As the Northfield cross country teams advanced through the sectional and competed in the regional last Saturday, being a small school the odds deeply went against them having both teams go any further.
After sectionals only 17% of small schools were still running, while 69% of large school were still competing.
From indianarunner.com ” Statistically speaking, it is only slightly easier for a small school to qualify for the regional than it is for a large school to qualify for the state meet. Over the last 6 years about 16% (per year) of the small schools have qualified for regional action while about 15% (per year) of the large schools have qualified for the state meet.”
In the boys sectionals this year there were 23 small, 46 medium and 91 large schools advancing to the regional.
In the girls sectionals there were 21 small, 47 medium and 92 large schools advancing to the regional.
The number of small schools advancing from the regional to the semi-state greatly declines.
In Boy’s regional action, 7 small schools, 17 medium schools and 56 large schools advanced to the semi-state.
In Girl’s regional action 6 small schools, 17 medium schools and 57 large schools advanced to the semi-state.
From indianarunner.com ” Over the last 6 years, about 3.4% (per year) of the small schools qualified for the semistate, As about 15% of the large schools qualify for the state each year, statistically speaking it is about 4 times easier for a large school to make it to state than it is for a small school to make it to semistate.”
Out of the 7 boys and 6 girls small school’s making it to semi-state, there were only two that qualified both their boys and girls, Perry Central and Northfield.
Quote from indianarunner.com
” Two schools qualified both their boys and girls teams for the semistate. They were: The Perry Central Commodores, under the guidance of Coach Jason Barnett and the Northfield Norsemen under veteran coach Dick Leming. Coach Leming and Coach Barnett have been two of the most successful small school coaches in Indiana High School cross country history. In a sport where it is rare for a small school to reach the state finals, both have taken multiple teams to the finals. Hall of Fame Coach, Dick Leming has taken the Norsemen six times with third place finishes in both 1993 and 1994.”
In the final small school poll of the year the Northfield boys are ranked 5th and the girls 6th.
We are not promoting ”class” in cross country. What we are promoting is the continued success of the Northfield cross country programs with the odds stacked against them.
In the last several years and the present, every county school has had or presently has a great team or individual runner that these odds have gobbled up. Look at last years Manchester girls team or this years Southwood girls team. How many individual runners or teams from the county would go to ”small state.”
No, we are not promoting class cross country, merely stating how remarkable it is when team from our small schools advances by beating the odds.
It truly is a David vs Goliath story