Meet Info

MEET INFO FOR 2022 -

We invite you and your runners to be part of this year's 57th Annual McQuaid Invitational, the nation's largest high school-sponsored cross-country meet.  National Federation sanction has been requested for the twenty states and two Canadian provinces from which we invite schools. in 2021, the meet drew close to 6000 entries from 200 schools in six states. (Way back in 1965, our first meet had a field of 12 schools and 290 runners.)

Registration and Runner Entry is open for coaches. Please fill out one registration form per school (for all teams/levels/genders). Please check the shared race assignments sheet-for 2022 to see where your school and others have been placed. For meet info questions and race assignment adjusts, email Meet Director, Todd Stewart - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For account questions/issues, contact Dave - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Changes for 2022 -  

The Schedule/Awards have been updated for 2022. The Girls Small JV race has been removed. We've condensed the schedule into 23 races, which includes the Bob Bradley Premier, a race for the best teams from all divisions. We've added the Eric Kendrick All-Star Team awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd team (top 21 overall). The course was modified in 2021 to move the expressway loop to the grass on the golf course. You may run up to ten in a varsity race, with unlimited JV. A shared race assignments sheet will be linked to assist with the process.

DATE: Sat., October 1 - First race goes off at 9 o'clock sharp

PLACE: A large scenic glen in Genesee Valley Park, on the southern outskirts of Rochester, next to the I-390 Expressway. (Check DIRECTIONS on website)

COURSES: Varsity: 3.0 miles. Spikes may be used but are not recommended except in muddy conditions. Great for spectators! Mostly grass; moderately hilly. Runners find it deceptively difficult. (Records Boys: 14:12.7; Girls 16:28.2) Jr. High course: 1.62 miles (Records: Boys 8:27; Girls 9:42).

RACES:  
5 Boys Varsity

5 Girls Varsity
5 J.V. races: 3 for Boys, 2 for Girls
2 Sophomore races (1 boys, 1 girls). For anyone in 10th grade, as well as for 7th-9th graders who have lost jr. high eligibility.
6 Jr. High (Gr. 7-9), 3 each for Boys and Girls . Spikes OK. (Note restrictions below under "Using Runners at Proper Levels")

ORDER OF EVENTS: Small schools run early, then medium and large. Check race SCHEDULE (23 races- revised for 2022)

AWARDS: Over 2700, all custom-made. Check AWARDS.

ENTRY FEES:Varsity $50 per team. Sub-varsity $35 per team. School Maximum $240. Individual or incomplete team $10. per Varsity runner or $7. per Sub-Varsity runner. LATE FEE of $25 for all entries after Sunday, Sept. 25th.

DEADLINES: Observe these three dates:
Registration Form-  MON. SEPT. 19th
Online Race Entries (Runner names) - SUN. SEPT. 25th AT 3 P.M.
Roster Changes - Finalize your Race Entries by MON. SEPT. 26th AT 9 A.M - (Entries will be downloaded at that time).

After this deadline, DO NOT retype a runner into another race as that puts them into the meet database twice. On race day, you are free to adjust your entered rosters, on your own,  within your race assignments.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS - If you're making your own reservations, click on the Motels link for info on 27 locations within 5-15 minutes of Genesee Valley Park.

PARKING - As the University of Rochester has a large event on the same weekend, for now, any buses should enter from River Rd. to drop runners off at the course and be directed from there. We are working with the Parks Dept and the golf course to secure ample parking spaces for schools and spectators. As new information becomes available, this will be updated.

RACE ASSIGNMENTS - Schools will be assigned according to size first. Three divisions for boys: Small (A), Medium (AA), Large (AAA); same three for Girls, along with our Bob Bradley premier races. Cut-off points change from year to year. If you want to compete in a higher division, check with the meet director by 3:00pm on Sun. 9/25.

TO FIND OUT WHAT RACES YOU'RE IN – The seeding meeting will be on Sun., 9/25, so check the shared race assignments sheet before 9/25 to be sure about the races your teams are in. By 3:00pm on Sun., 9/25, all race assignments will have been made. Changes can be requested up until 6:00pm on Mon., 9/26. As we will begin to process entries, no requests for changes will be accepted after that. The assignments will be by race numbers only. The times and descriptions of races are on the web site for reference.

REGISTRATION - Your envelopes will be at the gray building by the finish line. On Saturday, complimentary coffee and donuts/bagels will be available to coaches and drivers at the concessions shelter. Coupons will be in your envelopes. REGISTRATION WILL OPEN AT 7:45 AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE MEET UNTIL 1:30. Coaches wishing to pick up their envelopes on Friday may do so between 2:00 and 6:00pm at the gray building.

STARTING LINE POSITIONS - Drawn at random for each race by computer for complete teams only. Incompletes will fill in at end of line. Exception: individual entries in seeded races will be assigned positions, also at random.

USING RUNNERS AT PROPER LEVELS - Three reminders:
1. Under NY rules, runners in Gr.7-9 are ineligible for Jr. high races once they've competed officially in a Varsity or J.V. race. Run them at sophomore level or higher in this meet.
2. Varsity-caliber Sophs (and 7-9, too) may run in the Soph races. They're usually pretty fast.
3. Regardless of grade, no varsity scorers (top 5) may run in a J.V.  race. No exceptions, for any reason. J.V. races are for your second-line runners. Violations of this rule will result in disqualification on the spot.

INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES - Run them in their proper size division (A, AA, AAA) unless you wish them to move up to a larger (and usually tougher) one.

JEWELRY RULE - Watches are okay, but no visible jewelry is allowed. Religious items may be worn but must be taped.

LIMIT ON RUNNERS
1. ALL sub-varsity races allow unlimited entries, but only 7 runners figure in scoring.
2. Girls Varsity: Limit of 10 in all races. but only 7 figure in scoring. Run all others in Girls Soph or Girls J.V.
3. Boys Varsity: Maximum of 10 in all races, but only 7 count in scoring.
4. "Straggler" Rule: To be determined by the new course layout (pending). We've also added time between races to lessen the chance of runners from one race intersecting with runners from another. Due to the looping nature of the course and our time schedule, this rule could be in effect for all JV, Soph, and Varsity races. Any boys who do not make the 2-mile mark by 18:00 and any girls who don't make it by 20:00 could have their race ended at that point or beyond. Coaches, we count on your discretion in this matter. If you enter runners who might be affected by the straggler rule, we suggest that a coach or parent be at the 2-mile mark.

PRACTICING ON THE COURSE - Course lines should be painted by Thursday. If you wish to come to the park that day or Friday, please tell your runners NOT TO RUN ON THE LINES. Some course maps will be left in an envelope attached to the finish bleachers.

SOUVENIRS - Merchandise will be sold on Friday, starting at 2 pm, and Saturday from 7am until sold out. Merchandise includes T-shirts – long and short sleeve, sweatshirts, fleece, wick-aways, pinnies, sweatpants, flannel pants, sling bags and car stickers.

If you have never come to our meet, I think you'll find it well worth the trip. It has something for teams of all sizes and abilities. If you have a conflict this year, plan to come on September 30th in 2023. (Our meet always falls on the 4th Saturday after Labor Day.) Questions? e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.