Some interesting analysis finds that the Japanese schools ran a faster average pace with more team members for a long distance. However, as the title admits, this is trying to "compare the incomparable".
The two biggest races of NCAA cross-country's regular season - the adidas Wisconsin Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational - are in the books and they produced a ton of data for us to analyze. We make sense of it all and give you eight takeaways from the weekend's action.
Friday's adidas Wisconsin Invitational pits #3 NAU against #7 Stanford on the men's side, while the women's race features 22 ranked teams, including #2 Michigan State, #5 Arkansas and #6 Stanford as well as 9-time defending Canadian champs Guelph. Joe Rosa, Maksim Korolev, Stanley Kebenei and Futsum Zeinasellassie will bid for the individual men's title; Shelby Houlihan leads a loaded women's individual field.
Lawi (Lalang) isn’t happy with his race today but I am reasonably happy,” Li said. “He’s only trained for two weeks and he still ran five miles at 4:45 pace so that is pretty remarkable. He has only been training for two weeks, he entered the race with a training mindset and he just wanted to help the team. We have five weeks until the NCAA Championships so I’m sure Lawi (Lalang) will be ready to go by then, I’m not worried. Overall, our guys did not run well, it was a bad day. They just have to race better, they have been training well but they just need to race better. Sam (Macaluso) ran better today but overall the team did not run as well as they can.”