Connecticut Boys XC Class M - SS - S Previews + NEPSTA Group

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!

Following 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.


The 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 coverage.  Speed 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.



Class M Individuals

Class M Teams

Class SS Individuals

Class SS Teams

Class S Individuals

Class S Teams

Founders League Individuals

Founders League Teams

FAA Individuals

FAA Teams

HVAL Individuals

HVAL Teams