I see your point and appreciate the well reasoned response. I only think 2 of the Nike Regional courses come close to meeting the NCAA championship standards. Especially the long straight start requirement. Having said that, I see your point and it is valid.
I think they all meet the standards for a non-NCAA championship course.
As a point of clarification, Caden didn’t break his arm on a turn or due to the course. He fell 100 meters into the race on a flat soccer field. He just landed on it funny. He then had enough room on the course and GUTS to run from dead last up into the top 20 as a Freshman with a broken arm.
That’s a 115 lbs freshman with a broken arm on a muddy sloppy course running through nearly the entire field. It makes it hard not to roll my eyes a bit at Vandergrift or even Jesuit blaming the course.
I think Caden is a great example of what I was trying to say in my previous post. The course is the course and you know it ahead of time. Adjust, adapt and run gutsy and you will be fine.