It’s idiotic and anticlimactic that cross country team score ties are resolved by “head to head” scoring. It shouldn’t be done by 6th man either because a championship shouldn’t come down to who had the best backup runner.
In other sports, ties are resolved by the only fair way to do it: MORE ACTION. Football and basketball have overtime. Baseball has extra innings. Soccer has extra time and/or penalty kicks. Why then do we resolve cross country ties by some arbitrary technicality?! It’s inane.
Instead, the tie should be resolved by a relay race over the same distance that was covered initially. So in the case of the tie between OSU and NAU, the top five finishers for each team should have faced off in a 5 x 2,000 meter relay (so each team collectively covers 10k). This is the ONLY fair way to resolve a tie.