• WHS Cross-Country                   XC


  • Interested in running Cross Country? Read through this information below or click here for .pdf file to print.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with Coach Marty - martysonnenfelt@gmail.com.


    Parents, please take the time to read through the entire info sheet, this will save time and a lot of questions.


    Head Coach

    Marty Sonnenfeldt – Founder, Knoxville Youth Athletics, All-SEC Track and Cross Country, NCAA National Championships qualifier – Track and Cross Country – University of Tennessee. Coach of numerous youth, elementary, middle and high school track / cross country teams and athletes in Knoxville over the past 36 years.  Complete Bio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gGrZHmGX2JtzM2JxdVyv0ZSnKPhaELz-/view?usp=sharing 


    Contact Number / Email

    Marty Sonnenfeldt - 865-304-8381 / martysonnenfeldt@gmail.com


     > Athletes will not be allowed to participate in summer practice without a completing a detailed online evaluation form.  Parents must also complete the parents contact form prior to first practice

    Athlete Evaluation Form: https://forms.gle/D24epozVCZUdgfax8

    Parent Contact Form: https://forms.gle/VQR9QASJfVYQJnG56


    Remember.  Successful cross-country seasons are built in the summer.

    We will start practice – Wednesday, June 2

    M, W, F – 7:30 - 9 AM


    M – Victor Ashe Park – Large Picnic Pavilion

    W – Cherokee Blvd – Parking Lot closest to Scenic Dr. – Field next to Playground

    F – Cherokee Farms – CF is located across from UT hospital off of Alcoa Hwy.   We will meet in the amphitheater below the parking lot and large office.  Google Map Link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/University+of+Tennessee+Research+Park+at+Cherokee+Farm/@35.9417826,-83.9528545,327m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xdbf16acddf377438!8m2!3d35.9426393!4d-83.9529546

    Sunday Long Runs – 7:30 AM locations TBD.  These runs are critical for athletes to be able to establish a sound aerobic foundation for racing in the summer.  Please plan on attending.

    TSSAA Dead Period – From June 28 – July 11, coaches will be unable to have contact with athletes due to the TSSAA mandated dead period.  We will resume practice on the Summer Schedule on July 12.  All athletes will have training schedules that will take them through this period so they should not miss a step when they return July 12.   Team captains will take responsibility to maintain adherence to the summer practice schedule. The summer schedule will continue through July with a switch to practices that align more closely with school season practices in August.

    Summer Cross Country Camp

    I have been researching summer cross country camp options throughout the spring.  I have looked into hosting one ourselves as well as pre-packaged camps.  Both come with some significant price tags while others have delayed or deferred camps due to covid. There is a strong possibility that we will not be doing a summer overnight camp.

     School Practice Schedule

    Knox County Schools will start August 9, 2021.  Practices will be held after school from 4:00 thru 6:00 PM, M-F starting 8/2/21.  If we have no virtual students then we will shift to a 3:40 PM start.  Athletes will meet at the track and change in the track/cc locker rooms.  There will also be also Sunday group runs that take place at various locations surrounding Knoxville.  Most athletes will have a day (or two) off in their schedules depending on what stage of development they are in.   These days will be marked on their training schedule.  Please note: We will be practicing during Fall Break as we have an out of town meet scheduled 10/16.

    Practice Cancellation – Practices will not be cancelled unless you / parents are informed by noon the day of the practice. In the case of inclement weather during practice we will wait under secure cover or in the locker rooms until the weather has passed or athletes have been picked up after practice.  Note:  Rain (even heavy rain) is not a reason to cancel practice – we WILL be running.  Practice cancellation notices will appear on the WHS Cross Country / Track and Field Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/West-High-School-Track-and-Field-and-Cross-Country-108556484290903

    Dress / Fluids – Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions and activity (T-shirt / Shorts / athletic shoes).  Private water bottles are required for practice.  I would suggest going to your local cycling shop to buy them.  Water is for prior and during practice.  Specialized Fluid replacement drinks are for after practice.

    Season Calendar / Meets – The 2021 season schedule is below.  Please be advised that this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change with regards to budget and meet cancellations.  

    8/14 – Pre-Season 3200 Time Trial – West High School

    9/4 - Victor Ashe Park Fall Classic

    9/11 - Cherokee Classic - Cherokee Blvd

    9/25 - Wingfoot Classic – Cartersville, GA

    10/2 - Jesse Owens Classic - Danville, AL

    10/9 - KIL Championships - Cherokee Blvd

    10/11-15 – Fall Break – we will be practicing during Fall Break

    10/16 – Southeastern Showcase – Huntsville, AL

    10/19 – Victor Ashe Park – Junior Varsity Race 

    10/28 – TSSAA Region Championships - Victor Ashe Park

    11/07 – TSSAA State Championships - Percy Warner Park - Brentwood TN

    11/8 – Post Season Cross Country Start

    11/12 – KYA 3200 Time Trial

    11/27 – Footlocker South Regional – Charlotte NC

    Meets marked in red are post season meets that are not part of the West High Schedule but Knoxville Youth Athletics post-season cross-country program.  While it is not required to partake in the post season, I would recommend it as a way to further your cross-country experience.   Specific meet start times / directions, etc. will be provided to you as we get closer to the season.

