Cross Country




drink water for hydration

Summer, cross country training, morning run 3.14 miles with Vik and Nik Skeans. Hydration is an important part of our preparation and recovery!


Welcome to the Kelleys Island Middle School Cross Country page!

We are proud to have had a running club at Kelleys Island school since 2017. We have an Elementary Running Club Team member who is now a middle school student athlete and will be running in OHSAA middle school sanctioned meets! You can find our complete schedule on this page.We belong to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. We are hoping to be included in the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division. We will travel off the island to 9 different competitions.
We practice Monday through Friday and run on one weekend day. We utilize many different places on the island to run! Our school gym provides us with equipment and space to do drills, exercises and have a safe place to run in inclement weather.
Middle school races are 2 miles or 3200 meters. New for this year is the Middle and Elementary School State Cross Country championship meet, the end of October.
Running is great for children! It improves mental and physical well being; it's fun; it improves sleep; it raises your IQ; it's free; running is an individual and a team sport; it teaches perseverance, boosts self esteem and confidence and teaches a life long exercise habit.

For more information about Running at Kelleys Island School please contact: Coach Jodie Smith

Cross Country Meet - Walsh Park - Freemont, Ohio  9/24/22

On Saturday, September 24th  thé Kelleys Island Middle School cross country and elementary running club boarded the 7:30 am ferry to begin their journey to Walsh Park in Fremont, Ohio. 
Viktoriya Skeans prepared for her race by walking and running the 2 mile course with assistant coach Emily Beal.  Viktoriya’s race began at 10:30 with 30 Middle School girls toeing the line.  Viktoriya has progressed each meet this season and stayed on that same progress line!  Improving her first mile time brought her to a personal best of 15:49 and 14th overall!  Viktoriya’s next meet is Tuesday September 27 at Oakharbor High School where she will race against Schools from Ottawa County.
Nikolay Skeans and Josie Gaither  competed in their first elementary cross country race of the season.  They raced alongside other 3rd-6th grade runners.  Nik improved his time over   last year by 21 seconds!  Josie ran her very first cross country meet and finished in 7 minutes and 20 seconds.  Both are gaining valuable experience and having fun in these competitions.  Nik and Josie will race again on Sunday October 9 at Osborn Park, Huron, Ohio.




Middle School Cross Country Meet  - Osborne Park - 9/21/22

Viktoriya Skeans and her coaches Jodie Smith and Natasha Skeans travelled to Osborne Park, near Sandusky Ohio on Wednesday for a middle School cross country meet.  The meet was not scored as none of the schools had enough runners to make a team.  The middle school boys and girls ran together in the same 2 mile race over a groomed foot path and grassy fields. The humidity showed on the runners as they neared the finish line with little left to use as they crossed the line.  Viktoriya had a even paced first mile.  The second mile was challenging and, in Viktoriya’s words, seemed long.  Indeed it was as each runners time was a minute slower than they had raced a week ago.  Cross country is sometimes unpredictable in many ways, and part of the sport is adapting in the moment!

Great job Viktoriya for finishing 4 out of 7 runners and first female in the race!




cross country meet

Viktoriya Skeans competed in her second cross country meet on Tuesday August 30.  Thé meet was hosted by Port Clinton at the old golf course on east Sand Road.  The 2 mile course was flat with thick grass but solid  footing .  With only 6 runners ( Saint Mary’s, Port Clinton and Kelleys Island) in the middle school race, Vik finished 5th with a time of 16.42.