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10/15/20 – KHSAA Cross Country State Meet Details & Location

October 15, 2020 2020-2021 News Releases


As we approach the Cross Country postseason, the KHSAA wanted to update the membership regarding postseason meets for the sport of Cross Country. 


The 2020 KHSAA State Cross Country Meet will be held at the Bourbon County Cross Country Course at 1054 Millersburg Rd in Paris, Ky. on October 30-31. Maps of the course will be available on the Cross Country website. The time schedule for 2020 will be posted with Class 2A to compete on Friday afternoon, October 30. Class 1A and 3A will compete on Saturday, October 31.

“We appreciate the great work of our longtime prior hosts at the Kentucky Horse Park and recognize their need for continual adjustments during the pandemic,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We have a longstanding relationship with the park and their absolutely wonderful staff. But with their current focus on equestrian events combined with our need to finalize arrangements in a timely manner, this change is necessary for the 2020 state event. Thankfully, this new course offers us a great opportunity to conduct a first-class event for these students who have worked so hard this fall.”


There are no planned adjustments to the qualifying process for the 2020 KHSAA State Cross Country Meet. The state qualifying process for 2020 is planned to be:

  • 1 full team enters the Region Meet, 1 team advances.
  • 2-3 full teams enter the Region Meet, 2 teams advance.
  • 4-5 full teams enter the Region Meet, 3 teams advance.
  • 6-7 full teams enter the Region Meet, 4 teams advance.
  • 8-10 full teams enter the Region Meet, 5 teams advance.
  • 11 or more full teams enter the Region Meet, 6 teams advance.

After the state qualifying teams are determined, the top five (5) individuals from teams NOT advancing to state will qualify for the State Meet as individuals.


The state meet will utilize wave (staggered) starts and there will be a total of three waves in each class and gender. The boys will compete first in waves numbered 1, 2, 3, and girls will compete in waves numbered 4, 5, 6 in each class. For each of the three waves, starting boxes will be assigned to waves using the following criteria:

  • The region champion team and region runner-up team from each region will be in the first wave. The 1st and 2nd place individual runners from each region will also be in the first wave.
  • The second wave will contain the 3rd and 4th place teams from each region as well as the 3rd and 4th place individuals from each region.
  • The final wave will be the remaining qualifying teams and 5th place individuals from each region.


  • Other details will be released in the coming days including ticket sales (which will be only available for purchase in advance and will be digital-only), parking, and other state meet provisions.
  • Lane assignments will be released the week of the state meet. 
  • As previously committed, we will continue evaluating the Department of Public Health data (including items on the new education data portal) and give consideration to any necessary revisions.

Best of luck as you finish up the cross country season.

Please contact Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh ( should you have additional questions.


About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 284 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and 6 sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 106,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more than 12,000 coaches, and licenses and facilitates the distribution of training material for over 4,000 contest officials.

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