A new structure for middle school cross country is about to launch in the Portland area. The plan is to have a four-meet series, including a race at the Nike Pre-Nationals. Portland Youth Running Series
The intent is to give middle school kids some exposure to a sport that has been historically strong in Oregon at the high school and college levels -oregonlive.com
MY COMMENT: Competitive running at this level is so far behind the other sports like baseball, football and basketball. Any exposure would be a plus.