Former D2 runner wrote:
I fought this battle for many years. The D1 favoritism has always been incredibly blatant. It's all politics. Fortunately, I had avenues to also play the political game that I could usually squeeze my way into the meet and eventually bump up a couple heats to be in the heat I belonged (not to mention beating many athletes originally accepted over me by 30 seconds to 1 minute in the 5k).
I also love how the entry fee is non-refundable. If you are going to blatantly discriminate against smaller schools, at least give them the entry fee back.
Mt. SAC is run much better option. Also, I've noticed the SF State distance carnival has been getting better each year. Many people are starting to just give up on the Stanford politics and just go to SF State instead.
Politics?? I seriously don't think you understand politics if you think that this is a political issue...
Surely you didn't think I meant politics in the sense of US government...
to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement.
If it makes it easier for you to understand for this conversation, you an replace "job" with "heat".