Griak is in the past. Milaca has come and gone. Tomorrow is the start of October. If there was any doubt before, it is time to admit that the season is past the halfway mark and beginning to wind down. In fewer than four weeks, every team in the state will compete in their section meet. So the burning question that is beginning to make its way into everyone's mind (whether they would like to admit it or not) is, "How does my team stack up against the rest of our section?"
It is for questions like that for which we have virtual meets. Therefore, to provide a glimpse of what we could expect when October 25, 26th, and 27th roll around, we created two virtual meets for every section using the most up-to-date statistics in our database (which will continue to update as more results get added). One meet uses each athlete's season best time, which is great for athletes and teams which get better and better with each passing meet. The other uses each athlete's average time, which helps correct for potentially distorting times from either quick or slow courses. Neither version provides a complete picture, but in tandem they give greater insight than just one or the other.
Who is currently sitting in that covered second spot in 6AA? Could the Mora boys keep up their State-qualifying streak? Who will win the dogfight in 3AA? Could the Saint Michael-Albertville girls really score 23 points in Section 5AA? What two sections have exact ties for 2nd place? Could Winona Cotter really qualify for State with a six-minute spread? Could Grand Rapids possibly be the top team in Section 7AA? And who would have predicted the Saint Paul Academy girls in being in the drivers seat in 4A?
So without further ado, check out how each team and each athlete stacks up with all the other in their section!