Cross Country began at Holyoke Community College in 1972. HCC produced a varsity team program from 1972-1977. From 1977 to the mid 1980's, HCC only had individual competitors. Starting in 2006 Cross Country has been resurrected as a varsity team program.
The team participates in invitational meets during the season, prior to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championship meet. HCC hosted the 2011 NJCAA National Championship here on campus, where 35 teams competed from thoughout the country, before again hosting the event in 2015. HCC will once again host the NJCAA National Cross Country Championships in 2017.
The HCC Cross Country team practices daily and will take advantage of the close proximity of both Ashley and Whiting reservoirs, and will utilize the scenic campuses of both HCC and Mount Holyoke College for training runs.