Update: NCISAA Division I State Championships End In A Tie

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UPDATE: The NCISAA has decided that the NCISAA Division I State Champions will be scored as coaches association voted on in the summer.  They confirmed with us the final score would be tied at 147.50 between Christ School and Providence Day.

A statement from the NCISAA is below.

"The official ruling is that the Division I State Championship meet will be scored using the same method of that in Division II and Division III.  The method communicated in advance of the state championships has been invoked and the final results tabulated.  The 2019 Division I Boys State Champions, each scoring 147.50 points, are Christ School and Providence Day."

The updated team results are below for the boys side.  This will not change the outcome of the NCISAA Division I Girls State Champions.

                         Men - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored                        

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    1) Christ School              147.50     1) Providence Day            147.50        
    3) Charlotte Country Day       63        4) Metrolina Christian Acade  52           
    5) Charlotte Latin             44.50     6) Charlotte Christian        42.50        
    7) Durham Academy              42        8) Covenant Day               34.50        
    9) Cary Academy                33       10) Cannon                     27           
   11) Ravenscroft                 24.50    12) North Raleigh Christian A  18           
   13) Wake Christian Academy      15       14) Rabun Gap Nacoochee         5           
   15) Wesleyan Christian Academy   3  


The issue outlining why the results were originally protested and sat in a 48 hour protest window are below from out original article.

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Original Article - 5/18/2019

After an outstanding performance by both the Christ School and Providence Day boys the team scores reflected in a Christ School 8 point win 150.50 to 142.50.  But the final result in determining the team champions is still up in the air.

                         Men - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored                        

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    1) Christ School              150.50     2) Providence Day            142.50        
    3) Charlotte Country Day       63        4) Metrolina Christian Acade  52           
    5) Charlotte Latin             46.50     6) Charlotte Christian        42.50        
    7) Durham Academy              42        8) Covenant Day               34.50        
    9) Cary Academy                33       10) Cannon                     28           
   11) Ravenscroft                 24.50    12) North Raleigh Christian A  18           
   13) Wake Christian Academy      15       14) Rabun Gap Nacoochee         5           
   15) Wesleyan Christian Academy   3  

Over the summer of 2018 the NCISAA Coaches voted on a new rule.  Previously teams could enter more than 3 athletes per event, and they'd be accepted as long as they were in the top 24 athletes.  However, if you placed more than 3 in the top 8 the those athletes would not be able to score.  You could only score your top three finishers in each event.  

This year would be the first year that more than three athletes on a team could score in an event.  

Friday night during the 3200m Providence Day placed 5 boys in the top 8 going 1-2-5-7-8 in the event.  After this, some NCISAA Division I Coaches allegedly were not aware of the new rule being in place.  

BOYS 3200 METER RUN FINALS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTPointsH#
1Christian Landis10Providence Day School9:32.48102
2Jason Krell11Providence Day School9:41.6682
3Andrew Hammel11Christ School9:51.4462
4Tamer Metwalli12Cannon School9:54.3352
5Colter Nichols10Providence Day School9:55.8242
6Bryson Mace10Covenant Day School9:58.3732
7Andrew Riolo11Providence Day School10:03.9422
8Adam Habas11Providence Day School10:04.5212
9Joseph Visconti11Christ School10:05.75-2
10Worth Hinshaw11Charlotte Latin10:13.68-2

Though the new rule was voted on and passed by the coaches association, the NCISAA State Championship website stating the rules for the 2019 Outdoor Championships were never updated.  The rules stated on the NCISAA Website are stated below.

Scoring:
1. Boys and girls meets will be scored separately.
2. Points will be awarded as listed in the NFHS rulebook based on the number of teams entered in each meet.
3. 8 places will be scored in running and field events.
4. A maximum of three members of any team will be allowed to advance to the finals of the field events or races under 800 meters.


The Games Committee voted that they would revert back to the old scoring rules for the meet which would take three points away from Providence Day, and add two points to Christ School and one point to Charlotte Latin.

Later in the meet Providence Day again would score a fourth athlete in the 1600m with a 1-4-6-7 finish in the event.  So Providence Day would lose 2 points, Cannon School would gain one point and Christ School would gain one point.

BOYS 1600 METER RUN FINALS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTPointsH#
1Jason Krell11Providence Day School4:23.59102
2Kenny Eheman10Cary Academy4:24.4982
3Nick Epstein12Durham Academy4:28.7562
4Christian Landis10Providence Day School4:28.7652
5Neil Mosca12Durham Academy4:29.6842
6Andrew Riolo11Providence Day School4:33.8532
7Adam Habas11Providence Day School4:35.04-2
8Tamer Metwalli12Cannon School4:35.8022
9Andrew Hammel11Christ School4:39.5512


So of course, the difference between Christ School and Providence Day at the end of the meet would be 8 points.  If you revert back the 5 point swing between the two schools in the 3200m and 3 point swing between them in the 1600m the two teams would tie as team champions.

With schools making entries with different thoughts to strategy in maximizing team points it would certainly change the way they entered athletes in events for the meet.

Currently the NCISAA Division I State Championships are scored under the old rules where only three athletes per team can score in an event.  The NCISAA Division II and NCISAA Division IIIState Championships are scored using the newly voted on rules that more than three athletes per team can score in an event.  For example, Carolina Day girls scored 4 in the 3200m in Division II.  The only other occurrence of this looking through results was Providence Day girls scoring four in the Long Jump.  Neither of these impacted the NCISAA Team Scores.

Girls 3200 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Aycock, Ryann                Cary Christi          11:13.45   2  10   
  2 Sutter, Olivia               Carolina Day          11:40.47   2   8   
  3 Vestal, Zoe                  Cary Christi          11:55.58   2   6   
  4 Smith, Abby                  Carolina Day          12:06.31   2   5   
  5 Rudins, Katie                Carolina Day          12:24.78   2   4   
  6 Weaver, Ellen                Carolina Day          12:24.94   2   3   
  7 Sprouse, Lia                 Asheville             12:25.45   2   2   
  8 Ross, Caroline               St Davids             12:29.15   2   1  

Currently the NCISAA Division I State Championships are in a 48 hour protest period.  The NCISAA is investigating this and working on a resolution in scoring and crowning a NCISAA Division I Team Champion.

Christ School were crowned defending NCISAA Division I State Champions at the meet, and will have at least a share of the team title depending the NCISAA's decision.

One thing for certain is that both Christ School and Providence Day had an incredible outing a the NCISAA Division I State Championships over the weekend.  

We'll update this story as the NCISAA finds a resolution to the protested results.

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