Cross Country is a sport in which athletes compete by running over varied terrain. Cross country is a varsity sport but we do not cut athletes. As part of the Wilson Cross Country team you will be joining some of the most loving, dedicated, supportive teammates you can find. As a team we have a few focus points.

Training and Competition

Practice: M-F 3:30-5:30pm

Practice consists of distance runs, intervals, speed work, core workouts, form drills and more. All workouts are geared toward the experience and ability of each runner. New runners will start with slow short runs and work up. We believe in developing young runners through a safe build up of workouts.


Races are typically 5k (3.1 mi.) or 3k (1.9 mi.) and are held in local parks. We have competitions about once a week.

Family Dinners (Pasta Feeds)

One of the athletes favorite parts of cross country is the team bonding at our pasta feeds. The night be-fore competitions we gather as a team at a teammates home and as a team provide dinner, salad, drinks, and desert. The runners bond, joke, play and eat.

WilsonXC Running Camp 2015!

August 10 to August 15 from 10am-12pm

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we will meet in the Wilson Courtyard from 10am to Noon.

On Thursday we will leave Wilson at 10am for the White River Camping Trip. We will return from White River on Saturday at 3pm.

This summer we are offering a summer clinic for interested cross country runners. Each morning there will be guest speakers followed by a group run and stretching. We will end with snacks and questions.

Topics to be discussed will be, training, racing, shoes, injuries, diet, stretching and form drills. Price: $150 for the whole week. $25 for the in town portion.

Each attendee will receive a clinic t-shirt.

Please email Coach Esbensen ( for more information and a registration form.

Summer Running

Over the summer we meet at Wilson High School to go for summer training runs. Every athlete is encouraged but not required to participate. Summer runs vary in distance based on each runner’s experience and ability. ALL are welcome, returners and beginners alike. If you have any questions please feel free to contact either coach.

Summer Schedule 2016!

Tuesdays 6pm at Tryon Creek Nature Center

Thursdays 6 pm at the Wilson High School Courtyard

Coaching Staff

Thor Esbensen - Head Coach

Coach E has been coaching cross country and track at Wilson for the last 15 years.

Aaron Olsen - Assistant Coach

Coach Olsen had been a coach in the PIL for 14 years. Coach Olsen has been instrumental in our teams' recent success.

Del Gerber - Assistant Coach

Coach Gerber has been coaching at Wilson for the last 15 years and has been a coach for 25 years. He is also Co-Head coach for the Wilson Track and Field Team.

Tony Petraglia - Assistant Coach

Sylvia Scott - Assistant Coach

Clearance forms

Athletes must be cleared by the AD and at by the first practice, August 19, 2016. Athletes must have a physical exam every two years in order to compete.