MITCA NEWS & REMINDERS

Mid West Meet of Champions is Saturday!

The 2021 Mid West Meet of Champions is Saturday at Olivet College!
Initial Entries – http://www.mitca.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2021-MidWest-Entries.pdf
Meet Info – http://www.mitca.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Midwest21.pdf
Meet Schedule – http://www.mitca.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Midwest21-Schedule.pdf
Tickets $6 – https://gofan.co/app/school/MI86363
Also available at the gate but please have exact change!
Live Stream – http://freetracklive.com/
Live Results – http://track.raceresults.live/

2021 Track & Field Season Update

Hello,
We hope that everyone is having a good start to this very interesting Track & Field Season. While it is certainly crazy, it is much better than what we were doing last spring! We wanted to make sure everyone had seen a few of these updates:
MHSAA Return to Play Guidelines – https://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/Documents/AD%20Forms/PACKET%20TR.pdf
* The Return to Play Guidelines were updated on April 13th and now reflect that you may have up to 500 athletes at a meet and then have more than the current 16 single gender team limit.
MHSAA 2021 Regional Assignments – https://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/Boys-Track-Field/2021-Regionals
https://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/Girls-Track-Field/2021-Regionals
MHSAA 2021 Additional Qualifying & Pole Vault/High Jump Raise Chart – https://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/documents/BTR/addqual.pdf

Due to Covid-19 and the many coaches inquiring MITCA has brought up the concept of early additional qualifiers throughout the season. The MHSAA has said again and again that there will be no changes to the qualifications for Regional & State Finals.
At this time we have been told that Regionals & State Finals will be conducted under normal circumstances with 2 athletes/relays qualifying per event plus additional qualifiers.

MITCA Team State Locations
Division 1 @ Lansing Waverly – Friday, May 28
Division 2 @ Fowlerville – Friday, May 28
Division 3 @ Clare – Saturday, May 29
Division 4 @ Mt. Pleasant – Saturday, May 29
MITCA along with our amazing hosts plans to host the Team State meets. Number of qualifying teams and qualifying methods will be announced once they have been finalized.

MITCA Academic All State rep needed for Division 1. If you are interested in being our Academic All State rep for Division 1 please contact Asa Kelly at kellya@benzieschools.net




Meet of Champions Moved to Freeland

Due to Shepherd Public Schools being closed down the Meet of Champions will be moving to Freeland on Saturday November 14th. Draft show is still tonight at 8:30 PM on MITCA Facebook!

The schedule will be slightly different and is as follows:
This schedule is subject to change based on various factors including: weather and the amount of entries in each race. Races may be combined or made into a ‘wave’ start. If  changes are made the adjustments will be posted here and emailed to all registrants!

8:30 Course Open for Boys
10:00AM Elite Team Boys Race ———–> 8:45AM Bib/Singlet PickUp
10:25AM Elite Open Tier 1 Boys Race –> 9:10AM Bib Pickup
10:50AM Elite Open Tier 2 Boys Race –> 9:35AM Bib Pickup 
11:15AM All Comers Boys Race 1 ——-> 10:00AM Bib Pickup
11:40AM All Comers Boys Race 2 ——-> 10:25AM Bib Pickup

12:00-12:45 – Course Clears 

1:10PM Course Open for Girls
2:40PM Elite Team Girls Race —————-> 1:25PM Bib/Singlet PickUp
3:05PM Elite Open Tier 1 Girls Race ——-> 1:50PM Bib Pickup
3:30PM Elite Open Tier 2 Girls Race ——-> 2:15PM Bib Pickup
4:00PM All Comers Girls Race —————> 2:45PM Bib Pickup

State Meet Week Update

Hello, a few updates going into the State Meet. First off good luck to all competing and thanks to all who have worked so hard to make a safe and possible event happen!

Academic All State – Both forms have been turned off just so we can make a few adjustments. They will be live again on Sunday afternoon, please make plans to get your GPA’s and submit your AAS by Tuesday at 8pm.
Here is some more Academic All State info including a few changes for 2020 due to Covid-19: http://www.mitca.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/2020-XCAAS.pdf

State Meet Info –
Live Results: https://www.superiortiming.com/
Live Stream: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/playoffs/state/michigan
(Requires NFHS Network subscription)
Meet Info: https://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/Documents/BXC/2020finals/2020xcpacket.pdf

Online Cross Country Clinic – Wednesday December 2nd & Thursday December 3rd
Sign Up: http://mitca.org/MITCA/2020-mitca-virtual-cross-country-clinic/

Michigan Meet of Champs – There is tons of great news and info coming soon about this and sign up has been amazing so far! This is going to be a very fun event next Saturday. Please consider having your athletes compete!
Sign Up & Info: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Shepherd/TeamMichigan

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.