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!
Every section in California has its quirks, unusual rules or structures that set them apart from the other regions. For example, the San Diego Section is the only section that races a different distance for girls and boys at its finals, which will be held on November 18. The girls run a roughly 2.7-mile course at Balboa, while the boys run the full 3 miles (which is by the choice of the coaches in the section, who have the power to change it if they so choose). Luckily, teams in the section compete in more than enough 3 Mile races to generate the data we need to effectively rank them. Another peculiarity of the SDS is that many of its best-known (and most competitive) teams on the state level are not in Division 1. That's why a breakdown like the one below can be so helpful as we head into the section championships!
Follow the links below to see what the database has to say about each division at the San Diego Section finals in two weeks, and look for our predictions of the other sections as they go up all week!
SDS Division 1
SDS Division 2
SDS Division 3
SDS Division 4
SDS Division 5