Lickety Split wrote:
- None of these guys scored.
So what, you jingoistic fool
- Yes "SillyMan" .... I'm jingoistic against funding the ICCA Cross-Country & Track n Field sham we have going on w/the LDS, ANZACs, & Rift Valley Express. That said, here's further analysis for all you high school seniors and aspiring JUCO middle-distance & long-distance runners on Lickety's Evaluation Criteria in priority order based upon recent Cross-Country Championships.
#1 Altitude. You have to go there given the 35% statistic & that the LDS/Rift Valley Boys grew up in them thar hills. This significantly limits your choices .... particularly East Coast: not even sure if Appy State hits 3K. Again, .... GEOGRAPHY MATTERS in your career. It's beyond me why New Mexico & NAU have to recruit Brits & ANZACs .... furthermore, why Colorado College, Nevada-Reno, UTEP, St Johns, etc. haven't figured this out & invested in their programs I don't know.
#2 Coaches ... in other words, if dudes at these Altitude schools feel that they have to recruit foreigners then maybe they're really not that good of coaches after all.
#3 Medical ... count on getting hurt wherever you are: most REGULAR Americans know that they have only 4-5 years to give it a go before graduation OR the young dudes try to hang w/the LDS & Foreign 26 year-olds & get hurt. You need a school that can take care of you when you get banged up!
#4 Team ... you're going to have a better chance at making the NCAAs on a Cross-Country team than via individual times both indoor or outdoor: particularly if you're dealing with ALTITUDE.
#5 Academics .... again, if you want to focus on academics then it's UNLIKELY you'll either be competitive for the national championships. Please see my previous note about AMORICA'S TEAMS .... they'll never win again. Furthermore, if you're smart enough to get into those schools you'll likely receive academic scholarships to places like NAU, Adams State, UTEP, Boise State, etc.
#6 Facilities .... the most OVERRATED criteria that folks like AMORICA's TEAMS will try to promote. Great locker-rooms, WIFI everywhere, stupid BS like that which has nothing to do w/making you faster.