HOW DOES THE SCORING IN A DUAL MEET WORK?
The first five runners from each team (boys and girls scored separately) 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. A score of 27 or less always wins a meet, as does having the first, second and third place finishers, with at least five runners finishing. The 6th and 7th runners on a team may also be used as tie breakers if the teams' first 5 runners are tied. If there are more than two teams in a meet, each "race" is scored individually. For example, AH, DV, and WAL are in a meet together. Therefore, AH v. DV is one race, AH v. WAL is another race, and DV v. WAL is also a race. Therefore, if AH beats both WAL and DV, it could be said that "AH came away with 2 wins".
WHAT IS A CLUSTER, AND HOW DO CLUSTER MEETS WORK?
The cross country teams in the area are broken up into clusters: for example, Abington Heights, Valley View, and North Pocono is a cluster. Wallenpaupack and Delaware Valley comprise another cluster. "Dual Meets" are formed when these clusters race each other. Usually, the teams in a cluster are not scored against the other teams in their own cluster. In this scenario, Abington would not be scored against VV or NP, and Wallenpaupack would not be scored against DV. In these meets, the only scoring going on is across clusters. For example, Wallenpaupack runs against North Pocono. However, one meet per year, is a "Cluster Meet". This means that not only do the teams race the teams in the opposite cluster, but they also race the teams in their own cluster. So, AH would race against every other team in the meet.
WHEN DO MEETS START? HOW LONG ARE THEY?
Typically, dual meets start around 4:45 PM. This time can vary and it is not set in stone. In a dual meet, the Junior High race runs first, followed by the Varsity race. Typically, the varsity race wraps up around 6:00 PM. Invitationals and District/League/State Meets, on the other hand can last all day. These meets sometimes include division separated races (A/AA/AAA), and usually include separate girls and boys 'A' race, along with a 'B' race.
HOW FAR IS A CROSS COUNTRY RACE?
Junior High races are approximately 3 kilometers or 1.86 miles. However, this can vary based upon the course.
Varsity races are almost always 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles.
HOW LONG ARE PRACTICES?
Practices usually last for about 1.5 to 2 hours. In the summer, practices are held in the morning, but during school, they occur in the afternoon, after the students are dismissed from school.
WHERE IS OUR HOME COURSE?
The Abington Heights home course is at the Middle School. The junior high and varsity races both start and end on the soccer field near the pond.
WHAT IS A DIVISION? WHAT DIVISION IS ABINGTON HEIGHTS?
In PIAA Cross Country, teams are divided into three divisions based upon the size of the school district. A is small, AA is medium, and AAA is large enrollment. Girls and Boys teams may be in different divisions. Currently, the girls team from AH is in the AAA division, and the boys team is in the AA division.
WHAT IS A DISTRICT? WHAT IS A LEAGUE? HOW ARE THE TITLES DETERMINED?
The local Cross Country teams are divided into separate divisions. We are in the Lackawanna League, and the PIAA District II. The league title is determined by the team with the best record (W/L), and does not take into account Division. The district title is determined by the team that wins the district meet for their division.
HOW DOES ONE QUALIFY FOR STATES?
In Cross Country, unlike Track, there are no qualifying "standards" for the State meet. Additionally, only Varsity athletes may go to states. In lieu of qualifying standards, states berths are decided at the District Meet. In AAA (AH Girls), an entire team must place first in their division, or an individual must place within the top 5 runners (not including the 1st place team). For AA (AH Boys), the team may place first or second, or an individual may place within the top 10 runners (not including the runners from the 1st and 2nd place teams).
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 'A' AND 'B' RACES?
In large meets, sometimes the field is separated into A and B races. The A race is the top 7 runners from the team and is almost always separated into boys and girls races. The B race is everyone that is not the top 7 and is typically run co-ed, although it may be scored separately.