Post by KY Crusader 75 on Sept 20, 2019 22:48:03 GMT -5
I like to compare results to how we finished in the same meet the prior year. That's not always as straightforward as you'd think dur to the changing teams that participate. It's particularly difficult in this annual meet as one year the results separate D-1 teams from non D-1 teams and in another year the divisions are merged. In any case, it looks like our teams improved quite a bit from last year
Men's Team: Last year HC finished 10th of 11 D-1 teams, scoring 262 points This year HC finished 3rd of 6 D-1 teams scoring 211 points, and note that the D-3 schools were merged with D-1 so the 211 would have been even lower (lower is better, of course) if only D-1 schools were counted. This year HC finished ahead of Detroit-Mercy and Creighton, two teams that finished ahead of HC last year,
Last Year: HC finished 7th of 11 D-1 teams This Year: HC finished 3rd of 6 D-1 teams
Some teams pass on this meet because of the cost of travel and having little chance for a strong showing - not unlike some high school cross country programs. Sometimes a smaller meet is competition among the best teams in a category.
Congratulations to the Crusader harriers, both men and women.
The number of D1 schools in this meet has dropped precipitously. Once upon a time there would have been 15 D1 schools at this. We are about the only Eastern school at any level. College cross country teams run fewer meets than they once did so this meet has dropped off some teams’ schedules. It then becomes a vicious cycle as the level of competition dries up. It is still a worthwhile trip. I saw ND v Purdue in football my junior year the day after the meet.
It’s always tough to compare XC meets year to year. I compared this meet to 2018. Weather was the same both times—83 and sunny. I don’t know if the course was soft from recent rain. Our women ran quite a bit better with an average 5K time of 18:39 which was 40 seconds faster than last year. The men ran a couple of seconds per athlete slower this year.
Men’s team is quite young. The bio of one of the first year runners, Brendan Fay, indicates he ran a 3:58 1500 meter in HS which is quite promising