7 absences, the athlete will be asked to turn in his uniform
and return the following year. Extended absences of three days or
more EXCUSED BY A DOCTOR will not be counted against the 7
day total. No refunds or awards will be given.

Injured athletes are expected to attend practices and meets unless
the injury will remove the athlete from activity for an extended period
of time.  This needs to be discussed with Coach Smith.

Family vacations during Mandatory Practice Time are strongly

Vacations After  August 14
1.  Not eligible to run meets until absences have been made up    
through attendance at morning weights.
2.  Not eligible to run meets until the athlete has been at practice    
upon his return for the same number of days that were missed.
3. Not eligible for the varsity award or captainship in that same year.
Note: If the athlete attends every meet but is not eligible to run one
because of Group II absences, he can still earn the varsity award IF
the vacation occurred before the start of the school year. He will be
expected to help with team needs (splits,photographing, results,
4.  Short trips (max 2 days) due to immediate family weddings and
funerals are exempt from the vacation policy if 2 day (funeral) or 14
day (wedding) advance notification is given to Coach Smith.
Awards for 2017

1.  Academic:
A.  Marking Period One Medal
B.  KLAA Scholar Athlete Award
C.  4.0 Marking Period Award

2.  Freshman, JV, Varsity, or Lion-Hearted
A.  Freshman or JV Certificate
B.  Varsity (Letter; Certificate; 2nd, 3rd, 4th Varsity)
C.  Lion Hearted

3.  Special Awards
A.  MVP (based on stats)
C.  Mileage Clubs (must turn in miles weekly)
D.  Most Improved (team vote)
E.  Last Man Standing
F.  Most Selfless (team vote)
G.  Best Underclass Leadership (VARSITY senior class vote)
Note:  If the Best Underclass Leadership recipient also
     1.  received the Lion Hearted Award
     2.  is a senior.
     he will be named the first captain of the next season.  
     He will meet with Coach Smith shortly after the banquet to
     discuss additional terms.
Last Man

2017 Winners
Val Schnitzel 4th time!
Vlad Schnitzel 2nd time!

2016 Winners
Val Schnitzel 3rd time!
Haden Gallentine
Vlad Schnitzel

2015 Winners
Marshall Thelen  4th time!
Val Schnitzel       2nd time!
Joey Younkin
NOTE:  Athletes must submit miles
within 7 days of week's end to get credit
for that week's miles
To be eligible for team membership in 2017,
you must fulfill item A, B,
OR C-1 & 2  below.

Item A   First year XC athlete including but not limited to
         freshmen.  Must have demonstrated ability to
         break 27 minutes in at least one summer time trial.
Item B  Qualification at a time trial (4 attempts )*
        Run within 1:30 of cross country CAREER PR
        If the career PR is under 19:00, then athlete
        must run within 2:00 minutes in time trials.
Item C-1  Attend 22 of 37 offered days of optional summer
           running practices from June 19 thru August 5.  
           24/24 counts as 4 practices if the 24 are completed;  
           otherwise, the 24/24 counts as 2 practices.
   C-2  250 miles submitted May 1 thru Aug 5

     *Safety net applies:  Injured or ill athletes can appeal.
Varsity Elite, Varsity Reserve,Junior Varsity & Freshman

1.  Meets one or more team membership requirements (see above)
2.  Fulfills all attendance requirements
2.  Academically eligible all season.
3.  Returning runners have met the cut requirement.
      See the
Miles submitted page

Runs in the VARSITY race at invitationals in TIGER STRIPE jersey.
Competes in dual meets wearing Asics jersey.
1.  Meets the three team requirements above.
2.  No disciplinary removal from the team or school suspension.  
   No Sat. detentions.
3.  No vacations after the first day of August mandatory practice.
4.  Attends camp.
5.  Demonstrated ability to run 18:20 in August
                                               18:10 in September
                                               17:59 in October
3.  Varsity ELITE membership is limited to top 7 runners who have broken
   the times above.

Trains, travels, and competes with the Varsity Elite.  
Wears the Asics jersey in the varsity or jv race at invitationals including    
conference meet & regionals
1.    Meets all team requirements.  No disciplinary removal from the team
                                                    or school suspension.  No Sat detention.
2A.  Demonstrated ability to run ...19:00 August
                                                   18:45 September
                                                   18:30 October
2B.  400 Summer Miles submitted May 1 thru Aug 31 PLUS
    demonstrated ability to run the loop under 60 minutes without stop.

Trains, travels, and competes with the JV team
Wears the solid blue jersey in meets.  
Fewer races scheduled than the varsity team
1.  Meets all team requirements.  
2.  Met the team cut requirements at at least one of the four summer time trials.

Freshman Team
The freshman team designation is a temporary one.  Members of the
freshman team will be moved to the JV, Varsity Reserve, or Varsity Elite
teams before the end of August. To qualify for the freshman team, you
must meet the three team membership requirements at the top of the blue
TEAM RULES June 19 thru November 5
Our mission statement dictates that we strive to
become a family of brothers engaged in a common
purpose.  To that end, it is essential that we
always act in such a way to protect and nurture
our team and our team mates.

1.  Social media must be used very carefully (or not used).  
A.  Do not post pictures or video of team members without
     their permission.  
B.  Do not post pictures of team activities without Coach's
C.  Complaints must be handled like men of character, not like
     critics hiding behind a keyboard.  NEVER engage in
     negative group texts or other social media postings that
     involve the team, its members, its coach, its parents,
     or its competitiors.
D.  NEVER post anything that will embarass yourself, your
      friends, your family, your team, or your school.
E.  First offense:  One week suspension off team.  Serious   
                                infractions will result in permanent removal
      Second offense:  Permanent removal from the team.

2.  Absolutely no use of alcohol or drugs including tobacco or
vapes.  First offense:  Notification of the athletic department
                                      and removal from the team.

3.  No slacking or walking.  Team members must always strive
to have a quality practice.  Slacking off hurts team comaraderie.
If a time is assigned to a run, the athlete must make every
attempt to hit that time.  
  First offense:  Meeting with coach.
  Second offense:  Meeting with coach and captains.
  Third offense:  Missed Meet
  Fourth offense:  One week suspension from the team
  Fifth offense:  Removal from the team.

4.  No use of foul language, sexual innuendo, or racial slurs.
  First offense:  Meeting with coach.
  Repeated offenses: One or more of the following:
  Push Ups
  Meeting with coach and captains.
  Two meet suspension.
  One week suspension from team.
  Removal from the team.

5.  Always:  Display good sportsmanship.  Behave like a
                gentleman.  Say Please & Thank You.  Pick up
                after yourself.  Volunteer with the group needs.
                Show respect to team mates and a welcoming
                attitude to newbies. Follow directives of captains
                and coaches unless illegal or immoral.

6.  Never:  Put yourself before the team.  
               Be negative.  
               Bring shame to yourself or the team.
               Complain about running.  
               Disrespect your team and its leaders.