Re(8): Marissa Williams named greatest distance runner in City history. Who's #2? IP: 18.104.22.168 Posted on January 6, 2015 at 12:49:18 PM by DUKE
Good point, Steve. We'll never know what other city runners would have done had they ran nationals. Prior to 1979, there was no national XC meet.
In 1979, the Kinney Cross Country Championships became the first national high school cross country meet. Both the City Championship and the Kinney XC Championship meets were on the same day, so LACS runners had to choose between participating in either the City Championships or the Kinney Championships. No runner ever elected to run the Kinney XC Championships instead of the City Championships.
In 1987, the CIF State Cross Country Championships meet was created. However, the meet was held on November 28th. Both the L.A. City Championships and the Kinney Championships were held on December 12th. Finally, in 1988, the dates made it possible to compete at the City, State, and National races - Nov. 19th for City, Nov. 26th for State, and Dec. 12th for Kinney. Because of the improved scheduling, runners no longer have to choose between meets.
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