Welcome to the first edition of three Speed Rating Regional Merges. These are the direct sequel to the previous Speed Rating National Merges. The numbers are produced by TullyRunners, and are an objective way to compare performances at NXN-Regionals. The thoughts below are my own, and have no real effect on the At-Large committee's decisions. The final merge will be released at the conclusion of the At-Large picks, and will present one preview of the Nike Cross National Championship.
Four At-Large teams are selected, by gender, each year. The general consensus on selection is based on how you perform at your regional, as well as your seasonal résumé against other nationally ranked teams that qualified. At-Large guesses are just that: guesses. They liberally assume that teams will perform at a standard level at their respective Regionals as to how they have performed all season. By looking at Regionals that have already passed, it's clear that the top ranked teams don't always perform as such at the meet, so these could wildly change.
Here are the numbers.
Note: Team scores will inflate/change as more Regions are added. Generally, larger team compression = more score inflation. Team dynamics play much different in fields of 22 (and below), vs. the 30+ of some regions.