Speed Rating Comparisons For The Top 25 Girls Ahead Of NXN

We've compiled the top speed ratings from TullyRunners.com to give you insight into what to expect heading into the girls championship race at Nike Cross Nationals on December 1. 

If you're unfamiliar with speed ratings, here's a quick primer: 

In short, 
a speed rating is a number attributed to an XC performance, roughly one point per three seconds, adjusted for overall race quality and depth. Using these numbers, we can compare performances on an apples to apples basis -- in terms of XC times and teams. It provides an answer to the hypothetical question, "What would happen if the best teams in the nation all raced at once?" However, these do not predict the outcome of NXN.

So what does this all mean? 

The best way to describe speed ratings are that they can be used as seeds heading into a big race. The actual speed ratings will vary from race to race, but these numbers give an indication of the potential ceiling of an athlete. 

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Speed Ratings of Nation's Top 25 Girls Runners

ranknameschoolbest speed ratingnote
1Katelyn TuohyNorth Rockland (NY)177
2Kelsey ChmielSaratoga Springs (NY163
3Katelynne HartGlenbard West (IL)153
4Emily CovertMinneapolis Washburn (MN)157
5Ericka VanderlendeRockford (MI)155
6Marlee StarliperNorthern (PA)159DNRQ -- FL
7London CulbreathMcKinney North (TX)154
8Grace ConnollyNatick (MA)156DNRQ -- FL
9Taylor EwertBeavercreek (OH)153
10Tori GaitanGreat Oak (CA)148
11Claire WaltersFayetteville-Manlius (MN)156
12Sydney MasciarelliMarianapolis Prepatory (CT)161DNRQ - FL
13Sydney ThorvaldsonRawlins (WY)149
14Brooke RauberTully (NY)153
15Kristin FahyLa Costa Canyon (CA)145
16Adelyn AckleyHart (MI)144DNRQ -- FL
17Grace PingWinona Cotter (MN)149
18Abby LoveysRandolph (NJ)149DNRQ - FL
19Samantha SchadlerRio Rico (AZ)144
20Abby VanderkooiMuskegon Western (MI)151DNRQ - FL
21Anna MartinLehi (UT)147DNRQ
22Alex MorrisNaperville North (IL)152
23Ashlyn HillyardPlano Senior (TX)152
24Tiahna VladicBillings Senior (MT)144
25Julia David-SmithIssaquah (WA)143

Athletes On The MileSplit50 Bubble

ranknameschoolbest speed ratingnote
26Ella BorsheimBellaramine Prep (WA)144
27Jenna HutchinsScience Hill (TN)145DNRQ - FL
28Jenna FitzsimmonsMountain Vista (CO)137
29Lauren PingWinona Cotter (MN)143
30Lexy HalladayMountain View (ID)146DNQ
31Emma WilsonGreencastle (IN)144
32Corie SmithBuchanan (CA)145
33Victoria StarcherRipley (WV)144DNRQ
34Jaden TheisLansing Catholic (MI150DNRQ - FL
35Allison WilsonMontgomery (TX)147
36Hana HallFlagstaff (AZ)141
37Tierney WolfgramMath & Science Academy (MN)149DNQ
38Maggie LiebichBoise Senior (ID)140