NEPSTA Division I Cross Country Championships

Northfield Mount Hermon looks forward to welcoming 15 schools for the NEPSTA Division I Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 9. Please see below for pertinent information regarding the championships.

In order to participate in the championship meet, schools must be a member in good standing (including paying dues and championship meet fees) with NEPSTA.

Schedule
11:30 AM Registration Opens, Tent near backstop on McLamore baseball field
12:30PM Coaches Meeting, XC Finish Line
1:15PM Girls Varsity
2:00PM Boys Varsity
2:40PM Girls Junior Varsity
3:25PM Boys Junior Varsity
4:00PM Reception, Forslund Gym
4:15PM Awards Ceremony, Forslund Gym
4:45PM Departure

Course Information
You can find course directions here and a course map here. Aside from a couple of steps crossing the road, the course is entirely on grass and trail. To clarify, runners may step onto a triangle of the turf on the way out, but must go around the turf on their way in. This will be clearly demarcated.

The girls' record of 18:20 was established in 2017 by Frances Margaret Gehrke of St. Paul’s School. The boys' record of 15:51 was set earlier this season by Matt Farrell of Loomis Chaffee School. The course will be clearly marked throughout, including with a chalk line present on the entirety of the course.

Timing and Rosters
Schools may enter no more than seven runners in each Varsity race; assuming a complete varsity team has been fielded, up to twelve runners may compete in the JV race.

NEPSTA has hired Granite State Race Service to provide professional timing and scoring for the meet and we expect to have all results finalized for distribution to coaches in time for the awards ceremony.
 
Parking and Setup
Buses and AVs should park in the McCollum rink parking lot. Buses and AVs may unload on Elm Street near the start of the course. They must approach coming from the track, and then continue up the road, making a full circle back to the rink parking lot. Buses and AVs must not approach the dropoff point from the opposite direction. Onsite attendants will ensure traffic can flow continuously.

Parking for spectators only will be on the lawn closest to the start of the course. Safety officers will direct parking.

Team tent area will be located exclusively in a row between the McLamore turf and the baseball backstop.

Portable toilets will be located above and on the field. The nearest bathrooms will be in the locker rooms in Forslund Gym. Showers are also available in Forslund Gym for participants. Please note that individual lockers will not be available to participants. Athletes should bring their own towels.

Linked here is a map that shows all of the above information.

Course Previews
If you wish to visit NMH before race day in order to run the course, please confirm availability with Kristen Atkins.

We intend to have four course walks on the day of the event, starting at 11:15am and running every fifteen minutes thereafter.

Accommodations
For those of you wishing to travel the night before the race, see this list of nearby accommodations.

Live Streaming
We will be streaming the start/finish line of the event and the awards ceremony. Event stream will begin at 1:00pm. Awards ceremony will begin at 4:00pm. Link below:
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 9.