No cuts in HS XC or track! You never know who you might cut.
Years ago, I had a friend who ran but she moved away after the 8th grade.
When my dad saw how much I missed her, he tried to give me something else to do and we ran every day the summer before I was in the 9th grade.
I kind of liked it and on a whim, went out for XC. Despite running 2 or 3 miles a day with my dad, all summer, at the first XC meet, on a team of 40 total, I finished 10th freshmen including two freshmen girls who beat me.
As freshman year went on, I lost track of my friend from 8th grade and got more into running. Fast forward to just after graduation my senior year. I ran into my friend from 8th grade who was in town to visit her grandmother. She totally didn't recognize me. As in, even after we started talking, she still didn't believe it was me. You could have knocked her over with a feather when she learned that, not only was I running but that I had finished 3rd in the state 2 mile.