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How to score a cross country meet

How to score a cross country race

The first five runners from each team to cross the finish line receive the points that correspond to their place. The first place runner receives one point, the second place runner two, and so on. The team receiving the lowest score wins.

The sixth and seventh runners on a team, although they don’t receive a score, can also be important, in that they can “displace” scoring runners from the other team. For example, consider the following race:


Pine-Richland North Allegheny

3rd 1st

4th 2nd

6th   5th

7th 11th

8th 12th

(9th)

(10th)


Score: 28 31


In this meet situation, PR wins 28-31.

As you can see, even though our sixth and seventh place runners’ scores were not added into the total, they were enough to displace NA’s fourth and fifth place runners’ scores, and give PR the win. That is what makes the #6 and #7 runners so important!


A score of 27 or less always wins a meet, as does having the first, second and third place winners, with at least five runners finishing. This final instance is called a “sweep”. This only pertains to dual meets.


In an invitational or championship, the place that the runners finish is how the points are tallied.


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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044

Pine-Richland Cross Country Boosters

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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044

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