Within 4 hours of my class AAA boys preview, the PIAA District 3 (D3) announced their long expected changes to team and individual qualifying standards for the district XC meet. Based on our pre-season league meet projected order of finish, and the new team qualifying guidelines, we project how the team race may unfold. With a smaller scoring field, there are some changes in team “ranking.”. Teams and individuals must qualify for the district meet from their league championships. Individual qualifiers are then removed from team scoring.
You can read the PIAA D3 release with posted qualifying standards here: Boys and Girls
Projected team qualifiers in gold:
When I only include projected team qualifiers in the scoring, I come up with the following race projections (based on expected returning runners and known newcomers this season):
Top 4 qualify for the state championships.
Top 5 qualify for the state championships.