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A Historical Timeline of the Sanctioning of High School Cross Country in the United States

A Historical Timeline of the Sanctioning of High School Cross Country in the United States

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Chronological list detailing the state-by-state sanctioning of cross-country running at the high school level.
Chronological list detailing the state-by-state sanctioning of cross-country running at the high school level.

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A Historical Timeline of the Sanctioning of High School Cross Country in the United States
Year
 
State(s)
 
Achievement
 
1895
 
Wisconsin
 
 
Wisconsin
 
Interscholastic
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
[WIAA]
 
formed
 
1898
 
New
 
York
 
 
Trinity
 
School
 
sponsors
 
first
 
secondary
 
school
 
XC
 
meet
 
in
 
New
 
York's
 
Interscholastic
 
League
 
1903
 
Pennsylvania
 
Indiana
 
Illinois
 
 
University
 
of 
 
Pennsylvania
 
hosts
 
the
 
"American
 
Interscholastic
 
Cross
Country
 
Meet"
 
for
 
secondary
 
schools
 
 
Indiana
 
High
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
founded
 
[IHSAA]
 
 
First
 
intramural
 
cross
country
 
meet
 
held
 
by
 
Oak
 
Park,
 
a
 
school
 
in
 
the
 
Cook
 
County
 
League
 
(near
 
Chicago)
 
1904
 
Georgia
 
 
Georgia
 
High
 
School
 
Association
 
[GHSA]
 
is
 
formed
 
1905
 
South
 
Dakota
 
 
South
 
Dakota
 
High
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
[SDHSAA]
 
founded
 
1907
 
Ohio
 
 
Ohio
 
High
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
[OHSAA]
 
founded
 
1908
 
North
 
Dakota
 
Illinois
 
 
North
 
Dakota
 
High
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
founded
 
[NDHSAA]
 
 
First
 
Cook
 
County
 
League
 
meet;
 
both
 
team
 
and
 
individual
 
championships
 
crowned.
 
Five
 
schools—Oak
 
Park,
 
Crane,
 
Phillips,
 
McKinley,
 
and
 
Englewood—compete
 
on
 
course
 
that
 
runs
 
from
 
Phillips
 
High
 
on
 
39th
 
Street
 
south
 
to
 
Hyde
 
Park
 
YMCA
 
1910
 
Oklahoma
 
 
Oklahoma
 
Secondary
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
[OSSAA]
 
founded
 
1911
 
Michigan
 
Massachusetts
 
 
Detroit
 
Area
 
High
 
Schools'
 
Central
 
and
 
Eastern
 
High
 
field
 
cross
country
 
teams
 
for
 
the
 
first
 
time
 
 
“The
 
Mystic
 
Valley
 
Cross
 
Country
 
Run
 
for
 
Schools”
 
was
 
the
 
first
 
organized
 
High
 
School
 
competition
 
on
 
record
 
in
 
Massachusetts
 
1912
 
Arkansas
 
Nebraska
 
 
Arkansas
 
Activities
 
Association
 
formed
 
[AAA]
 
 
Nebraska
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
[NSAA]
 
founded
 
1913
 
Wisconsin
 
Virginia
 
Texas
 
South
 
Carolina
 
North
 
Carolina
 
Pennsylvania
 
 
First
 
WIAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Meet
 
(for
 
boys)
 
at
 
Milwaukee
 
Teachers
 
College
 
 
Virginia
 
High
 
School
 
League
 
[VHSL]
 
founded
 
 
University
 
Interscholastic
 
League
 
[UIL]
 
formed
 
 
South
 
Carolina
 
High
 
School
 
League
 
[SCHSL]
 
formed
 
 
North
 
Carolina
 
High
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
[NCHSAA]
 
founded
 
 
Pennsylvania
 
Interscholastic
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
[PIAA]
 
founded
 
1914
 
West
 
Virginia
 
California
 
 
West
 
Virginia
 
Secondary
 
School
 
Activities
 
Commission
 
founded
 
[WVSSAC]
 
 
California
 
Interscholastic
 
Federation
 
founded
 
[CIF]
 
1916
 
Minnesota
 
 
Minnesota
 
State
 
High
 
School
 
League
 
formed
 
[MSHSL]
 
1917
 
Kentucky
 
 
Kentucky
 
High
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
founded
 
[KHSAA]
 
