[quote]Jerome Kopf wrote:
That would mean one girl knocked off a fine team to make way for MC. No parent of a girl on that 4x8 team would allow it. The rest of the team would not allow it.
Mary Cain would have every right to run with her teammates if she so chooses (and of course adheres to team rules.) Your desire to see her run against open/adult runners is selfish and perhaps not the best thing for her long term development.
Perhaps you are confusing track and field with gymnastics or figure skating?
As a fan of the sport I am less interested in her racing schedule and training schedule being fair for other high schoolers and more interested in her development as a runner.
Don't we want to see more Americans compete at the international level?
Well guess what? This is what it takes.
It takes an above average commitment from a young age if you are going to compete on the world's stage.
I'm not saying this process is for everyone. I understand the need for being a part of your high school team and growing socially in that setting. I believe that 99.9% of runners would benefit in the high school and college systems, but for the Mary Cain's of the world, I feel it is time for her to go pro now!