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Cross Country Media Credential Information

State Tournament Media Credential Information

​Two Ways To Apply: 

No. 1 - Fill out the application form and fax it (614-267-1677) or scan-and-email it to tstried@ohsaa.org

No. 2 - Copy-and-paste the following text into an email message, fill in the information and email it to tstried@ohsaa.org.


Name and Title:
Media Outlet:
Street Address:
City, State and Zip Code:
Email Address:
Schools or Geographic Areas Covering:
Media Type (Newspaper, TV, Radio or Website-Only):
Names of Media Attending (no school photographers, parents of qualifiers, coaches or children may receive credentials)



Media Credential Information

Sectional, District and Regional Media Credential Requests: Media shall request credentials from the tournament manager. Log on to the OHSAA’s Cross Country web page to access sectional, district and regional tournament information. Click on the district you are covering, or the “2016 Regional Tournament Information” for the tournament manager’s contact information.

State Tournament Media Information: The following information was prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA cross state championships. Please contact Tim Stried (tstried@ohsaa.org or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office should you have additional questions. Previews, state qualifiers and additional information will be posted on the OHSAA web site the week of the state championships.

Date, Location, Directions and Website: Saturday, Nov. 5 at National Trail Raceway, 2650 National Road SW, Hebron, OH 43025, www.NationalTrailRaceway.com. National Trail is located approximately 25 miles east of Columbus off Interstate 70. If you are coming from the west, take Exit 122 off I-70, turn left onto Outville Road (State Route 158), then in one mile turn right onto National Road. If you are coming from the east, take Exit 126 off I-70, turn right onto Lancaster Road (State Route 37), then in one mile turn left onto National Road. Note that school transportation vehicles coming from the west should proceed to exit 126 so that they park in Lot A for participants. 

Media Credentials for the State Championships: Follow the above procedures. The deadline is 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Credentials will be held for pickup near Gate D, which is located beside the southwest corner of the main tower at National Trail. All media must show photo identification to pick up their credential. No credentials will be issued to school, student, parent or freelance photographers.

Confirmation Email and Approved List: Upon processing a credential application, the OHSAA will send a confirmation email to the media outlet. In addition, a list of those media members who have been approved for credentials will be posted on the credential information webpage at OHSAA.org.

Parking: Media should enter Parking Gate C, which is located on the south side of National Road and across the street from the Gate D, which is located beside the southwest corner of the main tower at National Trail Raceway. The media credential pick-up location will be near Gate D.

Additional Parking Notes: School vehicles shall enter Gate A on the east side of the complex (three lanes available). Officials shall enter the Main Tower Entrance. Handicapped registered vehicles shall park in Lot D, which is located on the west side of the main tower. Media shall enter Parking Gate C (see previous note). Spectators shall enter Gate A or Parking Gate C.
Spectator Seating: There are 9,500 seats located in the grandstands on either side of the asphalt racing strips at National Trail. In addition, there are suites available for rent in the main tower. Contact National Trail for more information.

Apparel Sales: Official state tournament apparel is available for sale in the pavilion, which is located beside the east grandstand.

Hosts: Tournament Manager Terry Oehrtman, OHSAA Cross Country Administrator Dale Gabor and OHSAA Director of Information Services Tim Stried will be at National Trail Raceway to assist the media.

Media Work Space, Wireless Access, Internet Connections: Media desiring a work space at National Trail shall go to Room 205 in the main tower. Wireless internet access is available in that room. See OHSAA or National Trail personnel inside Room 205 for the wireless pass code. The work room closes at 7 p.m.

Interviews: Student-athletes and coaches may be interviewed following their races, but media are asked to give the competitors plenty of time to recover after a race. Interviews are permitted in the blacktop area beyond the finish line (in front of the main tower).

Format: All six races are 5,000 meters. Teams and individuals will qualify for the state championships at their respective regional tournaments on Oct. 29. Four teams from each of the four regional tournaments (16 teams total) will qualify in each division. Individuals not a qualifying team who finish in the top 16 positions will also qualify in each division. 

Race Start Times:
11:00 a.m. - Division III Boys
11:45 a.m. - Division II Boys
12:30 p.m. - Division I Boys
1:30 p.m. - Division III Girls
2:15 p.m. - Division II Girls
3:00 p.m. - Division I Girls

Broadcasting Availability and Rates: Live or tape-delayed radio and audio webcasting is available at no charge. Tape-delayed television and video webcasting is available per rates found on the 2016-17 Tournament Broadcast Rates chart.

Results and Recaps: Will be posted on the OHSAA web site as soon as possible following each race. Printed results are available in the pavilion, located just east of the main grandstand.

Coaches, school photographers, parents of competitors and children are not permitted to receive media credentials. Media outlets found to be in violation could be subject to reduced access at future OHSAA state tournaments.