Something happened today at the Pennsylvania State XC Championships that I've never seen before, and had only ever discussed in the context of it being even theoretically possible.
Quick background: Last week in the District 6 Single A girls race Saint Joseph's Catholic finished 3rd in a very close race.
1 Westmont Hilltop 51
2 Marion Center 52
3 Saint Josephs Cath 57
Only the top 2 teams from district 6 qualify for states so St Josephs did not make the state meet as a team. However, the district qualifies the top 10 individuals who were not on the two auto qualifying teams (Westmont Hilltop and Marion Center). St Josephs had 5 girls finish in individual qualifying spots.
Today at the State Meet the 5 individual qualifiers from St Josephs scored as a team and won the State Championship.
Question: Should they have been allowed to score as a team at the State meet? I personally think it is great that they were allowed to, and pulled off the win. But were they really a team? Other than wearing the same uniform, they were 5 individual qualifiers and did not finish in a team qualifying spot. Why couldn't 5 individual qualifiers from 5 different schools tell the state that they want to compete as a team at the state championship? Is this scenario really that different? Anyhow, a crazy situation that is an insane outlier in terms of likelihood in of happening in the sport.