    At present the guidance we are receiving from KCS is that we are going to have to stick with parent travel to all meets with the exception of the State Championships where we will do group travel.  Extending this to other meets will depend on KCS and our fund-raising efforts.



    $150.00 made payable to West High School.  Fees are due before official school practice starts – 8/2/21.   $150.00 covers your all of your meet entry fees and travel to the State Meet.  Fees can be brought to practice.


    The KCS Insurance fee is $60.00 and is payable to West High School (by 8/2/21).  Fees can be brought to practice.  Remember athletes are not covered during the summer practice period.  ***Please write separate checks for insurance and activities fees***


    You must have a physical prior to starting practice.  The cost for such is the responsibility of the parent. Please return your physicals form to Marty Sonnenfeldt.   Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic will host pre-participation physicals for fall sports on May 22, 2021 ($10.00) for student athletes.   If you have had a physical dated after April 17th it will suffice for the summer, otherwise another will need to be taken and filled out. Please use the following Physical Form:



    Uniforms will be the same that were issued during the 2020 season.  These uniforms will be checked out prior to our first meet and must be returned at the end of the season.  There is no cost for this unless you lose your uniform. Lost uniform charges are $50.00

    Fund Raising – Budget

    I have high hopes for West High School Cross Country.  Part of realizing those hopes is the make sure that our student athletes do not lack for competitive opportunities and have the proper equipment and amenities to make their season memorable.   That said, we are going to have to step on the fund-raising gas in order to meet some of the goals I have set for the program.   I have a non-traditional strategy to achieve those goals.  Please take some time to review the fund-raising link to see how you can help.  I am ready to roll up my sleeves to make this a reality and prepared to do the lions share of the work but I will need your help.


    Behavior – Athletes are expected to be respectful to their fellow teammates, coaches and officials.  Coaches will not tolerate misbehavior.  When coaches and officials speak athletes are expected to remain silent so that important instructions can be heard.  Following instructions during practice is important from the standpoint of learning the sport as well as safety.   Those participants who repeatedly misbehave in practice will be asked to leave the program.

    Parent and Participant Meet Etiquette – For some attending a cross-country meet will be an entirely new sporting experience.  That said there are certain do’s and don’ts that should be followed during the course of a meet from the parent / spectator standpoint and also the athlete standpoint.  We expect both to be followed by our team.  Remember no matter how much you want to take an action shot of your child; being on the course is an impediment to the competition.  You would not be able to run onto the middle of the football field, half court or home plate to take a picture during a game – the same holds true for a cross-country meet.  The field of play is no place for parents, coaches and spectators to be.  Let’s respect the sport.   Parents, I want you to support and cheer for your kids at the meets.  However, once they arrive at the meet site you become a cheerleader, not an assistant coach.  Take a step back; let them deal with the inherent pre-race jitters, forgotten items and race prep.  Drop them at the tent and give them space. Leave the rest to the coaches. 


    Last but certainly – NOT LEAST.  Every athlete on the team is a Student first – Athlete second.  Your responsibility to be the best student you can be is paramount to your success in the future.  There are expectations you will need to meet in the classroom in order to be a part of the team eligibility wise.  Those will be reviewed with you once school starts.  I will expect every athlete to take this seriously.


    Communication between parent-coach and athlete-coach is essential in order for the season to run smoothly.  I will be providing parents weekly email updates that will be full of the information you will need to know what is going on during the season.  Similarly, athletes will be getting a weekly update so that they are all on the same page with the coaching staff.  In addition, athletes will be REQUIRED to provide feedback regarding their training response in our online training platform.  This is not optional it is MANDATORY.  No feedback = no training schedule.   In order for communication to be delivered efficiently and effectively a FUNCTIONAL email address is REQUIRED from both the parent and athlete.  I do NOT do text as a regular form of communication.  So please make sure that your athlete fills out his or her online athlete eval form and you as a parent do the same with regards to the Parent Contact Info.



    1. 1. Parents Contact Form: https://forms.gle/fEhxWTyeyjx9BzW69


    1. Athlete Evaluation Form: https://forms.gle/D24epozVCZUdgfax8


    1. Stretches DFlex: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VF5m5WHncjy3nAK13kXqSc2u4jfruAEj/view?usp=sharing


    > Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YqV0_VZPYkc


    1. Core Stability Workouts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OILOQNHr9mSweuvwv0rdExMreAwOP_fS/view?usp=sharing


    1. Training Schedules / Online Workout Log (will start 6/2/21):

    If you are not already on the Final Surge online system you will be sent an invitation to join once you have provided me a functional email address and have completed an Athlete Eval Form


    1. Knox County Schools Physical Form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c_sEOzPOBkKpwwAgrOu_1SJGCTunzm8b/view?usp=sharing


    1.  Budget – Fundraising:


    > Sponsorship Levels: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lqF97BegHEuUZZyG3jVCUxoQRaH9s5Kx/view?usp=sharing

    1. Minimum Standards for Participation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15EKbFwrlCAT4FMc-TMJs34Iobn16cNSM/view?usp=sharing


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