As the championship season approaches, we always like to give the MIleSplit database a chance to try to predict the outcome of every division race in every section, using season results to this point as the basis. We know it's not perfect, but it does start the conversation (and looking at the data helps us get focused on the teams and individuals to watch), so we find it interesting. We hope you will, too!
The Central Coast Section has a slightly unusual playoff format in comparison to other sections of similar size. There is no preliminary round to their state qualifying meet, so everyone goes directly from league championships to the section finals (which are on November 11th). This gives the runners and teams that qualify to the state meet a free weekend after the playoffs are over, which could be an advantage (rest, recovery, and training) or a disadvantage (loss of sharpness). In comparison to the grind of the Southern Section, where the top teams compete in meaningful championship races for four straight weeks, the CCS format is much simpler. Regardless of the potential effect this process might have at the state meet, it means the Central Coast will be the second section (after the Northern Section) to name its state meet qualifiers. Today we're going to try to predict who those teams will be, or at least identify the pool of teams that will be in contention for those coveted spots on the starting line at Woodward Park!
Follow the links below to see what the database has to say about each division at the upcoming Central Coast Section finals, and look for our predictions of the other sections as they go up all week!
CCS Division 1
CCS Division 2
CCS Division 3
CCS Division 4
CCS Division 5