XC Invitational

October 15, 2011 @ Pocahontas State Park 5K Course in Chesterfield, VA

Hosted by Clover Hill     Timing/Results: PMV Timing    

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Additional story with quotes on the Invitational from freelance writer Betsy McElfresh.
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The 2011 Cross Country Invitational will be held Saturday, October 15th once again at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, VA. Confirmed the venue...

Additional Information


Below is a list of the teams selected by meet management to compete in either the varsity A or B race divisions at the upcoming Invitational. The below list only includes anticipated full squads and does not include individual entries who have been entered by their coaches. There will be two starting boxes for individual runners not competing with full teams in each of the two varsity race divisions. We'll have some top tier individuals with teams in the "B" race that will be racing out their team in the "A" race.

Varsity A Boys
1. Albemarle
2. Atlee
3. Blacksburg
4. Brentsville District
5. Cosby
6. Deep Run
7. Hickory
8. James Madison
9. James Robinson
10. Jamestown
11. Lafayette
12. Lake Braddock
13. Maggie Walker
14. Mills Godwin
15. Mountain View
16. Ocean Lakes
17. Patrick Henry (Roanoke)
18. Riverbend
19. Stafford
20. T.C. Williams
21. Thomas Jefferson SS&T
22. Trinity
23. York
24. Watauga (NC)
25. Westfield

Varsity B Boys
1. Broadwater Academy
2. Bruton
3. Caroline
4. Chancellor
5. Clover Hill
6. Cumberland
7. Dinwiddie
8. Goochland
9. Hanover
10. L.C. Bird
11. Liberty Christian Academy
12. Massaponax
13. Matoaca
14. Menchville
15. Middlesex
16. Monacan
17. North Stafford
18. Orange County
19. Patrick Henry (Ashland)
20. Princess Anne
21. Potomac Senior
22. Powhatan
23. Smithfield
24. St. Anne's-Belfield
25. Tabb
26. Thomas Dale

Varsity A Girls
1. Albemarle
2. Atlee
3. Blacksburg
4. Brentsville District
5. Cosby
6. James Madison
7. Jamestown
8. James Robinson
9. Hanover
10. Hickory
11. Lake Braddock
12. Maggie Walker
13. Massaponax
14. Mills Godwin
15. Mountain View
16. North Stafford
17. Patrick Henry (Ashland)
18. Patrick Henry (Roanoke)
19. Princess Anne
20. Ocean Lakes
21. St. Catherine's
22. T.C. Williams
23. Thomas Jefferson S&T
24. Watauga (NC)
25. Westfield

Varsity B Girls
1. Broadwater Academy
2. Bruton
3. Chancellor
4. Clover Hill
5. Cumberland
6. Deep Run
7. Dinwddie
8. Goochland
9. L.C. Bird
10. Lafayette
11. Liberty Christian Academy
12. Matoaca
13. Menchville
14. Middlesex
15. Monacan
16. Orange County
17. Potomac Senior
18. Powhatan
19. Riverbend
20. Smithfield
21. St. Anne's-Belfield
22. Stafford
23. Tabb
24. Trinity
25. York


Below is the JV race assignments for this weekend's Invitational. We have decided to add a 2nd JV girls race to the meet schedule due to increased entry numbers. Please check the new meet schedule posted on the meet schedule, which reflects this race addition.

We have changed the first 400 meters of the course to handle a larger field as the starting line will be pushed further back much closer to the tree line, while the first turn will be a much wider sweeping turn than the sharper and more narrow turn in previous years.

Next year will be looking at hosting races on Friday evening as well as "B" squad races for teams to show off depth in their next 7 runners.

JV Race #1
Girls Race @ Noon
Boys Race @ 12:30 PM

Mills Godwin
Mountain View
North Stafford
Ocean Lakes
Patrick Henry (Ashland)
Patrick Henry (Roanoke)
Potomac Senior
Princess Anne
St. Catherine's
T.C. Williams
Thomas Dale
Thomas Jefferson S&T

JV Race #2
Girls Start @ 1:00 PM
Boys Start @ 1:30 PM

Broadwater Academy
Clover Hill
Deep Run
James Madison
L.C. Bird
Lake Braddock
Maggie Walker

2011 Cross Country Invitational

Date: Saturday, October 15th

Location: Pocahontas State Park. Located at 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832. In Chesterfield County, about 20 miles from Richmond. It's easily accessible from Interstate 95, Route 288 and Route 360. See below for detailed directions.

