Viking Opener Invitational - 2022
Viking Opener finish line with Spring Lake in background

Photo by Michael Lucid

Welcome to the 35th Annual Viking Opener Cross Country Invitational and the 33rd Annual Viking Opener Alumni Race. Below you will find some general information pertaining to this year’s event.

Host: Montgomery High School
Date: September 17, 2022
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 - register starting July 31.
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: $250 per school, or $18 per entry – whichever is less

2022 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)
  • 12:00 Open Boys 2 (if needed, depending on entries)
  • 12:20 Team Awards Presentation
  • 12:45 Pack up and have a fantastic 2022 XC season!
Alumni Race Registration:    
  High School Alumni: $10 per entry if register online, $15 race day (Register online in advance)
  Coaches: Free! (Register online in advance)
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 open July 31, 2022 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022. Entry fees must be received or you must have contacted the coach to make other arrangements by Monday, September 12, 2022, to be guaranteed entry into the event. E-mail if you have any questions.
Results: Results from previous years are available on or

Make checks out to Montgomery Cross Country.
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.

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
Montgomery Cross-Country

Course map and parking instructions:

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