New York Boys State Rankings - Final Review

End of Season Wrapup

Sam Lawler was the last guy running for New York XC as he finished up 31st at Foot Locker Nationals last weekend, so we are putting a wrap on the 2018 rankings. Fayetteville-Manlius and Burnt Hills were the state's representatives at NXN after their 1-2 finish a NXR-NY, and the Hornets took 5th and the Spartans 14th at Nationals. FM, Burnt Hills, Saranac Lake, and Beaver River were the champs in the A-B-C-D States classes, Archbishop Molloy won the CHSAA, Susan Wagner repeated in the PSAL, Trinity won again in the NYSAIS, and St. Joseph Collegiate won the Buffalo area CHSAA Monsignor Martin title.

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. 124 full squads competed in Class A races at Sectionals, 112 in B, 111 in C, and only 80 in D. Overall including the PSAL, CHSAA, and AIS schools in the cities, approximately 215 A, 130 B, 140 C, and maybe than 82 D schools competed in class or conference sectional championships. Of those 80 teams competing in Class D sectional races, all but 10 were were from five of the eleven sections.

The Federation meet was cancelled this year, so 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 seven teams have been largely set aside in place of the order at States and sectional-conference championships because all of the teams after the first seven were running anywhere between 7 to 20 TR points below their season standards. Again, teams should be judged on races they were strongly competing at, not on lightly run send-offs to the XC season.And yes, this means for instance that the PSAL winner Susan Wagner is ranked ahead of a team that finished 3rd in the PSAL championship even though the Falcons were running with a lot less intensity (13 TR points) at NXR-NY than they did at their conference meet.

After a brief few months for a little action on the track, we'll be back before you know it for another big season of XC in 2019. Cheers!.