By Matt Sieger
Until now, cross country has generally been the red-headed stepchild of high school sports.
Overshadowed by its fall counterparts like football and girls volleyball, long-distance runners sometimes went under the radar. But all that changed when the California Interscholastic Federation classified sports by COVID-colored tier.
Cross country, one of a handful of sports CIF said could start if a county was in the purple tier, was suddenly thrust into the spotlight. The CIF had divided the January through June calendar into two seasons. Cross country was the only purple-tier sport in season one, which is slated to begin competition on Jan. 25.