10th Annual OHIO CROSS COUNTRY Middle School and Elementary STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS at Hilliard Bradley High School October 23rd 2016!
We want to wish you all the best of luck today as you go out and create your own shining moments. Just a word about our awards ceremony for the Gold Races. We know there is a bit of a wait between races and awards and I know we all have busy lives to live and it's very tempting to grab your child's medal and head home, but 20 years from now when they look back on this day do we want them to remember that you grabbed their medal and headed home or do you want their memory to be of standing on that big blue podium in front of 1000 people? This does not happen anywhere else in middle school sports and was always one of our goals.
Click here to see the list of 2016 State Meet registered runners.
Click here to see the list of 2016 State Meet registered teams.
Our host hotel is the Columbus NW Marriott!
Ohio's Fastest Girl and Boy
|Juliette Keller, Medina Clagett: 11:21.8||Micah Blair, Woodbridge: 10:25.5|
Spread the word and get your runners involved. It's the most FUN day of the Cross Country Season.
"Still THE ONE and only state championships"
Nothing Runs Like The Original!
The first 1000 runners to register will get a free pair of Ohiocrosscountry.org Sunglasses!
Ok so we do have one bit of bad news for this year’s state meet. The staff at Hilliard Bradley doesn’t think their track can withstand the weight of our big pink limo so we had to cancel that. Then we started thinking about doing something else really special for our state champs to replace the limo ride but what? What is the one thing EVERY state champion would want more than anything else....? Exactly, a GIANT GUMMY BEAR!!! We are giving one to the winner of every race!
This photo says it all guys, this does not happen in Middle School Cross Country anywhere else in the State Of Ohio and maybe not even in the country. This was one of our main goals when we started out 10 years ago to get Cross Country athletes the kind of recognition, respect and visibility that they deserve and OTHER sports get. The pride I felt while looking down at the awards ceremony Sunday is something beyond words. A parent asked me prior to this if they should stick around or just grab their daughters medal and head home...This picture gives a very clear answer to that Question.
Coaches NOW is the time to add the Ohio Middle School State Championship meet to your regular season schedules for 2016! If you already have your limit of 12 meets scheduled consider replacing one of your smaller non competitive events with the state meet and bring your entire team to Hilliard and spend a fun filled weekend with your kids.
Click on the stories tab to read some great positive comments about our past state meets. We appreciate every single one!
|Total runners in 2007:||444|
|Total runners in 2008:||554|
|Total runners in 2009:||616|
|Total runners in 2010:||857|
|Total runners in 2011:||974|
|Total runners in 2012:||1164|
|Total runners in 2013:||934|
|Total runners in 2014:||928|
|Total runners in 2015:||1,252|
|Total runners in 2016:||1,530!!!|
|Total Teams in 2009:||15|
|Total Teams in 2010:||55|
|Total Teams in 2011:||87|
|Total Teams in 2012:||94|
|Total Teams in 2013:||71|
|Total Teams in 2014:||88|
|Total Teams in 2015:||109|
|Total Teams in 2016:||144!!!|
Parents and Coaches,
One of the goals of the Middle School Athletic Association is to help Track and Cross Country Athletes get the same recognition as the other sports get. You can help us accomplish that! Once your team or athlete has entered the State Meet please take some time to send a picture and short write up to your local Newspaper to announce that they will be participating in this years event. If they do well at the meet snap a photo and send to your paper as well.
Coaches, Athletes and Parents This is a post season event. This Cross Country event nor the Middle School Athletic Association is affiliated with, sponsored by or sanctioned by the OHSAA in any way. Athletes may only run in one race during the State Championships. Any runners found to have entered 2 races will be disqualified .