DISTRICT II VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
To: Athletic Directors
and Cross Country Coaches
From: Bill King, District II Cross Country Chairperson
Grecco, Meet Director
Jack McAuliffe, Assistant Meet Director
The District II
Varsity Cross-Country Championship meet will be held at Elk Lake High School,
100 School House Road, Dimock, PA on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. The makeup
date is Saturday, the 29th of October. There will be five
separate races. Teams will be split into an “A” and a “B” division. The top
seven runners must compete in the “A” race in both girls’ and boys’ races.
These are the only runners that can qualify for states. If you have more than
seven runners, they are to be entered into the “B” race. There will be no
medals awarded in this race. There will be one combined “B” race; following
all state qualifying races.
NOTE: In the
“B” race, boys and girls will line up at the starting line at the same time.
Boys will be in the front, girls in the rear. The boys will start first, and
then the girls will move up to the starting line and start 1-2 minutes later.
Times will be separated into boys and girls.
DIRECTORS/COACHES: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ENTRY FEE IS $7.00 PER RUNNER ENTERED
INTO THE VARSITY CHAMPIONSHIPS. PLEASE SEND CHECKS,
MADE OUT TO “PIAA DISTRICT II” TO DAVE GRECCO AT 1522 N. WEBSTER AVE., DUNMORE, PA 18509.
The tentative time
schedule is as follows:
DIVISION TIME DISTANCE MEDALS
Boys’ Varsity AAA (A Div.) Noon 5 km (3.1 mi.) 20
Boys’ Varsity AA (A Div.) 12:45 PM 5 km (3.1 mi.) 20
Girls’ Varsity AAA (A Div.) 1:30 PM 5 km (3.1 mi.) 20
Girls’ Varsity AA (A Div.) 2:15 PM 5 km (3.1 mi.) 20
Boys and Girls “B” Division
race 3:00 PM 5 km (3.1 mi.)
Awards Ceremony 4:00 PM
for announcements concerning the start of all races.
must wear their school uniform. No watches or jewelry may be worn. No
additions to the school uniform will be permitted. If weather conditions
warrant, protective gloves, headwear, etc. may be worn. Any approval for
weather related equipment will be given at the coaches’ meeting. ALL RULES
OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION AND THE PIAA FOR CROSS COUNTRY WILL BE IN EFFECT AND
WILL BE USING THE CHAMPIONCHIP TIMING SYSTEM FOR THE VARSITY DISTRICT MEET.
CHIPS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP FROM THE PAVILION LOCATED NEAR THE FINISH
AREA. THIS YEAR, WE WILL BE USING THE DISPOSABLE SHOE CHIP, SO CHIPS WILL NOT
NEED TO BE COLLECTED AFTER THE RACES ARE OVER.
Chips must correspond to the proper runner and must be laced onto each
athlete’s running shoe/spike (left or right shoe is fine).
will be awarded to the top team and ten individual medals for the winning teams
in the “A” races. District medals will be awarded to the top twenty runners in
each “A” race.
The number of teams and
individuals who qualify for the state championships in both AA and AAA will be
as follows: AAA sends one team and five individuals. AA sends two teams and
You may enter as
many runners as the school wishes. The fee for
all runners is $7.00 per runner. You must pay for all runners that you
enter; even if you have a late scratch. Checks are to be made payable only to PIAA District II and should be sent to the
address on the first page. Please do not make checks out to the meet
director. REMEMBER, ONLY SEVEN RUNNERS IN THE “A” RACE.
follow the instructions of the traffic monitors at the site.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING VARSITY DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS
entries must be submitted online via the Internet. Coaches will go to the link
following this paragraph and put in your own school’s entries; this will
eliminate the need for corrections to names, etc. on the days of the meets. Please
do not use all capital letters or all small letters. Type the name as
it should be; example is Dave Grecco. You will not need to indicate whether
each runner is in the “A” race or the “B” race. Detailed instructions will be
on the website. You must have a valid email address. Results will be posted on
the District 2 website at http://www.piaad2.org/
and on the entry website which follows. Paper copies will NOT be
distributed, as we do not have WI-FI available at the course. Results of all
races will be displayed as they become available. Feel free to contact me for
assistance. Email preferred.
link for entries is www.runhigh.com and
is available right now. Once you are on the website, go to the Main Menu. At
the Main Menu, click on “Cross Country Event Information.” You will need to add
your school, then enter your athletes, and finally follow the instructions to
link your school to our Varsity championships. Finally, if your 9th
graders were on the Junior High team all year, they are not eligible to
participate in the Varsity Championships. If they were on the varsity team all
year, then they are eligible for the Varsity Championships. There will not be a
Junior High Championship as of this year. Entry information will close at 5:00
PM on Friday, October 21, 2011. Any questions or problems at all, please
contact me immediately!
