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2020 Fall Cross Country

Updated 11/23/2020
Meridian has been using the information provided by the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to guide our decisions for Athletics. As of 11/19/20, WCCHD reported that the County is in the Red / Uncontrolled Community Spread phase, which is characterized by very high community transmission. Due to the fact that athletics are an extracurricular activity, Meridian has suspended indoor sports, with the potential for cancellation, until further notice. We are still hopeful that our outdoor Spring Sports will operate as planned, which means that our Fall and Winter Sports seasons will need to conclude by the scheduled end date.
As Fall Cross Country is an outdoor sport, this update does not affect the plans for the remainder of the Fall Cross Country season.
Plans for Meridian Athletics might change
prior to the start of the sport's season or during the season
if we receive recommendations from the local Health District
or the State to further limit athletic activities.


(Subject to change)

Fall Cross Country

It is the intent for Cross Country to begin September 16th if in Phase II/Yellow by September 14th. If we are in Phase II/Yellow on or by September 14th we plan to participate in an interscholastic competition beginning with the Founders Classic Invitational. If we are in Phase I/Red or higher on September 14th, intramurals will begin once we enter Phase II/Yellow.


  • Students must be aware of their surroundings and work to maintain a minimum of six feet of physical distance at all times.
  • Face masks are required when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Fanny pack or eyeglass lanyard to hold a mask while running is recommended.
  • In an effort to reduce exposure through contact, shared water coolers, water bottles and cooling towels will not be provided. Students should bring enough water to last them through the practice/competition or they will not be able to participate that day.

Practice Information:

  • Number of practices = Approximately 20, 1-hour practices. 2, 1-hour practices per week.
  • First practice =  9/16 if in Phase II/Yellow by 9/14
  • Practice days and times = Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30 - 7:30 am 
  • Practice location = Brushy Creek Lake Park, Cedar Park


  • Registration fee = $35 for Fall Cross Country, due 9/9.
  • Participation fee = $210 for Fall Cross Country, due 9/14.
  • No refunds will be issued. No refunds for cancelled practices.

Participant Information:

  • Eligible grades: 7th-12th grade
  • Minimum participants = 8
  • Maximum participants =  The maximum number of participants will depend on the number of parent volunteers. The ratio must be 1:10 to be sure students are monitored on trails.
    • Based on the number of parents who volunteered to help monitor practices, the maximum number of participants for Fall Cross Country will be 50.
  • Tryouts: There will not be tryouts for Fall Cross County. Registration will be conducted on a first come, first served basis with a waiting list for those beyond the maximum number of participants.


Fall Competitions:

10/3 - Founders Classical Academy Invitational

10/10 - Brentwood Christian School Invitational


Important Dates for Fall Cross Country:

9/2 - Registration opens. Communicated in the Lions Share

9/9 - Registration ends. Communicated in the Lions Share

9/9 - Physical forms due

9/11 - Participation Fee invoices sent via MySchoolBucks

9/14 - Participation fee invoices due

9/14, 6-7 pm - Parent/Athlete Mandatory Meeting

9/16 - First practice if in Phase II/Yellow by 9/14

10/3 - Founders Invitational (See Athletics Calendar for details)

10/10 - Brentwood Invitational (tentative)

12/4 - Last practice


The following applies to all Meridian Athletics offerings:

  • Physical Eligibility: Student athletes must have a valid physical form cleared by a physician on file with the Athletics Department before participating.
  • Academic Eligibility: Students must be academically eligible to participate in interscholastic or intramural competitions.
  • Lettering: Lettering is possible for students who participate in sports that are competing in interscholastic competitions at the Varsity level. 
Learn more about Eligibility for Athletics here.