The lettering standard for our middle school team is tied to performance and attendance.
Athletes will start with a time of 22:00.9 minutes as the lettering standard. For every practice missed, your time is reduced 10 seconds. By the end of the season an athlete must run her lettering time for a 5k to earn a letter.
For perfect attendance, a 30 second bonus will be added for a 22:30.9 lettering time. If you are unable to complete a full practice, then you will not get credit. For instance, coming to practice with an illness and not participating or leaving early for an appointment.
Official times will be taken from the automatic timing systems at each meet. Occasionally, a course is exceptionally fast or short of the 5k distance. In this case race times will be adjusted accordingly or not used in meeting the lettering standard.