FOLLOW ON THE NEXT TWO PAGES!
ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 5:00 PM ON THE 21st OF OCTOBER!!! NO
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 357-1167
2011 PIAA DISTRICT II CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Elk Lake High School
From Hazleton – Take Rt. 81 North to Exit 194, Clarks Summit
Routes 6 West and 11North toward Tunkhannock
the split, take slight right onto Route 6 West and continue into downtown Tunkhannock
In Tunkhannock, turn right at the
intersection with Route 29 (Prince Hotel)
Follow Rte. 29 North for app. 16 miles into the Village of Dimock
At the blinker light, turn left and proceed to the next blinker light.
Turn left again, proceed up the hill about ¾ mi., and turn left.
The high school is on your left. Please park all buses directly in front of the
From Delaware Valley – Take Rt. 84 West to Route 81 North and
follow the above directions.
All buses should drop
runners off at the front of the elementary school. Buses should park as
directed. Officials, Coaches and spectators can park in the parking lot. Please
follow the instructions of the traffic monitors.
Coaches should register their
teams and pick up their chips at the new pavilion. Note: Chips must
correspond to the proper runner and must be laced onto each athlete’s running
Rules & Regulations
We are invited guests of the Elk Lake School District and its Board of
Directors. Coaches must take full responsibility for the behavior of their
All teams must bring a few garbage
bags with them. Please gather your teams’ garbage in bags and dispose of
it at your home schools.
All tents must be set up
immediately behind the school.
Pets are not allowed.
Bathroom facilities will be available within the school itself.
Please follow the signs. Also, a few Port-a-Lavs will be available outdoors for
Touring the Cross
Teams can tour the course
from 10:00 AM until 11:45 AM.
Runners may wear either
racing flats or racing spikes up to a maximum of ¾” spikes.
The start line will be
clearly marked. Coaches will be given their assigned starting zones at the
Coaches’ Meeting. Runners should be at the start line 10 minutes before each
Timing and scoring will be done using the ChampionChip
timing system provided by Runners High.
Each runner will be
issued one disposable chip that can be attached to either shoe. Timing mats
will be placed at the one-mile mark, two-mile mark, and the finish line.
The finish line area will not
have a chute as in the past. However, the approach to the finish line and the
finish line area itself will still be roped off so spectators do not interfere
with the runners. Its width will be determined by the width of the timing mats.
In the majority of cases, the chip will determine the official place;
however, Race Officials will be at the finish line and will be using the torso
to determine the order of finish when it is tight at the line.
These are disposable Chips
which, again, do not have to be returned after the races. However, if any
Coach has any Chips which were not used, we ask that you return only unused
Aiding & Abetting
This course is a great spectator
course. Spectators and coaches will be able to view their runners at several
strategic points during the race without having to travel long distances.
Coaches, runners, and spectators must be careful not to run alongside athletes
during the race. If a race official witnesses this behavior, the athlete
involved will face a possible disqualification.
Note: This has not been a problem in the past, but this
course may easily lend itself to coaches, athletes, and spectators unknowingly
getting excited and infringing on the rules.
For the runners’ safety and
following the rules of the PIAA, dogs and pets are not allowed at the
site of the District II X-Country Championships. Please inform your runners and
their parents of this rule.
Note: Please keep runners
who may be watching a particular race to stay away from the timing mats if they
are wearing their Chips.
The awards ceremony will be
held promptly at 4:00 pm on the bleachers in front of the A.
The results will be posted on
the Internet at www.runhigh.com and at
the District II website at http://www.piaad2.org/
Results will also be posted on a display board at an area to be announced.
BEST OF LUCK!