States with athletes signed up in 2023: FL, KY, VA, IN, GA, CO, TN, MI, DE, AL, NY, NJ, NM, MO, OK, LA, OH, PA, WV, CA, NC, TX, IL, SC, MS, AR, and WI.
Middle School Cross Country Nationals
Where: E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The same course that hosts NCAA Nationals! *
When: Saturday, November 4th, 2023
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 29th at 9:00pm 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 three state teams will receive an award as well. The top seven athletes from each state will be scored as a team. These individuals and teams will be recognized in an award ceremony following the championship races.
Team Awards: The top placing middle school teams (5 or more runners) will be honored and so will the top placing club team. A total of 8 first place trophies and 8 second place trophies will be presented.
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup will be the day prior to the event (Friday, November 3rd) 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 meet information doc for course map.
Sanctioning: This event will be sanctioned and insured by the USATF.
Spectators: Spectators must pay $10/individual to enter the park. Tickets can be purchased online 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.
Other Important Links:
Hotel Information & Booking Link
Friday, November 3rd
- 3:00pm-6:00pm - Course preview & packet pickup --> T-Shirts for sale.
Saturday, November 4th
- 8:00am - Course Open for warm-ups
- 9:30am - Championship Girls 4K (8th & Under)
- 10:10am - Championship Boys 4K (8th & Under)
- 11:00am - Award Ceremonies for Championship 4K Races
- 11:30am - Elementary School Championship Girls 2K
- 12:00pm - Elementary School Championship Boys 2K
- 12:30pm - Awards Ceremony for Championship 2K Races
- 1:00pm - Championship Girls 3K (6th & Under)
- 1:45pm - Championship Boys 3K (6th & Under) (AWARD CEREMONY TO FOLLOW)
Race Seeding: The championship races will be decided based on the number of entries we receive. 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 submit a contact form and provide the complete meet results and any necessary information.
Contact Information: Meet management can be reached via email at Middleschoolnationals@gmail.com