This is completely false.
Providence isn't racing 5 women--2 of top 5-- it happens.
I'm sure there are a lot of reasons, but they're all pretty bad...we're not talking about some community college here. If you can't manage to field 5 healthy, fast individuals at Duke, how the hell can you consider yourself a coach?
There are all sorts of reasons why coaches chose not to run a full team including health, academic, and budgetary. In fact, I'm often surprised at the coaches who dutifully drive a van full of 28 minute 8k guys to regionals rather than putting in the extra training and letting the kids recover from a long season.
Until there is some insight into the basis for the decision, it means nothing.
Exactly. This is their biggest meet of the year! The main job of a coach is to perform well at the conference and regional meets, and nationals if they make it
The Duke women's coach is new this year so I doubt anyone is getting fired any time soon. I would be cautious of this program if I were I recruit. For whatever the reason, who would want to work their butts off all season and NOT get to compete at the NCAA's if healthy and eligible?