His teammates and coaches seem to be OK with it, but one has to wonder if it's a mistake all of them will regret. Are they not a team? What team parts ways with their superstar heading into the postseason and feels good about it? What type of superstar bails on his team for personal glory at Footlocker when personal glory AND team glory are possible at NXN?
This reflects poorly on Maton and his coaches. It's like they don't get it. XC is a team sport. His high school teammates will always remember what could have been had Maton not just used them to get better training in for his own personal ambitions. Future teammates will know that Maton is all-in for their college team, until there is an opportunity where he can ditch them too and get some more media attention.