Hi, I am a candidate for 2015. I am wondering if I should participate in Cross Country this year for my first time. I have been involved in Track & Field since 9th grade. Pros: -Improvement in CFA mile -Improvement in running endurance for USAFA -Possible better chance at being a Track captain as assistant XC coach is head Track coach Cons: -Will not hold a leadership role -Not competitive enough for Varsity letter -Less time for other activities XC starts in one week and I can barely run 5km which is what we run at meets. School starts in three weeks, and I still have 4 more books to read for AP classes (1 first semester, 3 second semester). I will have AP Physics, AP Calc AB, and AP English during XC season. My only athletic involvement will be 4 years of Track and Field with possibility of being a captain and Varsity letter this year. I plan to have a better CFA to deal with this. I'm in the top 3% of my class out of ~400 with a GPA of 3.9. I will have taken 8 AP classes and part of the Gifted Program. I'm a member of the National Honor Society. I attended Boys State and am President of a community service club. I also tutor people. I will be taking the Sept ACT and Oct SAT. I have never taken the ACT and my SAT scores are: 600V and 700M. I can use the rest of the summer to improve my SAT scores, finish my summer reading, finish USAFA application, finish nomination applications. XC will slightly limit my involvement in my club which I plan to be very revolutionary in. I honestly do not want to do XC and feel I see more reasons not to, but am I just making excuses to escape a challenge?