Cross Country running is one of the disciplines under the umbrella sport of athletics and is a natural terrain version of long-distance track and road running.
Cross country dates back to the turn of the 20th century as an Olympic Sport when it was contested as a team and individual event at the 1904, 1912, 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games. USA Track & Field (USATF) conducts championship events at the Association, Regional and National levels for athletes of all ages (youth, open and masters) at a variety of distances.
USATF is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.
|USATF Age Divisions – 2018 Season|
|Youth Divisions||Birth Years||Age Range||Adult Divisions||Age Range|
|8 & Under||2010+||7-8||Open||19-29|
|9-10||2008-2009||9-10||Sub-Masters (30-39)||30-34, 35-39|
|11-12||2006-2007||11-12||Masters (40+)||40-44, 45-49|
|13-14||2004-2005||13-14||Seniors (50+)||50-54, 55-59|
|17-18||2000-2001||17-18||70-74, 75-79, etc.|
|Note: Youth divisions are determined by birth year while adult divisions are determined by birth date.|
|Only two meets each year, the Indoor Classic in February and the Arizona State Meet are combined|
|Youth and Masters Athletes.|
|The age divisions are designated: Y – Youth, HS – High School, O – Open, M – Masters, S – Seniors.|
|Sub-Masters are included in the Masters category.|
|USATF Cross Country|
|Course||Y & HS Division|
|2K (1.24 miles)||8 & Under|
|3K (1.86 miles)||9-10, 11-12|
|4K (2.48 miles)||13-14|
|5K (3.10 miles)||15-16, 17-18|