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
|OHSAA Early Season Invitational
|Riverside Kickoff Classic Invite
|Mason XC Invitational
|Boardman Spartan XC Invitational
|Richard Spring XC Invitational
|Cedarville Friendship Invitational
|Strongsville XC Invitational
|Centerville Saturday Night Lights
|Nike XC Town Twilight
|Terre Haute, IN
|Milford XC Invitational
|Stow Bulldog XC Invitational