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New for 2018 - Announcing the St. James Academy XC Relay Carnival
Joined: Nov 2010
The season may be over but we have a BIG announcement! Beginning next year, our home meet will be unlike any other meet in the Midwest. We are proud to announce ...THE ST. JAMES ACADEMY XC RELAY CARNIVAL!!! That's right - a cross country relay meet but not just any old relay meet. This will be a meet without divisions - varsity, JV and C-team athletes will all be on the same relays. Even the prizes are unique. Though it's timed to be the week before the Kansas league meets, the timing should also be beneficial to the calendars in other states as well. An announcement is on the front page of the Kansas MileSplit site. For more information contact Coach Rob Harber at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach Rod Murrow at email@example.com. Coming in 2018 - St. James Academy is proud to announce the First Annual St. James Academy XC Relay Carnival! I. GENERAL RULES APPLICABLE TO ALL RELAYS The following rules are applicable to all relays, with additional rules applicable to specific relays contained in the relay descriptions in Section III below. 1. Entries limited to the first 12 schools or 500 competitors, whichever is greater. This limitation is largely due to limitations of the Lake Lenexa course. However, if demand is great enough beyond these limits, the meet may be moved to another venue to accommodate greater participation. Our initial and informal survey of coaches about this concept indicates that there may be a high level of interest in this event and we will do everything we can to accommodate that demand. 2. No more than two varsity athletes per relay for four-person relays and one varsity athlete per two-person relays. It is our hope that coaches will not attempt to “stack” relays but instead include athletes with wide range of abilities on each relay. Doing so well keep the level of effort and competition high because the relays will be more equally matched and contribute to more exciting and unpredictable races. 3. Limit of either (a) three relay legs or (b) three total miles raced per athlete per meet. 4. All relays are open to all team members in good standing without regard to division (Varsity, JV or C-team). In fact, there will be no such divisions (Varsity, JV, C-Team). 5. With the exception of two-person relays, only one leg per athlete per relay. 6. There is no limit on the number of teams which schools may enter in each relay or race. Multiple teams should simply be differentiated by letter (Smith HS "A", Smith HS "B", etc.) and letter designations need not correspond to any perceived rank of the various teams ("A" team not necessarily faster than "B" team, etc.) 7. Rather than medals or trophies, awards will be baked goods (pies, brownies, cookies, etc.). In addition to the entry fee, each participating school is asked to provide two baked goods of their choice. Winning teams will pick from the selection of baked goods based on place (winning relay getting first choice, second place getting second choice, etc.). We anticipate the teams engaging in some bartering and swapping of their “awards” as they are shared after the meet with teams from various schools spending some together after the meet in a manner that does not ordinarily happen case after a traditional awards presentation. II. HIGH SCHOOL RELAYS NOTE: Because division and results will be handled by the timing company, additional information regarding entries will be provided at registration. The information below is intended only to describe the relay options that will be available. 1. CO-ED 4 x MILE RELAY. This relay shall be composed of two males and two females in alternating legs. There is no restriction or requirement regarding which legs as long as the sexes alternate legs. 2. BOYS 4 x MILE RELAY. Four boys, subject only to the General Rules above. 3. GIRLS 4 x MILE RELAY. Four girls, subject only to the General Rules above. 4. COED TWO-PERSON 4 x MILE RELAY. This relay will be composed of one male and one female running legs (Runner A running legs one and three, Runner B running legs two and four). 5. COED 2 x 2-MILE RELAY. This relay shall be composed of one male and one female competitor. III. RACES 1. There will be two high school races. All relays will be run in both races. The second race will start 30 minutes after conclusion of the first race. Athletes can run in either or both races, and can run on any relay in either race. For example, a kid could run a leg on the Coed 2 x 2-Mile Relay in the first race and then run a leg on one of the 4 x Mile relays in the second race. They could also only run on one relay in one race. 2. Subject to the three-leg/three-mile limitation, all runners can be entered in either, or both, races. The goal is to provide athletes and coaches multiple possible configurations for each athlete. Examples of allowable combinations include, but are not limited to: a. 2M leg on 2 x 2M relay in one race, mile leg on any relay in the other race. (Two legs/ three miles) b. Two legs on 2-Person 4 x mile in one race, one leg on four-person 4 x mile in the other race (three legs/three