How to Join/FAQ's
Q. I am a current student who would like to run/I am an admitted freshman who would like to run. What should I do?
A. Talk to a coach or member of the team ASAP or email Coach Demetrius Clark (Head Track and Field Coach) (Demetrius.Clark@yahoo.com) or/and Coach Carson Vittorio (Head Cross Country Coach)(Carson.Milesplit@gmail.com) to let them know you are interested. Also, just come out to a practice or conditioning session. The sooner you start, the better, so take that next step. If you'd like to start doing something on your own right away, focus on completing twenty minute runs at a nice, relaxed pace. It is better to start slower and consistent than to run fast with frequent breaks. Detailed schedules can be found online or by emailing the coaching staff. You can also find a great deal of additional information on this website as well.
Q. I am in elementary school but I'd like to run for Jones in the future. What should I do?
A. The biggest thing you can do is focus on your academics. Students are admitted to Jones solely based on academic achievement. As far as running goes just try to focus on consistent running at a reasonable pace. Join your school track team. If there isn't one see if you can find a teacher or parent to start one. There are also numerous local running clubs (often based out of running shoe stores) and community races (5K's, 10K's, etc.) that you can get involved in as well. Keep in touch and let us know if you are admitted. Once/if you are admitted, do not waste any time in reaching out to us so we can start helping in a more detailed manner.
A. Both cross country and track teams have been extremely successful. The boys have won City, Regional, Sectional and State championships in cross country while the girls have won Regional championships and qualified for the state meet. The boys team has ended every year at the state track championships have earned five all-state recognitions.
A. Returning athletes must attend tryouts held during the first week of practice. If you show up to every day of tryouts - you've made the team. New runners are welcome at any point but the sooner you join the sooner you will be ready to race. Nobody is cut from the team based on ability or times, but all athletes from the fastest to the slowest are expected to show the same commitment and abide by team policies.
A. Unfortunately no, in the interest of fairness and equity, exceptions will not be made on the attendance policy. Success and health in running requires consistency and commitment and everyone on the team is given the same expectations. You may, however, in certain circumstances, run for the running club (more details are included below).
A. The vast majority of our athletes had never run track or cross country before joining and many of our top runners started out at the very back of the pack. Running is a sport that anyone can pick up and with hard work find improvement. Students of all abilities are welcome to be on the team. Improvement amongst new runners often happens very quickly. Nobody is cut from the team based on ability.
A. Absolutely. Summer running is open to all individuals who wish to run and requires no commitment to running cross country.
A. There are essentially two parts - the regular season and the post-season. The regular season consists of four to eight meets- most of which are open to all athletes. The postseason begins with the Chicago Public League Championships with competition at the Varsity, Sophomore, Freshmen and Open levels, so that everyone gets a chance to run. After that the coaching staff selects a 12 person IHSA State Series Roster for each gender, seven of whom can compete in each meet on any given day. IHSA Regionals are open to all teams, the top six of whom qualify to the IHSA Sectionals. The top five Sectional Championship teams then qualify for the IHSA State Finals. We also conclude the cross country season with a competitive team time trial where the state-bound varsity runners serve as coaches and hand-make awards.
A. Like cross country, there are essentially two parts - the regular season and the post-season. Within the regular season, however, also exists two parts: indoor and outdoor track. The regular season for indoor track consists of four to six meets- most of which are open to all athletes. The regular season for outdoor track consists of an additional eight to ten meets, roughly, with five to six of these meets being open to all athletes. The additional "varsity only" meets are typically restricted to two entries per individual event and one relay team per relay event.
A. The varsity teams require a significant level of commitment that not all students are prepared to make. The running club is designed for people who are not ready or able to make that commitment but are still interested in running. As a member of the running club you can attend practice, use the fitness center, weight-lift and race in any open or unlimited races - based on the coaching staff's discretion. You will not receive a uniform, transportation to meets (unless there is extra room), team t-shirts, the right to identify yourself as running on the varsity team (for resumes/applications) or an invitation to the sports banquet. In addition varsity team members will have preference on any resources (i.e. treadmills, lockers etc.)
A. A 2 to 3.1 mile race that is not held on a track. The terrain varies from running on roads to grass to forest trails. For more information see the team handbook.
A. The events you can do are: 100, 200 and 400m dashes (sprints), 800m, 1600m and 3200m runs (distance/mid-distance), 110 and 300m hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put and discus.
A. It depends, but runners who begin right away at the beginning of the season will primarily run in four to six meets during the cross country season. Some meets have limited numbers of entries but we try to find meets with open races or unlimited entries plus we run a competitive end of the year team time trial. Most runners get ample opportunities to run. In track and field, most runners will run in four indoor track meets and six outdoor track meets.
A. Yes, but it is often very difficult to improve as a distance runner if you are not running year round. For sprints and field events cross country is not necessary though you are of course welcome, and many of our sprinters come from basketball or other sports.
A. You need to be committed 110%. You are expected to be at practice or meets six days a week and if you want to be successful you will need to train in the winter and summer as well. You are allowed three excused absences and one unexcused absence per season. You are also required to complete a daily running log. Running is difficult but also extremely rewarding- we have a lot of fun, stay in great shape and nearly 100% of our runners improve each year.
A. It varies depending on ability, gender, injury history, previous experience and other factors, but some runners will get up to about 50 miles in their highest volume week or 13 miles as the longest individual run of the season. New runners usually start out at 2-3 miles per day and build up to about 25-30 mile weeks. All of our pacing and mileage is individually tailored to a runner's style and previous experience. Nobody will run more or less than what they are capable of.
A. For cross country we select the top seven athletes for each level of championship available that we feel will give the team the best chances of success. Sometimes younger varsity runners will compete at the freshman or sophomore level to strengthen those teams. We consider (in no particular order): fastest times, consistency, strength of workouts, success in big meets under pressure and dedication. Grade or years experience are not a deciding factor (except in the rare chance of an absolute tie between deserving runners). In track, as well, we select two individuals for each event and eight individuals for each relay card based on the same criterion.
A. Click on the race under upcoming races or on the schedule page. There you will find attached meet documents, a link to a Google map, meet itineraries and results.
A. Coach Demetrius Clark is the Head Coach for Track & Field. He is our sprints coach at Jones. Coach Carson Vittorio is the Head Coach for Cross Country. He is our distance coach at Jones. Coach George Menninger is the Assistant Distance Coach at Jones.
A. The coaches, in our spare time. We try to get results on here ASAP, keep records and bios up to date and write articles about the team - but please be patient with us. If you have suggestions, notice mistakes or have questions please email Coach Carson Vittorio (Carson.email@example.com)
A. We have a team handbook that all athletes have access to that includes all of the team policies, our running philosophy, explanation of facilities and workouts and information on all of the little things that make a good runner (i.e. enough sleep, healthy diet, hydration, proper form etc.) For information on the team handbook email Carson.firstname.lastname@example.org