There are two types of competitions (meets) in Cross Country: dual meets, a meet between two teams, and an invitational, races among many teams. The District and State meets are in the invitational category. In a dual meet there are three possibilities:
1. One race with no limits on the number of runners.
2. Two races - one varsity (12 runners max. per team), and one JV (non-varsity) or one freshman and one non-freshman (no limit).
3. Three races - one varsity (12 max.), one JV (no limit) and one freshman (no limit).
In an invitational there is usually a Varsity race (7 max.), a JV race that has no limit on runners, and a freshman race that has no limit on runners. At districts and states, ten runners are eligible to compete, but a maximum of 7 can actually run.