The origins of this meet begin with the creation of the Downcounty Consortium (DCC) Cross Country Meet hosted by Northwood HS. Mike Sauter, then the Northwood cross country coach, took the reins and created a meet for the high schools. In doing so, he also created races for the elementary and middle school students, so they could gain an appreciation for running and help to grow the sport within the consortium. The Consortia Cup has been contested for eight years and the event was expanded to include schools from the Northeast Consortium in 2011.|
In 2015, the DCC track and field coaches decided that it was time to try and do the same for track and field. Kevin Monroe (JFK), Eric Ellingson (Wh), Brenna Matthews and Bruce Williams (BL) and Eric Da Silva (Ein) committed to creating a meet that promoted the sport and the team element of track and field.
One element that the coaches recognized is that many circumstances make it very difficult for DCC schools to win banners for Region and State success in sports. To help rectify that situation, the DCC Championship banner is awarded. To win these banners, athletes must recognize the significance of sacrifice for the team, follow through on commitments to the team, and work hard to reach their potential.
Scoring of the Meet:
In the beginning, the teams with the most competitors won the meet. Seeing as that creates some inequity, the coaches decided to change the scoring in 2017.
In a traditional meet, events are scored 10,8,6,4,2,1, with individual and relay events scoring the same. For this meet the team scores will be calculated in this manner:
In any relay event, a school can score one relay. A team may have more than one relay team compete, but only one will score.
In individual events, we have a couple of different scenarios. If all five school have competitors, then each team will have one athlete who scores and whichever team has the highest placing 2nd athlete, then receives the points for that place.
If there are events where not every team has a competitor, then each team who competes will have one athlete guaranteed to score and all of the other points are available to the other athletes.