At-Large Process Corrections in Figures - Doug Speck
It is with kind of a heavy heart that we report that there are some problems with the information used in figuring the State At-Large entries for the California State High School Cross-Country Meet. It appears that there were some incorrect section affiliations used in the figuring of schools in a chart used over the last four years to determine extra entrants to the State Meet that could affect participation in the 2002 State affair. Coach Ernest Lee of Gunn HS in Palo Alto first noted early this week that there appeared to be a mis-affiliation of a school from the Central Coast Section, Los Gatos, assigning that institution to the Central Section instead of the CCS from the 2000 Girls State Meet (they finished ninth place there and were assigned the letter designation “CS” instead of “CCS” that affected the number of placements among the top ten over the last four years for the two sections, thus affecting the “at-large” process for 2002 entrants to Fresno). Ernest, in all sincerity, reported that he may have found another such mistake, and, therefore, it was time to pull out all the old records and do some further research summarized below. Before you cast stones at anyone else, include the author of this piece in your efforts, as I (Doug Speck) was a member of the committee that helped to affect the changes in the at-large system as a member of the State Track and Cross-Country Advisory Committee, but deferred to others at a final important meeting with the job of playing Athletic Director at a high school of 3500 and a ton of teams operating at any one time. If affected, please address a big rock to me. Below is the information that was gathered the evening of November 19, 2002.
Below are the misplacements that we believe took place in the divisions of the state meet top ten team results from 1998-2001.
Girls Division I
Boys Division I
Girls Division II
Boys Division II
Girls Division III
Boys Division IV
Girls Division IV
Boys Division IV
Girls Division V
Boys Division V
- Tranquility 1999 was listed eighth place from Northern Section instead of the Central Section. (total for Central Section should be 4 for the four year period, with the Northern Section reduced from 1 to zero)
The next step must come from the State office, with our sense of an attempt from that group to do what is right for the student/athletes of the state one we have great faith in recently. They know how to get in touch with me for any more information on the above or any assistance - Doug Speck.
Roger Blake conversation on the "At-Large" situation for the 2002 California State CC Meet - Doug Speck
Roger Blake, Assistant Executive Director for the State CIF, gave us a phone call the afternoon of Wednesday, November 20th, in the midst of a busy travel schedule to discuss the At-Large situation as it currently exists statewide. Roger has become a great ally of the Sports of Cross-Country and Track and Field in recent years, supervising the Track and Cross-Country Advisory Committees, and closely observing those Championship competitions. Roger always has the sense that "what is best for kids" comes first, with his response to the situation we described earlier today typical. He had not had the time to thoroughly digest the information that we placed in the article on the situation, where it appeared that some teams had been placed in the wrong divisions, affecting the extra at-large teams that would be invited to the state meet in some divisions. Roger indicated that his quick figuring thus far had shown that there should be one more addition to the State Meet from Girls Division II, and that he was contacting the Central Coast Section to involve them in righting that situation. He further added that it was not his intention to take any spots away from teams that may have been informed that they were going to attend the state meet as an at-large squad, even though there may have been a mistake in some historical figures, with again, it appearing at most one school involved thus far in that situation.
Roger brings a positive optimism to situations, and appears to be moving towards a quick resolution of this issue in a manner that will be best for all involved here, so that we can move on ahead and enjoy the last week and a half of our Championship prep season in its usual grand style.
Someone just turn off the fog machine in Fresno and let me read the weather reports so I can leave my umbrella at home!!!
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