Coach Soles wrote:
Lets keep college championships for college men and women only. High school championships for high school boys and girls only. If anyone wants to start a middle school championship, I'm all for that, but get them out of the high school races and keep an even playing field for all of the teams entered so we are all playing by the same rules.
I'm also glad the girl she displaced at NXR Southwest gets to go. Would suck to be a the first high school girl out for a high school championship because a fast middle schooler took your spot. Probably the same feeling teams have when other teams get to qualify and race middle schoolers against them...
I'm rooting for Grace Ping to be an amazing high school athlete over the next 4 years. :)
Not a big deal, NXN requires you be a member ofÂ high school team and Grace is in a state where middle schoolers can't run for a high school team.
Nothing complicated about this one, the rule is plain andÂ simple. Ping will now have 4 opportunities to run NXN, just like 99.9% of all high school students. Ping has the option of running in the AAU and/or the USATF XC nationals, which are designed for girls her age.