What are the different cross country races?

The USA Cross Country Championships, first held in 1890, include six races: masters women (8 km), masters men (8 km), junior women (6 km), junior men (8 km), open women (8 km) and open men (12 km).

How many levels are there in most cross country races?

Levels of competition – There are four levels in most cross country races. Each level competes in its own race and is scored separately. Most invitational races and our league meets use the following levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Sophomore, and Freshman. Some invitationals will use a grade-level format.

What does 7 mean in cross country?

If a meet allows more than seven runners in a race, the runners that placed eight or higher within their team are removed from the results for scoring purposes. In the event of a tie between two or more teams, the place of the sixth place runners are compared. If only one team has a sixth runner then that team wins.

What are the categories in running?

There are generally 5 categories into which races and workouts are divided. In their simplest form, they can be regarded as pace groups. Group D is run/walk pace, Group C is moderate pace, Group B is experienced pace and Group A is advanced. Group E means everyone or mixed ability.

What are the different levels of track?


  • Sprints: events up to and including 400 m.
  • Middle distance: events from 800m to 3000 m, especially 800 metres, 1500 metres, mile and 3000m.
  • Long distance: runs over 5000 m.
  • Hurdling: 110 m high hurdles (100 m for women) and 400 m intermediate hurdles (300 m in some high schools).

What does JV mean in cross country?

Junior Varsity
Junior Varsity: Includes Juniors and Seniors not running Varsity. Typically, but not always, JV events are open and allow more than seven runners unless specific race/invitational rules define otherwise. Varsity: Competitions are run with maximum of seven athletes per team. Typically top seven runners.

What is a displacer in cross country?

A displacer is a Cross Country runner who occupies a place and does not score team points, but who can affect the scores of runners finishing later by displacing the place of the later runners and causing the later runner’s team have a higher score.

What does displacer mean in cross country?

If a school enters less than 5 runners or starts a team and does not finish with 5 runners, their places are displaced.

How long is a JV cross country race?

2 mile
Cross-country is a team running sport that takes place in the fall on a measured 5000 meter (3.1 miles) High School course or 2 mile course for the Jr. High over varied surfaces and terrain.

What is a cross country race called?

Cross-country race. A Cross-country race is any running race that takes place on different types of terrain. Different levels of competition include middle school 2 mi (3.2 km), high school 5 km (3.1 mi), collegiate men 8 km (5.0 mi) and 10 km (6.2 mi), women 5km (3.1 mi) and 6 km (3.7 mi), amateur, and professional.

What are the different levels of competition in high school cross country?

Different levels of competition include middle school 2 mi (3.2 km ), high school 5 km (3.1 mi), collegiate men 8 km (5.0 mi) and 10 km (6.2 mi), women 5km (3.1 mi) and 6 km (3.7 mi), amateur, and professional . Boy’s High School race, Minnesota.

What is the age range for cross country races?

Each age group runs in a separate race, with specific distances for each age category from under 8 years to 80 years and older. WHAT IS CROSS COUNTRY? Cross Country is regarded by many as the purest form of the running sports.

Do top athletes run cross country?

Many top athletes started their careers in Cross Country and still return to the Sport during the Track and Field “off-season” to build strength and stamina for the new season. Cross Country complements road and track running, so most top middle and long distance track runners, as well as the top road runners in the world, run Cross Country.