The first playoff events in Michigan High School Athletic Association history for junior high / college students will take place in cross country this season at eight regional venues during the second half of October.
The Regional Cross Country Championships for Colleges and Colleges were approved by the MHSAA Council of Representatives at its Spring 2020 meeting, on the recommendation of the MHSAA Colleges and Colleges Committee. Students from nearly 650 MHSAA member colleges and colleges can participate, with regional fixtures not counting against the 10 events teams are allowed to compete in during the regular season.
“The MHSAA has, over the past decade, increased its investment in college and high school athletics in the hopes of delivering memorable experiences sooner, which will inspire students to continue playing sports for longer at the same time. instead of quitting before you’ve even reached high school, ”the MHSAA said. said executive director Mark Uyl. “Adding a post-season element to cross country may just be the start of how we can provide more opportunities for our young students to compete in a way that keeps them excited about the idea of coming back next season. “
Each of the eight host sites will have one race for girls and one for boys. The host sites have determined the dates on which the Regionals will be organized. Teams can register up to 20 participants in each race, depending on the size of their school (as larger schools may register more participants). Regional races will be two miles in length, with girls ‘and boys’ teams assigned to venues based on their regional ‘zone’ – see attached map.
- Zone 1 – Saturday October 16, hosted by Portage Central High School at Portage West Middle School
- Zone 2 – Saturday October 23, hosted by Hudson High School at Hudson High School
- Zone 3 – Saturday October 23, hosted by Macomb Dakota High School at Macomb Dakota High School
- Zone 4 – Saturday October 16, hosted by Midland High School at Northwood University
- Zone 5 – Saturday October 23, hosted by Carson City-Crystal High School at Carson City-Crystal High School
- Zone 6 – Friday October 29, hosted by Grand Rapids Public Schools at University Prep Academy
- Zone 7 – Saturday October 23, hosted by Gaylord High School at Michaywe Golf Course
- Zone 8 – Friday October 22, organized by Marquette High School at the Gentz Homestead Golf Course
The team championship trophies will be awarded to the highest ranked women’s and men’s teams from each region. In addition, the top 20 individuals of each race will receive medals.