Cross Country

Novas Cross Country

Helena Novas youth cross country is open to boys and girls ages 7-18. Practices begin in early September and continue through December. Out of respect for middle school and high school coaches and athletes, we limit our practices to athletes who have already competed their scholastic seasons.


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Practices will begin October 14 and will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week. Start times October 14-24 will be 5:15 p.m. Start times October 28 and later will be moved to 4:15 p.m. to adjust for shorter days.

All practices will last approximately 90 minutes and athletes are expected to attend at least two practices per week.

NOTE: All Helena Novas are expected to participate in the USATF Montana Junior Olympic Championships on November 9 at Bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena (fees covered in registration costs). This meet will mark the end of the season for most Novas, but practice will be provided for athletes who choose to continue their season with regional or national competitions (see schedule below).

  • 7-8: 2,000 meters
  • 9-10: 3,000 meters
  • 11-12: 3,000 meters
  • 13-14: 4,000 meters
  • 15-16: 5,000 meters
  • 17-18: 5,000 meters
NOTE: NXR and Footlocker are qualifying events for nationals and are for high school aged runners only.

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