Calhoun's cross county program has gotten some new interest.

The Calhoun County Middle-High School cross country team held an organizational meeting last night and planned for the upcoming season.

There were nine high school girls, five high school boys and six middle school students interested in participating in cross country this fall.

The Calhoun Board of Education planned to scratch the sport at their last meeting, but supporters offered to provide time and money to keep it going.

The board voted to put the final decision on hold.

Coach Melinda Fitzwater said that she expected more students to show up when practice got under way August 1 at the Calhoun County Park.

Practice sessions are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 1.

According to Fitzwater, students must take a sports physical examination, sign the proper papers and get in 14 practice sessions before being allowed to participate in the sports. It is a requirement of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC).

The Red Devils plan to open their cross country season with a home invitational, the SOCCR (Save Our Cross Country Runners) meet at the park.

The meet will be the first Tuesday in September. The rest of the schedule will be announced as soon as the Little Kanawha Conference (LKC) sets up its master cross country schedule for the upcoming season.

For more information about cross country or to join the program please contact Fitzwater at 354-6524.

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