Totally, Mary Cain was at a HUGE disadvantage since Baxter didn't run the same race on mud (not to mention, Baxter was clearly more comfortable running in those wet, muddy conditions since she's running dry, warm cross country courses all year in California.)
figure outer wrote:
Cain was at full strength- relative to her previous XC performances. If it had been 5K on a track, she would have won handily. The mud was all the difference that day.
Poor Mary Cain. No one else ran in those conditions but her.