Cross Country




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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


Ohio Cross Country MIddle School and Elementary State Championships

The Ohio Cross Country Middle School and Elementary State Championships were held on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Dublin Jerome High School in Dublin, Ohio.  

Kelleys Island Middle School, 7th grader, Viktoriya Skeans, elementary, 4rth graders Nikolay Skeans and Josie Gaither, participated in the 3200 meter race.
For Viktoriya, this was her final race in her first middle school cross country season.  She competed almost every week since August 22, in 3200 meter cross country races against area middle school runners.  Viktoriya’s race consisted of 195 like runners.  Viktoriya ran a skill full race, running both of her 1600 meters at the same pace and finished within her experience level.  She has gained valuable racing experience this season that she will take with her into her very first spring track season under the Ohio High School Athletic Association guidelines for member schools.  

Elementary runner, Josie Gaither,  ran in a field of 220 elementary girls.  In her first ever 3200 meter race, Josie commented that she wants to practice it more to do better next time!  She is showing increased ability to run longer and longer! Nikolay Skeans ran in the biggest field of runners with 279 elementary boys starting the race!  Nick did a great job of running comfortable in the first 1600, then turning it on to finish his second 1600 faster than his first!  Nik looks forward to the June Kelleys Island 5k race and the Cleveland Classic summer track meet for all ages held in June. Niks cross country season included an overall one mile win at the GOH Run race ( for elementary students) in October!

Coaches Jodie Smith, Natasha Skeans, and Emily Beal wish to thank the parents, the community and the school Staff and Board for their support of Cross Country at The Kelleys Island School.  We believe this is the first ever Kelleys Island School Cross Country Program to participate as a member in the Ohio High School Athletic Association.  Congratulations to Viktoriya Skeans for setting this precedent and setting the bar high for the future of this program!       







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 minute s 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.