We had this occur last year. Apex qualified 6 individuals to the 4A state meet. (top 7 not on a qualifying team advance to the state meet. The NCHSAA team rule is that the top 25% or top four(whichever is greater) teams advance to the state meet. That year Apex was unlucky to be in the 2018 region of death(4A Mideast) with several very good teams, but not many teams in the region overall. Apex was ranked 5th in that region and 6th in 4A. Apex was not allowed to score at the 4A state meet. However, the “Apex Rule” has been added, and if any school advances 5+ individuals to the state meet they will be able to score as a team.