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Who's Number 1 - or 100?

by John Dye

Rankings mean nothing by themselves.  Only in head to head competition can you really settle who is best.  But in every sport, it is natural to make rankings.  They stir up interest, they are fun to talk about, and they motivate -- both to defend and to challenge a ranking.  

DyeStat publishes several sets of rankings, some created by DyeStat and some by others.

DyeStat Elite - (Track and Field) DyeStat's own unique database ranks the top US performers in each event for both indoor and outdoor seasons, going 100 or more deep in the most popular events.  More than 5,000 performances are ranked each season.  The DyeStat Elite lists are used by everyone connected with high school track in America -- the athlete, family, friends, media, HS coaches, college coaches, and just plain fans.

2002 Indoor 2002 Outdoor
2001 Indoor 2001 Outdoor
2000 Indoor 2000 Outdoor
1999 Indoor 1999 Outdoor
1998 1997

XC Leader List -  (Cross Country) - DyeStat collects the fastest times in cross country at 3 miles and 5000 meters.  We are careful to say these are not rankings, since cross country times are inherently not comparable between meets and courses.  Different competition, different conditions, and even different distances.  Even though they are not "rankings," in that judgment is not applied to equalize the different conditions, the cream still rises to the top. 

The Harrier - (Cross Country) Marc Bloom has been covering high school running for 30 years, and his super 25 cross country lists in The Harrier magazine are the authoritative team rankings in the sport.  Using reports from correspondents around the country and his own expert analysis, Bloom ranks the top 25 teams in the US and the top 10 teams in the four Foot Locker regions.

Gourley's List - (Throws) Bob Gourley loves weight and hammer throwing.  He lives in Rhode Island, which dominates the national throws rankings every year.  So, it is natural, that Bob started ranking the throws.  He maintains national rankings throughout the year.  

Michael Roth's Race Walk - Michael Roth has followed Bob Gourley's lead and created national HS rankings in his specialty.   

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