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Cookeville Wrap-Up

 Cookeville Meet on 9/1 - We were excited as we had enough runners to team score in both the middle school girls and high school boys divisions! 

We are grateful for John & Catherine Gottlied taking photos at Cookeville and posting them on Facebook for parents.  You can see all 63 photos here. 

·         Standout Performances

o   Emma Nash, Colton Courtney, Ethan Wiles, Gabriel Wiles – Goldilocks 0.5 mile & 1 mile (finishing within 10secs of 0.5 mile target and 15secs of 1.0mile target

o   Ashton Randolph – 1st race and finishing as 4th fastest for WCHS Boys. – 27:36 total

o   Eva Everett - 1st race and fishing as 3rd fastest for WCMS Girls - 22:04 total

o   HS Boys & MS Girls for having at least 5 runners to score.

o   Gabriel Wiles – 8th Place at 19:49, only 3 seconds off of PR(19:46) on a tough course

·         First Team Scores

o   HS Boys - 134pts - 6th Place - 7+29+30+32+36 (38) (26:38 avg)

o   MS Girls - 82pts - 3rd Place - 12+16+17+18+19 (20+21) (21:06 avg)

·         New Runners in their First Meet

o   HS Girls – Harley Johnson

o   HS Boys – Aston Randolph

o   MS Girls – Eva Everett, Addison Hodges, Brooklyn Howard, Reagan Barnes, Alexis

o   MS Boys – Owen Ferris

Explaining Scoring

  • ·         Races are scored by assigning a point value for the place a runner finishes in. If a runner finishes first, he/she will earn 1 point. Finishing 55th would usually earn 55 points. Cross country is similar to golf in that the lowest score wins. A perfect score is 15 points, with the top five runners occupying the first five finishing positions.
  • ·         While only the top 5 runners “score” for their team, the sixth and seventh placed runners (PUSHERS) also receive a score. Their points can be valuable since they may increase the score of an opposing team by placing in front of that team’s top five runners. The score of the sixth and seventh runners might also be used for tie breaking.
  • ·         Runners who do not have a team of at least five runners are removed from the results for scoring purposes.
  • ·         In the event of a tie between two or more teams, the place of the sixth place runners are compared. If only one team has a sixth runner then that team wins. If all teams have only five runners, then the score of the top 4 runners is used.


Team Running Goals

  • ·         Pack up – to run as a “Wolf Pack” of similar runners who push each other and pick off opposing runners together.  Nothing more demoralizing for another runner than to get passed by a pack.
  • ·         Negative Splits - Running the second half of a race faster than the first half. This is generally considered to be a good thing and most PRs involve negative splits.

Upcoming Meets

·         Voyles Classic at the Hermitage in Nashville on Friday 9/9 at 5pm & Saturday, 9/10 at 8am.


Thank you’s

·         Bob Young – Bushhogging & Letting us train on farmland with hills, fields, springs, by the Calfkiller River.

·         Brad Walker & First Baptist Church letting us train at their outdoor pavilion and use restrooms

·         Nancy Jones & David Vaughn for supporting the program with UTV’s to haul coaches, first aid kits, and water cooler.

·         Principal Greg Wilson for coming to the Pioneer meet last Saturday.



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