Promote cross country and track and field programs for high-school and middle-schoolaged children in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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Cross country is a sport focused on the team placement. Most cross country races allow each team to enter seven or more members in the scoring (varsity) race, but typically only the top five finishers contribute to the overall team score. A cross country meet is scored by adding up the places of each team’s top five finishers. As in golf, the low score wins. For example, a team that scores 26 points places ahead of a team that scores 29 points, as follows:

Ridgefield Danbury
1 2
4 3
5 7
6 8
10 9
Score 26 Score 29

Ridgefield wins!

A team’s 6th and 7th finishers can also figure in the scoring if they place ahead of the other team’s top-5 finishers. When that occurs, they become “pushers” by pushing up their opponent’s scores, as follows:

Ridgefield Danbury
2 1
3 4
6 5
8 7
9 (10) (11) 12
Score 28 Score 29

Ridgefield wins again! You really don't expect anything else in our guide, do you?

Only a team’s 6th and 7th runners can push a score, regardless of how many runners finish ahead of an opposing team’s top five finishers.

Two important mathematical trueisms that our team lives by for dual meets, assuming a team has five runners who finish a varsity race:

  • If three teammates finish 1-2-3, their team will win regardless of where 4-5 finish.
  • If the top five finishers for a team beat the #3 finisher on the opposing team, the team wins.