2002 USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
More than 3,000 athletes are expected to brave the elements December 14 at the Carrollton Course in Carrollton, GA - all in pursuit of Junior Olympic gold! The hilly course has been used for many state and regional championship events, and will undoubtedly challenge the competitors. (Note: Carrollton, GA is approximately 50 miles west of Atlanta.)
Part of the Verizon Youth Series, this year's competition will also feature male and female Verizon "Athlete of the Meet" award winners, along with individual and team champions in all 10 age divisions.
Many years ago, cross country was an Olympic sport. It was contested as a "team" event at the 1904, 1912, 1920 and 1924 Summer Games, and as an individual event at the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Games. That spirit is still very prevalent in the sport of cross country today - and it is perhaps most prevalent among the young athletes who compete in the USATF Junior Olympic program.
USATF's Junior Olympic cross country program is made up of preliminary meets in many of our 57 local Associations, which lead to their Association Championships, and then to 16 Regional Championships. Thousands participate, and the group narrows to the "best of the best" at the National Championships each December.