DI Coach wrote:
Why not 10K for NCAA ladies? wrote:
Seriously, it is just odd that NCAA keeps NCAA XC for women at 6K, while moving the men up to 10K. The NCAA has 10K for ladies on the track, but not at XC? This is really strange, and somewhat sexist in my opinion. What say you?
This isn't a question of "can a female run 8k or 10k?" we all know that women are more than capable of running and racing at that distance. This should be a question of creating the most exciting and competitive atmosphere and environment for our sport, keeping the distance at 6k allows more athletes to have an impact on the race and more programs to be in the hunt.
This equation would be the same as moving the women's volleyball net to the men's height; volleyball would still be played but the number of athletes and teams having a significant impact on the game would be limited - the excitement and competitive atmosphere would be much more limited. If our goal is to grow and do what is best for our sport, then we need to create something that is exciting and that people want to watch/be part of.
you think if the distance was 8 or 10 k it would be less exciting and less competitive because there would be fewer teams and athletes having an impact? i have no idea why on earth you'd think that... there wouldn't be fewer they just wouldn't be the exact same set of athletes that are having an impact now... some that couldn't handle the extra distance would be removed and be replaced by some that don't have much impact at 6k but do at 10k...
what you really mean is most coaches will be against this until they actually decide to let XC have their own set of scholarships. what we have now is a bunch of coaches trying to use their track scholarships on people that can run both the shorter track distances while also being to handle the XC distance...because no one can afford to use all of the track scholarships on a bunch of10k specialists for XC...
it's the same reason the college XC courses are all basically track meets on grass now... it's sad to think the high school kids run harder courses than college runners... but that's another topic for another time.
my thought is the girls should absolutely be running 8k
and to the person who said it would take to long... take to long for what? the extra 10 minutes would ruin it for you? trust me the only people who watch these races are family members and people who are into distance running... neither of those groups are going to decide they can't watch because the girls are running an extra mile or two..