Oregon has long been a hotbed of cross-country, and it seems we are now in the midst of a golden age of all-comers cross-country meets with races for all ages and all abilities. One of the most inviting of these meets is the Pacific Northwest Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 27th, at Corban University in Salem. (Ironic that “Invitational” meets are usually less “inviting” than all-comers meets like this one — Language can be funny sometimes). The meet offers eight races, including Youth, Middle School, High School, Open, and Military/First Responder divisions, with separate heats for men and women.
The event kicks off with the Commander’s Cup 5000 meter race, which “welcomes all active duty, reserve, guard, Veteran, ROTC, and ‘first-responder’ affiliates to compete in a 3-person team format. This all-service affair welcomes the members of the armed forces and emergency services to race off for charity and compete for this year’s Commander’s Cup.”
The Open 5000 is for clubs and unattached runners. The high school races are also 5000 meters, and welcome any JV or non-OSAA State Championship qualifying teams. The Middle School and Youth races are for club and school teams and unattached athletes and will take place over a 3000 meter course. All races will include awards for the top three teams and individual awards for the top 15 finishers.
The meet is a fundraiser for SOVAH (Serving Our Veterans At Home), “a non-profit Veterans organization that was created in 2008 for Veterans, by Veterans to help, and support those with barriers that are not consistent with civilian life,” and Chemeketa Community College’s Veterans Resource Center.
“This event brings a championship competition to all groups with a challenging course to true racing enthusiasts and team competitors. This course has been used for the following championships meets; 2017 USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic Championships and the 2016 Cascade Conference Championships.”
When: Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Where: Corban University, 5000 Deer Park Drive SE, Salem, OR 97317
- 7:50 am to 8:00 am National Anthem & safety brief
- 8:00 am to 8:45 am SOVAH Commander’s Cup race (Military, ROTC, & Veteran)
- 8:45 am to 9:30 am Open/Club race (Open, clubs & unattached)
- 9:30 am to 10:15 am High School Girls race (High school grades)
- 10:15 am to 11:00 am High School Boys race (High school grades)
- 11:00 am to 11:30 am Middle School Girls race (Middle school grades)
- 11:30 am to 12:00 pm Middle School Boys race (Middle school grades)
- 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm Youth Girls race (Elementary school grades)
- 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm Youth Boys race (Elementary school grades)
Registration: $10 per athlete. You can register online HERE by 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 23rd. When registering as a member of a team, make sure to use a consistent name: “All team entries must have a consistent team name in order to be placed on the same squad. Individuals who do not reflect a recognizable team name will be considered as UNATTACHED and will not be scored as a member of their team of choice. EXAMPLE: User input for Cummings Elementary School would be CUMMINGS. Whiteaker middle school would be WHITEAKER. Bowerman Track Club would be BOWERMAN TC. North Salem High School JROTC would be N. SALEM JROTC. Red Lizard Running Club would be RED LIZARD RC.”