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Entry Information

The Junior Olympic program is a series of meets consisting of Association, Regional and National meets. Athletes are required to enter online at the first level of competition, as advancement is based upon performance (i.e., an athlete cannot directly submit an entry form for the Regional competition; he/she must have competed and advanced at the Association meet). Athletes must meet certain eligibility requirements to compete. Qualification dates and locations for your local Association can be found by clicking here.


See USATF Competition Rule 305.3 for specific rules on qualifying for the National Championships. Generally, the first 30 individual finishers and first five (5) teams in each age division at the Regional Championships will qualify for the National Championships.  Individuals finishing in the top 30 places and who are also members of the qualifying teams are not displaced so that additional finishers beyond thirtieth may not advance. Any team may advance if it has five or more individuals placing in the top 30 in the Regional meet. No team finishing beyond fifth place may advance based solely upon either or both of the first two teams' choose not to advance.

Athletes and teams from some Associations will qualify directly from their Association Championships as follows: top 15 individuals and top two (2) teams in each age division. Contact your local association or regional meet director to learn more about how to qualify for the JO National Championships, or visit the Junior Olympic Cross Country calendar page.

Participant numbers are fixed and no alternate athletes may advance if qualifying athletes or teams choose not to enter the JO National Championships.

Online Entry Forms and Fees for the National Championships

The non-refundable entry fee is $20 per individual and must be submitted online at the time of registration through Entries cannot be accepted by any other method. Late and onsite entries will not be accepted for this competition.

Enter the meet by clicking here.

Entries Close Thursday, December 5, 11:59 p.m. EST

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