Ryan is a freak. Funny to finally read this thread as my club was planning on running their meet but they discouraged us from running it because it could jeopardize their nationals eligibility.
habs wrote:reed wrote:That sounds right; it's funny that NIRCA is basically allowing Oregon to have a team time trial in the "UO Running Club Race" (http://clubrunning.org/races/race_roster.php?race=414) to qualify their whole roster for nationals (no other teams have entered). They'll have to send at least someone to regionals so they can qualify as a team though. Their Ryan Jones is actually the top returner from XC nats last year (3rd), Kwan had a bad race at the 2015 champs. I think that race alone proves that Kwan isn't a lock for the win in a high-pressure scenario -- maybe his best bet is to gap the field early so it doesn't come down to a kick.
also, Oregon won't send any good runners to Regionals because it's a long trip and not worth it if they're gonna go to Nationals too.