In the context of this invitational, probably no. This was the inaugural tournament, so there's no result history to compare to. However, the results do reveal how much West Cary has improved this year. They did not compete at states last year and placed 12th at regionals, but this year they placed 4th at regionals (getting a state bid) and presumably outplaced several Charlotte teams at Piedmont.krasabnk wrote:Is that an upset?venules wrote:Update for anyone interested in the Piedmont invitational results: West Cary Middle placed second. Still no word on other placements.
The Charlotte teams that attended were Jay M. Robinson [1st], Piedmont [not ranked], Science Hounds, Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, Mallard Creek STEM Academy, Corvian Community School (who apparently did not compete at regionals at all), Randolph IB, and St. Mark Catholic. Not all of these teams have a particularly outstanding history (especially @ states), but quite a few have fared well at regionals.
MRSA placed 5th at the Charlotte Regional last year and 6th this year, and 8th at states last year. St. Mark placed 5th at regionals this year after finishing 8th last year. Randolph IB placed 3rd at regionals in 2018 and 2019, and placed 13th at states last year. On the other hand, Science Hounds came in 4th at regionals last year, but this year they placed 19th, so there's probably something else going on there. Weaker teams could also be a reason for upward shifts in some teams' rankings.
With regards to non-Charlotte teams, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy did place 12th at states in 2018.
This could mean that West Cary has a strong chance of placing in the top 20 at states in comparison to other teams, but of course, I am merely a competitor and not an experienced SciOly analyst (especially not for Div. B.). Also, patterns observed at any regional tournament don't necessarily repeat themselves. someone else can comment on this blah