Mallard Creek takes No. 1 in final boys track & field rankings for the 2024 season

Mallard Creek takes No. 1 in final boys track & field rankings for the 2024 season

Mallard Creek is first in the final HighSchoolOT boys outdoor track & field rankings. The Mavericks also won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A title this year, but their depth would also keep them atop a statewide meet featuring teams from all classes and classifications.

The final rankings are based on numbers taken from the N.C. High School Athletic Association and the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championships. HSOT uses championship times across all classifications and associations and combines them into one big state meet to calculate the final rankings.

In some events, there were ties across different classifications. In order to determine the individual points, the first tiebreaker was podium placement (a 1A champ got the spot over a second-place 4A athlete in the same event), the second tiebreaker is their regional mark, and the last tiebreaker was their best regular-season mark. If the athletes were still tied, they split the points.

For the team rankings, if two teams were tied for a top-25 spot, the tiebreaker was whichever team had the higher finish at their respective state championship. If they both finished in the same spot (a 1A champ and 2A champ tying, for instance), they split the points.

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Mallard Creek was six points ahead of 3A champion Dudley and 15 points clear of 4A runner-up Weddington.

In total, only 12 teams from the preseason top 25 also made it in the final 25, with No. 4 Croatan the highest of those who began the year unranked. Mallard Creek was the preseason No. 4 team.

Aside from Mallard Creek and Dudley, other state champions include No. 10 Christ School (NCISAA D1 champ), Nos. 21 Swain County (1A) and T.W. Andrews (2A). Coastal Christian (NCISAA D2 champ) and Gaston Day (NCISAA D3 champ) were both unranked.

The full rankings are below:

Final HSOT Statewide Top 25: Boys Outdoor Track & Field

Reminder: Rankings are calculated by compiling championship times across all classifications and associations into one big state meet, with individual ties broken by podium placement, regional performance, and/or regular season marks. Each team is listed with their total points and championship finish.

  1. Mallard Creek — 47, 4A champ
  2. Dudley — 41, 3A champ
  3. Weddington — 32, 2nd in 4A
  4. Croatan — 26, 2nd in 3A
  5. Parkland — 22, 4th in 4A
  6. East Burke — 20, 2nd in 2A
  7. Reagan — 20, 5th in 4A
  8. New Hanover — 20, 8th in 4A
  9. Cuthbertson — 19, 3rd in 4A
  10. Christ School — 17, NCISAA D1 champ
  11. Cleveland — 17, 9th in 4A
  12. Athens Drive — 16, 7th in 4A
  13. Chapel Hill — 16, T11th in 4A
  14. Northern Guilford — 14, 10th in 4A
  15. Chambers — 14, T11th in 4A
  16. North Raleigh Christian — 13, 7th in NCISAA D1
  17. Northeastern — 13, 8th in 2A
  18. West Cabarrus — 13, T16th in 4A
  19. Mount Tabor — 12, 6th in 4A
  20. Leesville Road — 11, T16th in 4A
  21. (tie) Swain County & T.W. Andrews — 10, 1A champ and 2A champ
  22. Bandys — 10, 15th in 2A
  23. Kings Mountain — 10, T18th in 3A
  24. Broughton — 10, T19th in 4A