I would have thought a tie for tenth place freshman girl at the State Championship (at a time equal to or better than the four girls on third team) would have earned a spot.
Curious as to how you decided who made the various teams? My son wants to know because he has the 6th fastest time posted for a freshman this year (granted, on a fast course) but only made the 3rd team. Do you use a formula of some sort?
I take in a bunch of factors to make a subjective decision...times, head to head victories, consistency, how they performed down the final stretch (district to Foot Locker/NXN). There are some kids who did not get a chance to run on faster courses than others (Robert Singleton from Woodberry Forest is a good example), while some course times are very misleading (Norfolk Academy being one of them) on how athletes might match up against the others. I initially was only going to do two teams, but then had several good freshmen that was going to leave off or had tough time separating from the 2nd/3rd teams so made a third team and still had a couple of tough calls and left some good kids off.
Use it as motivation if you didn't make the list or not as high as you wanted. I was 7th in the regional meet outdoors my freshmen year in the 1600 and 3200 to miss qualifying for states, but trained hard over the summer to make sure I wouldn't be in that position again. Always interesting to see how these freshmen develop over the next few years and also to see other late bloomers develop to surpass some of the kids who were ahead of them as 9th grader.
So will we see teams like this formed for indoor and outdoor track season? I didn't see anything regarding the regular track season on those who had done well without winning a state title. Thank you.
Thanks for the list. If times are still being updated, Rachel Greaney ran 18:58 at Foot Locker South (fast course). She was the 8th fastest freshman in all races combined. she made first team and I think the 18:58 substantiates it. Otherwise folks might ask why first team with a 19:27 (13th fastest time). Once again, thanks for the list.
[Her last name is Greaney, not Graeney]