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Cross Country

Your child can test new capacities and discover new talents through TJ’s Cross Country program.

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Developing Distance Runners & Good Citizens

Through the Cross Country program at Thomas Jefferson, Middle and Upper School athletes learn life lessons that remain with them long after they cross the finish line. By developing skills as a distance runner, students learn self-discipline, mental toughness, the value of hard work and team work, and the importance of healthy living.

As a Cross Country team member, students also learn good sportsmanship, developing the virtues of patience, self-discipline, and the ability to be humble when winning and calm when losing.

Your child does not need to be an experienced runner to participate. Our inclusive program allows all students to test new capacities and discover new talents without fear of being cut from the team.

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Program Details

Cross Country is a fall sport with practices held on the TJ campus. Girls and boys in grades 6-8 participate on the Middle School team and girls and boys in grades 9-12 participate on the Upper School team.

If you have questions or need more information, please e-mail TJ Athletic Director Chris Myers or call (417) 781-5124.


Clayton Carnahan coaches TJ’s Middle and Upper School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams. He also teaches 3rd -5th grade language arts.

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MSHSAA & Ozark 7 Conference

Thomas Jefferson is a member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) at the Upper School level and a MSHSAA Affiliate school at the Middle School level.

At the Middle and Upper School levels, TJ is a member of the Ozark 7 Conference, which includes College Heights, Exeter, Golden City, McAuley, Thomas Jefferson, Verona, and Wheaton.


TJ starts Cross Country program


TJ Cross Country runners named All-State Athletes


Conference championship


“TJ taught me that what you gain out of any situation or opportunity in life or in school is determined almost entirely by you. How much time, effort and heart you put in to what you do is reciprocated at least proportionally by personal growth, change, and overall contentment with life.”

Cayla, TJ Class of 2011