The mission of CYO sports is to help develop our Catholic youth through healthy & enjoyable competition. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many people, past and present, Philadelphia CYO track & field and cross country have grown to be among of the largest and most competitive programs in America.
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Congratulations to the Philadelphia CYO Cross Country team!
In all, we took 236 children to the national championships. This is a record high number for our group. The subnovice girls, subnovice boys and the novice boys came away with a national championship. The novice girls and the minor girls were runner ups. The meet drew over 2500 competitors from across the country so competition was tough. Nolan Yeagle won the subnovice boys championship. Emma Zwall won the 12 year old girls championship and Olivia Cellini won the 6 year old girls championship. The top 25 in each age group received medals and the Philadelphia CYO came away with 41 medals in the 8 races that we entered (not counting the high school races.)
It was quite a day for the entire group. Congrats to the runners, the coaches and their parents. It was a wonderful experience that they all will remember for a very long time.
First race goes off at 1 PM, with each race starting after a sufficient number competitors in the previous race have finished. (Generally 15 - 20 minutes apart) I would expect the sub-novice races to start approximately 10 minutes apart. Individual medals and team awards will be given out shortly after the cadet boys race is completed. Parking will be an issue at Champs due to the increased size of participants, please plan to arrive early, and carpool wherever possible! Commemorative 2015 CYO Cross Country Championship t-shirts will be for sale near the results & 50/50 sales. If you have ordered sweats or other items, please remember to pick them up near the end of the finish line chute. The earlier the better! A reminder to all parents and coaches that the finish line area is completely off limits to spectators. Each week we have athletes who cross the finish line area with their bib number on creating phantom athletes - those blank spots in the pdf results. If you need to access the restroom area, please walk behind the end of the finish line chute, cross the access road and come up the grass on the far side. Protests or questions should be lodged only by coaches.
- In order to coach in the CYO Cross Country Program, an individual must meet
the following criteria:
1) A Head Coach must be a mature
Christian adult of at least twenty-one (21) years of age prior to August 1,
2015. Assistant Coaches have no minimum age requirement, unless specified by
2) All coaches, including assistant
coaches MUST have attended the CYO Coaches’ Orientation Program prior to the
start of their second year of coaching. An assistant coach is defined as anyone who
works with and/or instructs members of the cross country team more than one day
a week. Orientation dates can be found online at http://cyophilly.com/for-coaches-staff/
3) All coaches must meet any additional
requirements of their parish, local, state and federal government
Archdiocese of Philadelphia is committed to the implementation of the Charter
for the Protection of Children and Young People. Therefore, all adults involved in ministry
and service to children must provide required background checks and proof of
attendance at the Safe Environment training for their parish.
T-Shirts and a complete meet program, including history of past champions, records and cross country champions will be for sale at the stadium. Medals are awarded to the top 6 finishers in each event and will be available after results are announced, not the completion of an event. Any medals not collected before the completion of the meet will be forfeit. Relays - 4x200 will be run using a 2 turn stagger - i.e. in lanes for the 1st and 2nd leg, 3rd leg will break to the rail. 4x400 will be run using a 2 turn stagger, with the 2nd runner breaking to the rail immediately after receiving the baton. Because the entire race is not run in lanes athletes may not use the fly zone or line up outside of the exchange zone in the 4x200, 4x400, and 4x800. Relays will be DQ'd if runners are lined up outside of the exchange zone right before the hand-off is attempted. High Jump - Opening Heights: NG - 3' 4" NB - 3' 4" MG - 4'0" MB - 4'0" CG - 4'4" CB - 4'8"
Free! Download and print at home, there will not be copies on site.
The timing of when athletes can get on the field and when the coaches meeting begins is contingent on Penn clearing the track following their practice. These are estimated times, please listen for the call from the announcer.
CYO Night at the Penn Relays will run RAIN OR SHINE. If we have thunderstorms in the area we will pause the races. Penn has a very accurate lightening meter and they will inform us when we must leave the track and when we can return. We are required to wait 20 minutes after the last lightening strike.
Only the South Stands and Sections EA and EB will be open for seating this year.
The set up for the 2015 Region Meets has been added to the links on the right hand page. Region/Division Commissioners should download and restore to check that there are no problems. Track events are set for 8 lanes for seeded races run entirely in lanes and must be changed if you are using a 6 lane track.
Please do not alter or change team names. If a new team has been added to your region, please contact me to add a team to the database.
We are still using Meet Manager 3.0, but it should upscale if your timing service is using 4.0 or 5.0.
Elimination of the Grade Requirement. Like Cross Country, Track and Field was given permission by the Archdiocese to eliminate the requirement that Novices be in at least 4th grade. Therefore, all age groups are now determined solely by age as of December 31, 2014 and 3rd graders who were born in 2005 are eligible to compete as Novices this year. Note: elimination of the grade requirement as it previously pertained to Novices only, individuals who have graduated 8th grade are NOT eligible to participate in grade school CYO athletics, regardless of their age.
Area Relay Advancers have been reduced from 6 per Area to 5.
Area Medalist - We have returned to awarding medals to only the top 6 athletes/relay teams at Area Champs
The Archdiocesan Track &Field Fee was increased from $10 to $11 per athlete.
All Region and Areas are required to use Automatic Timing for their Championship Meets
Franklin Field is again undergoing construction this year following UPenn graduation, therefore we are still in search of a site for Archdiocesan Champs. Once a location has been confirmed, I will post it here online.
I haven't updated the Hy-Tek meet set-up for region/area meets yet. I will post it online once I have done so.