FACA Cross Country Clinic: Alex Ozuna FHSAA Representative


The first session at the FACA conference has wrapped up. Here are some of the FHSAA rule changes for the 2019 XC season that you need to know. 

Current FHSAA Deadlines

  • Meet Schedules Due (August 5)
  • Rosters Due on Home Campus (August 19)
  • District Meets (October 21 - 26)
  • Regional Meets (Oct. 30 - November 2)
  • State Meet (November 9)

Realignment of Cross Country Districts

The new district realignment states that the top 10 teams along with the top 30 runners advance from the district to regional meet.

"One of the issues we have heard in the past is that districts are losing money...by combining two districts into one it brings more revenue amongst the schools," FHSAA Cross Country Director, Alex Ozuna, said.

"We wanted to make it more consistent. We are creating a flat number of advancement. 10 teams are advancing." 

Along with the new district alignment, eight teams opposed to six will be advancing from the regional meet to the state meet. 

Team Format

The district director/manager will have the option to allow up to 10 runners in the district meet. Any team member who finishes beyond the seventh place on the team standing will not count towards team or individual race and they will not be awarded. 

Example: Say your eighth runner places in the top 30 at their district meet, they will not be awarded as they are not the top seven on the team. 

Preseason Sanctioning

If you are hosting a Preseason classic, your meet must be sanctioned using the AT2 form, limited to varsity teams only, held to the week prior to the first competition date (Aug 12-17) and pay a $50 flat administrative fee per meet. 

Tentative State Meet Schedule

Alex Ozuna presented a tentative race schedule for the FHSAA State Meet. This is TENTATIVE and has not been confirmed by the meet host. 

As it stands now, the tentative schedule has races kicking off at 7:30 AM. 

For Questions, Comments, Concerns: 

Contact - Alex Ozuna
Phone: (352) 372-9551 x320
Fax: (352) 333-2193


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