Saint Cyril and Methodius’s Cross Country team hit the ground running
in Deer Park, even before the school year got rolling! With Coach Amber
Sanchez at the helm, the team began meeting up in August to start
training and learning the ins and outs of what it takes to challenge
themselves in the coming weeks during the Cross Country season. Coach
Sanchez is a triathlete, fitness instructor and mother of three boys at
Saints Cyril and Methodius and has been volunteer coaching SSCM’s Cross
Country team for three years now.
The Catholic Middle School Athletic Association (CMSAA) provides a
structure for interscholastic athletic competition among middle schools
in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, offering a variety of sports each
season, ranging from Baseball, Softball, Basketball and Soccer to
Volleyball, Lacrosse, Bowling, and Cross Country.
In Cross Country running, teams and individuals run a race on
open-air courses over natural terrain. The courses vary in length, may
include surfaces of grass and earth, pass through woodlands and open
country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. The
benefits of Cross Country are both mental and physical. Cross Country
training builds versatility and stamina, with experience running over a
wide range of speeds and terrains.
Saints Cyril and Methodius has participated in CMSAA programs for
over five years and this year’s Cross Country Team includes 16 middle
school boys and girls, whose practices and meets take them to a diverse
range of Long Island terrains and parks, such as Belmont Lake State
Park, Sunken Meadow, and Heckscher Park, to name a few. At the heart of
the CMSAA’s Mission Statement is their role in helping develop
well-rounded athletes, so the program’s coaches seek to promote physical
endurance and good sportsmanship, while fostering teamwork and Catholic
values in all of their players.
For more information on Saints Cyril and Methodius Elementary School, visit www.sscmweb.org
or call 1.631.667.4044, ext. 131 to schedule a private tour. To learn
more about the Catholic Middle Schools Athletic Association’s programs,
visit www.leaguelineup.com/cmsaa/. To see more photos of the team, click here.