When people say cross country that is exactly what it means, because you are doing all kinds of miles in practices even more then what you run in a race. During the cross country meets you will be doing a 3.2 mile course for the ladies and a 5 mile course for the men, with all different types of hills, rocky paths, and some times even muddy or weight paths. A lot of people think why its so hard because all that stuff that they have to go though while running and it takes up a lot of you energy which is true, because going up hills is hard because you have to push off your feet the whole time going up you cant take your time because you will not get anywhere. Then the rocky paths are kind of hard because its just all rocks and sometimes you can roll you ankle on them. Then the muddy or wet paths your feet just sink in a lot which can take some time off of what you run.
When your doing track & field there are so many different things that u can choose from, you can really find something that u could be good at. For the running there is the sprints, mid distance, long distance, hurdles, and or course the relays. Now there are 7 different field events that you could choose from which are long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, javelin, discus, and the hammer throw. There also is a decathlon for men and a heptathlon for the women. Once you get in college thats when you start indoor and outdoor track.
There are so many different events starting with sprinting and mid-distances is the 100, 200, and 400. for the long distances there is the