Cross Country


1.1 Classification of Teams

1.1.1 There are four (4) classifications for cross country: varsity, junior varsity, Frosh/Soph., and freshman.

1.1.2 All classifications may compete in practice, league, and invitational meets. Only the varsity teams, (girls and boys) will compete in the Central Section Divisional Championship meet.

1.1.3 Runners may move up and down in classification, but can not compete on more than one team on any given day.

1.2 Boys and Girls Teams (This applies to all meets)

1.2.1 Varsity entries- The best seven juniors and seniors must be entered based on their times in their last meet. A freshman or sophomore may be entered in varsity competition provided his time is better than the 7th junior or senior based on the time from the last meet.

1.2.2 Frosh/Sophomore Entries- Anyone who does not qualify to run for the varsity team may run in this race.

1.2.3 Junior Varsity Entries- Anyone who does not qualify to run for the varsity team may run the junior varsity race.

1.2.4 Freshman Entries- Any freshman may run in a freshman race.

1.3 All participants must wear shoes (without spikes) throughout the race, as stated in the National Federation Rule Book Rule 9 Section 5 Article 3.

1.4 The course distances shall be three (3) three miles, or five (5) kilometers for varsity boys, and two (2) or three (3) miles or five (5) kilometers for all other teams. The Section meet and the Grand Masters meet shall be three (3) miles or five (5) kilometers in distance.

1.5 Scoring- The finish places of the first five (5) runners from each team (girls and boys) will be added to determine team scores. Two runners from each team will displace. The lowest total score is the winner

1.5.1 Exception- At the Executive Board Meeting on September 26, 1979, it was approved that leagues (only) may score three and displace with two in girls' cross country only if it is determined that this will improve the league programs.

1.6 Ties in team scoring shall be resolved as per the National Federation Rule Book, Rule 9, Section 2, Article 4. This will pertain to both team placement, and advancement qualifications for all meets in the Central Section.

1.7 Referee and Jury of Appeals

1.7.1 The Central Section Advisory Chairperson will act as the referee for the championship meet if he/she is present at the meet.

1.7.2 A Jury of Appeals for the championship will act as the referee for the championship meet will be appointed by the Section Advisory Chairperson, one from each area.

1.8 Runners shall be allowed to have water in all meets (health and safety).


2.1 The season of the sport of Cross Country is defined as that period which starts with the first interschool competition, and ends with the last regularly scheduled league meet except for those participating in playoff competition (this includes league championship meets).

2.2 The first  day to start organized team practice for interscholastic competition will be specified by Central Section.

2.3 There must be 10 days of team practice prior to the first interscholastic meet. Each team member must have had 10 days of practice prior to his first meet.

2.4 Each runner shall be limited to a maximum of 2 contests per week,  a total of 14 contests maximum, not including league or beyond,.

2.5 Approved list and dates of invitational meets are listed on the Section web site under Tournaments

Note: Any athlete who was not involved in the prior sports season must have ten (10) days practice before he/she can participate in an interschool contest. 
A. A Saturday may be counted as one of the ten (10) practice days.
B. The student athlete may not participate in an interschool contest until the eleventh calendar day (excluding Sundays).
Exception: An athlete competing in the prior sports season may waive the mandatory ten (10) days of practice, (excluding wrestling).





3.1 All runners and all teams in the CIF Central Section MAY participate in the Section Championships.

3.1.1 The CIF Section Championships will consist of one race for boys- 3 miles or 5 kilometers- 1-7 runners and one race for girls- 3 miles or 5 kilometers- 1-7 runners in each of the five (5) divisions.The Divisions will be determined by the approved Section Divisional placement procedure.

3.1.2 Entries- Varsity boys and girls only. A team will consist of 5 to 7 runners from any one school of boys and girls. Entries of less than 5 from one school will be considered individual entries, and will compete only for individual awards. Their order of finish will not be considered in the team scoring.

3.1.3 The permanent site for the Section Championships  will be Woodward Park, Fresno. (Executive Board 3/02).

3.1.4 Scoring- The order of finish of all runners will determine individual award winners. In calculating team scores, all individual entries will be dropped from the finish order, and all team runners will be moved up on the list. National Federation Rule Book Rule 9 Section 2.

3.1.5 Awards. Entry fees are $8.00 per individual and $300 maximum per school. (See CIF Central Section Awards Chart in back of Constitution and By-Laws).

3.1.6 Qualifications from the CIF Central Section Championships to the CIF State Meet, will be as follows: Each Division, determined by competitive equity on a gender by gender basis, will qualify a minimum of two (2) teams to the State Meet. Each Division will qualify five (5) individuals to the State Meet and the individuals must place in the top twelve (12) at the Section finals.

3.1.7 The time schedule for the Section Championship Meet will be as follows:11:00 AM-D-1 Boys; 11:30 AM- D-2 Boys; 12:00 PM--D-1 Girls; 12:30 PM--D-2 Girls;  1:00--D-3 Boys;  2:00--D-4 Girls; 2:30-- D-5 Boys; 3:00 --D-3 Girls; 3:30--D-4 Boys; 4:00--D-5 Girls.  

If a Division V race has less than six teams running in the Sectional Championships, then the following season that Division V race will be combined with Division IV race. While the race will combined, the Division V champion will be decided by the best score in the race by a Division V team. Medals will be given separately to Division V and Division IV runners. State advancement for both divisions will be determined by this race.




 If an ineligible student participates in a contest, or contests, the school must forfeit

the contest, or contests, and the ineligible student shall not compete in any sport until

his/her eligibility is attained.


     If it is determined that an ineligible student competed due to the failure of the School 

Administration to properly notify those responsible for playing the student, an appeal by 

the Principal may be directed to the Section Commissioner regarding the forfeiture of

the game, or games.  The appeal must be in writing, stating specifically the circumstances surrounding the oversight in playing the student.  The final decision regarding the appeal will be determined by the Section Commissioner. 


Criteria for consideration of appeal:


  1. What caused the ineligible player to participate in the contests(s)

  2. Score of contest(s)

  3. Amount of participation in contest(s) by ineligible participant

  4. What part of did the ineligible student have on the outcome of the contest(s)


Notification of the use of an ineligible player MUST be reported IMMEDIATELY, and appealed within in 5 days of the infraction.


Notification of an alleged infraction by another school, MUST also be reported IMMEDIATELY, to allow the offending school an opportunity to respond.