How to Tally Cross-Country
Posted by admin on June 14, 2007
Cross-Country is a wonderful sport, but most people donâ€™t know how the scoring works.
Although the number of top runners and a few other things can vary, a typical cross-country race is described in the following:
Each team enters seven runners into the race. As each runner finishes the race, they are given a number according to what place they finish and that number is their score for the team. For instance, if you finish 1st, you have a score of 1 point. If you finish 24th, you have a score of 24.
A teamâ€™s first five runners (doesnâ€™t matter which runners, just the first five that finish) are counted toward the teamâ€™s total score. If the first five runners come in 2nd, 7th, 8th, 12th, and 18th, then the teamâ€™s score is 47 (which is relatively low in a competitive race). So, the lower your score, the better.
But, thatâ€™s not all. The other two runners (who come in after the first five runners on the team) do not count toward their teamâ€™s score, but they can still help their team by making another teamâ€™s score higher. If the seventh runner comes in before one or some of the first five from another team, then the other teamâ€™s score becomes higher because their runners have bigger finishing scores. Remember, you want your score to be low.
A sweep is where the first five runners come in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th giving them the lowest score possible of 15. Cross-Country races can also draw a huge number of participants, holding hundreds of runners.
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