2023 MileSplit Ohio Speed Ratings Series Seasonal Merge

(Uniontown-Lake's Daniela Scheffler following her performance at Boardman)

A few years ago we retained the services of Roland Hopkins, the founder of Illinois XC Speed Ratings, to produce post-meet speed ratings for the MileSplit Ohio reporting team's coverages. 

As has long been the case, following our on-site trips, videos, photos and editorial can be reviewed about the competition. For results pertaining to individual performances, however, especially during XC, it's often more challenging to truly identify what those results mean and how to best determine them versus others, either in comparison of athlete to athlete or within a singular athlete's own historical body of work. 

Top placements in a race and scoring points for your team are paramount and objective models toward goals. Subjective measures like racing tougher, more aggressively or more composed (whatever the game plan happens to have called for) are also great indicators of success.

A valuable reference point to some, judging by times on the clock, alone, fails to account for course distance, weather elements, footing conditions, topography, terrain, among a myriad of other factors. 

While still perhaps not exact, cross country performances will always pose interesting challenges to uncover. We feel that speed ratings can, at the very least, help bridge that understanding gap. 

On the following pages is a seasonal merge created by Hopkins that accounts for all meets MileSplit Ohio has had rated in 2023. Below is a listing of the meet's that made up Hopkins' analysis. 

MileSplit Ohio Speed Rated Meets

August 19thOHSAA Early Season InvitationalObetz, OH
August 26thRiverside Kickoff Classic InvitePainesville, OH
September 9thMason XC InvitationalMason, OH
September 16thBoardman Spartan XC InvitationalYoungstown, OH
September 16thRichard Spring XC InvitationalPeoria, IL
September 16thCedarville Friendship InvitationalCedarville, OH
September 23rdStrongsville XC InvitationalStrongsville, OH
September 30thCenterville Saturday Night LightsCenterville, OH
September 30thNike XC Town TwilightTerre Haute, IN
October 7thMilford XC InvitationalMilford, OH
October 7thStow Bulldog XC InvitationalStow, OH

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