Drive Time: Northern Virginia, two hours; Richmond, half an hour; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, two hours; Roanoke, three hours

From Interstate 95 south of Richmond: Take exit 61 onto Route 10 west, then left onto Route 655 (Beach Road). Go about four miles to State Park Road, which is on the right.

From Interstate 95 north of Richmond: Take Interstate 295 south to Route 10 west (Iron Bridge Road) to Route 655 (Beach Road) to State Park Road.

From 64 west of Richmond: Take Route 288 south to Route 10 east (Iron Bridge Road) to Route 655 (Beach Road) to State Park Road.

From 64 east of Richmond: Take Interstate 295 south to Route 10 west to Route 655 (Beach Road) to State Park Road.

Click here for a Google map.

Host School: Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, VA.

Sanctioned: Sanctioned by the VHSL for in-state schools. Pending sanction approvals for North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and DC.

Course: An accurate and well marked 5K course (every 400 meters is marked with permanent stake and sign of current distance). Spikes are recommended on this course with only one short road crossing that is repeated twice with the rest of the course either grass or crushed dirt/gravel trails.
Course Maps: A close but not completely accurate course maps on can be found below

High School 5K Course
Middle School 4K Course

Course Video Tour: In 2009, we did a video course tour for teams, coaches, athletes, and spectators. Video is broken into three segments with the first mile (start to 1 mile mark), second mile (1 mile mark to 2 mile mark), and third mile (2 mile to 5K finish). Watch course tour videos below.

1st Mile of Course
2nd Mile of Course
3rd Mile of Course

Meet & Course Records:
Boys: Grant Pollock (Mills Godwin) 15:20 2009
Girls: Megan Moye (Cosby) 17:42 2010

Divisions: Varsity A Girls, Varsity A Boys, Varsity B Girls, Varsity B Boys, JV Girls (2 races if necessary), JV Boys (2 races if necessary, likely), Middle School Girls, Middle School Boys.

NOTE: Top 20 teams (field of 140 runners) chosen based off meet management's discretion will be placed in varsity "A" division races. Remaining teams will be placed in varsity "B" division race. Select top ranked individuals may also be placed in the varsity "A" race without their team who were not selected for the "A" race. List of teams in each division and JV divisions will be posted on on Tuesday, October 11th.

School Limits: We will be accepting the first 40 high schools who submit a $100 deposit to reserve their spot into the meet. The remaining difference of final entry fee total must be paid prior or by the day of the meet.

Individual Entries: High school coaches may enter individuals instead of their full squad into this event. Only high school coaches and no athlete or parent can enter an individual athlete into the meet to compete.

Race Limitations: 7 runners per team in each varsity race. Unlimited runners per team in JV and middle school races.

Entry Fees: Entry fees have been raised from 2010 meet due to increasing cost of chip timing, park staffing, awards, and other meet expenses.

High School Division - $7 per runner entered. $350 max per school.
Middle School Division - $5 per runner entered. $150 max per school.

Checks Payable: Make checks payable to Mail to 3511 Quail Hill Ct, Midlothian, VA 23112.

Online Registration: Coaches must contact meet director Brandon Miles at for password to enter meet. Teams can register online at

How do I register for a meet?

1. Login or Register - You must have a user name and password for Milesplit. To get that, if you don't have one, click register in the top right gray MileSplt bar directly under the Universal Sports logo and search box.

2. Claim Your Team - If you haven't already set this up, you must be registered as a coach or team administrator to register for a meet In order to get set up, you go to your team page, and at the top right, click Claim This Team. Choose either that you want to be a coach or team admin. Follow the instructions on that page. Apply and submit. Once you do that and are approved (usually within a few hours), you will receive a confirmation email and you'll be set to go to the next step.

3. Update Your Roster - If your team's roster is not already up to date, now is a good time to get any corrections made and add any additional athletes to it. Go to your team page, login, and you will see button that says "Team Administration" to the right of your team's name. Click that and then click roster on left hand toolbar. Enter or update your roster, adding any new athletes. To move graduated athletes to Alumni, simply add their graduation year and hit save.

4. Enter the Meet - Go to the season calendar and click on the green meet registration button of the meet you want to enter. Read and follow the instructions carefully and fill out the form completely. Once entered you'll see all of the available events/races listed out. To put your athletes into these events/races click the "Edit Entries" link by the event. On the following page, check the athletes you want in the race (putting in seed times if applicable), and click the save button at the bottom. Do this for each event/race. You will be able to change and update these entries until the entry deadline.

