The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association made three changes that will go into effect for the 2015 cross country season.
Most notably, the number of runners who can qualify for the state meet from the state meet qualifier has increased to 15. Previously, 10 runners qualified for the state meet.
Additionally, for the first four weeks of competition, sub-varsity races may be shortened to 4,000 meters. However, a common finish line is required for all sub-varsity and varsity races. Starting the Monday of the fifth week of competition, all competitors must run 5,000 meters.
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Finally, once the state-qualifying meet team assignments have been posted, the state-qualifying meet site is closed. No team or individual is permitted to practice or be on the state qualifying meet course except for a school that uses the course for its regular practice, and any school competing in a regular season meet held there after the release of the team assignments until noon on the day of the state qualifying meet.
Violation of this rule will result in the school not being allowed to compete in the state qualifying meet.