District is the one and only qualifying meet to advance to State. The margin for error is razor thin. Every Missouri school with a cross country team is eligible to compete at their District meet. Over 70 Class 5 schools (SLUH's class) compete at one of four district meets around the state. At each District, only the top four teams and individuals in the top 30 from non-advancing teams qualify to State. For anyone who doesn't make that cut, the season comes to a sudden end.