• John Sample Invitational

    (Formerly the Grove City Cross Country Invitational)

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Grove City, PA



                          8:50 a.m.                    Coaches Meeting - start line                     

                          8:55 a.m.                    National Anthem – start line

                          9:00 a.m.                    Elementary  Boys and Girls Race– 1.1 mile

                                                            Jr. High Girls Race 1.9 miles

               All other races                         Jr. High Boys Race 1.9 miles

               will follow the                         Open to 7th& 8th graders (may be run separate)                                

               finish of the first                   

               race.                                        JV Girls and Boys Race combined – 5K    (Unlimited Entries)

                                                                                    Open to all high school runners not competing in varsity race


                                                               Varsity Girls – 5 K      (Limit to 10 runners)

                                                                                    Each school may enter one team – top 5 score, top 7      



                                                               Varsity Boys – 5 K      (Limit to 10 runners)

                                                                                    Each school may enter one team – top 5 score, top 7



    Course:          Open space and wooded areas for scenic racing, mostly flat with some rolling lengthy hills.  Mile, 2 mile splits-loop to the start/finish line perfect for spectators.  Very fast course.

    Directions:     From I-79—Exit at Grove City (exit 113), and follow Route 208 east toward Grove City.  At Katie’s Korner Ice Cream Stand, take a left on to George Junior Road and then take 2nd right onto Ballpark Drive.

    Restrooms:    Facilities available

    Past Results:  Click on the past results tab to scroll through the number and quality of teams attending our invite each year.  It is always on the first Saturday in October and titled Grove City Invite.

    Concession Stand and T-Shirts:  Full array of food items and t-shirts being sold.  T-shirts match the medals.


    Timing:           Event will be timed by Runner’s High using ChampionChip technology or race numbers.  Results will be posted on the internet at www.runhigh.com on the day of the race and at finish line for coaches.


    Entry Fee:      $100 boys and $100 girls base fee (allows schools to enter a Jr. High, JV and/or Varsity team).  On race day, packets will contain all materials needed for the race (map, lane assignments, etc.).


     (All names must be registered before the deadlineNo adding, switching or substituting of names on race day will be permitted.)


    $10 per athlete if not affiliated with a team. A coach must accompany any individual athletes.


    Deadline:       All registrations will be done on-line via internet email at www.runhigh.com or the day of the race if arrangements are made with Mike Sample, race director and head cross country coach at Grove City.


    Absolutely no entries accepted after 6 p.m. on Wednesday October 3rd unless verbal confirmation is given by Mark Courtney.

    Bring checks on race day made payable to:Grove City High School XC

    If checks need to be mailed, please address them to:

    Grove City XC Boosters

    P.O. BOX 281

    Grove City, PA 16127


    Awards:          Elementary Race                        Top five receive medals and all participants receive a ribbon

                            Jr. High Race                            Top 2 boys and girls’ teams and top 25 boys and girls

                            Jr. Varsity                                 Top  boys and girls’ teams and top 15 boys and girls

                            Varsity                                      Top 2 boys and girls’ teams and top 25 boys and girls



    Race Director: Mike Sample                  email:  mike.sample@gcasdk12.org   

                                                                     Home Phone: (724)458-4996

                                                                     Cell Phone #724-813-5859

     Timer: Mark Courtney                         email: smc@runhigh.com


    Coaches and Athletic Directors,


    Please indicate whether or not you plan on attending this year!  Send me an e-mail with your intentions at mike.sample@gcasdk12.org ….thank you!




    Mike Sample

    Head Cross Country Coach

    Grove City, PA


    For more information on the Annual Grove City Invitational please click here.