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2003 USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships

National Championships
December 13, 2003
Lovelace New Mexico Soccer Complex - Bernalillo, NM (north of Albuquerque)

More than 3,000 athletes are expected to journey to New Mexico on December 13 in pursuit of Junior Olympic gold. The mostly-grass course features many rolling hills and gentle turns. The start and finish areas are within 100 meters of each other, providing excellent spectator viewing opportunities. (Note: Bernalillo is about 14 miles north of Albuquerque.)

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 USATF's 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.

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