Cross country is a sport as old as time. Ever since humans could stand, they were running. The way cross country works today in our modern age is there are two teams with a virtualy unlimited number of players. The score a team has is the score that its top five players had in the race. The best possible that you could do is have 15 points (1st 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th place, add those up and its 15). However, in a big meet runners don't have to be in the top five to matter. As long as a runner on your team comes in ahead of one of the runners in the top five on the other team then the other team's score is pushed back.