Online Clinic Sign Up & Michigan Meet of Champions!

2 very exciting pieces of news for MITCA Members and all of Cross Country in the State of Michigan!

We are hosting an online Cross Country Clinic over 2 days in December. Each day will have a handful of sessions and the 2nd day will conclude with our normal Coach of the Year awards being presented. Sessions will start in the early evening each day.
Speaker info and session schedules will be posted soon but sign up is open!
$40 to start with prices going up to $50 after Thanksgiving.
Dates are Wednesday December 2nd & Thursday December 3rd.
*This includes 2021 MITCA Membership so it is quite the bargain!
2020 MITCA Online Cross Country Clinic Sign Up

Next we are very excited to announce that in place of our normal Mid East Team Michigan Trials meet we have put together a potentially bigger and better event! The Michigan Meet of Champions!

This will a meet open to everyone but with some very fast races and a fun format to highlight some of the best runners in Michigan. This is especially exciting in 2020 when most post season races are not taking place and some of the best athletes from each division won’t even be racing against each other at the State Meet. There will be 3 race divisions:

ELITE ‘TEAM’ RACE
To be considered for the ELITE ‘TEAM’ Race, an athlete must either have a qualifying 5K cross country time or comparable body of work to suggest they would be competitive.

The Boys/Girls qualifying standard is 16:30.0/19:35.0

If you meet the standard, or feel that you have achieved an equivalent performance and appropriate body of work, please continue registering for the ELITE ‘TEAM’ RACE.

***Achieving the standard does not guarantee entry into the field***

ELITE ‘OPEN’ RACE
To be considered for the ELITE ‘OPEN’ Race, an athlete must either have a qualifying 5K cross country time or comparable body of work to suggest they would be competitive.

The Boys/Girls qualifying standard is 17:30.0/21:00.0

If you meet the standard, or feel that you have achieved an equivalent performance and appropriate body of work, please continue registering for the ELITE ‘OPEN’ RACE.

***Achieving the standard does not guarantee entry into the field***

‘OPEN’ RACE
All runners are eligible to compete in the ‘OPEN’ Race. ALL Grades are welcome.

Sign Up here: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Shepherd/TeamMichigan

MITCA Cancels in Person XC Clinic

MITCA Members, the Executive Board is very sad to announce that we will be canceling the in person MITCA Cross Country Clinic this Fall due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While we very much would like to see all of you and facilitate great learning from our speakers, we just did not see any possible way to do our clinic as normal and guarantee the health and safety of our members.

We are looking into the possibility of putting together a very small and simple virtual clinic and hope some of our original speakers can take part in this. This would likely be over the course of 2 evenings and have a couple speaker sessions and an awards presentation for our normal end of season awards. This will also likely be held a little bit later in the year than our normal weekend date.

We will communicate registration information, date and time schedule once we decide if this is feasible. Thank you for being flexible and understanding. A decision on the Track & Field Clinic will also be made by the end of November.

MITCA Supports MHSAA Post Season Plan

MITCA Members,

We are posting today to follow up on the MHSAA announcements of cross country pre-regionals and the changes to the state meet format.

First of all, we want you to know how much time and effort has been spent by your MITCA Board members working with the MHSAA to help ensure the best possible outcome with all of the safety constraints in place this season. We would like to especially thank MITCA Political Liaison Steve Linn and MITCA Cross Country Committee Chairman Brian Salyers.  Their tireless efforts and incredible amount of time spent working with Cody Inglis, the MHSAA Cross Country Assistant Director, have been instrumental in ensuring that we are able to have a state final meet despite the vast number of hurdles that had to be overcome.  There are countless other members of the Cross Country community who have had a hand in the planning and we thank them as well.

We also want to thank those coaches and schools that stepped up to host a pre-regional without much time to prepare.  Things have been changing quickly and we appreciate the efforts from all over the state to adapt and change so many times this season!

We are thrilled that between careful planning and the loosening of the outdoor gathering guidelines the normal number of athletes will be able to compete at the State Meet.  This was not an easy decision to make or an easy plan to come up with. There were several weeks where the possibility of a cross country state finals looked very bleak and the plan was to end the season after the regional meets.  We are happy that all involved were willing to reconsider and allow a modified end of year state final tournament where both individual and team champions will be crowned.  Please know that through all of this MITCA has been advocating for Michigan’s athletes to have as close to a normal experience as possible. 

We understand the frustration of having two heats instead of head to head competition for the state championship meet.  Please know that while there are frustrations and disappointments, they would have been much greater, as track coaches are well aware, if our state championships had been limited to one or two teams per region or were cancelled all together.

MITCA will continue to work with the MHSAA on behalf of the cross country athletes of Michigan and all of you to ensure that you and our athletes have the best possible experience as we proceed through the new tournament process this season.

Thanks once again for all you do for your athletes!

The MITCA Executive Board