1918
 
Rhode
 
Island
 
Oregon
 
New
 
Jersey
 
 
Rhode
 
Island
 
Interscholastic
 
Athletic
 
League
 
formed
 
[RIIAL]
 
 
Oregon
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
founded
 
[OSAA]
 
 
New
 
Jersey
 
State
 
Interscholastic
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
founded
 
[NJSIAA]
 
1919
 
New
 
Jersey
 
 
First
 
NJSIAA
 
XC
 
State
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys),
 
Kirby
 
from
 
Barringer,
 
first
 
champion
 
1920
 
Louisiana
 
Florida
 
 
Louisiana
 
High
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
[LHSAA]
 
formed
 
 
Florida
 
High
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
[FHSAA]
 
founded
 
1921
 
New
 
Mexico
 
Montana
 
Connecticut
 
Colorado
 
 
New
 
Mexico
 
Activities
 
Association
 
formed
 
[NMAA]
 
 
Montana
 
High
 
School
 
Association
 
founded
 
[MHSA]
 
 
Connecticut
 
Interscholastic
 
Athletic
 
Conference
 
founded
 
[CIAC]
 
 
Colorado
 
High
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
formed
 
[CHSAA]
 
1922
 
Iowa
 
Nevada
 
 
“State
 
Open”
 
XC
 
Invitational
 
held
 
at
 
the
 
University
 
of 
 
Iowa
 
 
Nevada
 
Interscholastic
 
League
 
[NIL]
 
formed
 
1923
 
New
 
York
 
 
New
 
York
 
State
 
Public
 
High
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
formed
 
[NYSPHSAA]
 
1924
 
Alabama
 
Wyoming
 
 
Alabama
 
High
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
 joins
 
NFHS
 
[AHSAA]
 
 
Wyoming
 
High
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
[WHSAA]
 
founded
 
 
A Historical Timeline of the Sanctioning of High School Cross Country in the United States
1924
 
Illinois
 
New
 
York
 
 
"Chicago
 
Tribune"
 
sponsors
 
XC
 
meet,
 
involving
 
only
 
New
 
Trier
 
and
 
Morton
 
of 
 
Suburban
 
League
 
and
 
DelaSalle
 
of 
 
Catholic
 
League
 
 
Intersectional
 
championships
 
for
 
XC
 
become
 
annual
 
event,
 
often
 
held
 
upstate
 
in
 
the
 
central
 
region
 
stretching
 
from
 
Albany
 
to
 
Schenectady
 
to
 
Syracuse.
 
1925
 
Tennessee
 
Arizona
 
California
 
 
Tennessee
 
Secondary
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
formed
 
[TSSAA]
 
 
Arizona
 
Interscholastic
 
Association
 
founded
 
[AIA]
 
 
At
 
inaugural
 
CIF
 
Southern
 
Section
 
Championships,
 
Los
 
Angeles
 
Poly
Technical
 
High
 
School
 
defeats
 
Los
 
Angeles
 
High
 
School
 
43
 
to
 
60.
 
Race
 
was
 
held
 
at
 
Griffith
 
Park
 
in
 
Los
 
Angeles
 
over
 
a
 
1.5
 
mile
 
course,
 
was
 
sponsored
 
by
 
the
 
local
 
Amateur
 
Athletic
 
Association,
 
and
 
the
 
Los
 
Angeles
 
Breakfast
 
Club.
 
1926
 
Missouri
 
 
Missouri
 
State
 
High
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
founded
 
[MSHSAA]
 
1927
 
Utah
 
Maine
 
 
Utah
 
High
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
founded
 
[UHSAA]
 
 
Maine
 
Principals'
 
Association
 
founded
 
[MPA]
 
1928
 
Rhode
 
Island
 
Ohio
 
Michigan
 
Illinois
 
 
Rhode
 
Island
 
Interscholastic
 
Athletic
 
Conference
 
formed
 
[RIIAC]
 
 
First
 
OHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Tournament
 
(for
 
boys),
 
Lakewood
 
first
 
team
 
winner
 
 
First
 
Upper
 
and
 
Lower
 
Peninsula
 
State
Sponsored
 
XC
 
Championship
 
for
 
Class
 
B
 
and
 
C
 
(boys
 
only)
 
