Great American Cross Country Festival

October 05, 2013 @ WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary, NC

Hosted by NSAF     Official Meet Web Site


After an impressive 2nd Place Finish at Great American on Saturday in North Carolina.
Coming off a win at Great American in North Carolina, Class AAA #1 Assumption has reentered the MileSplit Top 25 for the nation.
On Saturday at the Greater Louisville Classic, some of my teammates and I were slated to run the JV race while the rest of the team was in North Carolina for Great...
The Brentwood TN boys made a big statement about their front-running strength and their postseason goals.
The Myers Park girls had arguably the most impressive team performance from a giant weekend of cross country in North Carolina.
Times from Great American yesterday for Kentucky athletes.
Interviews from Great American after Assumption won the Girls Team Title
Interviews from Great American with Emily Bean and Madisyn Peeples. Bean led Assumption to the team title, whereas Peeples was 2nd overall with a 17:57.
Ben Huffman (Providence Day) made a final surge up the hill at WakeMed that will change national rankings and postseason predictions.
Quick look at the weekend. (photo by Jeff George/
Belen Jesuit, Holy Trinity, Oak Hall, and Bishop Kenny made the trek up to Cary, North Carolina this weekend to compete at the Great American Festival. All in all the...
In the Race of Champions, two races that featured some of the best athletes from the east coast and beyond, top finishes were plentiful for R.I. Further proving that...
We might as well label the first weekend of October every year as Virginian Invasion of North Carolina weekend as a significant number of the state's teams and...
Assumption defended their Great American Race of Champions team title even after a spring and fall with injury and slow recovery.
PA has passed the halfway point of the 2013 season and one of the area's biggest meets has arrived! Over 150 high school squads will compete at Lehigh University for...
The gun fires on the biggest day of the regular season in North Carolina, with three major invitationals on fast courses.
Brentwood boys dominate with elite pack, great performances at Great American, HSers defeating Collegians, and much more inside! (Photo by Jeff George)
Saturday many of Kentucky's best are traveling to compete at the Great American XC Festival in Cary, North Carolina, home of Nike Cross Regionals for the Southeast.
Porter Gaud's Brent Demarest, Lexington's Zack Langston and Spartanburg Christian's Logan Morris are in the mix of top runners in their respective races.
With regional- and national-caliber invitationals on three of the state's four major courses, this is the biggest weekend of the regular season.
One of the most prestigious regional meets on the east coast includes a strong contingent of Rhode Islanders. The teams of Bishop Hendricken, La Salle Academy and...
Blacksburg's girls already have one win at WakeMed on their 2013 resume, and another would be a big step toward the ultimate goal at the end of November.
Three studs up front give Brentwood (TN) the advantage in the rankings, but race day doesn't always go as expected.
The Great American Cross Country Festival is loaded with top talent! Check out the entries as they are updated inside!
JOHNS ISLAND – Three records were broken Saturday morning at the Low Country Invitational – two on the course and the other on the sidelines.

Additional Information

Entry Information

Note: All Varsity high school teams should enter the "Varsity" category. Teams will be assigned to the Race of Champions, Seeded Invitational, Red and White races according to their level of ability.

High School Teams (7 runners maximum per team) and Individuals

Varsity, Junior Varsity Teams - $135.00 per team, male or female
Individuals $40.00 per individual
Team Bulk Fee $350.00 unlimited entry
Entry Deadlines for High School Teams, High School Individuals and HBCU Teams

September 25, 2013 (normal deadline) - no late fee assessed
Entries after September 25, 2013 will be assessed a $30.00 per individual late fee or $40.00 per team late fee (for a total of $70.00 per individual and $175.00 per team).

September 29, 2013 (absolute deadline) - no further entries after this date (because all schools must be submitted to the National High School Federation for sanctioning reasons one month prior to event).

September 29, 2013 - Roster submission deadline date.

