Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FAQ on State Leaderboards

If you're new to high school track and field (or maybe even if you're not), you might be wondering what the big deal is with state leaderboards.  Here's a little FAQ.

Q: Why do state rankings matter? 
A: The top 18 performers in each event in each division qualify for the Colorado State Meet in May

Q: What division is HRHS in? 
A: Highlands Ranch High School is a Colorado Division 5A school. Championships are contested separately for each division.

Q: My athlete has a better mark than the one listed for him or her on the MaxPreps and MileSplit leaderboards. Why is the better mark not listed? 
A: For some events (long jump, triple jump, 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles, 110m high hurdles) wind matters, and athletes need to achieve wind-legal marks (trailing wind readings of +2.0 or lower) to qualify for the state meet. Only wind-legal marks will be listed on leaderboards

Q: MaxPreps vs. MileSplit?
Colorado Track XC (MileSplit) provides local coverage of meets (including photos and articles, some of which are available by subscription only), posts individual meet results, and maintains event leaderboards that can be searched and cut multiple ways (by grade, separated by division or not, etc.). MaxPreps maintains the official CHSSA leaderboards for state rankings. Links to leaderboards on MaxPreps are provided under Useful Links in the right sidebar on our homepage.

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