Cross Country Scoring

Each team enters seven runners into the race.  As each runner finishes the  race, they are given a number according to what place they finish and that  number is their score for the team.  For instance, if you finish 1st, you have a  score of 1 point.  If you finish 24th, you have a score of 24.

A team's first five runners (doesn't matter which runners, just the first  five that finish) are counted toward the team's total score.  If the first five  runners come in 2nd, 7th, 8th, 12th, and 18th, then the team's score is 47  (which is relatively low in a competitive race).  So, the lower your score, the  better.

But, that's not all.  The other two runners (who come in after the first five  runners on the team) do not count toward their team's score, but they can still  help their team by making another team's score higher.  If the seventh runner  comes in before one or some of the first five from another team, then the other  team's score becomes higher because their runners have bigger finishing scores.   Remember, you want your score to be low.

A sweep is where the first five runners come in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th  giving them the lowest score possible of 15.  Cross-Country races can also draw  a huge number of participants, holding hundreds of runners.