So obviously the high school track dual meet system in the United States is a complete sham and it really hurts long-term development for distance runners. Most good coaches are having their kids run dual meets at a more controlled effort. The problem that I'm having with my team is that they get really embarrassed running dual meets at tempo pace when their traditional rivals are beating them! And it's a double whammy, because then they have to see their "slow" times online.
So my question to high school coaches is; what do you say to your kids to get them motivated to tempo a meet?