Thursday, July 28, 2016

This Fall, High School Girls in Most States Will Race Same Distance as Boys


The final holdouts with shorter distances for girls are small schools in two states.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 3:34 pm
Kansas Girls Cross Country 5K
Photograph by AP Photo/Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey
Girls varsity cross-country runners compete in a meet in Gypsum, Kansas, on September 23, 2014. In 2015, Kansas changed its rules so that girls now race 5K, the same distance as the boys, instead of 4K.
This fall for the first time, North Dakota high school girls will run 5,000 meters, the same distance as boys, at the state cross-country meet. That might seem unremarkable, but it will mark the first time in history that in all 50 states, at least some girls race the same distance as the boys do.

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