KSHSAA changes girls cross country distance

TOPEKA—The Kansas State High School Activities Association has officially increase the girls’ cross country state distance from four to five kilometers, matching the boy’s distance and the competitive distance at the college level.

“In recent years there has been ongoing discussion regarding a potential change in distance for KSHSAA high school girls cross country,” said a news release from the organization.

KSHAA cited surveys from coaches and athletics directors, as well as a letter from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, in making the decision.

“As the 2014-15 school year progressed, the discussion continued and the KSHSAA received notice of increasing support,” the release said.

At its Hune meeting, the KSHSAA Executive Board voted to increase the distance for regional and state meet girls races to 5K with the 2015 season. Member schools and leagues will have to option to set a distance of 4K or 5K for league, varsity and JV completion.

The ruling has no effect on junior high competition.

All KSHSAA regional and state meets will run the 5K distance in both girls and boys competition.

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