Good lord, where did you come from...have you not been reading LR forums...of course you are supposed to compare them over the years both on weight, times, etc etc - and then write them off as soon as you see them level at all...
All joking aside...thanks for posting this. Despite all the crap that gets posted on these sites about poorly coached kids, and school programs trying to get the most out of HS athletes with no thought of the kids future....the majority of coaches and programs are very well run and are fully behind the successful promotion of the kids to the college level.
And while the fundamentals of coaching males/females are the same, there certainly are substantial differences in the approach and application that needs to be taken. So refreshing to hear this being recognized and addressed by current coaches.
Thanks CoachHammel...you seem like an absolute credit to the coaching industry, and I wish you and your athletes continued success.
My daughter is a freshman runner on her highschool cross country team. She has some talent and finished her first two races as the second runner on her team in both races.
A lot of the upperclassmen are telling her to enjoy it while it lasts because they all got slower as they got older and it will happen to her too. Is this just the blabbering of jealous upperclassmen getting beat by a freshman, or do girls generally get slower as they mature?
Hopefully they can find a cure for this toxic environment.
So your best proof text had almost no actual improvement at long distance, despite gains at short to mid, 7.2 secs off 400 time, but only 8 secs off 800, 19 secs off 1600, but only 21 off 3200, and only 25 secs off 5k despite 25 secs could easily be lost by just a easy/short XC course.