Schedule Of Events

Saturday, October 5, 2013

1 Raleigh GSA Invitational Boys, Red 5K 8:00am
2 Raleigh GSA Invitational Girls, Red 5K 8:20am
3 Primo Water Invitational Boys, Blue 5K 8:45pm
4 Primo Water Invitational Girls, Blue 5K 9:05pm
5 Robert Shumake HBCU Challenge - Men 8K 9:30am
6 Robert Shumake HBCU Challenge - Women 5K 10:05am
Opening Ceremonies 10:30am
7 New Balance Race of Champions, Boys 5K 10:40am
8 New Balance Race of Champions, Girls 5K 11:00am
11 Town of Cary Invitational Boys, Seeded 5K 11:25am
12 Town of Cary Invitational Girls, Seeded 5K 11:45am
13 Chick-fil-A @ Townridge Square JV Boys 5K 12:10pm
14 Chick-fil-A @ University Commons JV Girls 5K 12:30pm
15 Impact Orthopaedics JV II Boys 5K 12:55pm
16 Impact Orthopaedics JV II Girls 5K 1:15pm
17 Impact Orthopaedics JV III Boy 5K 1:40pm
END 2:00pm

*Note: American Independent Schools Challenge Races for 2013 have been cancelled.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much is admission?
Admission is ... FREE. Parking is $10.00 (free to competing teams and individuals).

Coaches Passes

Do coaches who are accompanying entered athletes receive coaches passes?
No. Admission is free for everyone, and coaches will not need passes.

Course Practice Times

Will athletes be able to run the course prior to the Races?
The course will be open until 6:00pm on Friday for course inspection.


September 25 - High School Entries (normal deadline)

September 29 - High School Entries closed (late entry deadline)

September 29 - Collegiate Entries normal deadline

Payment deadline. All payments MUST be received on or before September 29 for high schools. Teams failing to pay entry fees by the due date may be dropped from the festival and replaced by other teams.

September 29 -
Roster Submission Deadline. All team rosters MUST be updated by this time. Teams failing to update rosters by the deadline date may be dropped from the festival and replaced by other teams.
Collegiate Entries closed (late entry deadline)

Logging into the website

How do I login to the website?
To login to the website, visit (" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Click on "Register for meet".

Packet Pickup

When and where is Packet Pickup (Registration)?
Friday, October 5, 2013, 1:00pm-5:00pm at Wake Med Soccer Park
Saturday, October 6, 2013, 6:30am-2:00pm at Wake Med Soccer Park


How much is parking?
Parking at the is $10.00 per car for non-competitors. Parking passes for teams and registered individuals will be in packets at Packet Pickup. Parking passes will be available for purchase at Registration Friday, and at the entry to Wake Med Soccer Park on Saturday.


My password isn't working, how can I login to the system to view my team's status?
If you have misplaced or forgotten your password, you may request that your password be e-mailed to you by visiting the website ( and clicking on "Register for meet" and then clicking on "Forgot?", which is located to the right of the Password field.


Is the event sanctioned?
The high school portion of the event is sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSAA). Certain states, due to various rules, do not sanction the event and schools from those states will not be participating. To see the list of states for whom the Great American Cross Country Festival is sanctioned, go to their web site ( and follow the links to sanctioned events. For the open and collegiate portion, the meet is sanctioned by USATF.


When will I find out which race I am in?
Seeding takes place by mid-September and all races will be posted online soon thereafter.

Updating Team Rosters

How do I update my team's roster?
Coaches may update their rosters at anytime until September 29 at 11:00am by logging into the Great American website (" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Clicking on "Register for meet" and once you are logged in, you may click on "Edit Runner Information" to change or update runner names.



Registration Questions

Rules and Sanction

State Sanctions

If your school is eligible to run in its state's primary state cross country championship, it is eligible to run in the Great American Cross Country Festival. For members of the NCISAA (North Carolina Independent Schools), they are now allowed to compete with members of the NCHSAA (North Carolina Public Schools) without penalty.

State sanctions have been applied for, through the National Federation of State High School Associations, for the following states:

District of Columbia
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina
West Virginia


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