miles) c. One leg on any 4-person 4 x mile in one race and one leg on any 4-person 4 x mile in the other race (Two legs/two miles) Examples of unallowable combinations include but are not limited to: d. Two legs on 2-Person 4 x mile in one race, one leg on 2 x 2M in the other race (three legs but four miles) e. One leg on 2 x 2M in one race and one leg on 2 x 2M in the other race (two legs but four miles) f. Two legs on 2-Person 4 x mile in one race, two legs on 2-Person 4 x mile in second race (four legs/four miles) 3. Following conclusion of the second and final high school race there will be a third race as follows: COED “PUT YER MONEY WHERE YER MOUTH IS” 4 x MILE RELAY. This race shall be open only to members of the current cross-country coaching staff and parents of current cross-country team members. This relay shall be made up of two males and two females running alternating legs. There is no restriction or requirement regarding which legs as long as the sexes alternate legs. Each relay must have at least one parent and at least one coaching staff member. In a role reversal, it is our intent to have the athletes line the course and cheer on their coaches and parents after the conclusion of their races. Schools are encouraged to issue their same team uniforms issued to their athletes to the coaches and parents running this relay. IV. WHY WE ARE DOING THIS The week prior to the league meet presents several unique issues and challenges that don’t exist in any other week of the season. At this point, the athletes have been running 5K’s for approximately 4-6 weeks and are beginning to prepare for the league/regional/state meet push beginning the following week. Also, programs have yet to start backing down on training up to this point in preparation for the upcoming championship meets. As a result of the steady diet of weekly 5Ks and high workloads, there is a certain level of mental or physical fatigue that often occurs during this week, as well as some mental and physical stagnation from racing the same distance week in and week out. Also, for the majority of athletes on many teams, their seasons will end at the league meet the following week while the varsity runners are a little past the halfway point in the season as they prepare for the championship season and possibly even post-season competition in some instances. As a result, most programs take a variety of approaches to this week. Some take a bye week, some race only their JV and C-teams, some run inter-squad under-distance time trials and some run smaller, less competitive meets. We believe that a cross-country relay meet, especially one not structured as varsity/JV/C-team competitions and a meet which provides coaches many options depending on what they believe their athletes need at this point, is the perfect solution to all of the challenges posed by this week. Given this context, it is our intent to create an event that provides the following: 4. An event that is completely out of the ordinary and provides a rich, unique competitive opportunity while at the same time being a fun, energetic celebration of cross country, the ultimate team sport. 5. An opportunity for under-distance racing to help both sharpen the athletes and provide a change from the constant diet of 5K races. 6. An event which provides an intense, energetic competitive environment in which the athletes can compete at distances outside the norm and without inhibition or concern about the consequences or effects on rankings or team standing. 7. In keeping with the celebration of the unique team aspect of cross country, we intend for this event to bring all members of the team together (Varsity, JV and C-Team) who otherwise do not get to compete together despite training together. Given that league meets are the following week, this will be the final opportunity of the season - and the final opportunity ever for seniors - for this to occur. 8. An event that provides an opportunity to mentally and physically reinvigorate athletes as they head into the league, regional and state meets and possible post-season competition. 9. An event that provides coaches a wide range of possibilities regarding the races their athletes run based on what they believe certain athletes may need to work on at this point in the season. The combinations are limited only by the three-leg/three-mile limitation, rules of the composition of each relay and the available relays in both races. 10. An event that is exciting with the results completely unpredictable because of the mix of athletes required on each relay. 11. By running all relays simultaneously and mixing divisions on each relay, it is expected that nearly all runners will always have someone to chase or be chased by throughout the competition, thus providing a consistently high level of effort and competition for everyone, regardless of ability level or relay being run. In conclusion, we are looking to throw a cross-country party which also just happens to provide some great, intense competition at whatever level coaches deem appropriate for their teams during this week. Please join us - our carnival won’t be complete without you!
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