The lettering standard is tied to performance and attendance and at any point of the season you will know where you stand. This standard is for high school runners (grades 9-12) only.
Everyone will start with a time of 22:00.9 minutes as the lettering standard. For every practice missed your time is reduced 7 seconds, Saturday 10 seconds. By the end of the season an athlete must run her lettering time to earn a letter. Lettering times will be adjusted weekly based on attendance.
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.
Coach’s discretion will be used regarding the lettering of seniors who do not meet the lettering standard time. Some of the criteria that will be used are that the senior will not miss more than four practices, and has provided solid leadership to younger runners.