Statistics for cross country and track athletes are pretty simple. They measure distance and time. How fast can the athlete run from start to finish line?
For the casual athlete, like me, a running spreadsheet or social media site like dailymile is a great way to keep track of mileage and PRs. But what if you’re a competitive high school or collegiate runner, or the parent of one?
My oldest son runs high school cross country and track. He (and his parents) want to know more than how far or fast he’s run. He also wants to know how he stacks up against the competition and research college running programs.
Look up Times, PRs and the Competition
Several online sites are jostling to provide this information. I’d rank the top three as:
1 Athletic.net depends on coaches and meet hosts to upload race results for track and cross country athletes at both the high school and collegiate level. Participation varies by geography and program but it lists most of the meets in our area, so it has a lot of useful information. A big bonus: it’s free for most functionality.
Each athlete has one or more profile pages. The collegiate and high school pages aren’t linked but the track and cross country pages are and they show multiple years with times listed and seasonal and personal records highlighted.
One of the site’s strengths is robust cross-referencing and an excellent search engine. On my son’s profile page I can click a meet link and see that meet’s results. From a meet page I can click an athlete’s name and see their profile. I can also click a school name and see their roster with best times.
This is a great way to compare the competition.
The site also has athletes ranked by seasonal bests locally, regionally, at the state and national levels as well as filters for 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, etc.,
You can also filter results by grade or distance and look up a hypothetical meet to see how a team compares on paper.
One caveat there is the hypothetical meet function doesn’t follow XC point scoring. Rather, it adds the five fastest times for a team at a particular distance and adds them, then ranks teams based on those cumulative fastest times. Close enough and since XC scoring is pretty easy, you can quickly figure out the points in a hypothetical meet from that information.
2 dyestat.com I haven’t used this one much because the user interface is clunky and the meet results are less complete for our area. It does rank athletes and teams as well as lists the number of elite athletes next to meet names, which is kind of fun. Hopefully they’ll continue improving the site.
3 milesplit.com Again, I haven’t used this one much because it isn’t as complete or as easy to use as athletic.net. It also
has had my son’s name misspelled, a major pet peeve. Since I’m writing this post I decided I should probably ask them to fix that and it was easy to find a contact form. I did get an immediate email that they have “Premium Service Ninjas” working on it. Update: they fixed his name in less than two hours. That’s good customer service.