Meet - Pickens Preview Middle School Cross Country - August 20, 2016

Roper Park, 1826 Refuge Road, Jasper, GA 30143

Meet entry page.  Entries close Wednesday, August 17, 8:00 pm.
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Coach Matthew's Notes
  • See bottom of this page for map of Parking and Meeting location.
  • This is a middle school meet (see link for details).  Typically, 6th-8th graders are welcome, though, at Coach Matthew's discretion, we can enter younger athletes.
  • The race distance is about 2 miles / 3200 meters.
  • The middle school race is the first race of the day.  High schools compete afterwards.
  • Don't worry if you do not have a uniform!  Come ready to run in your regular running clothes.  We may have a uniform or shirt for you to wear, but it is not a requirement.
  • Review our Meet Day Preparations for some guidelines.  Athletes should arrive no less than 45 minutes before their starting time.
  • Coach Matthew will not be at this meet this year.  The USATF Georgia Association annual meeting is scheduled that same morning.  We'll figure out which coach will be there and let you know.
    • 8/16/2016 - I've spoken with Scott and Kelli Vos.  They will pick-up the team packet with bib numbers the morning of the race.
    • See bottom of this page for map of Parking and Meeting location.
    • The team meeting area will be the bleachers next to the ball field near the main entry gate.
    • Do not worry if you do not have a team uniform.
    • There will not be a team tent. Look for Alpha Crush parents wearing team shirts and other Alpha Crush athletes.
    • All athletes should arrive no later than 7:30 am, preferably by 7:00 am.  You need time to warm up!
  • Athletes will go to the starting line 10-15 minutes before their race, but they should already be warmed up.
  • Athletes are responsible for their own warm-up.  It doesn't mean a coach won't help, but don't stand around waiting for someone to come get you.  If you arrive in plenty of time, all will be OK, as coaches will gather athletes.  But, if you come late, you may miss the "group" warm-up and will have to warm-up on your own.
  • This is the meet information page provided by the race director, not Coach Matthew.  It is provided for your information.  Don't be confused by entry fees, etc.  Alpha Crush takes care of all the administration.
The Perfect Timing Group will handle results and scoring. Each athlete will be assigned a shoe chip and each athlete's name and time will appear in the official results for their race. Please note the following:
  1. Bib numbers must match the chip numbers for each athlete.
  2. Use the provided zip-ties to secure chips to EITHER shoe. We will remove the chips in the finish chute with scissors, and attaching the chip to shoelaces means we’ll have to cut shoelaces!
  3. VERY IMPORTANT – please return ALL your team chips to the Timers at the finish line before leaving. There is a $20 fee for each unreturned chip.
Race Times:
  1. Middle School Boys - (3200 meters) 7:45 AM
  2. Middle School Girls - (3200 meters) 8:15 AM
  3. HS Varsity Boys - (5K) 9:00 AM
  4. HS Varsity Girls - (5K) 9:30 AM
  5. HS J.V. Boys - (5K) 10:15 AM
  6. HS J.V. Girls - (5K) 10:45 AM
Chip timing for all races will be provided by The Perfect Timing Group.

Awards: Team trophies to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in Middle School and Varsity races. No team awards in J.V. races. Individual awards to top 10 finishers in every race, boys and girls. Special "Pickens Preview Race Champion" t-shirt to individual winners for each race.

M.S. team awards will be presented after start of Girls' Varsity race. Varsity team awards will be presented after completion of all races. Individual top 10 medals for each race will be presented at the finish chute.

Course: With a little walking, runners are visible over approximately 1/2 of the course with great views of start and finish for spectators. Course is mostly flat, but with some short, challenging hills and a tunnel. Terrain varies and includes grass, asphalt, gravel road, dirt, and cement sidewalk. The high school course loops around Roper Park, passes through a tunnel (under Refuge Rd.) to a loop behind Pickens County Middle School, and then passes back through the tunnel to finish in Roper Park. Finish is close to the start.

The middle school course involves much of the same terrain and will also go through the tunnel to the Pickens County Middle School part of the course. Runners will return to finish on the same field they start on.

Facilities: Restrooms will be available.

Concessions: Food and drinks will be available.

Spectator Admission: A $5 entry fee will be charged for adults, $2 entry for students and children.

T-shirts: Customizable meet T-shirts by EagleSportz will be available for sale .

Parking: Parking for spectators is available at Roper Park or across the street at Pickens County Middle School (PCMS). All buses will be directed to park at PCMS with teams entering Roper Park through the tunnel.

From I-575 North
I-575 turns into GA 515. Continue North toward Jasper. Turn right on Hwy 108 at the first traffic light. At the top of the hill, turn left on the first road, Refuge Rd. Buses continue to the 4-way stop and turn left. Turn left again at the Rec building. Buses will be parked in the lot behind the rec building. NO buses or spectators will be allowed to park in the lot AT the rec building! That is reserved for rec department classes and for those parties who have rented the building for the day. Parents and spectators should park either at Roper Park on the right or at Pickens County Middle School on the left.

From GA 515 South
In Jasper, turn left at the 4th traffic light (at the Quick Trip just past Days Chevrolet). Continue straight on this road. Buses will turn right to park behind the Rec Department building. Spectators should go to the 4-way stop and turn right. They may park at Roper Park on the right or at the Pickens County Middle School on the left.

Course Map

Parking and Meeting Area - click image to download/enlarge