As a proud mentor, supporter, and auntie I have to brag about what I can consider the best Cross Country teams in the history of Ortega Middle School. My nephew and other former ITA members who have been involved with in the arena are now members of these two amazing teams.
This year the boys made history last week by perfect scoring in Buena Vista and this weekend they kept their winning streak by winning in Salida with only 12 points.
After the Salida meet I took my nephew, Oscar and Miguel with me for breakfast, a tour of the city and we were able to visit on our 2 hour drive back home. The stories I've heard and the struggles some of these youngsters have already overcome at this early age are truly inspiring.
Im glad they are on the right path, surrounded by amazing Coaches and unbelievable supporters.
With already four wins under their belts and already a pecfect score in their resumes, all I could say is these kids really came together at the perfect time, in the perfect place and are surronded with the perfect people. A Dream Team many only wish they could be part of. To all OMS athletes and Coaches, CONGRATS!!!
What is Cross Country?
Scores are determined by summing the top four or five individual finishing places on each team. Points are awarded to the individual runners of eligible teams, equal to the position in which they cross the finish line (first place gets 1 point, second place gets 2 points, etc.). The points for these runners are summed, and the low score wins. Individual athletes, and athletes from incomplete teams are excluded from scoring. Ties can be broken in several ways. In high school competition, ties are resolved in favor of the team whose next non-scoring member finishes first. In U.S. college competition, ties are not resolved.
The lowest possible score in a five-to-score match is 15 (1+2+3+4+5), achieved by a team's runners finishing in each of the top five positions. If there is a single opposing team then they would have a score of 40 (6+7+8+9+10), which can be considered a "sweep" for the winning team. In some competitions a team's sixth and seventh runner are scored in the overall field and are known as "pushers" or "displacers" as their place can count ahead of other runners.