New York Girls State Rankings - Final Review

End of Season Wrapup

Juniors Mary Hennelly and Sam Lawler crossed the line at Foot Locker Nationals last weekend to put the last bit of wrapping on the New York XC season, and the final rankings sum up yet another outstanding display of autumn action in the state. For the NY teams, Saratoga and Fayetteville-Manlius played off their 1-2 finish at States and NXR-NY to finish 6th and 4th respectively at NXN, while Liverpool though again shut out of its state championship was plenty good enough to earn a spot at NXN and finish 15th. Saratoga, Cornwall, Greenwich and Tully were the winners in the A-B-C-D States classes, Kellenberg topped the CHSAA, Benjamin Cardoza captured the PSAL, Poly Prep won the NYSAIS, and Nardin Academy won the Buffalo area CHSAA Monsignor Martin crown.

The final rankings include 50 slots for the Class A teams, 40 for B and C, and 25 for D. The numbers are based on the huge disparity of teams in the four classes. 114 full squads competed in Class A races at Sectionals, 81 in B, 102 in C, and just 57 in D. Overall including the PSAL, CHSAA, and NYSAIS schools in the cities, approximately 200 A, 100 B, 125 C, and less than 60 D schools competed in class or conference sectional championships.

Because the Federation meet was cancelled, we have one less post season event to use for sorting out the ranking order, which falls back mainly to team performances at sectional and conference championships gauged on speed ratings and to the order at States for a handful of competitive teams. The results for NXR-NY beyond the first four teams (Saratoga, Fayetteville-Manlius, Liverpool, North Rockland) have been largely set aside in place of the order at States and sectional-conference championships because all of the teams after the first four were running anywhere between 7 to 30 TR points below their season standards. Teams should be judged on races they were strongly competing at, not on lightly run send-offs to the XC season. There were many teams who got disappointing results at Sectionals or States and saw their speed ratings dive, but that experience will of course be used as a driver to the runners lucky enough to be returning for a glorious 2019 XC season, which is just around the corner.