Meet Info


We invite you and your runners to be part of this year's 55th 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. Last year's meet drew over 8200 entries from 262 schools in eight states and Canada. (Way back in 1965, our first meet had a field of 12 schools and 290 runners.)

 Changes for 2019 -  1. We're revamping the sequence of Races 13 through 22 to make the Soph races more convenient for the large schools.  2. We're eliminating the Varsity-B designation, making those five races clearly J.V.  and removing any ambiguity for the out-of-state schools.  3. We're making it clear, especially for new coaches, that varsity scorers cannot be used in J.V. races. Read the high-lighted section under”Using Runners at Proper Levels” below.  4. We're naming Race #23, Girls AAA Seeded, in memory of Bob Goodell, the Victor coach and Section V coordinator who died this past November.

DATE: Sat., September 28- 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).

7 Boys Varsity (3 seeded, 4 unseeded)
6 Girls Varsity (3 seeded, 3 unseeded)
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 (this is being revised for 2019)

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. 22nd.

DEADLINES: Observe these two dates:
(Entry form-  will be up by end of July) - MON,SEPT 16th
Online Race Entries - SUN. SEPT. 22nd AT 3 P.M.
Coaches, please edit your Race Entries to exclude those not running in this meet.

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 - There are almost 250 places for cars and vans adjacent to the course, but all buses will be directed to either the carousel lot in Genesee Valley Park or to the large University of Rochester lot bordering the park. Any buses entering via River Rd. should expect to drop runners off at the course and be directed to one of the bus lots.

RACE ASSIGNMENTS - Schools will be assigned according to size first. Three divisions for boys: Small (A), Medium (AA), Large (AAA); same three for Girls. Cut-off points change from year to year, so check our web site on 9/23 to be sure about the races your teams are in. If you want to compete in a higher division, check with the meet director before 6:00pm on Tues. 9/24. Within each division, varsity races are divided into seeded and unseeded. Boys: 3 seeded, 4 unseeded; Girls: 3 seeded and 3 unseeded. Seeded races will have 20-25 teams; unseeded could go as high as 40-45.

"MIXED" RACES - If necessary to avoid over-crowding of unseeded races, we will place up to 10 unseeded teams in a seeded race and have a separate scoring and first-place plaque for the best unseeded team. Computer scoring will separate seeded teams from unseeded teams. We increased the seeded race awards to prevent inequities if the race became a mixed one. (Last year, none of our races were "mixed.") COACHES: IF YOU ENTER A TEAM AND ASK TO BE UNSEEDED, ALSO INDICATE ON THE ENTRY IF YOU DO NOT WISH YOUR TEAM TO BE PLACED IN A "MIXED" RACE.

TO FIND OUT WHAT RACES YOU'RE IN – The seeding meeting will be on Sun., 9/22. Beginning Monday 9/23 you can find your school listed in the race SCHEDULE for the whole meet. Changes can be requested up until 6:00pm on Tues., 9/24. 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.

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. Check with the meet director no later than Tues., Sept. 24th if you're not sure about seeded or unseeded race placement.

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

1. ALL sub-varsity races allow unlimited entries, but only 7 runners figure in scoring.
2. Girls Varsity: No limit for small school races, so don't enter girls J.V. r ace (#16) -- it will involve a 3-hour wait. Limit of 10 in AA, AA-2, and AAA. Run all others in Girls Soph or Girls J.V.
3. Boys Varsity: Maximum of 10 in all seeded races, but only 7 count. Limit of 7 in all unseeded races. If there are any boys "Mixed" races, all teams can run 10.
4. "Straggler" Rule: Due to the looping nature of the course and our tight time schedule, this rule will once again be in effect for all JV, Soph, and Varsity races. Any boys who do not make the 2-mile mark by 16:00 and any girls who don't make it by 18:00 will end their race at that point. 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 October 3rd in 2020. (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.