 
Chicago
 
Public
 
League
 
introduces
 
meet
 
which
 
attracts
 
four
 
schools—Lindblom,
 
Lane
 
Tech,
 
Senn,
 
and
 
Austin
 
1929
 
Michigan
 
 
First
 
Upper
 
and
 
Lower
 
Peninsula
 
State
Sponsored
 
XC
 
Championship
 
for
 
Class
 
A
 
(boys
 
only)
 
1930
 
Iowa
 
New
 
Hampshire
 
 
First
 
IHSAA
 
XC
 
State
 
Meet
 
(boys
 
only)
 
 
First
 
New
 
Hampshire
 
Interscholastic
 
State
 
Championship
 
for
 
XC,
 
(boys
 
only)
 
Concord,
 
first
 
State
 
Team
 
Champion
 
1932
 
Connecticut
 
Rhode
 
Island
 
 
First
 
CIAC
 
State
 
XC
 
Meet
 
(boys
 
only),
 
Hartford
 
Public
 
first
 
champion
 
 
Rhode
 
Island
 
Interscholastic
 
League
 
officially
 
delegated
 
[RIIL]
 
 
First
 
RIIL
 
State
 
XC
 
Meet
 
(boys
 
only),
 
Central
 
Knights
 
Class
 
A
 
Champions,
 
Westerly
 
Bulldogs
 
Class
 
B
 
Champions
 
1935
 
California
 
New
 
England
 
(Massachusetts,
 
New
 
Hampshire,
 
Vermont,
 
Maine)
 
 
First
 
high
 
school
 
cross
 
country
 
invitational
 
for
 
the
 
Northern
 
Section
 
of 
 
California
 
takes
 
place
 
in
 
Linden,
 
CA
 
(boys
 
only)
 
 
First
 
New
 
England
 
Schools
 
Championships
 
held
 
at
 
Franklin
 
Park
 
(boys
 
only).
 
Race
 
was
 
won
 
by
 
Fredrickson
 
from
 
Arlington
 
High
 
School
 
1936
 
California
 
 
CIF
 
Los
 
Angeles
 
City
 
Section
 
formed,
 
hosts
 
first
 
XC
 
championship
 
(boys
 
only)
 
1937
 
Oklahoma
 
 
First
 
OSSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Meet
 
(boys
 
only),
 
Tulsa
 
first
 
champion
 
1938
 
Massachusetts
 
New
 
York
 
 
First
 
Massachusetts
 
State
 
XC
 
Meet
 
(boys
 
only),
 
sponsored
 
by
 
Boston
 
University.
 
Run
 
at
 
Nickerson
 
Field
 
on
 
grounds
 
of 
 
Boston
 
University.
 
Brockton
 
High
 
School
 
first
 
team
 
champion,
 
defeating
 
18
 
other
 
schools
 
 
New
 
York
 
University
 
Spiked
 
Shoe
 
meet
 
starts
 
attracting
 
top
 
schools
 
to
 
gather
 
in
 
late
 
October
 
at
 
famed
 
Van
 
Cortlandt
 
Park
 
course
 
1939
 
Pennsylvania
 
 
First
 
PIAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Meet
 
(boys
 
only)
 
1943
 
Minnesota
 
Michigan
 
Massachusetts
 
 
First
 
MSHSL
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys)
 
(any
 
public
 
school
 
may
 
enter
 
team
 
into
 
state
 
championship)
 
 
Lower
 
Peninsula
 
begins
 
own
 
state
sponsored
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only)
 
 
Mass.
 
State
 
XC
 
Championships
 
held
 
in
 
Franklin
 
Park
 
for
 
first
 
time.
 
James
 
Young
 
from
 
Newton
 
first
 
Franklin
 
Park
 
State
 
Champion
 
1944
 
California
 
 
First
 
San
 
Francisco
 
Section
 
records
 
indicate
 
that
 
first
 
Boy's
 
Varsity
 
XC
 
Champions
 
were
 
from
 
San
 
Francisco
 
Polytechnical
 
High
 
School
 
 
A Historical Timeline of the Sanctioning of High School Cross Country in the United States
1944
 
California
 
 
CIF
 
Sac
Joaquin
 
Section
 
formed
 
1945
 
Vermont
 
 
Vermont
 
Principals
 
Association
 
formed
 
[VPA]
 
1946
 
Maryland
 
South
 
Dakota
 
Indiana
 
Illinois
 
 
Maryland
 
Public
 
Secondary
 
Schools
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
formed
 
[MPSSAA]
 
 
First
 
SDHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys),
 
SF
 
Washington,
 
first
 
team
 
 
First
 
IHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys),
 
Anderson,
 
Mishawaka,
 
first
 
team
 
champion
 
 
First
 
IHSA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys)
 
1947
 
New
 
Hampshire
 
Florida
 
Delaware
 
California
 
 
New
 
Hampshire
 
Interscholastic
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
formed
 
[NHIAA]
 
 
First
 
FHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys),
 
Robert
 
E.
 