Entry Deadline: Entries will close online at midnight on Monday, October 10th. All entries and team roster submissions must be done online. NO EXCEPTIONS! Make sure that you have selected all runners from your roster who will be competing on race day by this deadline.


NOTE: Top 20 teams (field of 140 runners) chosen based off meet management's discretion will be placed in varsity "A" division. Remaining teams will be placed in varsity "B" division. List of teams in each division and JV divisions will be posted on on Tuesday, October 11th.

Friday, October 14th

2:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Course Preview (Sunset 6:35 PM - Park closes at dusk)

Saturday, October 15th
7:30 AM - Course Opens
8:00 AM - Packet Pick-Up
8:30 AM - Coaches Meeting
9:00 AM - Middle School Girls 4K
9:30 AM - Middle School Boys 4K
10:00 AM - Varsity "A" Girls 5K
10:30 AM - Varsity "A" Boys 5K
11:00 AM - Varsity "B" Girls 5K
11:30 AM - Varsity "B" Boys 5K
12:00 Noon - JV Girls Race #1
12:30 PM - JV Boys Race #1
1:00 PM - JV Girls Race #2
1:30 PM - JV Boys Race #2
2:00 PM - Awards

Check-In: All athletes and teams should report to their starting boxes 15 minutes prior to their race is scheduled to begin.

Awards: Top 3 teams receive trophies in varsity "A" race. Winning team in varsity "B", JV & Middle School races receive trophies. If two JV races, top team in each race will receive a trophy. Top 20 individual finishers in varsity races will receive medals. Top 15 individual finishers in JV & middle school races receive medals. First place individual in each race receives medal AND bobble head runner trophy.

T-Shirts: Meet T-Shirts will be sold on-site. Pricing is $14 for white short sleeve, $15 for grey or pink. $17 for long sleeve. $20 for tie dye or sweatpants. $35 for hoodies and $14 for cheer style shorts.

Concession: Concession stand will be selling drinks (gatorade, water, soda) and food (healthy food for runners and regular concession food for spectators).

Parking: There will be a $5 parking fee for all spectators, parents, and student drivers. No fee for buses or school vehicles. Teams or athletes traveling in personal vehicles will be charged parking fee. This is collected by the park management and not meet management for all park visitors on the day regardless if they are there for the meet or not. Parents will be required to park in the CCV field parking area, which is a quarter mile into the main entrance of the park on the right hand side. Please follow instructions/directions from volunteer parking attendants. In order to prevent traffic backup, buses will not be allowed to stop and drop off teams at the upper field immediately as they come into the park. They must drive into the park and drop off teams just beyond the park gate entrance and then will be directed to U-Turn and park in the horse center lot, which is located directly across the street on Beach Road from the main park entrance. Overflow spectator parking once the CCV field will be directed to the horse center lot across the road on Beach Rd.

Trainer & EMS on-site: We will have a certified trainer and EMS unit on-site for any injuries or emergencies. Please bring your own athletic tape. We we will have a sweeping gator utility vehicle in every race to pick up any distressed or injured runners on the course.

Keep dogs at home: Dogs have no place at this cross country meet. Last year someone let loose their greyhound who ended up jumping into one of the races and could have taken out some runners. Keep the hounds at home.

Massage Therapy: We will have two massage therapists on-site who will be available to provide short massage sessions for athletes, coaches, and spectators at a charge for $1/minute.

DJ & Music: We will have a DJ on-site at this year's meet providing pump up music to create an even better meet atmsophore.

Trash: Please have your athletes police their area and make sure no trash is left when your team is leaving the park. Trash bags are available in your packet and extras will be available at the team packet pick-up table. We are fortunate to have this venue to host this event and we need to make sure we keep this beautiful state park clean!


Holiday Inn Express
5030 W Village Green Drive, Midlothian, VA
(804) 744-7303

Sleep Inn Harbour Pointe
6451 Bayside Lane, Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 639-3500

Hampton Inn
3620 Price Club Blvd., Midlothian, VA
(804) 675-0000

Super 8
10300 Hull Street, Midlothian, VA
(804) 276-3900

Hampton Inn â€" Midlothian
800 Research Road
Midlothian, VA 23236

Holiday Inn Express â€" Chester
1911 West Hundred Road
Chester, VA 23836

Dining: For those teams who are staying on Friday night before the meet at looking for decent Italian places to eat before the meet. I recommend the places below.

Taste of Italy
13547 Waterford Place, Midlothian, VA, 23114
(804)763 1600

Dolce Vita
2401 Colony Crossing Pl, Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 639-7411

Anna's Restaurant
11027 Hull Street Road, Midlothian, VA 23112