As with most conferences and other meets, the Greater Metro Conference allows 8 runners to run in the varsity race. However, when I saw the team scoring, they counted the #8 runners from each team in the official scoring, meaning those runners acted as displacers and affected the scoring. I thought a mistake was made in the scoring, but was told this is in the GMC bylaws to count the 8th place runners. I have been following cross country closely for many, many years and I have never heard of runners not in the top 7 being able to displace other runners.
It is not really that big of a deal, but I was just wondering if anyone knew why the GMC did this and if other meets or conferences also do this. Obviously this benefits teams like Marquette that have so much depth and can put their 8th runner in front of many teams fourth or fifth runners. At the GMC meet, this scoring didn’t change the winner of the meet, but it did make it closer. The final score was Brookfield Central 61, Marquette 62. If you take the 8th place runners out, then the score is Brookfield Central 60, Marquette 62. With a close meet, a ruling like this could potentially change the winner of the meet.