It usually takes 9:10 or under to make the invite heat of Arcadia. With NXN so prevalent now I'd say that's more difficult.
Also, fewer slots and lots of interest from outside California.
Miss Cain, if you'd like to make the trip, we would love to have you.
If we're talking about a general standard of 9:10 to get into the Arcadia invitational heat, versus a top 10 finish at any of the Footlocker regions... I'd agree, Arcadia is tougher to get into.
IMO, a 9:10 for 3200m is about the same as...
15:50 for FLW (Mt. SAC)
15:45 for FLNE (VCP)
15:10 for FLMW (UW-Parkside)
15:00 for FLS (McAlpine)
10th-11th at FLW: 15:50-15:53
10th-11th at FLNE: 15:51-15:55
10th-11th at FLMW: 15:12-15:13
10th-11th at FLS: 15:06-15:07
... so to get into Arcadia is about as tough as it was to qualify this year out of the two deepest regions (FLW and FLMW), and slightly tougher than qualifying out of the Northeast or South.