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cross country Scholarships

Cross country is closely related to Track & Field, and runners will be expected to participate in the long-distance events for the Track and Field team. The best way for Cross Country Runners to verify their ability, is to video record themselves running excellent 5km and 10km times on the track. ​

There are over 730 men’s Cross Country teams and 800 women’s teams, throughout the USA University athletic setup.

In order to win a full scholarship, athletes need to ensure their times and academics are excellent. With a good Grade Point Average (GPA) and a strong SAT, your chances of winning academic aid, in combination with your athletic scholarship, will be significantly increased.

Universities in the Western and Southern regions of the USA will compete all year round; while, colleges in the Northeast and Midwest are not able to play all year due to the harsh winters. Institutions in these areas will have high-tech indoor facilities, equipped with the best technologies to simulate real-life conNCAA Division 1 (D1) women receive an average of 18 full scholarships per team, compared to 12.6 full scholarships for men. NCAA Division 2 (D2) university men and women’s cross country scholarships allow 12.6 scholarships per team.

NAIA universities match the NCAA on their scholarship distribution model with 18 women’s and 12.6 men’s scholarships per team, while NJCAA colleges allow 10 scholarships for both men’s and women’s teams.

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Scholarship Requirements

NCAA Division 1

Metric Men Women
5km Max 16:10 Max 20.15
10km Max 35:45 Max 37.45

NCAA Division 2

Metric Men Women
5km Max 16:10 Max 20.15
10km Max 35:45 Max 37.45


Metric Men Women
800m D1 1:52.22 2:13.00
800m D2 1:54.00 2:19.00
1500m D1 3:55.40 4:42.00
1500m D2 3:57.00 4:50.00
3000m D1 8:42.00 10:07.00
3000D2 8:50.00 10:15.00
4000m D1 13:27.00
4000m D2 14:21.00
5000m D1 14:41.00 17:17.00
5000m D2 15:06.00 17:45.00
6000m D1 20:30.00
6000m D2 20:51.00
10000m D1 31:10.00 37:10.00
10000m D2 31:59.00 38:50.00


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