7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls Cross Country
The Cross Country course will be no longer than 1.5 miles and no less than 1 mile. The course may start and/or finish on the track but must not be run entirely on the track. The course measurement shall be along the middle of the course. The course should be at least 3 feet wide. The district meet course will be 1.5 miles.
The course shall be clearly marked. This may be with a material which is not injurious to the eyes or skin, or by sign posts with large directional arrows wherever the course turns, or by flags which are one foot square and mounted on stakes which hold them 2 feet or more above the ground. At the end of the course, there should be a finish chute that is at least 100 feet long and 30 inches wide. The finish line should be at the mouth of the funnel and 15 to 25 feet from the end of the chute. Check NFHS Track and Field Rule Book for a diagram of a double chute configuration (Rule 9-1). Distinct finish line chutes, marked well, and of proper length. Plenty of space at the start and finish for the runners. Courses properly marked.
Boys and girls will practice together and compete at the same site.
There will be two starts for each dual meet.
The race will be grouped as follows:
Group I: 8th boys & girls Starts at 4:00
Group II: 7th boys & girls
8th grade boys & girls shall race first at every site. 7th grade boys & girls race second.
Athletes should be given an appropriate time to warm-up.
Group II will start at the completion of Group I race.
Schools are to send a copy of their course to the visiting school 48 hours before the scheduled meet.
A double chute configuration shall be used at the finish area. The girls shall finish on the left side chutes and the boys shall finish on the right side chutes at every site.
No electronic devices (I-pods, etc) worn during meets.
The home sites will provide the meet workers.
iii. clerk of the course (also acts as a referee)
iv. two finish judges
v. course monitors
A minimum of six workers is needed for each meet. The finish judges will hand place cards to athletes as they cross the finish line. The home site is responsible for providing the place cards. Have a minimum of 75 cards for each division.
7 boys – yellow, 7 girls – pink, 8 girls – orange, 8 boys - green
Scoring for each dual meet shall be as follows:
All competitors who finish the race shall be ranked and tallied in accordance with the following table:
Place: First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth, etc.
Points: 1 2 3 4 5 6, etc.
The team score shall then be determined totaling points scored by the first 5 finishers of each team (7th girls, 7th boys, 8th girls, 8th boys) in each race. The team who scores the smallest number of points is the winner. Ties in team scoring shall be resolved by comparing the sixth place finishers from the tying teams. The team with the best sixth place finish in all four groups shall prevail.
In dual meets, if one team has fewer than five competitors or if fewer than five competitors of a team finish, points shall be awarded to that team as if the missing runners had finished last in the grouping. For example, Team A has 6 competitors and Team B has 4. Team A’s points would be awarded on the top 5 finishers and Team B’s points awarded on the 4 finishers plus the missing competitors score of 11 (10 racers + 1). See table below.
Table 1: Less than 5 competitors
Place and Points
Place and Points
10 (only in case of tie)
District Meet: There will be 4 races run. 2 A races and 2 open races. Each school will enter their top 7 runners in each A race with the top 5 scoring points. All other runners will be entered in the open races. The top 10 runners in both the A and open divisions will be announced after the completion of the final A race. Open race- runners will receive finish cards that they get to keep.
District Meet Order: 8th A, 7th A, 8th Open, 7th Open-Start time at Larkspur is 9:00am, gates open at 8:00am.
Scoring for the district meet shall be the same as dual meet. The final meet score is the accumulative points scored in each of the top four races. Winning team is the team with the fewest points. Open races do not count toward team score.
All school specific coaching concerns will be referred to each coach’s school Athletic Director.