Cross Country

2021 Boys and Girls Cross Country

Coach David J Morgan
Work #: 727 774 7392
Cell #: 727 858 4216


Thank you for your interest in participating on the Cross Country team. Parents, it is important that your son or daughter attend all regular season practices and as much preseason conditioning as possible. Please contact me as soon as possible if they will not be attending. A simple text message is fine.


The best way for me to get messages out to all the team members is using a program called “Remind”.  Athletes and parents should sign up to receive text or email alerts from me. To register for these alerts simply text @rrxc2021 to the following phone # 81010.

**All athletes must have a current physical, participation and consent/release forms.  All forms must be submitted on line this year, see  for guidance.

River Ridge Cross Country 2021 “Return to Play” Plan/Guidance

Daily Expectations for Students:

  • If you feel sick, feverish, or short of breath before workouts, do NOT come to School.
  • Any student athlete that tests positive for Covid 19, is required to go through the Districts “Covid Return to Play Protocol” upon returning from isolation. This protocol will be managed by the schools’ Athletic Trainer.
  • There should be no shared athletic equipment (towels, clothing, shoes, etc…) between students.
  • Clothing and towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout.
  • Bring a Water Bottle and Towel –there will no sharing of towels or community water bottles provided.
  • Bring Tennis Shoes and Proper Running Clothes…cannot run without a shirt or just in sports bra
  • Have a positive and patient attitude to improve daily
  • Athletes must be in all 6 periods to practice or play

Daily Expectations/Responsibilities of Parents;

  • Make sure your child has all their athletic forms prior to participating in any school organized conditioning and/or practices…Physical, Liability forms, notarized doc, etc..
  • If your child feels sick, feverish, or short of breath before workouts, do not allow them to come…notify coach.
  • Please ensure your child is on time and picked up immediately at the end of practice. Parents are not allowed to watch practice or pick up their athlete at the practice field.

Conditioning starts May 10 from 2:30-3:45+/- @ RRHS track…Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays

Summer Conditioning: Mon, Wed, Thurs from 9:00AM-10:30AM+/- at RRHS track

  • Other locations may be utilized, but they will be put out on remind
  • Cancelled or changes to practices will be put out on remind

Season Starts Aug 2. Mon-Friday 2-4:30 @ RRHS Track. 

  • Must have all athletic forms uploaded to participate in conditioning and practice. Go to for directions and help
  • Other locations may be utilized, but they will be put out on remind
  • Cancelled or changes to practices will be put out on remind

Season Starts Aug 2. Mon-Friday  9-10:30 AM @ RRHS Track. All forms due!

School Starts for students Aug 10, practice will be after school 2:30-4:15  

Parent Meeting:  August 2, 6:00 PM via zoom. Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 838 1974 5340
Passcode: 843316


  • Athletic participation fee: NLT Aug 19 $70 Mandatory
  • Please pay on line in acorn if possible, I will take a check if needed
  • Uniform Jersey (only if they want to keep) $35 +/- Opt.
  • Boys/Girls shorts, Plain black Purchase your own Mandatory
  • Sponsor T-shirt $15+/- Encouraged
  • Warm ups jacket/sweats? $40+/- Opt


Students will be required to provide their own transportation to almost all meets…annotated on the schedule. We will ensure all athletes have rides (carpool etc) the day before the meet.

Fund Raising

The primary fund raiser is sponsorships on the Cross Country Sponsor T-shirt. Funds will be used to cover race entry fee and possibly assist with t-shirt and warm ups. We also sell sponsor banners that can be displayed at the football field or gymnasium if interested.

Varsity, JV Determination

The top 7 boys and girls will normally run Varsity and the remaining will run JV…Varsity boys are expected to run under 21 minutes and Girls Varsity under 28 minutes. We will use prior race times and/or qualification races at school to determine who runs the following races.

Meet schedule is still a work in progress. Meets are usually held on Saturday mornings. Bussing is normally only provided to district meets. Runners are expected to stay at the meet through the awards presentations.

2021 Boys and Girls Cross Country Schedule
Class 3A – Region R3 – District D5

8/21 Time trials, River Ridge Stadium, Race start 8AM. Varsity determination for the next race.

8/28  Whispering Pines Invitational. Bus Showtime 5:30AM RRHS Bus loop,  Whispering Pines Park, 1700 Forest Dr. Inverness, FL 34453 GV- 8:00, BV- 8:35, BJV- 9:05, GJV 9:10

9/4  Pasco Invite, Showtime 7:00AM, @ Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Boulevard, Dade City, FL 33525 Coaches Meeting 7:30, GV 8:00AM, BV 8:35, Girls JV 9:10, Boys JV 9:40, Awards following the Completion of last race.

9/11  Seffner Christian Invitational, Bus, Showtime 5:30AM RRHS Bus loop  Holloway Park, 2402 Holloway Park Dr Lakeland (buses and vans), 3050 Lakeland Highlands Rd Lakeland (fans). Race Schedule: 7:30 Elite Boys, 7:50 Elite Girls, 8:15 Open Boys, 8:35 Open Girls, 9:00 JV Boys, 9:25 JV Girls.  Parking  $10 Per Vehicle (not including buses and team vans).  Cars transporting athletes will not be charged fee

9/18 Mitchell Invitational, Showtime 7:00AM, @ Starkey Park, Coaches Meeting 7:08 a.m, Boys Varsity 10 Max 7:30AM, Girls Varsity 10 Max 8:00AM., Boys J.V. 8:45AM, Girls J.V. 8:47am (2 minutes after JV boys) Awards TBD

9/25 River Ridge Invitational, Showtime 6:45AM, 7:40 coaches meeting, BV 8:00, GV 8:30,  BJV 9:15, GJV 9:17.  Awards 10:20+/-.

10/01  FLrunners, Holloway Park (Varsity Only), Showtime 3PM, Holloway Park (Spectator Entrance), 3050 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland, FL 33803.  BUSES/Team Vans: Please use the Hwy 98 entrance, 2402 Holloway Park Dr. Lakeland, FL 33803.  1:00PM Gates Reopen, 1:30 HS, Packet Pickup Opens, 4:35 Boys Varsity, 4:55 Girls Varsity. $10 parking

10/9 Keppel Invitational, Showtime 7:00AM, @ Crews Lake Park, 16739 Crews Lake Dr, Spring Hill, 7:40 coaches meeting, GV 8:00, BV 8:35,  BJV 9:10,  GJV 9:15, Awards 10:20

T (10/23) Sunshine Athletic Conference West (River Ridge)?

T (10/30)  District  (Varsity Only) River Ridge?


11/12 States, Apalachee Regional Park (Tallahassee)

(TBD) To Be Determined

(T) Tentative