Meet Information

Presented by Blacksburg High School

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Blacksburg XC Course at the Blacksburg High School (3401 Bruin Lane, Blacksburg)

"We will only accept Timesland area teams!".

The following schools are eligible to participate in the 44th Metro Championships:
Division 1A: Auburn, Bath County, Bland County, Chilhowie, Covington, Craig County, Eastern Montgomery, Galax, George Wythe, Highland, Narrows, Parry McCluer, PH-Glade Spring, Rural Retreat
Division 2A: Floyd County, Fort Chiswell, Giles, Glenvar, Grayson county, James River, Marion, Martinsville, Radford
Division 3A: Alleghany, Cave Spring, Christiansburg, Hidden Valley, Liberty-Bedford, Lord Botetourt, Magna Vista, Northside, Patrick County, Rockbridge County, Staunton River
Division 4A: Bassett, Blacksburg, Carroll County, Jefferson Forest, Pulaski County, Salem, William Byrd
Division 5A: Patrick Henry-Roanoke, William Fleming
Division 6A: Franklin County
Private: Christian Heritage Academy, Faith Christian, North Cross, Roanoke Catholic School
** If we are missing any Timesland schools please email

Your team is invited to participate in the 44th Annual Metro Cross Country Championship Meet this fall. There will be an entrance fee of $40 per team boys and girls separately or $8.00 per athlete. Make all checks payable to Blacksburg High School with “Metro” in the memo line.

Mail To:
ATTN: AD Peter Lyell
Metro Championships

Blacksburg High School
3401 Bruin Lane
Blacksburg, VA 24060

We will have two separate varsity races - one for men and one women. You can enter up to ten runners for each race but only your top five will score and the 6th and 7th runners will displace other team points as is the case for championship events. Your 8th, 9th and 10th finishers do not count for team scoring and do not affect the scores of other teams. However, those runners will be awarded if they place in the top 15. You do not declare who your top seven athletes are. It will be done by their order of finish.

Registration Deadline: You need to register on Milestat. Monday, October 2nd at 11:59pm is the deadline.

Top two teams in each race will receive a team trophy. The top 15 runners in each race will receive medals.
The top seven runners will also receive an All Metro 1st Team award.


4:20pm: Coaches Meeting 

4:45pm: Women’s Varsity Championship Race
5:30pm: Men’s Varsity Championship Race
6:00pm: Awards 

PARKING: $5.00 PER VEHICLE (buses and school vehicles do not pay).

Results: Will be posted on the results board by the finish line. Results will be sent to

Shirts: Terrific, long sleeve technical shirts will be available for an amazing price of $15.00!

Concessions will be available near the Finish Area.

Changing/ shower facilities: Our football half time building that is on sight is available for changing and showers. If you would like the use of this facility you must request it with us by email. E-mail:

Athletic Trainer: We will have an athletic trainer on site for limited assistance.

Water/ Gatorade: Coolers and cups of both will be at the start and finish.

Sanctioning: The meet is sanctioned. Please contact Brandon Bear with questions.

School’s address:
Blacksburg High School
3401 Bruin Lane
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Traveling I-81, take Exit 118 (also Va Tech exit). This goes onto a collector lane that you will follow to Exit 118-B (to Blacksburg). Stay on this road. You will be traveling West on 460 Bypass.

Stay on Route 460 heading west. Take the 2nd Price’s Fork Road exit after going under the overpass (this is the 2nd exit after the stoplight at Virginia Tech). Exit will bring you out on Price’s Fork Road. Continue on Price’s Fork Road past Foxridge Apartments (on the left), shopping center (on the left), volunteer fire department (on the right), Kipps Elementary School (on the left), and Blacksburg Middle School (on the left). Continue past BMS and take a left on Bruin Lane at the stoplight. Continue down Bruin Lane to Blacksburg High School.

There will be volunteers that will direct buses where to park.

History of the Metro XC Championships

Patrick Henry Coach Lloyd Woods thought that a cross country race that featured the best in the Roanoke Valley area would be a good thing for distance-running athletes and for bringing attention to the little-known sport of cross country. The local cross country coaches met and agreed with Coach Woods. Richard Browder (Andrew Lewis), Lloyd Woods (Patrick Henry), Lynn Stewart (Northside), Richard Pitts (Glenvar), Sam Shackleford (Cave Spring) and Henry Fulford (William Fleming) met. William Byrd did not have a cross country team at this time. The coaches chose the name Roanoke Metro Championship Cross Country Meet. It was suggested by Coach Lloyd Woods. Later it became known simply as "The Metro".

First Race: 1974 hosted by Patrick Henry High School
; Meet Director: Lloyd Woods. 
The first race was held on the PH XC course

1975 Meet Director: Richard Browder (Andrew Lewis High School) 
Course: Baptist Children’s Home 2.8 miles. 
Home of “Mother Hill”

1976 Meet Director: Richard Pitts (Glenvar High School) 
Course: Glenvar High School

1977 The race moves back to the Baptist Children’s Home.

Meet Director: Richard Browder (Salem High School)

1978 The first women’s race was held at Fallon Park. The Meet Director was Richard Thrasher (William Byrd High School).
1979 The women’s race was added to the Metro Meet at the Baptist Children’s home. Meet Director: Richard Browder (Roanoke College).

1985-1995 New Meet Directors: Tom Roth and Tony Wirt (Salem High).
 The course remains at the Baptist Children’s Home. 

1996 The races were moved to Roanoke College’s Elizabeth Campus. Meet Directors: Tom Roth and Tony Wirt (Salem High)

 1998 Alleghany High School hosted at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

1999-2004 The races returned to Roanoke College’s Elizabeth Campus. Meet Directors: Tom Roth and Tony Wirt (Salem High) 

2005-2013 The races were moved to Green Hill Park in Roanoke County. 
Meet Directors: Tommy Maguire and Laurence Loesel
 (Cave Spring High School).

2014 The races were moved to Blacksburg High School in Montgomery County.
2014-2015 Meet Director: James DeMarco. 2016- Meet Director Brandon Bear.

Through all of the changes the Metro meet has remained the area’s largest showcase of the best local running talent!

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