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Last Updated 10/8/17
2017 Vermont Principals' Association State Cross Country Championships
Saturday - October 28, 2017
Thetford Academy - Thetford VT
Distance: 5,020 meters for girls and boys. The Committee recommends that member schools adjust their course distances to 5,000 meters for meets during the season.
Uniforms: Uniforms must comply with NFHS and state regulations. Please read the Uniform page carefully.
Spikes: Spikes may be worn by runners in the Vermont Races. Note that spikes may or may not be permitted in the New England Championship, depending on the venue, the host state, and the decision of the New England Council.
Race Eligibility: Athletes must have competed in a minimum of four interscholastic meets to be eligible for either the Championship Races or the Challenge Races. Request a waiver for injured or ill athletes from the Vermont Principals' Association. A school with VPA permission for eighth graders to compete should note that on their entries. The coach may choose up to seven runners on the day of the Championship Race. Only seven athletes from each team may compete in the Championship Race for each school. If more than seven runners from a school start or finish the Championship Races, all runners but the seven slowest will be disqualified.
Entries: Entries must be completed on Direct Athletics by 4:00 PM on Monday - October 16, 2017.
Individual Entries: Schools may enter individuals in either the Championship Races or the Challenge Races.
Team Entries for Championship Races: Schools may start up to seven eligible runners in the Championship Races. In Divisions I and II, if 5 runners for a school finish, they will be scored as a team, and in Division III, if 4 runners for a school finish they will be scored as a team. All runners for a team who finish the Championship Race will either score or displace. If more than seven runners from one school start or finish the Championship Races, all runners but the seven slowest will be disqualified.
Bib Numbers: Numbers will be assigned to each runner. Numbers must be worn on the front of the jersey for the whole race, until the runner leaves the chute. DO NOT BEND THE BIB NUMBER OR THE TIMING CHIP ON THE BACK!
Team Scoring in Championship Races: Runners from incomplete teams do not count in team scoring. Two columns on the results show race place, which includes all runners in the race, and team place, which includes only up to seven runners on teams. The team places of the first five finishers (Divisions I and II) and the first four finishers (Division III) on a team to get the team score. Lowest team score is the winner.
Resolving Ties in Divisions I and II: If two teams have a tie score and each have six finishers, the team with the best sixth place finish prevails. If one team has five finishers and the other has six or more, the team with six finishers prevails. If both tied teams have five finishers, the scores of the first four finishers will break the tie. See Nat'l Federation Rule 9, Sec. 2, Art. 3. NOTE: There is no team scoring in the Challenge Races.
Resolving Ties in Division III: If two teams have a tie score and each have five finishers, the team with the best fifth place finish prevails. If one team has four finishers and the other has five or more, the team with five finishers prevails. If both tied teams have four finishers, the scores of the first three finishers will break the tie. See Nat'l Federation Rule 9, Sec. 2, Art. 3. NOTE: There is no team scoring in the Challenge Races.
Officials: The VPA Cross-Country Committee is the Games Committee, and its Chairman is Referee, unless the Committee provides otherwise. All decisions regarding the meet will be made by the Games Committee at the site of the meet, and decisions of the games committee will be final.
Challenge Race Awards: Ribbons are awarded to the top 15 finishers in each Challenge Race.
Championship Individual Awards: Individual medals will be presented to the top 10 finishers in each division race.
Championship Team Awards: Plaques will be presented to the top 2 teams in each division. Medals will be awards to members of those winning and runner-up teams.
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