These smallish liberal schools like Brown and Dartmouth give away large numbers of positions to athletes instead of scholars. It's embarrassing.
And big state schools spend endless fortunes on sports. Has to end. Go to a D3 model.
Actually schools like Brown use sports like xc as a way to attract top scholars. A student athlete with good grades and high sats would rather go to tufts or john hopkins, wherever to run than go to brown and not run. That means the spot at brown goes to a slightly less deserving student. As a reminder, ivies have no athletic scholarships, so scholarship costs weren't the issue at brown.