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Poster: Travis Arrigoni
Subject: RE: Has Nike's NXN ruined Footlocker National?
I ran at the NXN Northeast this year and i felt that it was a very put together meet with a great atmosphere and a host of great runners. I have never been to FL but when i think of FL, I think of the great aura that the meet has around it.
The only problem is that with both formats the best are not running against each other. With some of the best going to one and some going to another.
I think the way to fix this problem would be to combine the formats of both races into one and have a NCAA championship type system:
-Keep the Footlocker Regional System of Northeast, South, Midwest and West.
-Qualifers would be top 4 teams from each regional (16 teams all together that would make it to nat's, no at-large)
-Then the top 12 individuals that did not make it with a team (48 individual spots for nat's, no individual at-large either)
-Hold it on a neutral course that embraces what XC is (that the course has the uphills and downhills but also has the flats for the people from the states that have pancake courses)
I think that this is the best of both worlds. It gives the oppurtunities for the top individuals to battle it out and gives each of the teams the chance to duke it out and get an outright winner. And with little bit of an extended field, it leaves room for upsets and excitement.
The reason this could never happen though is because FL and NXN probably would not agree to collaberate for the greater good of the sport. They would want to keep it separate like it is right now so they can make money...
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