Lee,
 
Jacksonville
 
first
 
team
 
champion
 
 
Delaware
 
Association
 
of 
 
Secondary
 
Administrators
 
[DASA]
 
formed
 
 
First
 
CIF
 
Sac
Joaquin
 
Section
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only)
 
1948
 
Idaho
 
Vermont
 
Virginia
 
 
Idaho
 
State
 
College
 
Interscholastic
 
XC
 
Meets
 
 
First
 
VPA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys),
 
Burlington
 
first
 
team
 
champion
 
 
First
 
VHSL
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys),
 
George
 
Washington
Alexandria
 
first
 
state
 
champion
 
1949
 
Missouri
 
Oregon
 
 
First
 
MSHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys)
 
 
First
 
OSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys)
 
1950
 
New
 
York
 
 
First
 
NYSPHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys)
 
1951
 
Colorado
 
 
First
 
CHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys),
 
Richardson
 
from
 
Boulder
 
first
 
state
 
champion
 
1952
 
Maryland
 
 
First
 
MPSSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys)
 
1953
 
Georgia
 
Kentucky
 
 
First
 
GHSA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys),
 
North
 
Fulton
 
first
 
team
 
 
First
 
KHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys),
 
Bellevue
 
first
 
team
 
champion1954
 
Delaware
 
California
 
 
First
 
DASA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(for
 
boys)
 
 
First
 
CIF
 
North
 
Coast
 
Section
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only)
 
1955
 
Minnesota
 
California
 
Arkansas
 
Arizona
 
 
First
 
MSHSL
 
Regional
 
Qualifiers
 
put
 
in
 
place
 
for
 
State
 
XC
 
 
First
 
CIF
 
“North
 
State
 
Championship”
 
held
 
 
First
 
AAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only),
 
Little
 
Rock
 
first
 
team
 
champion
 
 
First
 
AIA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only),
 
Tucson
 
(37
 
points)
 
beats
 
Casa
 
Grande
 
(82
 
points)
 
1956
 
Alabama
 
Hawaii
 
Kansas
 
North
 
Carolina
 
 
First
 
AHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only),
 
Charles
 
Rollins,
 
Murphy,
 
10:12.7
 
(2
 
miles)
 
and
 
Murphy
 
(Team)
 
wins
 
 
Hawaii
 
High
 
School
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
[HHSAA],
 
founded
 
 
Kansas
 
State
 
High
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
[KSHSAA]
 
incorporated
 
 
First
 
KSHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only)
 
 
First
 
NCHSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only),
 
Meyers
 
Park
 
first
 
team
 
1957
 
Alaska
 
California
 
 
Alaska
 
School
 
Activities
 
Association
 
formed
 
[ASAA]
 
 
CIF
 
Central
 
Section
 
XC
 
Championship
 
held
 
(boys
 
only)
 
 
California
 
State
 
Invitational
 
Cross
Country
 
Meet
 
is
 
held
 
in
 
mid
December
 
at
 
Merced
 
High
 
School
 
[unsanctioned]
 
(boys
 
only)
 
[only
 
lasts
 
2
 
years]
 
1958
 
West
 
Virginia
 
 
First
 
WVSSA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only),
 
Dunbar
 
first
 
team
 
champion
 
1959
 
Washington
 
State
 
 
First
 
Washington
 
High
 
School
 
State
 
XC
 
“Championship”
 
(boys
 
only)
 
1960
 
California
 
Nebraska
 
New
 
Mexico
 
 
CIF
 
San
 
Diego
 
Section
 
formed,
 
first
 
XC
 
Section
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only)
 
 
First
 
NSAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only)
 
 
First
 
NMAA
 
State
 
XC
 
Championship
 
(boys
 
only),
 
Highland
 
and
 
Rehoboth
 
first
 
team
 
champions
 

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