Coaches Group:

Required Pre-Championships Meet Conference Call Date: Wed. Oct. 23, 2019 at 10am

Committee Chairperson: Brandon Morton, Converse
Athletic Director Liaison: Craig McPhail, Lees-McRae 

Championship Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019, Mount Olive, NC hosted by University of Mount Olive

Men: 10 am
Women: 11 am
Post-event meal included for all participants.

2018, 2019, & 2020 Future Host: University of Mount Olive

Championship Meet Policy Links:
Link to: XC & Track & Field Tournament Handbook (Rvsd 2018-19 Season)
Link to Championship Meet Policy
Link to Championship Participant/Roster Form 

Championship Meet: The conference championship meet will be an open meet for all conference sponsoring members. A team not eligible for NCAA post-season competition is not eligible to compete in the conference championship. (Noting that the minimum requirements for cross country are competing in at least five qualifying meets with at least five runners. The league championship and the NCAA regional can each count toward the five.) For 2018, it is acceptable if a team is participating in the conference championship to include the conference championship or regional championship within their required minimum (with the expectation that it would participate in the championships to meet the minimum requirements). If the team does not actually participate in the NCAA regional, its conference result would be vacated and would recieve 0 points toward the Hawn Cup. In order to avoid this scenario for 2019 and beyond, teams are required to have met at least the minumum to qualify for NCAA regionals (4 regular season competitions), NOT including the conference championship meet. These four regular season competititions should include at least five student-athletes participating in the required distance runs (W=6K; M=8K). If for some reason one (of the four) regular season meets did not meet NCAA standards/canceled/etc., then the conference championship could at that point be included in the NCAA required minimum to meet regional qualification standards. If the team does not qualify or participate in the league championship, its conference result would be vacated if applicable and would recieve 0 points toward the Hawn Cup.

Tie Breaking Procedures: In the event of a tie the time of the fifth place runner will break the tie.

Multiple Sport Policies: Link to League Mutiple Sport Policy

Media Policy Regarding Officials: Link to League Media Policy

Delay of Game Policy: Link to conference Delayed Game Policy

Visiting Team Expectations: Link to Visiting Team Expectations

All-Conference Team: By Championship Meet finish, 5 First-Team, 5 Second-Team, and 5 Third-Team members.

MVP: Female and male winners of the championship race.

Coach of the Year: The COY will be determined based on team finish during the championship meet. The winning coach for the women and men will be the Coach of the Year.

Freshman of the Year: Freshman female and male best finishers in the championship race.

FOTY Qualifications: (approved 10/5/18 to start 1/1/19)
(Fall Sports for 2018 will continue to follow the past policy of "True Freshmen" Only)

  1. Student-athlete should qualify only if this is the first collegiate institution they have attended.
  2. It is the student-athletes first year of competition. (Academic sophmores/redshirt freshmen are eligible, as long as took redshirt at same member school.) 
  3. The student-athlete is not applicable for any transfer exceptions. (Exp. Student transfers from a school but didn't play a sport, still not eligible for award.)
  4. Nominators have the responsibility to make sure all qualifications are met. 


Starting in 2017, the NCAA DII M&W XC championships will be changed to allow the top 3 finishers in a region to automatically advance  to the championships and the remaining 8 teams to be selected based on defined criteria.  For individual selections, the top 2 from each regional not part of a qualifying team will advance.  Any individual who finishes in the top 5 at the regional not on a qualifying team will also advance. The remaining 8 individuals would be selected by comparing regional place and strength of region.


 Student Sportsmanship Pledge Form & Link (Reminder to be signed by each student athlete during preseason and filed in schools athletic department)