It’s similar in theory to why the Boston Qualifier standards are easier for women. They don’t want to discourage women since there is a lack of depth.
The patriarchy has deemed it unsafe for women to run 10Ks. Something about it ruining their insides and reproductive potential.
I think it should be 8K for men/women, D1, D2, D3, USATF, etc. We need to think and advocate as a sport, rather than little fiefdoms. The general population finds our sport so confusing, we need to make it easier to understand and standardizing would help.
Remember that scene in Hoosiers where they measure the court at the State Championship site? Same dimensions as our court back in hickory. XC needs to think more like this and standardize so easier for people to understand the sport.