Following Week of Saturday, September 29
Week 3 rankings feed off the action at the McQuaid meet at Genesee Valley Park, and a few ground rules have been laid out. Head-to-head results in a race take precedence over the meet's merge results or any breakdowns of the results by class, valuable though they may be in laying out the overall picture. Each team's speed ratings are compiled from its top five runners, and in a few cases that included guys who were in a sophomore or even JV (B at McQuaid) race. Beautiful conditions and incredible competition led to some very nice speed ratings at McQuaid for many teams riding a big boost this week, so if you weren't there, just forget about it.
Actually, just kidding. The EJ Herrmann, NYC Mayor's Cup, John Killian, and the Pre-States type Suffolk Coaches meet at Sunken Meadow all had some major effects on the rankings at in-state sites. Over the border the Six Flags Wild Safari, Carlisle, and Paul Short meets also led to some changes at the top.
McQuaid's two biggest meets were won by out-of-state teams, the boys AAA race by Dana Hills of CA and the girls AAA by Lee's Summit of MO. Smithtown boys were the top NY boys team at the meet and moved up to 2nd spot in Class A, while 2017 AAA winner Burnt Hills was the second best NY team and the Spartans continue to rule Class B. Class D power Beaver River took back the McQuaid A race championship for NY teams, while 3rd place Dobbs Ferry was the top C team at the meet.
Across the board, Fayetteville-Manlius continues at the top of Class A, Burnt Hills leads Class B, Trinity heads Class C, and Beaver River is again in dam good shape in Class D.