held at Franklin Park in Yakima, Washington. "TERRACE, DOG LEG, ROSE BUSHES!"
The 50th annual Sunfair Invitational Cross Country Meet will be held Saturday September 30, 2023 at Franklin Park in Yakima, Washington. About 1000 runners are expected to descend upon Franklin Park for an exciting day of top level competition. In past years teams from British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington have participated. The Sunfair Invitational is comprised of 13 races over various courses at Franklin Park. There is an appropriate race for every member of a team to participate in, including coaches and spectators. The highlights of the day usually occur during the 5 varsity flights, where a single varsity runner from each team (boy and girl) will compete against their counterparts from the other participating teams. The meet begins at 9:00 am with the 3rd-6th grade girls' race and will end at 3:45 pm with the awards ceremony at the base of the Franklin Park terraces. The varsity flights start at 12:15 PM.
The Sunfair Cross Country Invitational is one of the largest single-day high school participation event in the Northwest. We are proud to associate with gear UP Sports as a sponsor of the meet. Many local entities and individuals will partner with gear Up Sports and the Eisenhower Cross Country Parents Club to help insure a fun, safe and successful event.
The meet director for the Sunfair Cross Country Invitational is Phil English, Cross Country coach for Eisenhower High School.
Please Note: Boys & Girls will run together in the first 3 varsity flights. The final 2 Varsity flights will be run separately. Prior to the start of the final flights, we will be introducing the top competitors. If you have an athlete deserving of recognition at this time please email us with their accomplishments to Administration@SunfairRun.com by September 27th.
Please be considerate of current COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines!
Please Note: Boys & Girls will run together in the first varsity flights. Flight 7 will be run separately. Prior to the start of the Flight 7 races we will be introducing the top competitors. If you have an athlete deserving of recognition at this time please email us with their accomplishments to Administration@SunfairRun.com by September 27th.
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3 miles for all races with the exception of the 3rd-6th grade (1 mile), the 7th-8th grade (1.5 miles) and the Frosh (2.0 miles) competitions. These races will be run over the last sections of the 3 mile course. For example, the Frosh races will be run over the last 2 miles of the regular 3 mile course. The 3rd-6th Grade Race starts under the tree at the 2 mile mark. The 7th-8th Grade Race starts in the Southwest corner of the park. The Frosh race uses the regular starting line and the distance is adjusted on the dogleg at the top of the terraces.
Primarily grass with short sections of pavement. Spikes or flats may be worn. The course is comprised of 3 1/2 loops with the terrain varying from a steep hill at 1 mile to rolling, gentle areas. The start area will be near the center of Franklin Park. The finish area will be near the Rotary Pavilion. The course will be marked and available for viewing on Friday afternoon and officials will be available for course clarification from 2:00-5:00 pm. Team packets will be available for pick-up between 2:00 and 4:00PM.
All High School Teams are required to enter the meet using Athletic.net. Middle School teams are also required to use Athletic.net. Students in grades 3rd-8th who have not pre-registered may register at the Rotary Pavilion on the south side of Franklin Park on Friday afternoon after 2:00PM or on Saturday morning after 7:00AM. Parents and coaches must allow ample time prior to your 3rd-8th grade race, if you elect to register on the morning of the race.
For registration instructions and links to Athletic.net click here.
Schools are encouraged to enter runners in any and all races at Sunfair. Pre-registration must be completed by noon on Thursday to allow us time to create the team packets and meet program. The race you choose for your runners to compete in is entirely your prerogative and can be made right up to race time but you may enter only two boys and two girls in each of the first 3 varsity flights, and only one boy or one girl in each of the last 2 varsity flights.
$250.00 for a combined Girls & Boys team, or $125.00 for a Boys or a Girls team, or $15.00 for each individual entry. There is no entry fee for 3rd-8th grade runners. The entry fee for the Community Fun Run is included in the admission price of the Sunfair Invitational.
Please make checks payable to Eisenhower ASB and forward to:
Race Numbers: All runners must wear their race number during their race. These numbers will be provided in the team packets. No High School teams or individuals will be entered on the day of the meet. Athletes in grades 3rd-8th who did not pre-register will be provided race numbers prior to the start of their races.
|9:00 am||3rd-6th Grade Girls||1.0 mile|
|9:15 am||3rd-6th Grade Boys||1.0 mile|
|9:30 am||7th-8th Grade Girls||1.5 miles|
|9:45 am||7th-8th Grade Boys||1.5 miles|
|10:00 am||Frosh Girls (9th Grade Only)||2.0 miles|
|10:30 am||Frosh Boys (9th Grade Only)||2.0 miles|
|11:00 am||Junior Varsity Girls||3.0 miles|
|11:45 am||Junior Varsity Boys||3.0 miles|
|12:15 pm||VARSITY Flights 1 and 2 - Boys and Girls Combined (6th and 7th Runners)||3.0 miles|
|1:00 pm||VARSITY Flight 3 and 4 - Boys and Girls Combined (4th and 5th Runners)||3.0 miles|
|1:45 pm||VARSITY Flight 5 and 6 - Boys and Girls Combined (2nd and 3rd Runners)||3.0 miles|
|2:30 pm||Boys VARSITY Flight 7 (#1 runner)||3.0 miles|
|3:00 pm||Girls VARSITY Flight 7 (#1 runner)||3.0 miles|
|3:45 pm||Awards Ceremony on the NW Terraces|
Fun Facts: The course record for the boys is held by Matthew Davis an NCAA All American from Oregon. In 2011, Amy-Elise Neale set a new girls' course record of 17:03.9 on a day that saw 23 girls run the course in under 19 minutes. The previous record was set in 2004 by Brie Felnagle in a race where the top 2 finishers broke U.S. Olympian Sara Schwald's record: Brie Felnagle from Bellarmine Prep in 1st place and Zoe Nelson from Flathead High School in Montana in 2nd place.
|Boys' Record||Matt Davis||Mead||14:48||1993|
|Girls' Record||Amy-Eloise Neale||Glacier Peak||17:03||2011|
|Boys' Frosh||Rob Aubrey||Mead Jr. High||10:36||1990|
|Girls' Frosh||Emily Thompson||Mead Jr. High||12:04||1991|
|Boys' Sophomore||Forrest Martin||Mead||16:32||1989|
|Girls' Sophomore||Ashley Teer||W.J. Mount (BC)||19:14||2001|
|Boys' JV||Mike Visintainer||University||16:11||1998|
|Girls' JV||Jamie Hennessey||Maple Ridge (BC)||19:04||2013|
|Boys' Junior||Austin Richards||Kamiakin||16:32||2008|
|Boys' Senior||Gavin Leaverton||Eisenhower||16:37||2012|
|Boys' Varsity||Matt Davis||Mead||14:48||1993|
|Girls' Varsity||Amy-Eloise Neale||Glacier Peak||17:03||2011|
|Girls' Varsity||Couer D'Alene||8||2012||4A|