Surprise! wrote:living in reality wrote:
Do you advocate that the NCAA get rid of the team portion of XC? Maybe the NCAA should just bring in the top 40 athletes if the concept is better. Think of all the money the NCAA could save by not bringing in another 170+ athletes for the championships. Maybe you're on to something here.
Why are you comparing it to the NCAA? Pretty random.
Not random at all. If the team race isn't important in HS XC why should it be important at the NCAA level? The vast, vast majority of guys running in the NCAA XC championships will never make a dime as a runner. I was responding to a poster who said the FL concept was better, implying it's all about the individual race and the very elite individual runners. Why not apply that to the NCAAs?
Heck, if anything, the team race at men's NCAA is quite boring. There have only been 7 institutions (Colorado, Ok State, Wisconsin, Oregon, Stanford, Arkansas, Iowa St, UTEP) that have won titles in the past 40 years! In just 10 years of NXN, there have been 9 different HS team champions on the boys side.
I realize comparing the NCAA to HS is apples to oranges in many ways, but I think the point has been made. To the majority of guys on here that have ever run cross country in college, the team aspect is very important. Without it, very few would have ever run in a national championship. Why shouldn't that apply at the high school level?