Missouri Boys Preseason Composite XC Team Rankings

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Find out who our data based ranking system projects in the preseason as the top returning boys cross country squads in the state of Missouri.

RankTeamScoreHighestLowestWeakness
1Parkway West High School (MO)4.04183200m 1-4 Average (10:08.53)
2Lee's Summit West High School (MO)5.242265000m 1-2 Gap (22.17)
3Lafayette (Wildwood) High School (MO)6.23155000m 1-4 Gap (55.87)
4Blue Springs High School (MO)7.281365000m 1-2 Gap (38.99)
5Lee's Summit North High School (MO)7.361133200m Top 4
6West Plains High School (MO)9.481455000m 1-4 Gap (1:47.94)
7Rockhurst High School (MO)11.23215000m 1-4 Gap (1:02.38)
8Kirkwood High School (MO)12.16263200m 1-4 Average (10:31.96)
9St. Louis University High School (MO)12.27175000m 1-4 Average (16:53.66)
10Rock Bridge High School (MO)12.97265000m 1-3 Gap (52.32)
11Liberty High School (MO)13.24425000m 1-2 Gap (1:01.99)
12Jefferson City High School (MO)15.65313200m 1-4 Average (10:38.04)
13Webb City High School (MO)16.77485000m 1-2 Gap (1:15.00)
14Raymore-Peculiar High School (MO)16.812285000m 1-2 Gap (23.60)
15Carthage High School (MO)19.311321600m 1-4 Average (4:50.17)
16Park Hill South High School (MO)19.42395000m 1-5 Gap (1:56.83)
17Joplin High School (MO)19.52365000m 1-4 Average (17:17.40)
18Lindbergh High School (MO)20.616283200m 1-4 Average (10:34.06)
19Webster Groves High School (MO)20.71375000m 1-4 Average (17:18.37)
20Blue Springs South High School (MO)21.29285000m 1-3 Gap (59.88)
21Nixa High School (MO)21.410455000m 1-2 Gap (1:07.07)
22Festus High School (MO)22.810495000m 1-2 Gap (1:36.24)
23Hillsboro High School (MO)24.413445000m 1-3 Gap (1:30.38)
24Kearney High School (MO)26.111325000m 1-3 Gap (1:07.82)
25Platte County High School (MO)26.414375000m 1-3 Gap (1:16.05)
26Warrensburg High School (MO)26.417325000m 1-5 Gap (1:48.89)
27Mexico High School (MO)27.75435000m 1-5 Gap (2:00.53), Not Enough Data
28Fulton High School (MO)27.95415000m 1-5 Gap (1:58.07), Not Enough Data
29Lamar High School (MO)28.219415000m 1-3 Gap (1:21.57)
30Hazelwood West High School (MO)30.27481600m 1-4 Average (4:54.47)
31Liberty North High School (MO)30.79425000m 1-5 Average (17:33.98)
32Staley High School (MO)31.417505000m 1-5 Gap (3:17.18)
33Marquette High School (MO)31.723475000m 1-4 Gap (1:54.02)
34Eureka High School (MO)34.723475000m 1-4 Average (17:33.83)
35Kickapoo High School (MO)35.222495000m 1-3 Gap (1:56.53)
36Central (St. Joseph) High School (MO)35.829445000m 1-5 Gap (2:01.84)
37Springfield Catholic High School (MO)36.918505000m 1-2 Gap (2:17.17)
38Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau) High School (MO)38.03385000m Top 5, Not Enough Data
39Branson High School (MO)38.525395000m 1-2 Gap (49.34), Not Enough Data
40Ladue Horton Watkins High School (MO)38.86505000m 1-5 Average (17:50.77), Not Enough Data
41Helias Catholic High School (MO)39.822493200m 1-4 Average (10:58.06), Not Enough Data
42Westminster Christian Academy (MO)39.829501600m Top 4
43Seckman High School (MO)40.121435000m 1-5 Average (17:38.55), Not Enough Data
44Jackson High School (MO)41.030505000m 1-4 Gap (2:09.85)
45Hickman High School (MO)41.918491600m 1-4 Average (4:54.64)
46Bolivar High School (MO)42.720495000m Top 4

What are composite team rankings?

A few years ago, MileSplit developed a data based number-cruncher system to rank cross country teams called "composite" team rankings. The rather complicated algorithm takes into account both cross country and track seasons, based on various categories and weights. It even indicates what the computer believes the biggest weakness is at this point.

Teams that did not have much of a track season or did not have at least four of their top distance runners out for track may see their scores drop. However, teams that busted it and looked great this past spring will show higher. Hopefully it is a good balance to predict who is strong coming in! It does not necessarily take into account any new freshman or transfers.

The score represents the team's weighted composite average rank across all categories. The highest column represents the highest ranking they received in a category, and conversely the lowest is the worst ranking they received in a category.

If you pull up the XC Team Scores page, you'll see a link to "Composite" scoring. This is a type of scoring that gives a team a rank on a number of different categories, with different weights on each:

  • XC 5K Team Rank (normal)
  • XC 5K 1-5 Split
  • XC 5K 1-5 Average
  • XC 5K 1-4 Rank (normal)
  • XC 5K 1-4 Split
  • XC 5K 1-4 Average
  • XC 5K 1-3 Split
  • XC 5K 1-2 Split
  • Outdoor 1600m Top 4 (normal)
  • Outdoor 1600m Top 4 Average
  • Outdoor 3200m Top 4 (normal)
  • Outdoor 3200m Top 4 Average

By using all of these factors and weighting them appropriately, we should get a really good and balanced idea of who are the best teams. This is especially designed for returning teams.

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