Update: Due to significant flooding on the course, the OHSAA has postponed the State Championship until Saturday, November 10th. Race times and all other info remain the same.
State Championship Saturday
11/3 11/10 (High School Team/Individual Qualifiers)
Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/ohsaa/cc/2018/
Course maps: State Championship 5K Course
National Trail Raceway *see parking info linked below*
2650 National Road S.W.
8:30am – Recommended latest departure time from Evergreen area
1:30pm – Division III High School Girls Championship
Meet Notes – This is the meet that officially closes the cross country season: the State Championship. No more qualifying or advancing, just going out and competing against the best runners in the state. Last year was a new experience for Evergreen XC and for Sarah individually. The top 25 runners earn the designation of All State, and the top 20 will be announced and recognized on the podium. Saturday is Sarah’s chance to close out her high school XC career, and we wish her all the best as she crosses the line one last time.
The course itself is run at a dragstrip right next to a rural airport, meaning it’s plenty flat. The times at this meet can be very fast (the boys D1 race three years ago saw a state record broken that had stood since 1982), similar to the District course in Findlay.
As mentioned, the meet is run at a dragstrip and there is a grandstand for viewing a portion of the race (including the finish). The race is chip timed and there is a display that will show real time place and split updates at the mile markers and finish. There is also a section “inside” the course on the other side of the dragstrip from the grandstand which offers some good viewing. There is a long section to view the opening and final half mile from behind a barrier as well. Overall, the course isn’t necessarily considered “spectator friendly” but it’s still a great atmosphere. We’ll be taking the Viking tent down and setting it up in the team camp area (near the starting line) as a place for everyone to congregate, so feel free to join us there.
The FinishTiming website link on the coverage page will actually update in real time with the splits and places of runners, so for those checking in from NW Ohio you can see how the race unfolds from home. There *may* be a live video feed as well…keep an eye on the website.