At NCCC each team will have 8 participants, with top 6 runners scoring towards team score.
Points are awarded to the individual runners of eligible teams, equal to the position in which they cross the finish line (first place gets 1 point, second place gets 2 points, etc.).
The points for these runners are added up, and the team with the lowest score wins. Yes, like golf, but a lot more fun than golf.
The next two (7th and 8th) runners will help push scores of other teams up (behind their own team), so they are an important part of the team. If runners from team A scored 1, 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 15, & 16, and runners from team B scored 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12, cumulative score of first 6 runners of team A will be 42 and team B will be 39.
Individual athletes, and athletes from incomplete teams (teams consisting of less than 8 athletes or teams) and individuals who have been disqualified are excluded from scoring.
Ties are usually broken by the position of each team's sixth runner. If runners from team A scored 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, 17, & 18, and runners from team B scored 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13 & 14, cumulative score of first 6 runners is 39 for both teams. Yet, team B would win because their 6th runner came in at 10th versus 12th of team A.