State Championship Saturday 11/4 (High School Team/Individual Qualifiers)
Results available at http://www.baumspage.com/ohsaa/cc/2017/
Course maps: State Championship 5K Course
National Trail Raceway
2650 National Road S.W.
6:30am – Recommended latest departure time from Evergreen area
11:00am – Division III High School Girls Championship
Meet Notes – This is it. The cross country season ends with the State Championship meet. We’re in uncharted territory this year as Sarah is the first Evergreen Cross Country runner to make it to the State Championship. At the end of the day, this course is five kilometers long…same as Leagues, Districts and Regionals. No more qualifying, no more counting points. This is a final chance to simply go out and run against the best competitors the State of Ohio has to offer.
The course itself is run at a dragstrip right next to a rural airport, meaning it’s plenty flat. The times at this meet tend to be very fast (the boys D1 race two years ago saw a state record broken that had stood since 1982), similar to the District course in Findlay. Even the weather will be similar: cloudy and lower 50’s at race time. Conditions will be great for a final race to cap of the season!
As mentioned, the meet is run at a dragstrip and there is a grandstand for viewing a good portion of the race (including the 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 have been mixed reviews as to how fan friendly the venue is (there is really no access to the entire second mile), but to give you an idea of what the spectator view is from the stands or the one infield portion, you can check out the following YouTube videos from the 2015 State Championship:
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.
This will be a fun day, whether you can make the trip down or just watch online. We’ll follow up with a season recap soon as well as information on the team banquet. GO VIKINGS!!!