How to score a cross country race.
For scoring purposes, a cross country team consists of 7 runners with the finish positions of the first 5 finishers from each team added up for the score. Although the 6th and 7th finishers aren't tallied, if a 6th or 7th place runner finishers in front of the 5th runner from the opposing team, the opponent's score will be higher (pushed back) because of the occupied finish position(s). These two finishers are called "pushers" for this reason. In close races they often determine the winner. If two teams are tied after the top 5 from each team are tallied, the team with the highest placing finish position of their 6th finisher is the winner. If only one team has a 6th finisher then that team wins. If neither team has a 6th finisher, the finish positions of the top 4 from each team are tallied to break the tie. Some larger schools have a varsity race with 7 from each team competing, as well as a JV race with no limit to the number of runners allowed. The JV race is scored by throwing out the finish positions of all finishers past the 7th from each team. Most schools will either run everyone together or allow more in the Varsity (up to 10 for example) but score only the top 7 from each team. If only 1 team has 5 runners the score is counted as a sweep (15-50) in which the winning team places 1st through 7th and the losing team places 8th through 12th. If you see a score of 15-50 in the paper there is no way to tell from the score alone if it was actually a sweep or if one of the teams couldn't field a team of at least 5 runners. In our league (not us) there will be some races where each school cannot field a full team. In these cases the school with the most finishers wins. If both have the same number of finishes but fewer than 5, the score is computed by adding up the finish positions of all the runners from each team with ties broken by adding up the finish positions of one finisher less than the number of finishers from each team.
In our cluster meets we run everyone at once and have more than two schools competing. We score as if there were a series of dual meets by considering the finish positions explained above.
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Summer XC training has started!
Email me for info on how to join our summer group.
Folks, heed the sage info by Alberto Salazar below. Don't get caught up with anything fancy, especially in the early part of your summer training. I know that many of you will be out of town for parts of the summer but you don't need any fancy equipment or "special" workouts to get ready for the upcoming season. Just be consistant with your daily training and get-in a long run every week. Sure there are other things you should be doing, expecially later in the summer. For now, however, just run. How fast? How far? Log into the members area or email me. Too slow, you're probably just wasting your time. Too fast too early, you'll probably get injured.
"The most important part of your running program is simply the distance that you run every week and the consistency of doing a long run every week. Over time those two single elements are going to be the most important part of your development as a runner; your ability to run far; to run fast; and to run comfortably."
To be a member of the team this season you need to demonstrate the ability to run 1.5 miles in 10:30 (boys) or 12:00 (girls).
That's a 7:00 mile pace for boys and
8:00/mile pace for girls.