Cross Country 2 September 2010 Comments Off

Men’s Cross Country Recruiting Guidelines

(Based on the results of a study completed by NCSA Recruiting Network)

High School Qualifications

  • Division I
    • 4 years Varsity
    • State Champion or High State Finish (dependant on level of competition: 1A, 2A, 3A
    • Honors like All-State or All-Region
    • Meet of Champions Qualifier or High Finish (All Divisions in the State)
    • Team MVP and/or Captain
  • Division II
    • 3 or more years Varsity
    • State Qualifier or High State Finish depending on level of competition (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A)
    • Honors like All-Region, Section, County, Conference or League
  • Division III
    • 2+ Years Varsity
    • State Qualifier preferred
    • Honors like All-County, Conference, or League
  • NAIA
    • 2+ Years Varsity
    • State Qualifier preferred
    • Honors like  All-County, Conference, or League

AAU and USTAF Qualifications

  • Division I
    • USATF Regional & National competition strongly preferred
    • Participation in Track Club
  • Division II
    • USATF Regional competition preferred
    • Participation in Track Club preferred
  • Division III
    • USATF competition is beneficial
    • Track club participation is beneficial
  • NAIA
    • USATF competition is beneficial
    • Track club participation is beneficial

Division I

Event Tier 1
Recruit
Tier 1
Roster
Tier 2
Recruit
Tier 2
Roster
5,000M (5K) 15:00 15:30 15:50 16:15
10,000M 31:00 35:00 35:00 36:00

Division II

Event Tier 1
Recruit
Tier 1
Roster
Tier 2
Recruit
Tier 2
Roster
5,000M (5K) 16:20 17:00 17:15 17:30
10,000M 34:00 38:00 36:00 40:00

Division III

Event Tier 1 Tier 2
5,000M (5K) 17:00 18:00
10,000M 35:00 40:00

NAIA

Event Tier 1 Tier 2
5,000M (5K) 17:00 18:00
10,000M 35:00 40:00

National Events

  • Division I
    • USATF National Club Cross Country Championships
    • USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
    • AAU Nationals
  • Division II
    • N/A
  • Division III
    • N/A
  • NAIA
    • N/A

Regional Events

  • Division I
    • USATF Association Championships (State JO’s)
    • USATF Regional Championships (Regional JO’s)
      • U.S is divided into 15 Multi-State Regions
  • Division II
    • N/A
  • Division III
    • N/A
  • NAIA
    • N/A

College Cross Country by the Numbers

Schools with Cross-Country Programs
Varsity Men Women
NCAA Division I 315 341
NCAA Division II 237 265
NCAA Division III 387 410
NAIA 206 212
Junior College 116 128
Total 1,261 1,356
Average # Athletic Scholarships, per school
Division I(per school) 12.6 18
Division II (per school) 12.6 12.6
NAIA 5 5
NJCAA (*varies per school) 10 10
Total Student-Athlete Participation
NCAA Division I 4,652 5,534
NCAA Division II 2,929 3,117
NCAA Division III 5,434 5,450
NAIA 1,893 1,826
NCJAA 1,027 812
High School 231,452 198,199

women’s cross country recruiting guidelines

(Based on the results of a study completed by NCSA Recruiting Network)

High School Qualifications

  • Division I
    • 4 years Varsity
    • State Champion or High State Finish (dependant on level of competition: 1A, 2A, 3A
    • Honors like All-State or All-Region
    • Meet of Champions Qualifier or High Finish (All Divisions in the State)
    • Team MVP and/or Captain
  • Division II
    • 3 or more years Varsity
    • State Qualifier or High State finish, depending on level of competition (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A)
    • Honors like All-Region, Section, County, Conference or League
  • Division III
    • 2+ Years Varsity
    • State Qualifier preferred
    • Honors like All-County, Conference, or League
  • NAIA
    • 2+ Years Varsity
    • State Qualifier preferred
    • Honors like  All-County, Conference, or League

AAU and USTAF Qualifications

  • Division I
    • USATF Regional & National competition strongly preferred
    • Participation in Track Club
  • Division II
    • USATF Regional competition preferred
    • Participation in Track Club preferred
  • Division III
    • USATF competition is beneficial
    • Track club participation is beneficial
  • NAIA
    • USATF competition is beneficial
    • Track club participation is beneficial

Division I

Event Tier 1
Recruit
Tier 1
Roster
Tier 2
Recruit
Tier 2
Roster
5,000M (5K) 18:30 19:00 18:50 20:30
10,000M 35:00 35:50 36:00 38:00

Division II

Event Tier 1
Recruit
Tier 1
Roster
Tier 2
Recruit
Tier 2
Roster
5,000M (5K) 18:55 20:00 21:00 22:00
10,000M 36:00 38:00 40:00 42:00

Division III

Event Tier 1 Tier 2
5,000M (5K) 21:00 23:00
10,000M 42:30 46:00

NAIA

Event Tier 1 Tier 2
5,000M (5K) 21:00 23:00
10,000M 42:30 46:00

National Events

  • Division I
    • USATF National Club Cross Country Championships
    • USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
    • AAU Nationals
  • Division II
    • N/A
  • Division III
    • N/A
  • NAIA
    • N/A

Regional Events

  • Division I
    • USATF Association Championships (State JO’s)
    • USATF Regional Championships (Regional JO’s)
      • U.S is divided into 15 Multi-State Regions
  • Division II
    • N/A
  • Division III
    • N/A
  • NAIA
    • N/A

College Cross Country by the Numbers

Schools with Cross-Country Programs
Varsity Men Women
NCAA Division I 315 341
NCAA Division II 237 265
NCAA Division III 387 410
NAIA 206 212
Junior College 116 128
Total 1,261 1,356
Average # Athletic Scholarships, per school
Division I(per school) 12.6 18
Division II (per school) 12.6 12.6
NAIA 5 5
NJCAA (*varies per school) 10 10
Total Student-Athlete Participation
NCAA Division I 4,652 5,534
NCAA Division II 2,929 3,117
NCAA Division III 5,434 5,450
NAIA 1,893 1,826
NCJAA 1,027 812
High School 231,452 198,199

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