Cross Country Recruiting and the Sparks Advantage

Sparks helps you negotiate cross country recruiting on your own terms.

Make smarter choices for academic, athletic, and personal growth.
Step up your game by working closely with researchers, educators, psychologists, and former collegiate coaches.

Find the Right Cross Country College

Meet Ryan 

As a college athlete, Ryan Sparks saw gaps in the system that left many students (including himself) discouraged and disheartened. In this video, he tells his story and reflects on how Sparks helps student-athletes achieve. 

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Tools that lead to better experiences

Cross Country recruiting timelines can be confusing. They vary according to the school and the specific needs and preferences of coaches.

Try our 10-minute Recruiting Timeline Wizard to orient yourself to the cross country recruiting process. 

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Your personality and learning style can guide you toward the ideal academic match and cross country program.

Our database tool is fast and fun. It helps you narrow down school choices best-suited to your unique characteristics.

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The Sparks Formula


We pair you with colleges that nurture your skills, encourage you, and help you realize your athletic potential.


We ensure your academic passion and unique learning style are complemented by your chosen college.


We find colleges that mirror your personality, values, and sense of community.

Happier athletes.
Happier parents.

Jump start your college career with increased direction and focus. Sparks clients enjoy:

  • Saving money and time on school visits and recruiting efforts
  • North of 90% first choice admit rates on average
  • Better four-year graduation rates
  • Direction in college and career outcomes

Success Stories

Meet Christina

Counseling Associate

Before starting as a college counselor with Sparks in 2011, Christina coached and recruited at Harvard, Michigan, and Washington State Universities. She holds a B.A. from Michigan and an Ed.M. from Boston University and has also coached on the high school level. Beyond her work as a counselor with Sparks, she also helped build the firm's experiential education division.

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Sparks Consulting provides student-athletes with better college opportunities and insights than any other counseling or recruiting service. We do this by tapping into over a decade of experience as collegiate coaches and utilizing advanced practice ideas in experiential education combined with data-driven insight covering every major college team in the United States.