The Wildcats and Lady Cats’ cross country teams, including middle school athletes, continue to prepare for the upcoming season by getting a lot of running in early most mornings. The athletes, under Sulphur Springs Cross Country Coach Ross Hicks, are currently running from 7:15 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., at least right now. Coach Hicks will be involved in teacher in-service beginning Thursday, August 6. He says he will move up the start time then. Coach Hicks says he will try 6:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. to see how they fit into the start of the in-service day. Cross country athletes will continue to gather at Prim Stadium to start their running until the September 1 start of school. After school begins, cross country runners will assemble outside the cross country office to begin their roadwork. The UIL has said cross country may have competition meets beginning September 7. Because of the late start for competition this season, Coach Hicks says he has had to redo his schedule for 2020. Three August meets had to be canceled. Coach Hicks says he has added some meets in October. There will be a middle school district meet this year on November 7. The high school district meet will take place on November 9. Coach Hicks is beginning his fifth year as Sulphur Springs Cross Country Coach. He ran cross country and track and played soccer for the Wildcats. Coach Hicks also competed in cross country at Texas A&M-Commerce.