There is finally a national championship for middle school athletes! Here student-athletes will be able to compete against the best in the entire nation. Below you will find all the relevant information for this event. Please keep checking back as more information will be added during the summer with regards to course map, qualifying, spectators, and much much more!
Middle School Cross Country Nationals
Where: E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The same course that hosts NCAA Nationals! *
When: Saturday, November 6th, 2021
How To Sign-up: Athletes, Coaches, Parents, and Teams can sign-up using the MileSplit registration system. INFORMATION ON HOW TO DO THAT IS RIGHT HERE!
Registration Window: You can sign-up from July 1st at noon until October 28th at 11:00pm EST.
Who Is Eligible To Compete: There are many definitions for what "middle school is" so to be as accommodating as possible meet management has separated the meet into a few divisions. The first is 8th grade and under, this division is for all student-athletes that are in the 8th, 7th, 6th, or 5th grade. The second division is 6th grade and under, this division is for all student-athletes that are in the 6th, 5th, or 4th grade. You can only enter an athlete in one division, you can choose the division that best fits your own school/municipalities' definition of "middle school".
Are Elementary School Athletes Allowed: Yes and no. The two middle school divisions are only for the above listed grades. That means if you are in elementary school you cannot compete in the middle school divisions (8th grade and under OR 6th grade and under). You can however sign-up for the elementary school division.
Who Can Sign-up: Athletes can sign-up as a part of a club, school team, or as an unattached individual. You can sign-up on this meet page by clicking the link above.
Awards: The top 25 finishers in each championship race will receive a medal. The top 10 finishers in the other races will receive a medal as well. The top three state teams will receive an award as well. The top seven athletes from each state will be scored as a team. Pending COVID protocols, these individuals and teams will be recognized in an award ceremony following the championship races.
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup will be the day prior to the event (Friday, November 5th) at the course and prior to the start of races on Saturday.
Race Fee: $30 per athlete. Fee includes participation, athlete's entrance fee to park, custom bib, participant ribbon, and the best race environment you can find including signage, scoreboards, live results, and much much more! This fee is due at the time of registration and cannot be paid at the meet. Checks or online payments are allowed.
Course Map: Please check back in the summer for an updated course map
Sanctioning: This event will be sanctioned and insured by the USATF. Once the sanctioning is approved it will be posted here.
Results: Live results will be posted on MileSplit.com!
Photo Coverage: MileSplit will be live on site with video and photo coverage of the event.
Live Stream: You can watch this meet LIVE on MileSplit right here!
*THIS SCHEDULE IS PRELIMINARY, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, all times are EASTERN STANDARD TIMES, INFORMATION REGARDING DIVISIONS' RACES WILL BE ADDED THIS SUMMER
Friday, November 5th
- 3:00pm-6:00pm - Course preview & packet pickup
Saturday, November 6th
- 8:00am - Course Open for warm-ups
- 8:45am - Championship Girls 4K (8th & Under)
- 9:30am - Championship Boys 4K (8th & Under)
- 10:00am - Award Ceremonies for Championship 4K Races
- 10:30am - Elementary School Championship Girls 2K
- 11:00am - Elementary School Championship Boys 2K
- 11:30am - Awards Ceremony for Championship 2K Races
- 12:00pm - Seeded Girls 4K (6th & Under)
- 12:45pm - Seeded Boys 4K (6th & Under)
- 1:30pm - Seeded Girls 2K (ES)
- 2:00pm - Seeded Boys 2K (ES)
- 2:30pm - All-American Girls 4K #1 (8th & Under)
- 3:00pm - All-American Boys 4K #1 (8th & Under)
- 3:30pm - All-American Girls 4K #2 (Division will depend on numbers)
- 4:00pm - All-American Boys 4K #2 (Division will depend on numbers)
- 4:30pm - Open Girls 2K (ES)
- 5:00pm - Open Boys 2K (ES)
- 5:30pm - Open Girls 4K (8th & Under)
- 6:00pm - Open Boys 4K (8th & Under)
Race Seeding: The championship races will be decided based on the number of entries we receive. Depending on what the prevailing COVID-19 protocols are as well, some races will be limited in size. That means athletes will be broken into "championship", "seeded", "all-American" and "open" races based on their rankings amongst fellow entries. All seed marks must be verified using the MileSplit rankings.
Sending Results to MileSplit for Rankings: If you need results to be added to the MileSplit database and thus added to your athletes' page, please email your state site editor with the necessary results file and information. Those email addresses can be found at the bottom of your state site's MileSplit page.
Contact Information: Meet management can be reached via email at Middleschoolnationals@gmail.com
*: Meet management has received the "ok" from the park but is waiting for final approval from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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