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Welcome to the 2022 Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge

July 19, 2022 update -- We are thrilled that the Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge, the only XC meet exclusively for HBCU schools in the U.S., is back at WakeMed Soccer Park for 2022! The Challenge will take place Saturday, October 1, with the 8k race for men and the 5k for women, alongside the Great American XC Festival for high school athletes at WakeMed. 


The NSAF deeply appreciates those who were instrumental in getting this event started and have been vital in sustaining it since then:

The 5th edition of this event in 2013 was special as we honored Mr. Walker (mentioned above, who passed in March, 2013) for his years of service to the Challenge, the Foundation and to our sport in general. 

2019 Race in Review: Return of NCAT men, 1st time for Fay State women

HBCU team photos by Chris Coleman.

At left, the champion Fayetteville State U. women; at right, the victorious North Carolina A&T State men.

The Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge featured an intriguing mix of the “old” and the new. The “old” included North Carolina A&T State regaining the men’s team title they lost last year and the Aggies’ G’Jasmyne Butler (at right) winning her 2nd straight individual crown. On the other hand, new to the top of the podium was Fayetteville State U. in the women’s team race and Mathew Chesum (lower right) in the men’s individual battle.

2018 Race in Review

2017 Race in Review




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