You can always find individual examples to buck a trend, but I'd generally rather be in the smaller division where there isn't as much depth, especially if I'm going to be on the larger side of the enrollment pool.I was thinking more in general. With East Canton, McDonald and Maplewood, is it an easier road in D2 for the boys?
I have enrollment numbers going back to the headcounts from the fall of 2008 (which would be used to determine divisions for XC season 2009 and 2010). I can estimate what the divisional cut-offs looked like by comparing a few schools' headcounts to which division they were in. Let's see what we got:You are right. I should have done some comparisons. I shouldn't have singled out Rootstown. 3 or 4 years ago they were much better but last year they were not so strong. I saw other traditionally D3 teams that have moved up too. Is the D3-D2 line moving down a bit?
I dug around through this forum trying to find previous years' cut-offs and how many teams existed when those cut-offs were made, but I came up empty. In NEO at least, the DIII schools clearly did a better job of getting more teams out last year since the girls will have 14 teams at the regional this year as compared to 11 last year, and the boys gained 1 team to go from 12 to 13. As a result, the girls gained an extra team spot plus 4 individual spots to state.Mr. Slippery, are there more smaller schools offering CC...Fielding full teams.
LCCC - Boys - Woodridge brings back the best team in the state. Bay should be a top state level team. Cloverleaf and Tallmadge bring back solid foundations and should be in the mix to qualify to the state meet. Fairview should be right there with Cloverleaf and Tallmadge. Clearly the top District.
GlenOak - Boys - $V$M then who knows. I agree Coventry and Springfield should be right there, but it's time for those two teams to step it up at the Regional level and at least be in the top 10.
Trumble - Boys - Salem is a team that should have top 10 in the state as a goal. Poland and Lakeview are right there where Springfield and Coventry are and should be looking at next level.
Madison - NDCL, Lake Catholic and Chagrin Falls seem to put solid teams on the line.
Woodridge is better this year than last year and they will bring back a tough team next year. who knows after that?