NCRunners and meet host, Cuthbertson Middle School are excited to announce the 3rd Annual NCRunners Middle School Elite Invitational! The event is open to all North Carolina Middle Schools on Saturday, April 25th at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw! There will once again be a ZERO dollar entry fee for the event!
The meet will be open to all middle schools, public, private, charter you name it! Also, understanding that several middle schools do not allow their teams to travel outside of their counties for meets, athletes from the same school will be allowed to create and run on behalf of a middle school club team (not administered by the school). For example, if students from "Charlotte Middle School" wish to compete but cannot travel, families of those students can enter their athletes to run as "Charlotte MS Track Club". Please contact Jason Creasy at NCRunners at email@example.com if you wish to create and enter a team in this manner.
Again, the intent of the meet is to serve and celebrate as many top Middle School programs in NC on one track as possible to close the Middle School Track season. In 2018, the inaugural event saw 33 middle school teams competing followed by 70 schools in 2019. We expect the same growth for the 2020 edition.
Team trophies will again be awarded to the Team Champion and Runner-Up teams for each gender, and medals will be given to the Individual Champion in each event.
Below are the team champions with their points scored for the last two editions of the meet.
|Boys Team CHampion||Girls Team Champion|
Weddington MS (149)
Cuthbertson MS (158)
Carver Middle School (72)
Cuthbertson MS (164)
The meet will feature all events competed at the high school level. Hurdle heights will be 33" for the boys 110m Hurdles and 30" for the Girls 100m Hurdles, Girls 300m Hurdles, and Boys 300m Hurdles. We know not all schools compete in events such as the 4x800m, 3200m and 300m Hurdles; we can help figure out approximate seed times for those athletes using PRs from similar events if you wish to debut athletes in these events at the NCRunners Middle School Invitational.
The meet will follow the High School Outdoor Track Order of Events.
110m/100m Hurdles Prelims
100m Dash Prelims
110/100m Hurdles Finals - Top 8 in Prelims
100m Dash Finals - Top 8 in Prelims
We will accept a minimum of the top 50 athletes in the distance events, 56 in the sprint events (7 heats) and 35 in the field events. Depending on entries we may decided to add on a heats to what we currently have planned.
POLE VAULT - The pole vault contest for the NCRunners Middle School Elite Invitational will be held at Pole Vault Carolina in Durham, NC on Saturday April 25, 2020. Warm-ups will begin at 11 AM, and the competition will start at noon. All poles will be provided. No additional fees will be charged. Come out and pole vault in an encouraging environment! This will give Middle School athletes around the state the opportunity to qualify for New Balance Outdoor Nationals. The Pole Vault will be an exhibition event and will not contribute points towards our team scores.
ENTRY LIMITS and TIMING - each team can enter up to 5 athletes per individual event and 1 relay, with each event capped at the top 56 athletes per events run in lanes, top 50 for distance events and 35 athletes for field events. Those designations are noted above on the order of events. The meet will be run under FAT timing provided by Mitchell Timing.
Entries will be done through NCRunners, and seed times will need to be in the MileSplit database in order to register for the event. Results can come from any meet you compete at during the outdoor track season, Dual Meets or your County Championships. If you need a team page set up, or need to get your results into the database, you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be happy to help with any registration issues you come across.
Athletes can compete in a max of 4 events including relays.
The meet schedule will be released at a later date, but tentatively the meet will begin at 10:00 AM. We'll email all coaches registered in regards to schedule changes as well as entry information.
We'll have photo and video/interview coverage of the event that you can access with a MileSplit Pro Subscription after the conclusion of the event. The track events will also be live streamed for family and friends who can't make the trip and want to support their athletes.