high school xc coach wrote:
I don't know if it's the case with these girls, but i've read discussion that byu kids go into college with undervalued times because they get a lot of kids that run all of their high school races at altitude.
i honestly have no idea if there is any merit to this.
I think we would find Henes, Steelman, Izzo, Gear, Tyynismaa, Norris, Fegans, Magness and Wasserman have also all improved a ton since HS. Roe, Forbes, Donahu, Tuohy and Chmiel have certainly shown less improvement. That is about 17 of the top women runners in NCAA this year, most of whom have improved quite a bit - probably 10% or more in 2 mile or 5,000.
I have no doubt that a lot of guys have improved a lot in a 10 K - who trains for such in HS?