The unique appeal of the sport of cross country is right there in the name.
No place in the Seattle area is known for giving high school runners more soul-sapping country to try to cross than the roller-coaster-like trails of Lower Woodland Park, near Green Lake.
“It’s the mecca for cross country in Seattle,” says Jim Neff, a local running coach since the 1980s. “It’s known everywhere as an extremely challenging course, so runners come from all over to test themselves against it.”
“Do you enjoy mud, camaraderie and suffering through the hills of Lower Woodland Park?” is actually the