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kingd12
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Cross Country is Better than Track

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Started: 2/25/2008 Category: Sports
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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VenomousNinja

Pro

I shall keep my opening argument short and simple.

Cross country is better than track simply because it

1. Pushes people to their physical limit more often

and

2. Allows kids to get more exercise.
kingd12

Con

Hello VenomousNinja.

I would first like to mention a few assumptions that I have that you may clarify.

1.

"Cross country is better than track"

Based on your very "simple" context and fortified with the word is, I am going to assume that you believe cross country is always better than track.

2.

"physical limit"

I am going to assume that you mean that a person has only physically exerted themselves to the point where one couldn't have done any better.

3.

"Allows kids to get more exercise."

I am going to assume that you mean calorie consumption.

4.

I am going to assume since you used the term kids we are talking about a middle school to high school age range.

My arguement:

1. One's physical build affects the amount of miles that should be run. For instance, if you look at most cross country runners the are usually very lean. Why is this? Obviously the exercise burns fat, but more importantly cross country runners have more white celled muscle than red cell. White cell muscle is used for endurance and red celled muscle is used for anarobic actions. White cell muscle doesn't take up near the volume of red cell muscle. The amount of either is limited by your genes. My point is that someone who is genitically programed to have a high ratio of red cell muscle to white cell muscle is going to hurt himself running cross country. The top two physical traits good cross country runners have are: 1. Their lung capacity and ability to take in oxygen. 2. The amount of white cell muscle they can have. I have a friend who has tremendous lungs, but is built like a football player. He attempted to run injured for three years with stress fractures. His body (more specifically shins and knees) couldn't take the tremendous stress involved in long distance running. Running track would have kept him healthier.

2. A cross country runner who has the best time of 15:42 has not pushed his physical limit anymore than a sprinter that has the time of 0:39:5 for the 100m. That sprinter couldn't have possibly ran any faster due to his physical limits. Now lets move on to the 400m, a quarter of a mile sprint. Those runners are dry heaving at the end of the race and are physically exhausted. Moving on to the 800m and 1600m. Again those runners are just as exhausted as a cross country runner at the end of a 5k. Sure the cross country runner ran for a longer time period but his heart rate doesn't reach the levels of a sprinters. Furthermore the body spends energy quickly sprinting than running long distances. Your body creates energy using atp. During a sprint your body has to rapidly produce atp which costs more energy than producing atp at an arobic state.

3. "Allows kids to get more exercise."

If you are talking about more exercise on a race day I can't argue that; however, during everyday practice a sprinter could burn as many calories as a cross country runner. The individuals who push themselves extremely hard during practice are the ones that are mentally atheletes. Those individuals would push themselves hard running cross country or track. Thus, cross country may not offer kids more exercise than track.

4. Track allows a wide variety of individuals with different athletic skills to compete together as a team. I am not saying cross country isn't a team sport; however, I will argue that track allows more individuals to participate in areas where they can be more successful.

5. Track brings in more revenue. My cross country team went to semi state and our fan attendance remained only family. Track goes to regional and the stands are full. Generally track is more exciting to watch than cross country.

I think this is enough for the first round. I addressed your simple statements and made some other points.
Debate Round No. 1
VenomousNinja

Pro

"One's physical build affects the amount of miles that should be run."

Exactly. According to the laws of thermodynamics, things with more mass can exert more energy.

"Sure the cross country runner ran for a longer time period "

Exactly, if a cross country runner runs for that whole time, he will have reached his physical limit during the race, even if not near the start.

"If you are talking about more exercise on a race day I can't argue that; however, during everyday practice a sprinter could burn as many calories as a cross country runner. "

And as such, would give kids more exercise. Remember, you said that on race day it would, but during practice they should be working just as hard.

"Track allows a wide variety of individuals with different athletic skills to compete together as a team."

So does cross country.

"Based on your very 'simple' context and fortified with the word is, I am going to assume that you believe cross country is always better than track."

Not always. I mean overall.
kingd12

Con

"Exactly. According to the laws of thermodynamics, things with more mass can exert more energy."

Although I love to see a 12 year old interested in thermodynamics you might want to re-read the laws of thermodynamics. More importantly, with your statement one could deduce that you believe the bigger the individual the further they could run. This is just wrong. AGAIN I will mention the build of a cross country runner limits how far one could and should run. AGAIN the larger the person the more they are meant NOT to run long distance.

"And as such, would give kids more exercise. Remember, you said that on race day it would, but during practice they should be working just as hard."

In any sport there are more days of practice than there are days of actual competition. My point was that during a cross country meet a cross country will have had more of a work out (meaning more calories burnt) than say a sprinter on a track team. However, I said on practice or training days a sprinter burns just as much calories as a cross country runner. It is just a matter of how much time is spent running. A cross country runner will compete for 15 to 20 minutes on a race day; a sprinter may compete for as little as 11 seconds. But on a training day the practice last about equally.

As for your comment to mine about track allowing a larger variety of athletes compete you can't even logically refute that. Track allows sprinters, long distance runners, jumpers, and throwers all to compete as a team. Cross country allows … long distance runners to compete and only long distance runners to compete.

And to add, track has superior cross training at the middle school/high school level which is healthier for the athletes. These track teams more than usually require lifting in their training schedule. This is to increase the red cell muscle as talked about earlier. While I competed on a cross country team our workouts consisted of running… and more running. Recent studies have shown that cross country runners should incorporate more cross training activities. To reiterate my statement, I am not saying that all cross country programs have poor cross training; however, generally cross country programs have poorer cross training than track.
Debate Round No. 2
VenomousNinja

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kingd12

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by VenomousNinja 9 years ago
VenomousNinja
I want to apologize for not posting, and I want to say that I am already beat in this debate, so, yeah.

Today just keeps getting worse...
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