The last major Invitational of the National Scene is this weekend, with Mt. SAC on the horizon. There, Great Oak will try to solidify the #1 spot in the merge. Head-to-head, they're ranked US #1 on victories, but with Newbury Park running their best, and the different scoring diffusion of an NXN field, its near dead even. Improvement at the top can lock up that "favorite" position. Newbury Park is not currently entered to challenge.
On the State Meet Scene, Colorado has Cole Sprout looking to make a statement, as well as a girls Niwot team that cruised through Regionals, ready to strike at States. Things are heating up!
We've merged the best performances of the early season to see where all the big names are. These are purely reflective of what has already happened, so if a team hasn't raced yet, it wasn't included in the merge. We'll be doing a top 22 for the teams (the size of the field at NXN), and a top 25 for individuals, (over half the field at Foot Locker, to account for NXN Individuals). They will be updated every Thursday as more and more teams open up and performances continue to improve.
Girls Top Individuals - Click Here
Girls Top Teams - Click Here
Boys Top Individuals - Click Here
Boys Top Teams - Click Here
What Is The Speed Rating National Merge?
MileSplit NY has partnered with TullyRunners to provide a running merge of the nation's top performances. In short, a speed rating is a number attributed to an XC performance, roughly one point per three seconds, adjusted for overall race quality and depth. Using these numbers, we can compare performances on an apples to apples basis -- in terms of XC times and teams. It provides an answer to the hypothetical question, "What would happen if the best teams in the nation all raced at once?" However, these do not predict the outcome of NXN.
A speed rating is a number attributed to an XC performance, roughly one point per three seconds, adjusted for overall race quality and depth.
The merge predicts the outcome assuming every athlete had the best race of the season. NXN has many variables that will impact that outcome. More can be read about the calculation of speed ratings by clicking here.