• BMS Cross Country BMS
    Cross Country Team
    **  BEARDEN CROSS COUNTRY 2018  ** 

    Introductory Parent Meeting: We’ll have our informational meeting on Thursday August 9th at 6:30 p.m. at Runner's Market in Bearden (at Western Plaza; 4443 Kingston Pike). We’ll spend 15-20 minutes discussing the cross country program and answer any questions you may have. For those looking to buy shoes, Runners Mkt staff will be on hand to advise you on shoe fitting (maybe best to come early for that), and they will offer a discount on shoes, spikes, and apparel the entire week of August 6-11, 2018.

    General Information

    Goals: Introduce students to the sport of cross country running and help each runner improve his/her speed and endurance over the course of the season. Learn that running is fun! This program is for runners or runners-to-be of all levels.

    Season: 10 August through 2 October (regional) or 20 October (state)

    Training: Two formal practices each week from 3:45-5:15 pm Wednesday and Friday. All practices start at school; meet by the track. All Friday practices will be at Bearden Middle School. Wednesday practice (8/15) will be at BMS. All other Wednesday practices beginning 8/22 will start at BMS and end at the West-Side YMCA. Any deviations from this practice schedule will be announced over the school PA prior to the end of school and e-mailed to the cross country distribution list. There will be optional course preview runs the Sunday before each meet. First official practice will be Friday August 10th – meet at tent by the track at 3:45.  Runners will improve faster if they run more than twice per week.

    Races: Six Cross Country races are planned for the fall season. Races are approximately two miles long. The first meet is Saturday 9/1; the 2nd is Thursday 9/6.  Other meets are Tuesdays beginning September 11th and continuing through the regional championship on October 2nd. Assuming we qualify, the State Championship on Saturday October 20th will be our 7th meet. Depending on where the course is, girl’s races start between 5:30 and 6:15, and boys start after the girls are done. Plan to arrive, ready to run, at least 30 minutes before the start of the race (30 minutes is cutting it close). Parking is a pain, so carpooling and arriving early is recommended.

    Transportation: Participants provide their own transportation to and from practices and races.

    Requirements: Athletes are expected to attend 2 scheduled practices each week and participate in scheduled races during the season. Any deviations should be discussed with a coach ahead of time, but we are willing to work with kids to allow doubling up with other activities (i.e., other sports, Science Olympiad).

    We need two things to officially register your runner on the team:

    1. A completed registration form. You can fill it out online:

    2. Fees: $65.00 ($35 if you have singlet from last season). Covers program administration, insurance, entry fees for all meets, and team race singlet. Make checks payable to Chris Welsh (not to Bearden Middle School or Knox County Schools).

    Remember, first official practice will be Friday August 10th, right after school at BMS. Practices start at 3:45 and end between 5:00-5:15. Please plan to pick your runner up by 5:15. All Fridays and Wednesday 8/15 start and end at BMS. All other Wednesdays (8/22-10/17) start at BMS but pick-up at the Westside Y.

    Knoxville Youth Athletics will be managing the overall program as they did last year. For more info, visit
    The site has a full listing of race dates and times, direction to meet venues, and more.

    Note: Discounts on shoes and other accessories are available at Runners Market and at Fleet Feet.  Be sure to tell them you on the Bearden Middle team when you make your purchases.


    Coach Chris Welsh, cwelsh@utk.edu or cell 964-3696 (ok to text)

    Coach Ron Campbell, fudgeron@yahoo.com 

    Coach Elizabeth Cofer, elizabeth.cofer@knoxschools.org




Important Files

Contact Info

  • Coach Chris Welsh
      Phone: 766-0368 [cell 964-3696]
    BMS Faculty Representative
    Coach Elizabeth Cofer 
    Cell (423) 504-4376
    Coach Ron Campbell