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Cross Country Media Credential Information

State Tournament Media Credential Information

​Two Ways To Apply: 

No. 1 - Fill out the application form and fax it (614-267-1677) or scan-and-email it to [email protected]

No. 2 - Copy-and-paste the following text into an email message, fill in the information and email it to [email protected].

Application must be sent by editor or assigner. Deadline is Tuesday, October 29 at 6 pm.

Name and Title:
Media Outlet:
Street Address:
City, State and Zip Code:
Email Address:
Schools or Geographic Areas Covering:
Media Type (Newspaper, TV, Radio or Website-Only):
Names of Media Attending (no school photographers, parents of qualifiers, coaches or children may receive credentials):
Name (indicate full-time or stringer):
Name (indicate full-time or stringer):
Name (indicate full-time or stringer):



Media Credential Information

State Tournament Media Information: The following information was prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA cross state championships. Please contact Tim Stried ([email protected] or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office if you have additional questions. Previews, state qualifiers and additional information will be posted on the OHSAA web site the week of the state championships.

Date and Location: Saturday, November 7, 2020. The state championships facility is Fortress Obetz and Memorial Park, located at 4175 Alum Creek Drive, Obetz, OH 43207 (southeast side of Columbus). 

Media Credentials for the State Championships: Media shall use the OHSAA’s official cross country credential application form and send it (via fax or scan/email) to Tim Stried at 614-267-1677 (or [email protected]). The deadline is 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Credentials will be held for pickup near Gate E, which is located on the south side of the facility.  All media must show company identification to pick up their credential. No credentials will be issued to school, student, parent or freelance photographers who have not been assigned by a credentialed media outlet.

Confirmation Email and Approved List: Upon processing a credential application, the OHSAA will send a confirmation email to the media outlet. In addition, a list of those media members who have been approved for credentials will be posted on the credential information webpage at OHSAA.org.

Parking: Approved media shall enter Gate E and pick up their credential. Gate E is on the south side of the facility. 

Media Work Space, Wireless Access, Internet Connections: Media desiring a work space at Fortress Obetz shall go to the media work room located near Gate E on the south side of the facility. The work room closes 60 minutes after the last race has concluded. 

Interviews: Student-athletes and coaches may be interviewed following their races, but media are asked to give the competitors time to recover after a race. Interviews are permitted in the blacktop area beyond the finish line.

Format: All six races are 5,000 meters. Teams and individuals will qualify for the state championships at their respective regional tournaments. Five teams from each of the four regional tournaments (20 teams total) will qualify in each division. Individuals not a qualifying team who finish in the top 20 positions will also qualify in each division. 

Race Start Times: 
TBD Friday, Nov. 6 - Division III Girls
TBD Friday, Nov. 6- Division III Boys

TBD Saturday, Nov. 7 - Division II Girls
TBD Saturday, Nov. 7 - Division II Boys
TBD Saturday, Nov. 7 - Division I Girls
TBD Saturday, Nov. 7 - Division I Boys

Results: The link for live results will be posted on the OHSAA website. Printed results will not be provided.

Media Policies: Coaches, school staff, freelance pho­tographers and parents of competitors are not permitted to receive media credentials. Media outlets found to be in violation could be subject to reduced access at future OHSAA state tourna­ments.

Your Hosts: Tournament Manager Terry Oehrtman, OHSAA Cross Country Administrator Dale Gabor and OHSAA Director of Communications Tim Stried, along with Steve Adams at Fortress Obetz.