MileSplit CT is kicking off the previews of another XC season like no other with an in-depth series of articles that will continue through the month!
on a 2020-21 year for cross country that was shortened or missing
entirely for teams in Connecticut, this year the outlook seems more promising for
an extended schedule that will culminate with State Open and national
championships. Still, at the beginning of September we are keeping our XC fingers
crossed that all the sections and conferences can be restored to the
traditional fall slate of action.
We begin coverage of this year's XC season with previews that will try to pull together the somewhat murky info from last year's XC meets along with more insights from the track season's long distance races and even from the estimates of who might be returning this year for a team that are based on 2019 XC results. So yes, this year we begin the XC campaign with a lot more questions than in past years. But we also hope to have a lot more race and interview videos, photo albums, and feature pieces to go along with the weekly rankings and wrap-ups that begin mid to late September.
An Invitation: We
are making a commitment to cover all the schools in the state, which
naturally includes the teams from the six classes (LL-L-MM-M-SS-S) of
the CIAC. But we are also trying to give attention to teams from the
other associations such as the Founders League, Fairchester Athletic
Association (Fairfield+WestchesterNY, better known as FAA), and
Housatonic Valley Athletic League. No matter which CT school you are
running for, we'll be watching out for you. Please set up a MileSplit
account for yourself if you do not own one and claim your athlete's
profile if you are a runner or your team profile on CT MileSplit if you
are a coach. Answers to any questions about MileSplit accounts can
likely be found on the support pages. And teams are encouraged to tag MileSplitCT in your social media so we can share your exploits.
previews and rankings for the XC runners and teams will be using not
only the raw times from the meets but also the speed ratings from the
Tully Runners system that are becoming an ever more central part of XC
ratings for XC runners are composed from comparing the times from
individuals on a wide variety of courses under varying conditions and
are much more informative than the "best time" lists from performances
on widely ranging course types. In 2020, however, few of CT's meets
were speed rated.
The teams of smaller sized classes -- M, SS and S -- and three private school conferences -- Founders, FAA, and HVAL leagues -- had fewer chances to hit the trails last year and many of the teams did not have conference championships. For a number of teams what we mainly have to go is the results from way back in 2019 along with a scattering of track results. But no worries, all will be revealed very shortly as the teams filter back for the 2021 XC season.
Many of the teams in the Founders, FAA, and HVAL leagues will go on to compete in the NEPSTA (New England Private School Track and Field Association) meets in November. Note that a number of private schools have a "The" attached to beginning of their names and can be found under the letter "T" in MileSplit's list of teams. It took me awhile to figure that out.
Check out the preseason previews below.
PREVIEW OF RUNNERS
PREVIEW OF Teams