As someone who ran at the foundation meet on this course a week ago, I can 100% verify that the course was long. My friends who ran with their GPS watches on said that their watches read the course as somewhere between 3.22 and 3.25 miles. While that isn't a lot more than a 5k, it's definitely enough to negatively impact the results. Since the foundation meet and the PIAA state meet are both bigger and more prestigious meets, college coaches sometimes visit to watch races and scout out potential recruits. A longer course means a slower time, so college coaches might be deterred from reaching out to top-caliber athletes because of a slower race result. Also, this course is absolutely brutal enough as it is. It's the definition of rolling hills and it hurts. To make matters worse, the results from the foundation/PIAA state meets will go into online databases like milesplit or athletic.net as a 5k even though it's closer to 5.2k. That is unfair to athletes who tried their best to run well on a brutal course, particularly if they want to run in college one day.