high school xc coach wrote:

So this you are playing now wrote:

53.8. That's what the rulebook says.

NFHS Conversion: The National Federation of High Schools has a similar conversion to the one above. To apply this conversion factor, a hand time is rounded up to the nearest tenth (e.g., 10.83 seconds becomes 10.9 seconds, and 11.77 seconds becomes 11.8 seconds). After the time is rounded up, the conversion factor is added. For NFHS, all races, regardless of length, have a conversion factor of 0.24 of a second added to the rounded hand time.

Keep in mind, though, no one (at least in a legit sprinting sense) is walking around sporting hand-time results that INCLUDES the hundredths of a second as a part of the result. Typically, if you're seeing posted results into the 100ths, that is supposed to mean it's an FAT result. To post a hand time that INCLUDES the 100th second can be VERY confusing as it then implies an official FAT result.

.24 has, if course, long been the standard conversion rate of hand times to FAT equivalents. Indeed, rounding the hand time up to its nearest 10th (in this case, 53.44 to 53.5) and THEN adding the .24 is, technically, the standard. But with the wide proliferation of FAT usage these days, actually posting the result as a 53.74 would be a faux past, as the implication of FAT goes with that added 100th of a second. I'm not sure where the rule books stand on this, but indeed, the SOP in this scenario would typically be to take that 53.74, and call it a 53.8. OR, as a written result or in posting the result, one COULD theoretically write it out as 53.74h to denote it as a hand time.

Noteably, I've also seen 400s as being specifically noted as marked only for a .14 standard conversion addition, but I don't know of that's state by state for high schools, or if that has been thrown out over the last decade, or what.

And this is all moot, in regards to THIS "result", since it doesn't really conform to any true standards of track timing.