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We need percentiles
Joined: Sep 2004
One of the discussions had a great idea for help from MileSplit...percentiles. http://www.milesplit.com/discussion/topics/140895 (he mentions z-scores but percentiles are easier). Most people are used to percentiles from the ACT. You get a 28 on the ACT and you see you're maybe in the 75th percentile - better than 75% of the nation but there are still 25% above you. That tells you you're good but don't plan on Harvard. It would have to be based on your POSITION not your RAW SCORE. Also, base it on LAST YEAR since that has a full set of data. So if you are #3,475 in the nation out of 13,117 who have competed in your event then you're in the 74th percentile. Again, good for you but don't plan on Oregon or Texas A & M. It's good for motivation as you PR you also move up in the percentiles. Maybe colleges could say if you're in this percentile we'll take you. HS coaches can give awards for moving from 50th percentile into 60th. Also you can tell an athlete they're 50th percentile in the mile and 60th percentile in the 3200 so they should either get a lot faster or concentrate on the 2 mile. Nowhere on MileSplit can you get this kind of number yourself. None of the states go past 20 pages (1,000 athletes). BOTTOM LINE: Percentiles would be great for goal-setting, college recruiting, and determining a best event for an athlete....AMAZING STUFF :) So e-mail your state's MileSplit webmaster and request percentiles. Tim Yahr Fairhope, AL
Joined: Sep 2009
I used to actually calculate this using this site until they stopped having the lists go all the way to the last runner. I just did kids' percentiles in Virginia by gender overall and by grade. It was interesting and did give kids something to shoot for. I also think it helped my kids since we were in a very tough district and region to see how good they actually were compared to the entire state. I based t-shirts I gave out on them. I used to spend a lot of time on this website when I could see where every kid on my team stood, now that it doesn't go to the end I confess to rarely coming on here. I commend the top runners in the state, but I care about all of runners, and this website no longer scratches that itch.
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