BRONX, NEW YORK -- Entries are now being accepted for the Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational Presented by HOKA that will again be contested at Van Cortlandt Park on October 9. The New York City event also includes both the prestigious boys and girls Eastern States Championship elite races along with varsity, junior varsity, sophomore, freshman and modified/intermediate races for both boys and girls.
Full registration and Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational Presented by HOKA information can be found at manhattan.milesplit.com. There will be an Early Bird Registration window through September 1 of $55 per team per race. On-time Entry fee increases to $60 per team per race from September 1 through September 24. And after September 24, the entry fee will increase to $65 per team per race with an entry cut-off on October 5.
"The Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational Presented by HOKA is a great meet for high school runners of all levels," said Kerri Gallagher, the Director of Cross Country, Track & Field at Manhattan College. "It gives the athletes a chance to test their skills on the legendary Van Cortlandt Park course at one of the biggest and best meets in the country. It is always a great day of racing and a fun experience for teams."
The Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational Presented by HOKA offers medals for top 75 finishers in every race as well as awards to top teams.
Situated in the northwest corner of New York City, Van Cortlandt Park is renowned in cross country circles as the venue where harrier greats such as Steve Prefontaine, Marty Liquori and Matt Centrowitz first rose to prominence as high school and college runners. In more recent years, Mary Cain, Edward Cheserek and Katelyn Tuohy have established course records over the challenging "Vannie" hills and flats.
The Ed Bowes girls Eastern States Championship will again be contested as one of the featured races at the 2021 Manhattan College Invitational. Katelyn Tuohy, the former North Rockland (NY) High School star runner who currently competes at North Carolina State, won the last three girls Eastern States individual titles, including a Van Cortlandt course record 13:21.8, doing so as a sophomore in 2018.
Allentown (NJ) High School graduate Liam Murphy, a current Villanova sophomore, won the 2019 Peter Aquilone Memorial boys Eastern States crown at the Manhattan College event with a time of 12:15.2.
As part of the 49th annual event, the Manhattan College Runner's Expo Presented by HOKA will take place on Friday evening on October 8. Plans are still being finalized for this on-site as well as virtual event that in 2019 included a panel by noted NCAA college coaches discussing the opportunities and challenges for high school athletes competing at the college level. There was also a free pasta dinner for the runners sponsored by Baldor Specialty Foods that included a keynote address by US Olympic silver-medalist and HOKA runner Leo Manzano.
Founded in 1972 by renowned high school coach and Manhattan College Hall of Fame runner Ed Bowes, the Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational quickly grew into the nation's largest, single-day, scholastic cross country meet with 10,000 runners competing in over 40-races at Van Cortlandt.
Lou Vazquez, one of the most accomplished and influential figures in NYC cross country, track & field circles was recently named as the new Meet Director of the Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational Presented by HOKA.
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