When I was in HS almost all the meets we went to were single gender. Our County Champs had this same format with Boys running Tuesday/Thursday and Girls running Monday/Wednesday. I would say that it definitely worked out well. You can go an cheer for the cute girls you were crushing on without having to worry about having to run that day.
If they really wanted to make progress, each gender's National Championships would be at a different site location, like most of the other sports. Then maybe it would actually force more administrations to have separate head coaches for men and women like most other sports have. I may be in the minority, but I feel like this is part of the reason our sport doesn't get taken seriously.
Why not just have one head coach (sorry, "Director") for Men and Women's basketball, soccer, baseball/softball, lacrosse, etc? Then they can hire an "Associate Head Coach" to coach the gender they don't really care about. Imagine how that would go over. But for some reason, it happens all the time in XC/Track & Field.
The don't play men's and women's basketball in the same area on the same day.
Is that a horrible idea too?
It's this kind of thinking that will move the sport forward. Womens sports are cool but no one watches them. No one wants to watch women race. It's slow and uncompetitive. If you want T&F to gain viewership you need to separate the men and women.
I am surprised the Title IX people are for this. It will be very interesting how the attendance and tv figures work out. Now, maybe since the Oregon women's team has been better than the men's, the women will do better attendance wise. But track and field is the only sport in the NCAA where the women are treated anywhere near the equal of men. If it's separated out men/women and no one watches the women, it gets interesting.
I disagree with this. Track and field teams are very expensive. If a team has only a few throwers, pole vaulters, do you think the staff should have a throws coach for each gender? That makes no financial sense. For a program to work well given the budget constraints, you need the assistants at least some of them to work both genders.
Why don't you do it in the other sports? Because the competitions can't go on at the same time like they can in track.
It's unpopular to say it but the Big Ten Indoor Meet was a helluva a lot more entertaining when each gender had their own meet at different locations. That's not sexist at all as I thought the women's only meet was just as exciting as the men's only meet. It just had a better flow with one race right after each other all meaning something to same overall score. Instead of this race is huge for our team score ok break we are out of the team title on the men's side ok back in it wait whats going on here?