This on the surface may be a Harvard, Yale, Princeton thing but I think it expands to the idea of rivalries in sport and whether they should be maintained.
The HYP meet used to be a really big deal in the XC seasons of all 3 teams. It was held I think 2 weeks before Heps (Ivy League Champs) traditionally.
Then 10 or 15 years ago, teams started skipping it to go to invitationals to try and get at-large points for NCAAs. So then the meet was moved up earlier in the season. Just got the alumni email on it and its clear the Harvard women ran a "B" team and the Princeton men didn't even show up. I don't think this is the first year it's been like this.
As my buddy texted me, "Why bother even holding the meet if people are going to treat it like this?" I agree. We both want it to be treated seriously. Simple solution might be to hold it first meet of year. Alumns we need to make it known they want it treated seriously. Just don't send a "B" team. And it wouldn't get in way of at-large points.
Similar I think the Texas legislature should mandate that Texas and Texas A&M play in football every year. A great rivalry was lost because each school stopped caring about anything but its immediate future and long-term I think people aren't better off because of it.