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On this page, you'll find our rankings for both Cross Country and Track. Though in many ways they are similar, the approach we've taken to recognizing outstanding athletes is different for each season. For Cross Country, we are strong believers that individual 5k times aren't a great way to judge runners. There are so many variables across each meet, such as weather, competition, course difficulty/length, and several others. For our XC rankings, instead of just looking at who has the fastest PR, we observe how each athlete fares throughout the season and make subjective projections about their placement within the landscape of Nebraska running.

In track, the opposite is true. Times and marks are much more objective, so we're not going to waste our time trying to convince you that someone with a slower time or shorter jump is better than another athlete; we're just going to present the facts as they are given to us. We've created a Google Sheets dedicated to keeping up with the best times, throws, and jumps in the state, which has been provided to us via and coaches from all around.

The Nerd has always thought that rankings should on be decided by State results, but the Nerd interns think they are a must-have feature during the season.  We work with coaches to publish periodic team rankings for XC season, and the Nerd staff will issue individual rankings every week.  Of course, the rankings mean nothing.  If you run, you're awesome.

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