Viking Opener Invitational

September 15, 2018

 Dear Coach, 

 Welcome to the 34th Annual Viking Opener Cross Country Invitational and the 32nd Annual Viking Opener Alumni Race. Below you will find some general information pertaining to this year’s event.

 Host:                   Montgomery High School

 Date:                   Saturday, September 15, 2018. First race starts at 8:35 a.m. 

 Site:                    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa (All coaches, athletes and parents are required to pay a $7 parking fee at all park entrances or may enter for free with a Regional Parks Pass)

 Course:              All divisions, 2.0 miles, rolling hills on dirt trails and paved bike paths.

 Scoring:             All grade-level races, the top 3 finishers for each team make up the team score, 4th and 5th runners displace. Athletes may not “race-up” a division (ex. No Freshmen in the Junior race). Incomplete teams will be scratched from   team scoring but those individuals will be eligible for awards.

 Alumni Race:   Team scoring as above. All runners teamed according to high school they attended or high school region (i.e. those from the same county, region, etc.). Wear your old school uniform if available! Registration now available online, please register in advance:

 Sponsors:         Saucony, Fleet Feet Sports, Empire Runners Club


Timing:             Chip timing will be provided by Ford Timing. Ford Timing is a Bay Area-based timing company.

 Amenities:         Snack bar, athletic taping, custom event t-shirts and sportswear for sale.

 Entry Fees:         High School:  $175 per school, or $20 per entry – whichever is less                                           High School Alumni:  $10 per entry if register online, $15 race day (Register online in advance)     Coaches: Free! (Register online in advance)                                                                                             Junior High:  The junior high portion of the Viking Opener Invitational is no longer available  due to new 2018-19 enforcements of NCS/CIF rules regarding junior high participation in high school invitationals. Please e-mail for more information regarding this and a new junior high only Spartan Invitational hosted by a local middle school planned for Friday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. on the Viking Opener course. 

Registration: Registration will take place on You will need to create an coach account for your team if you do not have one already. Entries will be open by Sunday, August 12, 2018, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Entry fees must be received by Sunday, September 9, 2018, to be guaranteed entry into the event. E-mail if you have any questions. 

Results: Results from previous years are available on or Links will be posted here by August 12, 2018. 

Make checks out to Montgomery Cross Country. Drop off to Fleet Feet Sports Santa Rosa or mail checks to:

Coach Melody Karpinski

c/o MHS Cross Country

1250 Hahman Drive

Santa Rosa, CA 95405


TEAM: Ribbons to each team member (max 5) on 1st thru 4th place teams in grade-level and open races.

INDIVIDUAL: Medals to top 10 finishers & ribbons to finishers 11th through 20th in each division.

2018 Schedule (please note schedule is adjusted from previous years):

  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Course open for walking
  • 8:20 Coach Meeting
  • 8:35 Frosh Boys (5 max)
  • 9:00 Soph Boys (5 max)  
  • 9:20 Frosh/Soph Girls (5 max)
  • 9:40 Alumni/Coaches Race (unlimited)
  • 10:05 Junior Boys (5 max)
  • 10:35 Junior/Senior Girls (5 max)
  • 10:55 Open Girls (unlimited - must fill grade levels first)
  • 11:20 Senior Boys (5 max)
  • 11:45 Open Boys (unlimited - must fill grade levels first)
  • 12:20 Team Awards Presentation
  • 12:45 Pack up and have a fantastic 2018 XC season! 

We are looking forward to hosting you and your team this year! Please e-mail any questions you might have to

Go Vikings! 

Melody Karpinski
Head Coach

Montgomery Cross-Country


Open file below to view course map and parking instructions 

spring_lake_map.pdf spring_lake_map.pdf
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Viking Opener Alumni Results 

2013 VO Alumni XC Men.pdf 2013 VO Alumni XC Men.pdf
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2013 VO Alumni XC Women.pdf 2013 VO Alumni XC Women.pdf
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VO_Men_Results_2012.pdf VO_Men_Results_2012.pdf
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VO_Women_Results_2012.pdf VO_Women_Results_2012.pdf
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2011 VO Alumni Results - Women.pdf 2011 VO Alumni Results - Women.pdf
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2011 VO Alumni Results - Men.pdf 2011 VO Alumni Results - Men.pdf
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Viking Pride!

Jason Schaumberg '85, Paul Cummings '86, Tony Harrison '84