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How to Tally Cross-Country

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Cross-Country is an exciting sport, but a lot of people don’t understand how the scoring system works.

Though the number of top runners and other details may differ, the usual cross-country race can be described as follows:

Every team enters the race with 7 runners. Every time the runner finishes the race, they are handed a number according to the place they finished and that number will be the team score. For example, if you finished 1st, you score 1 point. If you finish 22nd, then you have 22 points.

The first five runners of the team are counted to the team’s total score. If the first 5 runners finished 2nd, 7th, 8th,12th and 18th place, then the total score is 47. It is better if the score was lower.

The last 2 runners do not count in the team score, but they help the team by making other teams score higher. If the 7th runner finishes before one or some of the other first five runners from other teams, then the score of the other team becomes higher. That’s because their runners will have bigger finishing scores.

A sweep is called when the first 5 runners finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th giving them the lowest possible score of 15. The Cross-Country races also draw huge number of participants including hundreds of runners.

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