Cross country committee recommends new scoring format for 2A

2A boys state cross country

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AURORA — The cross country committee is recommending a new scoring format for the Class 2A state meet, one where teams can get points for their top four runners.

Currently, 2A teams can run six athletes with three of them scoring. The proposal is to run six and score four.

The recommendation, which was unanimous, came out of the committee meeting which was held last week.

This is the third time since 2016 that the committee has voted in favor of the proposals. The past two recommendations have been voted down at Legislative Council.

This approved proposal, too, needs to be approved by Legislative Council when it meets next April.

"We encourage the 2A schools to continue the conversation and outreach to ensure the Legislative Council can make an informed decision on what's best for 2A," said CHSAA assistant commissioner Jenn Roberts-Uhlig, who oversees cross country.

"This time around, the scoring proposal sparked a second conversation around whether or not it is time to add a 1A classification of cross country," she added.

Additionally, the committee voted to extend the Norris-Penrose Event Center/Bear Creek Park as the site of the state meet for an additional four years, which would keep the event there through at least 2023.

"We are excited to partner with the Cheyenne Mountain and Colorado Springs communities for the next four years," Roberts-Uhlig said. "Norris-Penrose and Bear Creek Park continue to elevate the event and be an outstanding venue to showcase student-athletes, schools and the sport of cross country."