High School Cross Country


If your student has any interest in participating in Cross Country at BLPA this fall, then I encourage you to bring them to our summer fun runs, so they can be as prepared as possible for the season this fall.

This is a completely optional workout and is not an official practice.  We will do some stretching and easy running to help build up endurance and develop a love of running.  All middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend.  Parents, you're welcome to come run with us as well if you'd like.

Summer Fun Runs:

Every Tuesday AND Thursday at 6:30 PM

Beginning July 10th

Meet at front of BLPA school

Will last about 45 minutes at the most


If you plan on coming, or if you have any questions, please email Coach Barrett at mbarrett@blracademy.org 

BLPA has established a great tradition in cross country, and I hope you'll help us build on that tradition this year.


Coach's Bio

Matt Barrett ran cross country for Nebraska Wesleyan University between 1992 and 1995.  He remains an active recreational runner, and enjoys pouring his competitive spirit into young runners developing their mental resiliency along with their physical ability. Matt has developed and continues teaching "Off and Running", a class at UCCS since 2010, which in ten weeks trains college freshmen of varying running experience levels to run a half marathon.  He coaches with the philosophy that the keys to success are practice and determination, instilling the belief that you can do anything you set your mind to in his runners.  He has coached cross country at BLRA since 2015.  BLRA has won their league championship in 2015 and 2016.

Contact Information

Coach Matt Barrett | Head Cross Country Coach | mbarrett@blracademy.org


If you have questions about any activities at Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy, please contact our Athletic Director, Sarah Leschisin at sleschisin@blracademy.org